Daily Archives: June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider letting states require evidence of citizenship when people register to vote for federal elections, rejecting an appeal from Arizona and Kansas.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from former Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, leaving intact his conviction for public corruption, insurance fraud and racketeering. Renzi, a Republican, argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violated the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits investigations into the legislative work of members of Congress.

David Cameron said the U.K. can’t hide from terrorists after the deadliest attack against Britons since 2005. Eighteen Britons are confirmed to have died in the June 26 attack in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse and this number is likely to rise to around 30.

Prices on Puerto Rico’s newest general obligations sank to record lows after Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said investors should be prepared to sacrifice if they want the cash-strapped island’s economy to grow.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande signaled they’ve reached the limits of their ability to safeguard Greece, offering the government no further concessions to step back from the brink.

Chinese stocks tumbled, sending the benchmark index into a bear market, as signs of an exodus by leveraged investors overshadowed the central bank’s effort to revive confidence with an interest-rate cut. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 3.3 percent to 4,053.03 at the close, taking declines from its June 12 peak to more than 20 percent.

On June 30, time will stand still. Just for a second — a leap second. It’s scheduled for 8 p.m. in New York, just when markets in Asia are opening, and exchanges around the world are taking no chances. U.S. stock markets are ending some after-hours trading early and others from Sydney to Tokyo are recalibrating their clocks ahead of time. Trading firms also have to be prepared

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. exploded within minutes after launch Sunday over the skies of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, with supplies and equipment, was destined for the International Space Station.

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A three-week manhunt that began when two convicted murderers staged a brazen prison break involving stolen power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger meat ended Sunday when a single state police sergeant spotted a suspicious man walking down on a rural road near the Canadian border.

The atrocities committed by ISIS are so horrific that a high-profile al Qaeda member, an American citizen, purportedly addressed the group directly in a new al Qaeda publication and lectured them that if they keep it up, Allah will not grant them paradise in the afterlife.

As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border – a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey’s southern frontier.

In a surprise meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.

A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past “the point of no return” and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

The gruesome “selfie” taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.

More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

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Texas’ top law officer has called the US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage in all 50 states a “lawless ruling” and vowed to support state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds.

Tunisia has made its first arrests over the massacre of 38 people, mainly tourists, by a gunman at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday, the country’s interior minister has said.

Stock markets in Europe and the US have fallen after Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls.

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U.S. officials have warned local authorities to be on the alert for terrorist attacks over the July Fourth weekend in the wake of deadly attacks Friday by the Islamic State that killed more than 60 people on three continents.

At least six predominantly black places of worship have burned under suspicious circumstances in the span of just a few days and authorities from Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas are warning arsonists could be on the prowl.

Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the ruling from the Supreme Court on “gay marriage” is going to reverberate for some time – and in fact, lead to an uprising of sorts from the Christian camps. “I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law.”

Churches could lose their tax-exempt status with the IRS if they refuse to recognize the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned in his dissenting opinion.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a new rule to ban cigarette smoking in residents’ homes.


Top News – 6/29/2015

Epicenter of latest earthquake also near Nissan Plant
(Mississippi News Now) – USGS has confirmed a 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit about 4.3 miles southwest of Canton at 8:23 am. The epicenter of today’s earthquake is just east of I-55, near the Nissan Plant, within less than a mile of one that happened in May.

Deadline likely missed in nuclear deal – Hayden says Iran has ‘upper hand’
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that the United States has lost its edge going into the final days of a nuclear negotiation with Iran. “I would actually fear that the Iranians have the upper hand right now,” Hayden said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I actually fear we have painted ourselves into a corner where we believe that any deal is better than no deal at the present time.”

Russia’s Putin reaffirms supposrt for Syrian Leadership
Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Monday that there was no change in Russia’s support for the Syrian leadership. Putin said he hoped for an end to Syria’s 4-1/2 year-old conflict, adding: “We are convinced that in the end the Syrian people will win.”

Greece in shock as banks shut after snap referendum call
Greeks struggled to adjust to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumours and conspiracy theories on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4
American police forces from coast to coast are on alert from federal officials that the Islamic State (ISIS) is planning to terrorize the country during the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

Earthquake of 5 magnitude rocks Nepal
A 5-magnitude earthquake on Monday rocked Nepal, triggering panic among the people already battered by the two devastating earthquakes two months ago and over 330 aftershocks.

