Daily Archives: June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 25, 2015

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The Senate sent President Barack Obama legislation granting fast-track trade-negotiation authority, a hard-fought victory intended to aid completion of an agreement with Pacific nations that is a top second-term priority. The 60-38 vote Wednesday follows passage last week by the House, ending a six-month legislative battle that saw the president working closely with Republicans to outmaneuver members of his own Democratic Party who opposed the bill.

The nation’s top court will issue a series of major rulings over the next several days as it closes its nine-month term. In addition to landmark gay-marriage and Obamacare cases, the court will decide on potentially far-reaching disputes involving housing discrimination, redistricting, air pollution and lethal injection.

California is set to become the biggest U.S. state to provide taxpayer-financed health care to children of undocumented immigrants, taking on a $132 million annual burden as Congress blocks federal reform.

President Barack Obama usually plays it cool when faced with the occasional heckler, but when one of his own invited guests to the East Room of the White House turned on him at a LGBT pride month event on Wednesday he shut it down fast. “Hey. Listen. You’re in my house,” Obama told the lady in the black dress, who was identified in a press release from the anti-deportation group Not1More as Jennicet Gutiérrez, transgender and undocumented. (The White House, of course, is also known as “The People’s House.”)

Consumer confidence rose last week by the most since the beginning of April as Americans’ views of the buying climate and their finances improved.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the 16th straight week, signaling a tighter labor market that will help propel growth in the second half of 2015. Jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 271,000 in the week ended June 20.

Household spending climbed 0.9 percent in May by the most in almost six years, buoyed by gains in incomes as the U.S. job market strengthened.

Liberal lawmakers are setting the workplace-focused legislation aside in favor of a more ambitious approach. In July, congressional Democrats plan to put forward legislation that would outlaw LGBT discrimination not only in employment but also in education, credit, federal programs, housing, and jury service, as well as at restaurants and hotels.

AP Top Stories

A veteran New York state corrections officer rolled out the red carpet for two convicted murderers who have made a spectacular prison break — giving them art supplies, tools and access to the catwalks behind the walls of their cell to do electrical work, stunning court documents say.

As drugs go, it’s dirt cheap, potent and deadly. This addictive synthetic drug known on the streets as ‘flakka,’ or gravel, has killed dozens of people in Florida, and its popularity is spreading fast.

Islamic State group fighters executed at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, a monitor said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to remove the eastern cougar from the endangered species list after determining the subspecies has likely been extinct for 70 years.

The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.

The largest capacity reservoir in the United States has hit its lowest water level in history following years of severe drought that have dramatically reduced flows from the Colorado River, water managers said.

The Islamic State group launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria on Thursday after several setbacks, re-entering the symbolic battleground town of Kobane and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh.

Two US killers on the run from jail are probably armed given the surrounding area is so heavily stocked with weapons and ammunition, police said Wednesday on day 19 of a massive manhunt.

Authorities in three remote northern California counties joined forces in a raid on marijuana farms, destroying some 15,300 plants.

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US Supreme Court has upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in a 6-3 decision. The court ruled the law as a whole made subsidies available for people in all 50 states, not just those who bought insurance through a state exchange.

Former senior advisers to US President Barack Obama have expressed concern at the emerging deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

New Zealand’s South Island, and some parts of Australia, has been treated to the Aurora Australis, a natural light display in the sky. A solar storm meant that the Aurora Australis, the southern counterpart of the Aurora Borealis, was visible much further north than it usually is.

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An extreme leftist organization has issued what critics contend is a “starter kit” for jihadists and a “hit list” that paints a target on the backs of a dozen high-profile women who are outspoken in their opposition to jihad and Shariah law.

President Obama on Wednesday announced a new executive order and presidential directive allowing U.S. government authorities to engage in hostage negotiations with terror groups. He unveiled the gist of his plan, described as a multi-page study with two dozen new policies, during a White House press conference in which he made clear: families of hostages will take priority going forward.


Top News – 6/25/2015

Is the Temple Mount Jerusalem’s “Wild West”?
Despite court orders allowing Jews to visit and pray at Judaism’s most holy site, Israeli Police have ignored and violated the judicial decisions.

Greek deal or not, the euro is now a different beast
“There are a lot of idiots in financial markets: I don’t believe in rational markets. The idea that people were lending money on that scale to Greeks at German interest rates – they wanted their heads examined,” former UK finance minister and pro-EU Conservative Ken Clarke told the BBC on Monday.

Greece rejects ‘exceptionally generous’ counterproposals by creditors
the Greek PM insists that the country’s reform plan is equivalent to the counterproposals by the creditors, but much less recessionary.

In 1 Alabama county, 15 earthquakes in less than a year
What Greene County lacks in people, it’s apparently trying to make up for with earthquakes. The Alabama county with the smallest population, Greene County has seen a surge in earthquakes in recent months.

Western Wildfires Update: 360 Acres Charred Near Santa Clarita, California; Evacuation Orders Lifted
At its height the blaze, called the Calgrove Fire, burned frighteningly close to homes in Santa Clarita. At least 1,000 people were evacuated from some 500 homes in Newell and Santa Clarita. About three dozen horses were also taken to a shelter. Lanes of Interstate 5 were shut down.

Why our planes were grounded
An internal network outage at approximately 2.41pm caused disruption to communication and surveillance systems. Airways is now carrying out an extensive investigation to determine the root cause and ensure this failure doesn’t happen again. We will know more once we complete our detailed technical investigation.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM
As expected, a CME hit Eath’s magnetic field on June 24th. At first the impact had little effect, but now a G2-class geomagnetic storm is in progress as Earth passes hrough the CME’s wake. The intensity of the storm is hard to predict.

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Anchorage on Wednesday at a depth of 71 miles (115 km), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Obama allows US hostage families to pay ransoms
The White House has announced changes to how the government handles hostage situations that involve US citizens. President Barack Obama has directed the US government not to threaten the hostages’ families with prosecution if they attempt to pay captors’ ransom. Mr Obama has drawn criticism for the long-standing policy of prohibiting concessions to militant groups.

Syria crisis: IS makes deadly return to Kobane
Islamic State fighters have attacked the Syrian city of Kobane, months after being driven out in a symbolic battle that made international headlines. Two car bombs and clashes with Kurdish defenders left up to 30 people dead and scores injured. IS shot dead 20 others in a village nearby, activists say. IS has recently suffered a string of defeats to Kurdish forces.

US Seeks to Reassure France On Spying, Julian Assange Urges Action
President Barack Obama on Wednesday moved to defuse tensions after revelations of US spying on three French presidents angered France, while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called for legal action over Washington’s snooping and promised more disclosures to come.

ISIS drowns prisoners inside cage
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly killed five prisoners in Iraq by locking them in a metal cage and drowning them in a swimming pool, a report by the Daily Mail said on Wednesday. In a seven-minute video, Daily Mail said ISIS lowered the prisoners into a pool in Mosul “with no hope of escape.”

The Queen hints at desire for Britain to remain in European Union
The Queen has warned of the dangers of division in Europe at a state banquet in Berlin, urging Britons and Germans not to take the benefits of a peaceful continent for granted.

Boston Marathon bomber apologises to victims
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has apologized to his victims for the first time before being formally sentenced to death by a federal judge. The 21-year-old was officially sentenced to death on six counts over the 2013 bombings, one of the worst assaults on US soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001. ‘I would like to now apologize to the victims and to the survivors,’ said the former university student in his first public remarks since the bombings, that killed three people.

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low
The largest capacity reservoir in the United States has hit its lowest water level in history following years of severe drought that have dramatically reduced flows from the Colorado River, water managers said on Wednesday. Officials said Nevada’s Lake Mead, the 79-year-old reservoir created by the massive Hoover Dam, registered 1,074.98 feet (327.7 meters) above sea level late on Tuesday, but was able to rise above a critical mark by early on Wednesday morning.