Earthquake of 5.8 magnitude strikes off Peru: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicentre was 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Puquio and 34 kilometres deep.

Puerto Rico governor says island can’t pay its public debt
The governor is warning that Puerto Rico can’t pay its $72 billion public debt, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece’s collapsing finances.

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut
Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn yet, with the cabinet deciding after an 8-hour session that Greek banks would remain shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals.

Earthquake Hits Sinai Coast, Felt From Eilat to Tel Aviv
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday and was felt all the way from Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel to the greater Tel Aviv area in central Israel.

The green mirage—and con job
Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must “ask God for a positive outcome” to negotiations over another UN climate treaty.

President who opposed gay marriage three years ago turns White House into rainbow extravaganza
It’s not Barack Obama’s style to win a victory with any sort of humility, you understand. That’s not in his makeup. And there’s really little point in mentioning that he was “opposed” to gay marriage as recently as 2012 when he announced his big evolution on the issue, because everyone knows he wasn’t really opposed at all. He pretended to be until he sensed correctly that the politics of the country were changing and it was OK to admit he was for it – which he had been all along.

The Supreme Court Has Ruled: Principled People Will Not Obey!
Following the Supreme Court’s illegal, immoral, and incredible “gay” rights decision, the White House (owned by the American people, not the President) was flooded with rainbow-color lights in celebration of that disgusting, dangerous, and decadent decision. Such impudence and defiance was an insult to America and a goading of God. However, be assured that God sees the evil and the good and He is involved in our world. Sometime His judgment seems slow, but it is always sure and severe. Judgment is on the way!


Top Headlines – 6/29/2015

Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Surely you got lost and meant to help the Syrians being butchered

Prime Minister congratulates Navy, lashes out at ‘hypocrisy’ of passengers

IDF intercepts Gaza bound flotilla without incident, redirects vessel towards Ashdod

PA’s Abbas gives Hamas Tuesday deadline to join unity government

Hamas leader confirms rumors of indirect talks with Israel

B’nai B’rith calls for closer Jewish-Catholic relations during meeting with Pope

Report: Islamic Jihad leader to end hunger-strike after Israel agrees to his release

Rocket alert sirens sound twice in 30 minutes in northern Golan Heights

IDF: Golan sirens result of Syria battles

Lebanese Druse leader: Israel playing a ‘very dubious and suspicious role’ in Syria

Three killed in mortar attack on Damascus – Syrian state TV

ISIS purportedly threatens to ‘slaughter’ Christian Arabs living in Jerusalem

ISIS marks anniversary of caliphate amid Ramadan calls for violence

Walmart cake wars: The Confederate flag vs. Islamic State

House Homeland Security Chair warns Americans to ‘remain vigilant’ ahead of July 4th

Illusion that Iran is building nuclear weapon must be dispelled: Rouhani

If Iran deadline missed, ‘reasonable’ to keep talking for another 3 to 6 month

Deadline likely missed in nuclear deal – Hayden says Iran has ‘upper hand’

Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home

Ministers depart, but US says current talks are final round for a nuclear deal

Trump: ‘We look like we’re beggars’ in Iran nuclear talks

US army strikes militants threatening coalition in Afghanistan

Five dead in suicide blast at Nigeria leprosy hospital

Parliament approves referendum as Greece’s future hangs in the balance

Greece will close banks Monday as panic spreads

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

Greece confirms banks to close until July 6

Euro sharply down as Greece crisis deepens, default looms

The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS

Puerto Rico governor says island can’t pay its public debt

Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

Man Shoots Down Neighbor’s Drone, Ordered to Pay Damages

Officials issue warning about debris from failed SpaceX launch

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Niltepec, Mexico

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

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia urupts to 14,000ft

Europe braces up for powerful heatwave

Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

Kansas judge blocks ban on so-called ‘dismemberment abortion’ procedure

Illegal charged with child pornography tells judge: ‘Just deport me’

These 35 Companies Just Told America Exactly What They Think About the SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business

Mississippi in limbo over high-court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples

Israeli Opposition MKs propose US-inspired gay marriage bills

Turkish police use water cannon to disperse gay pride parade

Colombia’s interior minister urges courts to legalize marriage, adoptions for same-sex couples

Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops

Legislation Introduced To Make Single-Person Bathrooms Gender Neutral In NYC

Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man

The Pastor Housing Allowance Scam

Joel Osteen Lakewood Church Service Interrupted by Protesters Shouting Scripture

Bill Gothard Defends Himself on New Website – Says All His Accusers Are Lying

No More Christian Events in Jerusalem Unless Rabbi’s Approve

NYT Writer: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Washington Post See’s ‘Sign From Heaven’ in Double Rainbow Above WH

The True Black Tragedy: Illegitimacy Rate of Nearly 75%

U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan

IS-linked group said to issue leaflets threatening Christians in Jerusalem

Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy


The Briefing

1) Ending of New York prison break reminder sin is never as beautiful as it promises

David Sweat shot and captured alive after New York manhunt, CNN (Deborah Feyerick, Alexandra Field and Dana Ford)

2) Outrage directed at social conservatives, not terrorist attacks, exposes priorities 

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens, New York Times (Ben Hubbard)

Love Among the Ruins, Wall Street Journal (Bari Weiss)

3) Religious liberty immediately denigrated, questioned following Supreme Court decision

What’s Next in the Fight for Gay Equality, New York Times (Evan Wolfson)

Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing, New York Times (Erik Eckholm)

4) Presentation of tax exemption as government subsidy threatens separation of church and state

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions, TIME (Mark Oppenheimer)

In other news…

Black Churches Are Burning Again in America, The Atlantic (Emma Green)Euro, stocks slide on looming Greece default, Reuters (Hideyuki Sano)

Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to gay couples, Politico (Hanna Trudo)

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy, Politico (Fredrik DeBoer)

Celebrating Marriage; Mourning the Queer Revolution, Slate (Jordan Alexander Stein)

Amid gay pride marches, where is the ‘religious extremism’ many feared after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling?, Washington Post (Judd Birdsall)


Daily Digest

June 29, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, 1788

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Obama’s Funeral Platform for Gun Control

On Friday, Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the slain pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Naturally, he exploited the occasion — metaphorically stood on Pinckney’s casket — to repeat the need for his policy preferences, namely more gun control. “For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” Obama thundered. “Sporadically, our eyes are open: When eight of our brothers and sisters are cut down in a church basement, 12 in a movie theater, 26 in an elementary school. But I hope we also see the 30 precious lives cut short by gun violence in this country every single day; the countless more whose lives are forever changed. … The vast majority of Americans — the majority of gun owners — want to do something about this. … None of us should believe that a handful of gun safety measures will prevent every tragedy. … But it would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again.” In this instance, he did mention the lives lost every day — though he neglected the fact that they’re black lives lost to the gang culture festering on his own party’s urban poverty plantations. But he doesn’t speak at their funerals. That’s because he couldn’t make the blacks who murder other blacks into the supposed carbon copies of the racist Charleston murderer, as he did with whites across the nation that twice elected him president. Obama’s race-baiting, anti-gun tirade was despicable, and all the more so because of the true grace shown by the families of the Charleston victims.

One Year Later, Islamic State ‘Caliphate’ Remains Entrenched

In theory, declaring a caliphate should have painted a huge target on the Islamic State’s back. But after the group (née “the JV team”) announced that it established a caliphate in Iraq and Syria last June, it has continued to hold onto its territory as the coalition fighting the jihadists slowly picks away at the “state.” Indeed, Islamic State-linked jihadists have launched attacks as far away as Pakistan, Algeria and Yemen, and those inspired by the Islamic State have struck both the U.S. and Europe. Now, officials in Afghanistan say the group is in that country, placing the Islamic State in competition with the Taliban over whose caliphate should be established. However, the Islamic State’s strategy has made it less of a threat to the United States than al-Qaida, writes Scott Stewart for Stratfor Global Intelligence. “Al Qaeda argues that the caliphate can be established only after the United States and its European allies have been defeated, to the extent that they can no longer interfere in Muslim lands… The Islamic State takes the opposite tack. It has adopted a more urgent ‘why wait?’ approach and concentrates its efforts on immediately taking, holding and governing territory.” This comes as the levels of terrorism at home and abroad are on the rise and as Independence Day weekend coincides with the month of Ramadan. So much for Barack Obama’s campaign to degrade and decimate our jihadist foes.