There’s a giant hole that’s draining a lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas like it’s a bathtub
The gaping hole — which appeared recently in Lake Texoma — alarmed everyone from Twitter users to the Tulsa District US Army Corps of Engineers, who posted a YouTube video of the vortex. Below the video, they describe the hole as being “8 feet in diameter and capable of sucking in a full-sized boat.”


Top Headlines – 6/25/2015

UN to Netanyahu: Translate Your Words into Actions

PA set to submit report at The Hague; Israel hopes ICC won’t ‘fall into trap’

Israel sabotaged Gaza flotilla ship at Greek port, activist suggests

Israel revokes entry permits for 500 Gazans after rocket

Obama administration rejects further consideration of UN Gaza report

Former Ambassador Oren: Obama Policy Has Hardened Israeli Leaders Against Peace Process

Poll finds massive drop in Israelis’ approval of Obama

‘No One is Surprised Anymore that Israel is Singled Out’

US Congress passes rare law targeting boycotts of Israel

Struggling Holocaust survivors allotted $1.5 million from New York City

France approves compensation for those deported on French trains to Nazi camps

Europe’s Jews decry ‘beast’ of anti-Semitism overtaking continent

More Germans worried about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism, new poll finds

Former defense officials doubt Israel behind Iran spying

Former Obama aides: US needs tougher Iran nuclear deal

Kerry heads to Vienna on Friday for Iran nuclear talks

France voices concerns on Iran talks after Khamenei comments

Iran bullies region, broadens influence outside Persian Gulf

Former IDF general: We have ability to hack advanced Hezbollah rockets

Implications of Druze mob attack on Israeli Golan may reach Syria

Chaos erupts in Knesset after deputy minister says Arab MKs should hand in Israeli ID cards

‘With violence spreading, Egypt’s Sisi needs to change strategy’

UN chief calls on Security Council to take action on Syria

Bomb attack, clashes in Syria’s Kobani kill 12, wound 70 – hospital officials

ISIS reinforces its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as Kurds get closer

Persecuted Russian transsexual and gay friend flee to Syria to join ISIS

ISIS Kidnaps 1,227 Children in Mosul for Jihadi Training Camp; Iraqi PM Says Terrorists Have Expanded Recruitment to Over 100 Foreign Countries

Vicar of Baghdad Says Christians Are ‘Desperate’ and ‘Petrified’ by ISIS, but Worship and Love for Jesus Sustains Persecuted Believers

West concerned with Iran’s rhetoric ahead of nuclear deadline

Nato updates Cold War playbook as Putin vows to build nuclear stockpile

Terror attack on UAE aid convoy kills 6 in Somalia; diplomats safe

Talking to terrorists: what Obama’s new directive on hostage situations means

Boston bomber apologizes, gets death sentence

Franklin Graham: America Needs Spiritual Healing, Not More Gun Laws

Debate over rebel flag widens to include all symbols of Confederacy

Limbaugh: American Flag is Next in Left’s Crosshairs

Farrakhan: I Don’t Get Debate Over Confederate Flag, ‘We Need to Put the American Flag Down’

Jefferson Memorial, Confederate statues enter national race debate

Amazon Bans Confederate Flags, Still Sells Nazi Merchandise

Estimated 96 Percent of Border Surge Illegals Remain In U.S.

The Queen hints at desire for Britain to remain in European Union

Greek debt talks stumble before EU leaders gather

Greek crisis: deal unravels as both sides reject proposals and Tsipras is summoned to late night talks

Greeks defiant as clock ticks down in debt talks

Greece banks receive fresh ECB funds: source

Icahn warns markets ‘extremely overheated,’ especially in junk bonds

Congress ponders: OPM data breach could total 32 million Americans

Cyber Challenge ‘Promotes Hacking for the Purpose of Security’

NASA May Use Nukes To Defend Earth From Asteroids

Magnitude-5.8 Earthquake Strikes in Alaska, 75 Miles From Anchorage

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Turpan, China

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Finca Corredor, Panama

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near North Island of New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Santa Maria in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Criticism of Pakistani Government Intensifies as Heat-Wave Death Toll Tops 1,000

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low

Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground

California Drought: Support grows in Bay Area for toilet to tap water

Wildflowers In California At Risk Of Disappearing Due To Drought

1,000 evacuated as wildfires rage on in California

More than 200 fires are burning in Alaska right now. That’s an even bigger problem than it sounds

Taxpayers slapped with $866,615 jet fuel bill for Obama’s Earth Day speech

Marijuana use impairs driving as much as alcohol in official study

NHS to give volunteers ‘synthetic blood’ made in laboratory within two years

Drastic acceleration of HIV fight needed to stop AIDS resurgence

New Condom Changes Color When Exposed to STDs!

Kansas judge weighs nation’s 1st ban on abortion method

NBC News/WSJ Poll: 57% Want Supreme Court to Legalize Gay Marriage

Obama: Undeniable shift in attitudes on gay marriage

Obama, Who Opposed Gay Marriage When Elected, Takes Credit for LGBT Progress

Obama, Biden Hosting LGBT ‘Pride’ Reception at White House Today

Trans Woman Interrupts Obama At Pride Reception, Calls For End To LGBT Immigrant Detention

Speaking out can make them a target, opponents of same-sex marriage say

Satanic Temple to unveil Pagan goat-headed statue in Detroit


The Briefing

1) Tsarnaev sentencing stark example of difference between mercy in Christianity and Islam

Tsarnaev apologizes for Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Globe (Patricia Wen, Kevin Cullen, Milton J. Valencia, John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane)

Boston Marathon Bomber Says He’s Sorry for the First Time, New York Times (AP)

2) Time limit on religious liberty for education institutions evident cause of culture shift

Schools Fear Impact of Gay Marriage Ruling on Tax Status, New York Times (Laurie Goodstein and Adam Liptak)

3) Marijuana stigma declines as actual danger of marijuana consumption increases

What happened to the marijuana stigma?, Los Angeles Times (William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn)

4) Anne Gaylor’s death sad parallel to Christian hope in death

Anne Gaylor, 88, Dies; Guarded Wall Between Church and State, New York Times (Sam Roberts)

In other news…


Daily Digest

June 25, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” —George Washington, letter to John Jay, 1786

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Slain SC Pastor Teaches One Last Lesson

The murderer in Charleston almost didn’t commit his crime because the people of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were so kind to him when he entered the building. And even after his grisly act, family members of the slain extended grace to him. Unfortunately, that’s not true of out-of-town rabble rousers who came Tuesday night to disturb the memorial. Protesters with bullhorns shouted, “Arm yourself or harm yourself,” and “Never forget, never forgive.” That, of course, is the antithesis of the Christian message. Church members and other locals discouraged the protesters, who eventually left. Meanwhile, the Left exploited the tragedy to take on the Confederate flag, demanding the one flying on the state capitol grounds be removed (never mind it was put there by Democrat Gov. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings in defiance of federal civil rights legislation). Many Republicans even joined in calling for the flag’s removal. But here’s an interesting fact you won’t see on the nightly news: Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the attack, voted in 2000 as a South Carolina state senator in favor of the compromise that kept the flag on capitol grounds. That sends a pretty powerful message that he didn’t seem to think the Confederate flag was a symbol worth censoring.

And don’t miss the fact that Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane Finally Got Those Duke Boys — no more “General Lee” Charger toys.