Greeks Scramble for Cash as Financial Crisis Comes to a Head

Fourteen years ago, Greece entered the Eurozone by using a Trojan Horse: It doctored its finances to make them appear more stable than they actually were. For a run of a few years, the country let its finances go. The party ended during the Great Recession as the country needed bailout after bailout to keep the partial-archipelago afloat. Now, the piper must be paid. But instead of tightening belts and making the tough decisions to get out of debt and onto firm footing, the Greeks elected the Syriza Party to power because it promised that it would lessen the burden of debt by resisting the demands for reform and negotiating further with the nation’s creditors. But those talks with the creditors broke down over the weekend and Greece may be booted from the Eurozone. On hearing the news, Greeks started lining up at ATMs, withdrawing as much money as they could before the cash ran out. In response, Greece started capital controls, keeping banks closed this week. “Appeasing Syriza’s demands could spread political contagion to Spain, Portugal and other countries that might think they too can avoid reform and still be rescued,” writes The Wall Street Journal editorial board. “A last-minute reprieve is possible, but if not the Greeks will have committed suicide by ignoring economic reality. Voters in Europe, Japan and the U.S., take note.” As we watch the slow-motion crash of Greece, we should remember that this nation has a growing debt that is being made larger by growing entitlement spending. Someday, the piper must be paid here, too.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Having Dispensed With God, Leftists Now Aim for Christians

By Robin Smith

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1-2-3-4-5. Five leftist lawyers, currently abusing their authority as Supreme Court Justices, unleashed their activism upon the U.S. Constitution Friday and created a non-existent right to same-sex marriage. The Fourteenth Amendment may provide equal protection under the law, but by applying it to expand the definition of marriage the Court has created a constitutional crisis in America. The First and Tenth Amendments, which respectively promise freedom of individual religion and award jurisdiction to the States of all powers not enumerated in the Constitution, have now been placed in direct conflict with the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Love Wins”? Not here it doesn’t, nor does anything but the will of five judicial despots, followed by the bullying mob rule of the Left and its Rainbow Mafia. Need proof?

In 2008, before the Saul Alinsky-ite Barack Obama and his Chicagoland gang occupied the White House and began “fundamentally transforming” our nation, there was debate, dissent and dialogue about all sorts of issues, including those issues fomented by the hard Left in order to label the response of the Christian Right as extremist.

In 2008, homosexual couples could enter into a legal, binding contract for shared property, power of attorney for making health care decisions, probate of wills, etc., and were, in most cases, receiving health care benefits from employers. These same homosexual couples were consummating their relationship in the privacy of their own domicile without harassment.

In 2008, Christians could speak their opinions and stand on their faith while understanding their voice was respected in the public square.

In 2015, however, those same Christians are in grave danger of losing legal standing because their beliefs are pitted against a brand new, heretofore undiscovered constitutional right. Tolerance is only for those who agree with the mob-rule Left.

What changed in seven years?

If you ask a moderate Republican, he or she might say, “Elections have consequences,” and shrug, since they never viewed this as meaningful anyway. If you ask the Bible-believing Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan, they shudder at the exchange of timeless principles for sexual license. If you ask a libertarian, you might get the response that devout Christians are the “recalcitrant minority.” But if you ask someone who identifies as Christian first, American second, and is conservative politically, you’ll hear sorrow for a nation that worships the secular triune of me, myself and I rather than our Creator.

Millions of votes cast around the country to support the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman have now been nullified. How will this tyrannical disregard for the enumerated powers of the Constitution play out in the everyday lives of Christians?

In your place of worship, there’s now a government-approved theology that the God-rejecting Left expects to be preached. Whereas Bible-centric congregations stand on Holy Scripture, which does not include one single advocacy of sexual sin or perversion, the homosexual agenda demands that this view be rejected. One of the five black-robed tyrants, Justice Anthony Kennedy — considered the “swing vote” — laughingly attempted to reassure those whose lives revolve around their faith in the Judeo-Christian God by writing, “Those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.”

Get that? We can advocate our opposition, but there is little legal standing in such a weak word. As Chief Justice John Roberts put it, “The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise‘ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”

Let’s not forget the Christian bakers, florists, photographers and other business owners who have been financially ruined and litigiously challenged by the Rainbow Mafia. Already, Christians have been forced to either comply with the government-approved theology or face persecution.

What about the tax-exempt status of Christian organizations such as schools, faith-based charities, hospitals and other institutions with religious beliefs?

The Obama administration has already indicated this provision as a likely stick to enforce the mandatory bowing to the altar of government-sanctioned faith. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing conjured-up rights before the Supreme Court back in April, tipped their hand in response to an inquiry by Justice Samuel Alito. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli promised. “I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”

Chad Griffin, president of the Human (read: Homosexual) Rights Campaign, likewise said, “No question, the work is not done. … We still have a long ways to go.”

Cultural icons like Star Trek actor George Takei, who is homosexual, made the same veiled threat after the ruling. Some, he said, are “going to try to use the shroud of religious freedom” to disobey the Court’s decree. “I believe in religious freedom, and people who argue that are entitled to their freedom,” Takei said. “But” — yes, there was bound to be a “but” — “they do not have the freedom to impose their religious values on to others.”

Yet that’s exactly what the Court and the Rainbow Mafia are doing. The mob-rule Left, characteristically using its ends to justify any means, is wielding its political and legal prowess acquired over the last seven years to openly oppress Judeo-Christians.

Yet there are glimmers of hope that will endure.

Cultural and casual Christians, the ones who believe philanthropy and showing up for a holiday service is their only necessary spiritual response, will quickly self-identify and want to change the subject. Eventually, these fair-weather believers will either deepen their faith or more explicitly abandon it to avoid social stigma or name-calling.

But the greatest outcome of this conflict threatening the Liberty of the faithful and devout will be the growth of strength and community. Think of redwoods, trees that soar to heights of over 350 feet and can live thousands of years. These natural giants have roots of only five to 13 feet deep, but spread outward to 100 feet, interlocking with the roots of neighboring trees in the grove. Unseen bonds within these titans of the forest provide stability and support when the storms howl.

As Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, reminds us, “[T]he church often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.”

And Congress isn’t idle. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which Lee writes “would prevent any agency from denying a federal tax exemption, grant, contract, accreditation, license, or certification to an individual or institution for acting on their religious belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”

This battle has been won through activism and deception. The war, however, is not over.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Tony Perkins: “For 11 years, homosexual activists have hidden behind the black robes of the court, trying to force their will on America before people wake up to the devastation. [Friday], in the court’s arrogance, they succeeded — swatting away the democratic expression of 50 million people like gnats on a humid day. ‘Today’s decree,’ Justice Antonin Scalia fumes, ‘says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact… This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.’ … As more Americans see and feel the erosion of religious liberty, of parental rights, of children’s innocence, and of conscience rights, their opinions will no longer be swayed by emotions and popular opinion — but by transcendent truth and inevitable consequences that come from its rejection. With this ruling, there is no doubt the Court has set in motion some dark days for religious liberty. But in that darkness will come a great Light, if believers hold firm to faith and continue speaking into the culture the uncompromising word of God.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “I urge you to beware the temptation … to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of any evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.” —The Gipper

Non Compos Mentis: “What we’re not going to do is unravel what has now been woven into the fabric of America.” —Barack Obama, not on traditional marriage but ObamaCare

Political games: “Sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” —Barack Obama, who opposed same-sex marriage until it became politically convenient in 2012

Demo-gogues: “[Friday’s same-sex marriage] ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It’s a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come. And this ruling is a victory for America.” —Barack Obama

The inevitable next steps: “It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy” —Politico Magazine

And: “Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions” —New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer

Braying Jenny: “Fear and hatred are far from finished. … Across the board, [Republicans] are the party of the past.” —Hillary Clinton

Late-night humor: “The Supreme Court ruled to preserve the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, so we now can do anything we want. We could drink, smoke, jump mini-bikes off bridges, or play chainsaw tag if we want to. If we get hurt, it’s not our problem. It’s America’s problem, together.” —Jimmy Kimmel

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Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance With Islamism

Daniel Greenfield’s new pamphlet reveals how Obama’s soft spot for Islam has disastrously undermined America’s security.

What we know about Barack Obama’s attitude toward Muslims and the Muslim world, in other words, is bad enough. But what we don’t know about him is even worse and this is the subject of Shillman Fellow Daniel Greenfield’s new Freedom Center pamphlet “Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance with Islamism.”

Greenfield’s pamphlet is a work of deep scholarship and legitimate outrage.

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Greece on Countdown to Collapse, Contagion Could Spread Fast!