New Yorkers Say ‘No’ to SAFE Act

The New York State Police initially shot down inquiries into how many “assault weapons” have been registered with the state after its legislature enacted the SAFE Act in 2013, and we now have a pretty good idea why — because compliance is abysmal. On April 30, New York Supreme Court Judge Thomas McNamara ordered the State Police to disclose registration statistics. According to the figures, which were made public this week, just 23,847 gun owners have registered a total of 44,485 military-looking weapons. For perspective, that’s less than the 50,000 firearms registered under a similar law in Connecticut. Keep in mind, Connecticut has a population of 3.6 million, according to the Census Bureau. New York’s is 19.8 million. Just a small disparity. Keep in mind also that New Yorkers own somewhere around 1,000,000 of these so-called assault rifles, which would mean just 4% of eligible firearms have been registered. Leah Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, tried to put a positive spin on the numbers, responding, “Tens of thousands of people have complied with the law. That’s important. It shouldn’t be overlooked.” What shouldn’t be overlooked either is that the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are exercising civil disobedience by rejecting a blatantly unconstitutional law. And they aren’t afraid to be jailed for it, either.

Pope’s Science Adviser’s Political Agenda Exposed

An old adage from the Gospel of Matthew warns, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (7:15). Unfortunately, Pope Francis did just the opposite when writing the environmental portion of his encyclical. Microbiologist Hans Schellnhuber is a science adviser to the Vatican, and also a fraud. Schellnhuber is in fact a strong believer in the Gaia hypothesis — in a nutshell, the worship of Mother Earth. “When Francis’ encyclical was leaked last week, we wondered if his position on the man-made global warming question was ‘a misuse of the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and the church at large,'” writes the Investor’s Business Daily editorial board. “Our conclusion has only been solidified by the revelation that the pope was in league with Schellnhuber. … From atheists to strong-arm redistributionists, this pope is unequally yoked with those who don’t share the tenets of his faith — but who are happy to use that faith to achieve their political aims. Yes, there’s truly something wrong here.”

Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read Clinton’s Benghazi Cover Up 3.0, on what you need to know about the three iterations of Clinton’s BIG Lie cover-up on Benghazi.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

ObamaCare: SCOTUS Overrules Rule of Law

By Nate Jackson

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Once again, politics trumps Rule of Law. The Supreme Court issued its ObamaCare subsidies ruling this morning, upholding the Obama administration’s lawless execution by a vote of 6-3.

We’ve noted the background on the subsidy issue numerous times, but the summary is this: The language of the law restricted subsidies to people purchasing health insurance on state exchanges. When 34 states declined to serve as vassals of the federal government, Barack Obama decided to issue subsidies on the federal exchange as well. Some 27 states challenged that “interpretation” of the law.

Unfortunately, six black-robed despots agreed that lawlessness should stand.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, saying, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”

To do so, the Court decided that the law meant for the federal and state exchanges to be “equivalent” (even though it says no such thing) and, therefore, subsidies for both are intended by the law.

In fact, however, Democrats fully intended to limit the subsidies precisely in order to coerce states into setting up exchanges. ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber admitted as much in one of his infamous “speak-o’s.”

So this is yet another case in which SCOTUS made a decision based on what it deemed was “best for society” rather than rendering a ruling based on the law. Six million poor souls might have been kicked off the insurance rolls without a pleasing alternative to keep the taxpayer money flowing, you see, so the justices had to act. So they interpreted the law’s language to mean something it doesn’t mean and was never intended to mean. That kind of lawlessness is what got our country into its current mess in the first place.

And to think — then-Sen. Barack Obama voted against confirming John Roberts to the Court in 2005. Where would ObamaCare be without Roberts?

As National Review’s Quin Hillyer sums up, “With today’s Obamacare decision, John Roberts confirms that he has completely jettisoned all pretense of textualism. He is a results-oriented judge, period, ruling on big cases based on what he thinks the policy result should be or what the political stakes are for the court itself. He is a disgrace. That is all.”

We could almost — almost — understand Roberts’ reasoning in the 2012 decision upholding the constitutional justification for ObamaCare itself, though his own rewrite of the law in order to do so was an appalling miscarriage of justice.

In that ruling, Roberts wrote, “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

But in this statutory case, the law’s language — and its intent — was clear. All Roberts and his five fellow travelers did today was “make policy judgments” and “protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

With his usual flare, Justice Antonin Scalia eviscerated this bad ruling, writing, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’”

He added, “Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an ‘Exchange established by the State.’ This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”

In the end, however, this outcome is good politically for Republicans — and, conversely, bad for Hillary Clinton. It takes subsidies off the table as a campaign issue, and it means Congress isn’t on the hook to “fix” the law. But a change is not off the table if we can elect a Republican president. The law can be altered after 2016. Then again, the likelihood of that also seems to diminish with each victory Obama wins.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Ann Coulter: “In a country of more than 300 million people, everything will happen eventually. That doesn’t make it a trend. Go up to any ordinary, sentient person and ask: Which race assaults the other race more? Remember the ‘knockout game’ — or as its devotees called it, ‘polar bear hunting’? Black teenagers would go looking for white people to knock unconscious with a single punch, videotape the attacks and post them online. The knockout game was a real trend — which the media denied was a trend. … According to a preposterously, laughably, ridiculously bogus report on ‘hate crimes’ produced by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, blacks are far more likely to be victims of hate crimes than whites are. It would be like a government report asserting that most rapes are committed by elderly white women. … In 2008, the most recent year for which such data seems to have been collected, FBI surveys show that, out of 520,161 interracial violent crimes, blacks committed 429,444 of them against whites, while whites committed 90,717 of them against blacks. In other words, blacks commit more than 80 percent of all interracial violent crime. … The Charleston attack was a hideous, sickening crime. But that’s why we should thank our lucky stars that it was so unusual. White-on-black violence is freakishly rare everywhere in America, except liberal imaginations.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “[The Confederate] flag represents what the Left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics and that would be the South. … [I]t’s not going to stop with the Confederate flag because it’s not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. … I’ll make another prediction to you: The next flag that will come under assault — and it will not be long — is the American flag.” —Rush Limbaugh

Non Compos Mentis: “We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag.” —Nation of Islam leader and race-baiter Louis Farrakhan

Village Idiots: “If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture? I’m talking, of course, about ‘Gone with the Wind’… [W]hat does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the ‘GWTW’ intermission?” —New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick

Good question: “Where you been, Hillary? It’s been 10 months, girl!” —Robert Nettles, a longtime friend of Michael Brown, when Hillary Clinton finally showed up in Ferguson this week

The BIG Lie: “You’re in my house.” —Barack Obama to a heckler (No, Obama’s in our house.)

Sums up the Obama administration: “I don’t believe anyone is personally responsible.” —OPM Director Katherine Archuleta on the Chinese hack of federal data

And last… “A new report shows that 35% of Hillary Clinton’s Twitter followers are fake. Yet, most of them are registered to vote for her in Chicago.” —Fred Thompson

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The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In Bonds’

Bear Market - Public DomainAre we about to witness trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air?  During the next financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be in for a very rude awakening.  The truth is that securities are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and that is why liquidity is so important.  Back on April 17th, I published an article entitled “The Global Liquidity Squeeze Has Begun“, but it didn’t get nearly as much attention as many of my other articles do.  But now that the liquidity crisis is intensifying, hopefully people will start to grasp the implications of what is happening.  The 76 trillion dollar global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does, the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost during the months ahead is almost unimaginable. (Read More….)


People Like Don Lemon Are Why We Still Have A Problem With Racism In America (VIDEO)

In Effort to Boost Ratings CNN Uses Black Host To Hold Up Sign With Uncensored ‘N-Word’ On It

EDITOR’S NOTE: In America in 2015, racism and race baiting in big business. Failing networks like CNN pull stunts like this to pull in viewers, and the big boys like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have built whole corporations around shaking down people with “white guilt”. The New World Order uses it in places like Ferguson, Baltimore and McKinney to start highly-destructive open race riots in the streets. Racism will go away when we decide to make it go away. Until then, it will continue to be a lucrative revenue stream for the race baiting exploiters. 

CNN Tonight host Don Lemon opened his show on Monday night by holding up both a Confederate flag and an uncensored sign that included the N-word — an act that is getting quite a bit of attention.

This is what America is talking about right now. Does this offend you?” Lemon said while holding up a Confederate flag. “It’s a Confederate flag. Is it a symbol of southern pride or a symbol of hate?”

But it’s what he did next that’s sparking fury, as Lemon then proceeded to hold up an unredacted sign with the N-word on it, asking viewers whether the word bothers them. “Does this offend you — this word?” Lemon asked. “President Obama said it out loud in an interview, and a lot of people are shocked.” source


Google Installs Room Listening Device On Chrome Browsers

Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

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Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”

The feature is installed by default as part of Google’s Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be “black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

“We don’t know and can’t know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.

Opt-in or opt-out

Google responded to complaints via its developer boards. It said: “While we do download the hotword module on startup, we do not activate it unless you opt in to hotwording.” However, reports from developers indicate otherwise. After having identified Chromium as the culprit, developer Ofer Zelig said in a blog post: “While I was working I thought ‘I’m noticing that an LED goes on and off, on the corner of my eyesight [webcam]’. And after a few times when it just seemed weird, I sat to watch for it and saw it happening. Every few seconds or so.”

Google also blamed the Linux distribution Debian for downloading the non-open source component with Chromium automatically, rather than Google Chrome.

“The key here is that Chromium is not a Google product. We do not directly distribute it, or make any guarantees with respect to compliance with various open source policies,” Google developer mgiuca said.

Falkvinge countered Google’s explanations saying: “The default install will still wiretap your room without your consent, unless you opt out, and more importantly, know that you need to opt out, which is nowhere a reasonable requirement.” He says a hardware switch to disable the microphone and camera built into most computers is needed.

Voice search functions have become an accepted feature of modern smartphones, but their movement into the home through the smart TV, and now browser, have caused concerns over the possibility of being listened to within the home.

While most services require a user to opt in, privacy advocates have questioned whether their use, which requires sending voice recordings over the internet to company servers for processing, risks unintentionally exposing private conversations held within the home.

A Google spokeswoman said on Wednesday: “We’re sure you’ll be relieved to learn we’re not listening to your conversations – nor do we want to. We’re simply giving Chrome users the ability to search hands free at their computers by saying “OK Google” while on the Google homepage – and only if they choose to opt in to the feature.” source


Netherlands pediatrician seeks to euthanize children under 12

What this boils down to is that a  child age 1o who shows “unberable suffering” will be able to  end his own life if he so chooses.  Prolife blog LifeSite News is concerned that, “no restrictions can truly safeguard against abusing policies that allegedly require terminal illness as a condition of performing the procedure.” ChristianExaminer has the story: The right […]

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‘There Are Still … Minds to Change’: Obama Hosts ‘Gay Pride’ Reception at White House

According to Christian News Network:

Barack Obama hosted a “gay pride” reception at the White House on Wednesday as part of LGBT month recognized by his administration each June, declaring that there are still “minds to change” on the issue.

Obama spoke to a crowd in the White House East Room while being accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. He touted the achievements that his administration had made in the six years that he has been president.

“Together, we ended ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We passed a historic hate-crimes bill named in part after Matthew Shepard. We lifted the HIV entry ban, and this summer, we’re going to be updating our national HIV/AIDS strategy, which will focus on eliminating disparities that gay and bisexual men and transgender women face,” Obama said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, Speech Regulation, and Islam

by Johanna Markind  •  Jun 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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Boston doctor fired for telling truth about homosexuality

Gina Miller, columnist for Renew America, reports on what happens when a doctor dares to speak the truth that the homosexual lifestyle can be hazardous to ones health.  The truth teller, Dr. Paul Church, “cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of […]

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Race Baiter Louis Farrakhan Calls For The Destruction Of The American Flag

Louis Farrakhan stated “We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag” in remarks before the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on Wednesday first reported by DC’s WMAL.

Farrakhan said, “White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city, they don’t give a damn about them nine.” He added that when the police took suspected shooter Dylann Roof to Burger King they were saying “You did a good job. Kill all them [bleep.]”

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Later, he declared, “I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag,” comments that were meant with cheers and applause. He added, “Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag.” source


NATO: Russian ‘Aggression’ in Ukraine must be countered

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 08:07 AM PDT

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance will not get dragged into an arms race with Russia but must counter Moscow’s “aggressive actions” in Ukraine. Defence ministers are due to approve measures including more than doubling NATO’s rapid response force, while the US on Tuesday announced it would pre-position heavy weapons on the alliance’s eastern flank.

Russia has denounced the moves as Cold War-style provocations while upgrading its own armed forces, including with more than 40 new nuclear ballistic missiles this year. “We will not be dragged into an arms race but we must keep our countries safe,” Stoltenberg said as the meeting opened at NATO HQ in Brussels. “What Russia has done in UK. FULL REPORT

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Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 07:55 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – In the second major court win for President Obama on his signature healthcare law, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies in states that did not set up their own healthcare exchanges. The decision was 6-3. A ruling against the administration would have threatened subsidies in nearly three-dozen states.

For months, though, the administration said it had no back-up plans, confident the Supreme Court would rule in its favor. The Supreme Court previously upheld the law’s individual mandate in 2012, in a 5-4 decision. This time, the justices said the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. FULL REPORT

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Obama and Clinton Hail Gay Marriage Rights on Eve of Ruling

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 07:47 AM PDT

President Obama and Hillary Clinton Wednesday each found openings to publicly celebrate gay rights and marriage equality leading up to a June Supreme Court ruling that is widely expected to energize the 2016 political bloodstream, no matter how it comes down. During an East Room event to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, Obama said, “We’re now awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on whether same-sex couples nationwide have the equal right to marry,” adding that a verdict on a key element of the Affordable Care Act also hangs in the balance as the high court’s session comes to a close.

“There are a few decisions coming down these next few days that I’m paying close attention to,” he confided to a raucous standing-room-only audience during a reception. Whether the Supreme Court affirms a federal right for same-sex couples to marry, “one thing is undeniable,” the president said. “There has been this incredible shift in attitudes across the country.” Gay marriage was legal in two states when Obama was elected. At that time, the Illinois senator backed civil unions, but not gay marriage. His political wariness about states’ fast-moving judicial rulings fell away after Vice President Biden embraced gay marriage during an interview in 2012. Biden accompanied the president Wednesday. FULL REPORT

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Top CEO Warns Of Global Reset: “It’s In The Cards For Sure… It Could Happen This Year”

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 07:38 AM PDT

Over the last several months there have been numerous reports highlighting the frantic activities of the world’s ultra-wealthy elite. From the purchasing of emergency hideaways and airstrips to warnings from their financial advisors that it’s time to shift their assets into physical holdings, it appears that a lot of powerful people are afraid of a significant shift set to take place in the near future.

In his latest interview with Future Money Trends Keith Neumeyer, who recently penned a very public (and very viral) letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commissions outlining the rampant manipulation by concentrations of shadowy market players taking place on commodities exchanges, shares his insights on what many believe to be a coming global reset. FULL REPORT

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Supreme Court Guide: Six Big Decisions Remain

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 06:30 AM PDT

The Supreme Court is scheduled to issue decisions Thursday, with six major cases remaining on the docket, and is expected to release opinions again on Friday and perhaps next week. Still to be decided are the health-law subsidies and gay-marriage cases, along with closely watched rulings involving congressional redistricting and power plant emissions. Here’s a list of the remaining cases. FULL REPORT

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Joel Osteen: 50 Muslims Sat on the Front Row at Lakewood

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 06:24 AM PDT

Joel Osteen has built a reputation for welcoming all. As he likes to say, “I’m for everybody.” God bless him. Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church, a megachurch in Houston, has told us he’d attend a gay wedding and told the world on theLarry King Live that it’s not his place to judge who’s going to heaven and who isn’t. These and other media appearances set off a firestorm of accusations that he’s compromising the Word of God. Now, Osteen is dealing with another controversial issue: Islam.

In an interview with Here and Now radio’s Jeremy Hobson Monday, Osteen shared how much his messages resonate with Muslims. “I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim countries as well. You know, I don’t know, I don’t get too deep in those kinds of things, but our ministry is about reaching out to everybody, and so I do and I do have those conversations,” Osteen said. FULL REPORT

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Google Installs Room Listening Device On Chrome Browsers

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 06:04 PM PDT

PRIVACY CAMPAIGNERS AND OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPERS ARE UP IN ARMS OVER THE SECRET INSTALLING OF GOOGLE SOFTWARE WHICH IS CAPABLE OF LISTENING IN ON CONVERSATIONS HELD IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users. It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

“Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.” FULL REPORT

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Satanic Temple to unveil Pagan goat-headed statue in Detroit

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 05:57 PM PDT

Welcome to America, where Flags are offensive but Satanic Idols are welcomed! The Satanic Temple — which identifies itself as an organized religion — is preparing to unveil a new statue of the Pagan icon Baphomet in the city of Detroit in July. They are inviting the public to attend a special event. “The Satanic Temple Baphomet monument is already the most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world,” the group says in the official event description.

According to the group, the statue weighs nearly one ton and stands nearly nine feet tall. Ultimately, The Satanic Temple intends to have the monument placed in the Oklahoma State Capitol, next to a statue of The Ten Commandments. The public unveiling in Detroit is scheduled for July 25 at Bert’s Warehouse. Tickets are already on sale. FULL REPORT

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Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 05:46 PM PDT

The largest capacity reservoir in the United States has hit its lowest water level in history following years of severe drought that have dramatically reduced flows from the Colorado River, water managers said on Wednesday. Officials said Nevada’s Lake Mead, the 79-year-old reservoir created by the massive Hoover Dam, registered 1,074.98 feet (327.7 meters) above sea level late on Tuesday, but was able to rise above a critical mark by early on Wednesday morning.

A water level of below 1,075 feet projected for January would translate to water cutbacks in 2016 for two U.S. western states, Arizona and Nevada. An announcement would be made this August. But a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman said cutbacks are not expected to be implemented and that projections are for the water level to be 6 feet (1.8 meters) above the trigger point. FULL REPORT

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Second Huge Solar Flare Headed For Earth

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 05:41 PM PDT

A severe geomagnetic storm sparked by a solar flare swept the Earth Monday and a second is forecast to strike late Wednesday afternoon. While that’s U.S. East Coast time, the impact has the potential to be worldwide — everything from power being disrupted to radios blacking out to global positioning systems going a little off-course.

Monday’s event, which was still winding down Tuesday, doesn’t seem to have caused any failures or forced planes to reroute, according to industry statements. It registered as a G4 storm on the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center’s five-step Geomagnetic Storm scale and touched off auroras that were visible across northern Asia, Europe and parts of Canada and the U.S. FULL REPORT

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What is The Gospel?


“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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June 22 Quotes


Shepherd the Shepherd

While responsibility for sin lies directly on the conscience of the one who forsakes their marriage vows, I’ve often wondered what might be done to help prevent such tragedies. I remember asking one of the elders of our church what accountability or oversight had been given to the pastor prior to his fall. To my astonishment he answered, “None.” Now, I want to emphasize that this man wasn’t a helpless victim of bad shepherding, but it did confirm my suspicion—one I still have—that often times and in many ways, the pastor is one of the most neglected sheep in the congregation.

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How the Charleston Tragedy Cries Out for God

Do you see? The worldling has an insoluble problem when faced with such tragedy as this horrendous slaughter. Taken seriously, the reigning worldviews of our day leave us helpless to describe murderer, victims, or incident, in any terms other than either “…and then that happened,” or even (God help us all) positive terms. Then after describing them, they have no way to categorize them, or have any relief to the emotional response they quite properly have. They are forced to steal categories from Christianity — categories they don’t really mean, and just as surely do not think through — to do any better than “this event makes me feel bad!”

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Anatomy of a Sick Church – 10 Symptoms to Watch

Decline in frequency of attendance of church members. This symptom is the number one explanation for attendance decline in most churches. Members are not as committed as they once were. Their waning love for their church is reflected in their declining frequency in worship attendance.

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How to Conquer the Grumbles

Awareness of my grumbling showed me where I desire my kingdom, rather than God’s kingdom, to flourish. That is always the issue. When I grumble in response to circumstances, I am stating that the values of my kingdom matter more than the values of God’s kingdom. I am stating that people should work better for my sake, that systems should function in certain ways for my benefit, and that the weather should conform to my particular desires. I am the focus of my life.

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“Eschatology is the Key to Your Sanctification in the Christian Life”

I was immediately drawn in when he said this because although it is good, true, and important to discuss Christ’s work on the cross and how that applies to our sanctification, the believer also needs to hold fast to where Christ is now, interceding on our behalf at the right hand of the Father, and what he is going to do, return for his bride and reign with her on the new heavens and the new earth. All of this is good news, and helps us to strive for that eternal Sunday.

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Can the Ethiopian Change His Skin or a Leopard His Spots?

And it is here that the Rachel Dolezal story exposes the silliness and the absurdity of postmodernity, and its accompanying commitment to relativism.  It shows–perhaps more clearly than any other recent example–that postmodernity simply doesn’t work. It shows that we can’t create our own realities after all.  We can’t make something true just because we want it to be.  Any person with common sense simply knows that saying you are black doesn’t make you black.

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Homeschooling and Christian Duty

So is homeschooling selfish? Have homeschoolers enthroned the needs of their own children at the expense of the larger society? In declining to send our children to public school, have we truly turned our backs on the lost of the world? This, after all, is the real charge that Christians level at homeschooling.

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When Pastors Abuse

Third, sometimes church discipline is exercised in the context of a poor structure in which the pastor is without sufficient accountability. Some evangelical groups that identify with some aspects of Reformed theology are not actually Reformed in their polity. In many cases, these groups are congregational in polity and are not sufficiently connected and accountable to other congregations nor to broader (or higher) assemblies (church courts).

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Shutting Down Debate and Silencing the Opposition

By now it should be perfectly clear how the secular left operates: they have very little intelligent arguments of their own, so they resort to other means to win the public debate on hot potato issues. And the main means they use is bullying, intimidation, shouting, name-calling, mud-slinging, and simply preventing the other side from getting a hearing.

Since our mainstream media is predominated by secular lefties, this is exactly how the media works as well. It is almost impossible nowadays for a contrary opinion to be heard in the MSM, whether on the issue of homosexuality, or abortion, or climate change. There is the party line, and that is adhered to and defended at all costs. No countervailing points of view will be heard.

And of course there is only the slightest pretence of balance offered when another side is allowed in. As the Q&A program the other night once again demonstrated so clearly, one token conservative and/or Christian will be invited to take on 4, 5, 6 or more secular lefties.

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Community, Cause and Corporation – Church & Culture Blog

What, exactly, is a church?
 
If you think it’s a one-dimensional, simplistic enterprise, then you are in for a rude awakening. Or more likely, you are experiencing enormous tensions that you don’t have a clue as to the source.
 
The truth is that a church is a complex entity that has at least three dimensions: it is a community, a cause and a corporation. And knowing how to focus on each one, not to mention balance them against each other, is one of the most decisive tasks you will ever engage in.
 
I’m not making these dimensions up. In Philippians, Paul calls Epaphroditus his brother (community), his worker (corporation), and his fellow-soldier (cause). This one man was all three to Paul – and people are often all three to you.
 
For example, think about the church as community. Paul once counseled Timothy to relate to older men as fathers, younger women as sisters and older women as mothers (I Timothy 5:1-2). When talking about the church as a cause, the New Testament tends to use military metaphors; think of the armor detailed in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. The church is also an institution with a corporate dynamic, with officers such as pastors/elders, deacons, and those with the gift of administration.
 
Why is this so important to grasp?

Cold Case Christianity: Why the Case for Christianity Is More Important Than Ever

Why the Case for Christianity Is More Important Than EverMuch has been written and discussed about this year’s Pew Research Center poll, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, and I’ve also weighed in on the findings. The percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. When statistics like these are released, it’s tempting to panic and respond without properly examining the trends. The devil is always in the details, however, and a careful analysis of the data ought to energize rather than discourage us. Opportunities abound, and the case for Christianity is more important than ever.

While more and more people say they no longer identify as Christians, the ranks of atheists and agnostics are not growing in equal percentages. During the same seven year span, as Christian affiliation dropped by 7.8%, those claiming an atheist affiliation only grew by 1.5%. So where did all the Christians go? They went to the ranks of those claiming no affiliation with any established Christian denomination or belief system (a category affectionately called, “the nones”). Importantly, those who no longer claim a Christian attachment, have not yet jumped in with the atheists or agnostics. They haven’t even jumped in with other religious groups (such as Jewish, Muslim or other believers). This is an important reality for all of us who seek to make the case for Christianity. We sometimes mistakenly think our culture is becoming more and more atheistic. It isn’t. Instead, it’s simply becoming less and less Christian.

People are not nearly as resistant to the existence of God as the more liberal, atheistic media would like us to believe. In fact, 92.9% of the country rejects atheism and is open to the existence of God in one form or another. We are a country of theists, even though we might be divided on which form of theism (or deism) is true. That’s why the case for Christianity is more important than ever.

Those who believe in the existence of God, yet reject Christianity, can still be reached for Christ. I sometimes think this group of “nones” has rejected their experience in the Church rather than their belief in Jesus. That may simply be a reflection of the sad, non-evidential nature of the Church rather than a reflection of the strong evidential nature of Christianity. Some of those who have left our ranks may never have heard anything about the evidence supporting the Christian worldview in all the years they were attending church with us. My own anecdotal experience, as I speak at churches around the country, supports this uncomfortable hypothesis. Most churches are still uninterested in making the case for Christianity, while more and more Christians want to know why Christianity is true.

Now is the time to make the case for the reliability of the New Testament, the historicity and Deity of Jesus and the reasonable inference of the Resurrection. People are still hovering in the “nones” category, open to the existence of God, but skeptical of their past experience in Christianity. Now is the time to show them a new way forward and a reasonable path to belief. The reasonable, evidential case for Christianity is more important than ever.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, a Christian Case Maker, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity


Should I Keep a Stupid Promise?

We recently encountered the rather colorful figure of Jephthah in our study through the book of Judges. In case you need a primer, Jephthah made a rather absurd vow, promising to sacrifice “whoever came out of his house first” if God would make him successful in battle. When that turned out to be his own daughter, he actually put her on the altar and killed her.

There’s a lot to say about that particular vow (you can hear the whole message here), but our Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick, has some good reflections on what to do after we’ve made a ridiculously stupid promise to God:

God is not pleased or amused because we’ll do extreme things; which portrays God as an immature teenage audience chanting “Do it! Do it!” God is pleased with us because he sees us clothed in the righteousness of Christ when we accept his death on the cross as the penalty for our sin.

Part of the reason we are prone to promise God stupid things in the first place is because we think he’s impressed with our grandiosity. The sooner we relinquish this idea the better. Therefore, we should repent not just of our stupid promise, but the immature view of God which led us to think he would be impressed by it.

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Is taking down the Confederate battle flag a mere gesture?

I have been watching the flag controversy from a distance, choosing not to weigh-in until now. Well, I guess that’s not quite right. Early on, I did tweet my opinion on the matter but offered little more. So for those who missed it, I agree that the flag should come down.

It has been interesting to see the conversation unfold among evangelical and conservative writers. Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, Rod Dreher, Ross Douthat, and countless others have called for its removal. Even Doug Wilson has declined to defend the flag as a symbol of southern resistance against federal encroachment, saying “Just take it down, man!” Among conservatives, it seems those wishing to keep the flag up are growing fewer and farther between.

I won’t rehash the arguments made so able by the others I mentioned above. I’ll simply add my cosign to Moore, Mohler, et al. Having said that, I would make one brief response to conservatives who argue that taking the flag down is an empty gesture and doesn’t do anything to actually solve the problem of racism. I think that critique actually misses the point—at least from a Christian perspective. Here’s why.

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Gospel for Asia’s Leader K.P. Yohannan to Speak at Calvary Chapel Missions Conference

Patheos columnist Warren Throckmorton has raised several questions with regard to the forthrightness of Gospel for Asia leaders. He writes:

According to this website, Gospel for Asia’s founder and president will speak at Calvary Chapel in Downey, CA as a part of a missions conference. I wrote the church to ask if Yohannan plans to address any of the controversies swirling around Gospel for Asia and will add any answer I get.

Specifically, it is not known if any leader at Gospel for Asia is going to publicly acknowledge that the leaders prevailed upon their own students and ministry partners to carry envelopes of undeclared U.S. cash to India in apparent violation of U.S. law. Thus far, GFA has not apologized for violating their own financial integrity guidelines or requiring students as young as 18 to engage in smurfing of large amounts of cash to India.

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America’s Preferred (and Protected) Symbol of Slavery and Oppression

As you may have noticed, people are talking a lot about flags lately. And slavery. And oppression. And hate and feelings and sensitivities. And how Confederate flags and icons are uniquely worthy of a purge here in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA. That’s the Corporate American Statists’ spin on […]

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Remaining Faithful in a World of Humanism

Next Monday the U.S. Supreme Court should weigh in on the defining decision regarding homosexual marriage in our nation.  If the Court dictates that homosexual marriage is a protected right the church will face a very interesting future.  If you believe the Church will not come under heavy pressure to affirm and support unbiblical marriage–well […]

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Rick Warren’s “Power of a Campaign for Revival and Spiritual Awakening”

Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, has the latest on Rick Warren:

Rick WarrenSaddleback’s and Amurica’s pastor Rick Warren is talking revival and spiritual awakening! Can it be that he is finally preaching repentance and surrender to Christ? Well, not exactly. We’re talking about a movement by numbers again, from his latest email blast. What does the Bible have to say about this?

Rick Warren: “If God allowed you to baptize hundreds of new believers, add almost hundreds of new members, and increase your average attendance by thousands in just 40 days, would you call that a revival?”

I’d call it nickles and noses. Proof of revival is not in numbers. Remember, GOD does the increasing. Acts 3:19-21 “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.”

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Author(s): Jesse Johnson

 
Yesterday I looked at how the New Testament describes the office of a deacon. Today I want to argue this point: the Bible describes women as holding this office, and the church should follow the New Testament’s example in similarly recognizing women who are exceptional servants by identifying them as deacons. The qualifications for deacons are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The key verse for this discussion is right in the middle: verse 11 says, “Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.” There are four different views on this verse, and I…
 


Author(s): Worldview News Team

 
WVW-TV Presents: Why Bill Gothard, Pat Robertson, & Neil T. Anderson Are Wrong To Teach People Can Bind Satan. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room for members only.  Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/why-bill-gothard-neil-t-anderso…  
 


Author(s): Worldview News Team

 
When sharing the gospel with our friends and family: We Must Use the Law for Conviction of Sin   We Must Get The Gospel Right We Must Pray We Must Use the Power of the Scripture  We Must Stay Focused on the Sufficiency of Jesus We Must Teach Antithetically  Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/saving-loved-ones-hell-part-two
 


Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, September 6, 2014.

The Rev. Canon Andrew White, known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” has said that persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq has passed all expectations of extreme brutality. White said that while Christians have lost everything, it’s their faith in Jesus that’s keeping them going.

“It is happening now in our midst and the persecution of Christians is like we’d never expect would happen,” White told the audience at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, according to Deseret News. “All I know is we are not (ceasing) to love Jesus. We are still serving him.”

He added that Christians in Iraq are in constant fear of attacks.

“They’re all petrified. They’re all desperate. They all think they have no future,” he said.


Jeffress: We will follow God, not a court ruling

God or government?

“We are prepared to endure fines from the government and even loss of tax-exempt status if necessary to uphold our religious beliefs,” Jeffress tells OneNewsNow. “And I believe every religious leader is going to have to make a decision at some point whether they’re going to obey God or government.”

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The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking the Internet

“Charlie Charlie,” a game/Internet urban legend of sudden and inexplicable popularity, surged to the top of the global social media charts this weekend after kicking around on the Spanish-language Internet for much of eternity. As of this writing, #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.6 million times. More people are Googling “Charlie Charlie” than virtually any other news event.

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An Approaching Financial Collapse?

Greece and Europe are at a turning point. Many seasoned commentators already believe that the next and greatest worldwide economic crash has already begun. Over the next few days decisions and events are going to unfold that will literally affect the economic course of Europe, and arguably the entire world.

We are looking at the potential beginnings of a full-blown worldwide economic collapse.

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You’re being secretly tracked with facial recognition, even in church

Greenshpan said the churches just have to upload one high-quality photo of a congregant to start scanning video or photos from gatherings to see if they were there. I asked him if the churches let people know they’re using the technology. “I don’t think churches tell people,” he said. “We encourage them to do so but I don’t think they do.”

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No One Exposes Resigning Pastor!

When it comes to the sins of others, we are all too quick to believe them, and all too slow to submit to God’s Word.


Don’t Fear Your Mission Field

I was privileged to preach recently at the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Watch the full message, from Luke’s Gospel, in the video below.


5 best books on apologetics

Trying to come up with 5 of my favorite apologetics books is like asking me to name my 5 favorite moments as a University of Kentucky sports fan.


Elisabeth Elliot, 1926-2015

The woman who wrote “Through Gates of Splendor” has gone through them herself. This is a special tribute to Elisabeth Elliot.
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Video: What is a Four-Point Case for Christianity?

In this featured video, the “One Minute Apologist” Bobby Conway asks Frank Turek about what a
four-point case for Christianity would look like.  The case Turek briefly shares is as follows:
1. Does Truth Exist?
2. Does God Exist?
3. Can Miracles Happen?
4. Is the New Testament Reliable?
For those who are interested in learning more about Frank’s case for Christianity, I highly recommend his newest book Stealing from God.  You can find our review here.

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In the wake of the Charleston shooting: How could a good God allow suffering and evil?

Last weekend I spoke at my home church, Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring (yes, Boring) Oregon, on the question of why a good God allows evil and suffering.


The Cell Church

The New Structure
for the New Church
for the New Millennium

C. Peter Wagner’s original vision for hierarchical networks.[1]
By Sarah H. Leslie

Twenty years ago I began researching the networking hierarchical cell church structure that was beginning to emerge in the evangelical church. I gave a two “Cell Church” talks. One presentation was in 1997 at a Discernment Ministries conference in Missisauga, Ontario, Canada, and a few years later an updated talk was given in 1999 at a Discernment Ministries conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The following audio comes from the later 1999 talk.

Listen to the audio:

This talk was graphic intensive, so the referenced exhibits are available from Discernment Ministries (“A. Cell Church Structure with transparencies”), http://home.etcable.net/hestervanboven/DVD’s.htm

I had always intended to put the information in these talks into a written document. But personal life circumstances continually thwarted this plan. But by 2005 we had launched the Herescope blog, and a good deal of the research eventually ended up in articles. For the serious researcher Al Dager’s 1990 book Vengeance Is Ours: The Church in Dominion is foundational reading.

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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, June 25, 2015

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

Lecrae: Church Needs to Correct Oppression Not Just Forgive It

Bobby Jindal Announces Entry into Presidential Race

Illinois Planned Parenthood Clinic Built against Zoning Code Loses Court Battle

ISIS Kidnaps 1,200 More Children to Train as Jihadists

Bibles Pour into Cuba to Meet Christianity Boom

Texas Christian Fined for Feeding Homeless Says it was Her Religious Right

Concerns Grow over Radicalized Kenyan Youths in Islamic Militia

Donations Flood in for Emanuel AME and Other Black Churches in Charleston

Irish Pastor Facing Prosecution for Calling Islam ‘Satanic’

Joel Osteen Says He Sells Many of His Books in Muslim Countries

Opinion

Cheers to the Magna Carta

What Does it Take to Forgive Someone Like Dylann Roof?

The Heresy of Racial Superiority — Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth

Is the Confederate Flag a Symbol of Heritage or Hate?

A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot



What is The Gospel?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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

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

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

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GTY Blog: Wretched Man That I Am!

Code: B150624

 

by Jeremiah Johnson

Every believer understands the frustration, confusion, and doubt caused by our sin after we’re saved. We know we’ve been transformed through the power of God’s redeeming work. He’s changed our nature and set us free from the dominion of sin and Satan. But we don’t always live in the reality of that freedom. In fact, we sometimes get the sense that we’re still wicked sinners, and that nothing has changed at all.

Apostolic Exasperation

That angst over remaining sin is probably best described by the apostle Paul in Romans 7:14-25.

For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

That passage has puzzled scholars and theologians throughout the history of the church. Is Paul describing himself before Christ, or is he talking about someone else—perhaps someone with very little spiritual maturity, or a believer still caught in sin’s grasp? Or is this passage an indication that Paul was mentally unstable, as he seems to drift between two contradictory mindsets? The mind that has not been illuminated by the Holy Spirit likely cannot make any sense of Paul’s confessional self-description.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

In his book The Gospel According to the Apostles, John MacArthur helps us answer some of those questions and understand the inner conflict Paul describes.

This is no carnal Christian or someone with a low degree of sanctification. Paul’s repeated use of the personal pronoun in this context emphasizes that this was his own personal experience. The verb tenses show that he did not consider himself past this stage. The conflict that he describes here was one he knew well—even as an advanced Christian. God’s sanctifying work in his heart is clearly evident. He says he hates his sin (v. 15). He loves righteousness (vv. 19, 21). He delights in the law of God from his heart (v. 22). He thanks God for the deliverance that is his in Christ (v. 25). Those are all responses of a mature Christian, in this case as seasoned apostle; not someone floundering in the throes of a desperate state of established carnality. In fact, it is the description of a godly man whose occasional sin feels like a constant thing when set against the backdrop of his holy longings.

Romans 7:14-25 thus describes the human side of the sanctifying process. We must not set it against Romans 8, as some do, imagining that these chapters describe two separate stages of Christian growth. They simply give two different perspectives on sanctification. Romans 7 is the human perspective; Romans 8 is the divine perspective. Romans 7 is Paul’s own testimony of how it is to live as a Spirit-controlled, spiritually grounded believer. He loved the holy law of God with his whole heart, yet he found himself wrapped in human flesh and unable to fulfill it the way his heart wanted to. Are there Christians anywhere who are so spiritual that they can testify to a life lived above this level? [1] The Gospel According to the Apostles, 113-114

For believers, the push and pull the apostle describes is a common, even frequent occurrence. We understand hating sin even while we’re sinning. We recognize the compulsion to return to the very sins the Lord has saved us from. And we can appreciate how the remaining stains of our sinful past cause us to question whether we’ve truly been transformed at all.

An Unlikely Source of Assurance

But in the midst of that frustration, John MacArthur says we ought to find encouragement and assurance.

All true believers should be living at precisely this level, struggling with the tension Paul describes between an ever-increasing hunger for righteousness on the one hand, and a growing sensitivity to sin on the other. Though the degree of sin will vary depending on one’s level of spiritual maturity, sin in the genuine believer should always make him or her feel the conflict Paul describes in these verses. [2] 114

In a slightly ironic twist, the believer’s frustration over his sin and lack of spiritual growth is a strong indication that he is growing spiritually. In fact, it’s the believer who doesn’t have this inner struggle who needs to be concerned.

Though some have tried to claim they live above Romans 7, they only reveal their own insensitivity to the pervasive effects of sin in the flesh. If they would honestly measure themselves against God’s standards of righteousness, they would realize how far they fall short. The closer we get to God, the more we see our own sin. Only immature, fleshly, and legalistic persons can live under the illusion that they measure up well by God’s standards. The level of spiritual insight, brokenness, contrition, and humility that characterizes the person depicted in Romans 7 are marks of a spiritual and mature believer who before God has no trust in his own goodness and achievements.

So Romans 7 is not the cry of a carnal Christian who cares not of righteousness, but the lament of a godly Christian who, at the height of spiritual maturity, nevertheless finds himself unable to live up to the holy standard. It is also the experience of every genuine believer at every stage of spiritual development. [3] 114

We need to take great comfort in the fact that the struggle against our flesh is an indication of victory over the flesh. Paul was no ordinary believer—he encountered Christ face-to-face; he was whisked away to see the glories of heaven; he witnessed and performed miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit. In spite of all that, he still struggled with sin, and longed to be free of the fleshly shackles of his former nature, crying out, “Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24).

That was not a helpless exclamation—he already knew the answer, as he immediately identifies His Savior: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 7:25). Paul’s confidence was not in himself or his righteousness, but in God’s triumph over sin, producing a settled hope of heaven’s glory. He made that clear just few paragraphs later in Romans 8:18-19.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

His assurance was rooted in the character and promises of God, and he knew that the Lord would not abandon His transforming work in His people before it was completed. “These whom He justified, He also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

He made the same reassuring point in his epistles to the church at Corinth. He wrote, “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. . . . But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:53, 57). “While we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life” (2 Corinthians 5:4).

The struggle against sin is a good thing, so long as you continue to struggle. It’s a lifelong battle, but as John MacArthur points out, one that bears significant fruit.

Yet for now the battle goes on. Full deliverance awaits glorification. Victory here and now is only possible bit by bit as we mortify the deeds of the body through the power of the Holy Spirit: “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). “For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13).

We are bound to be frustrated by our inability to experience holiness to the degree we desire. That is the inevitable experience of every true saint of God. Because of our flesh we can never in this life achieve the level of holiness to which we aspire. “And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:23). But that hope further inflames our aspirations to holiness. [4] 120

In The Gospel According to the Apostles, John closes his chapter on Romans 7 by quoting 1 John 3:2-3. It’s a good reminder that while the holiness we long for sometimes feels a long way off, it is never in doubt.

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Next time we’ll bring our discussion of sin, grace, and righteousness full circle, as we consider the believer’s adoption into the family of God.


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How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions

Shadow To Light

Steve Greene wrote a web article entitled How to validate atheism in one easy step and gives us the most common defense of atheism that is out there:

So this is how you validate atheism in one easy step: Ask the god-believer to produce actual, credible, real world evidence of this god. He will never do it. He will always engage in word games employed to try to conjure up his god – while never even attempting to produce actual, relevant, empirical evidence of any god. He will talk about everything else under the sun, engage in rhetorical trickery, misdirection (red herring), misrepresentation (i.e., straw man criticism of atheism), all based on denying obvious facts about reality (like the problematic nature of “eyewitness testimony,” and the subjective nature of subjective beliefs about imaginary things making you feel good), while never getting around to producing any actual evidence of any god…

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Studies in Eschatology [7]

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Restoring Israel

I had written on the subject of the Kingdom of God (KoG) as it related to the NT Church.

I believe the exegesis of the biblical texts reveal to us that the KoG is distinct from the NT Church. Moreover, the KoG is eschatological, or in other words, it awaits a future fulfillment at the return of God’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ who will reign over the entire earth.

Yet, in the intern, as God’s eschatological purposes are being worked out according to a divinely established time table, God is calling out by the means of the gospel a spiritual body of believers comprised of both Jews and gentiles who are united with Jesus Christ by faith. They presently live according to the principles of the coming eschatological kingdom as they submit themselves to the authority of Jesus as the rightful Lord of God’s kingdom.

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Obama administration hiding the extent of damage from the OPM hack

WINTERY KNIGHT

Previously, I blogged about three serious breaches of secure data that occurred under the Obama administration, which is not known for competence in information technology (think Obamacare web site). The three breaches were Snowden, Manning, and China’s hack of Office of Personnel Management (OPM). I did not include Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, since we don’t know the extent of the damage there, although in a previous post, I quoted a former deputy director of the CIA saying that foreign governments had everything on Clinton’s e-mail server. So that would be a fourth massive breach of security.

First, let’s see who Obama put in charge of OPM. Was it someone with a background and experience adequate to the job?

About Katherine Archuleta:

This morning, Katherine Archuleta was sworn-in as the 10th Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and will serve as the Federal government’s personnel chief. She will…

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Why are you reading this devotional thought?

Unfathomable Grace

In the third chapter of Matthew, a group of notable worshipers travelled a considerable distance to a wilderness location where John the Baptist ministered. For sure they invested time and energy in coming to him; perhaps they even spent money and risked their reputations. They were interested in joining the crowed, meeting the man, hearing the message, and feeling the waters of baptism. However, as soon as they arrived on the scene, these particular religious seekers were halted in their steps and turned away. Listen to the not-so-warm greeting they received from Jesus’ herald:

… Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”     (Matthew 3:7-9)

John, inspired by the Spirit…

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What is Preserving Grace?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 κἀγὼ δίδωμι αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπόλωνται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ οὐχ ἁρπάσει τις αὐτὰ ἐκ τῆς χειρός μου. 29 ὁ πατήρ μου ὃ δέδωκέν μοι πάντων μεῖζόν ἐστιν, καὶ οὐδεὶς δύναται ἁρπάζειν ἐκ τῆς χειρὸς τοῦ πατρός. 30 ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν. (John 10:28-30 NA28)

28 And I give to them eternal life and they will never perish into the age, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the hand of the Father. 30 I and the Father are one. (John 10:28-30 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

I have always been puzzled why some become so angry when we declare the doctrine of eternal security of God’s people. Of course, those who do are the…

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Six reasons why you should believe in non-physical souls

WINTERY KNIGHT

This podcast is a must-listen. Please take the time to download this podcast and listen to it. I guarantee that you will love this podcast. I even recommended it to my Dad and I almost never do that.

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In this podcast, J. Warner examines the evidence for the existence of the mind (and inferentially, the soul) as he looks at six classic philosophical arguments. Jim also briefly discusses Thomas Nagel’s book, Mind and Cosmos and discusses the limitations of physicalism.

The MP3 file is here. (67 MB, 72 minutes)

Topics:

  • Atheist Thomas Nagel’s latest book “Mind and Cosmos” makes the case that materialism cannot account for the evidence of mental phenomena
  • Nagel writes in this recent New York Times article that materialism cannot account for the reality of consciousness, meaning, intention and purpose
  • Quote from the Nagel article:

Even though the theistic outlook, in some versions, is…

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