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 08:48 PM PDT

Greek Crisis Ignites As Banks Shut For Next 6 Days – Banks in Greece and the country’s stock exchange will be shut all week in a sign of the deepening financial crisis. The drastic move comes after people rushed to withdraw their cash amid panic ahead of the referendum on bailout terms. Under the controls, there will be a daily €60 limit on withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. The euro fell sharply against the dollar amid investor jitters of a Greek debt default and exit from the eurozone. Speaking in a televised address, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged calm and insisted bank deposits were safe. MORE

 

As referendum looms, many in country hoard groceries, gas The sun shone, as usual, with clouds floating in a brilliant blue sky above the Acropolis. Hotels were mostly full, shops sold T-shirts and the cafes along the narrow alleyways in the Plaka tourist district were bustling. It was a seemingly normal Sunday — except it was anything but normal. For many people in Athens, it was time to prepare for an approaching storm. A short walk from Plaka, a line of people waited to withdraw cash from an A.T.M., hours before the official announcement that banks would be closed starting on Monday. Some bank machines in central Athens had run out of money or were out of service, as screens blamed “technical difficulties.” MORE 


ATM withdrawals limited to 60 euros a day – 
Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system on Sunday, closing its banks and imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight. After bailout talks between the leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down at the weekend, the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece’s banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing. Banks are expected to be closed all next week, and there will be a daily 60 euro limit on cash withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. Capital controls are likely to last for many months at least. MORE 

 

BRINK OF MELTDOWN – Greek banks were on the brink of meltdown last night after the shock announcement that its crisis-hit government would hold a referendum on the terms of a fresh international bailout. Long queues formed outside the country’s cashpoints after prime minister Alexis Tsipras accused the International Monetary Fund and eurozone of trying to blackmail his country – and pledged to give the Greek people the final say in a vote next weekend. Mr Tsipras described the bailout plan as ‘humiliation’, condemned ‘unbearable’ austerity measures demanded by creditors and said he would campaign for a ‘no’ result. FULL REPORT

World ‘defenseless’ against next financial crisis –The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scatching critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies. These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates. FULL REPORT 

World markets hit as Greek crisis intensifies –The crisis in Greece now has the full attention of investors around the world — and they don’t like what they see. Asian markets quickly entered negative territory on Monday, led by Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index, which dropped 2% in morning trading.Australia ASX All Ordinaries was down 2%, while Seoul’s KOSPI Composite lost 1.5%. The euro tumbled against other major currencies, losing 2% against the Japanese yen and 1.3% against the dollar. MORE

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Berlin Holds Massive LGBT Pride Rally After US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 08:32 PM PDT

SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE FILLED THE STREETS OF BERLIN FOR THE CITY’S GAY LGBT PRIDE PARADE ON SATURDAY, A DAY AFTER THE US SUPREME COURT LEGALISED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE NATIONWIDE.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:28,29 

The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume — including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag. “We are all different, we are all the same,” was the theme of this year’s march, which comes a day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that all 50 US states must carry out and recognise same-sex marriages. FULL REPORT

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Bavarian school warns girls should dress ‘Modestly,’ due to Syrian refugees nearby

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 07:10 PM PDT

A school in Bavaria, Germany, has sent a letter to parents, asking them to ensure their daughters refrain from wearing revealing clothes, because refugee accommodation has been set up next to the school’s gym. Two hundred Syrian refugees have been living for a week near the Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium’s gym, Die Welt reported. The gym was shut down and PE lessons relocated to a primary school in the vicinity.

The head teacher also rushed to inform parents about additional security measures. “For the refugees, access to the school gardens and buildings is strictly forbidden. The same goes for the school grounds during the day. The number of teachers on duty during breaks has been increased,” Martin Thalhammer wrote.He went on to warn the students against wearing immodest clothes. FULL REPORT

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Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:22 PM PDT

Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America. The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution. FULL REPORT

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NASA cuts live feed as UFOs fly past Earth

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:04 PM PDT

Mysterious footage said to depict three UFOs racing by Planet Earth is causing an out-of-this-world discussion on YouTube, as some people think it’s proof-positive of alien life. The 4-minute long video titled “UFO Mysteries: UFOs, Angels Or Biological Creatures Seen Leaving The Earth?” was uploaded a week ago and has more than 214,000 views. The video, reportedly shot from the International Space Station, shows three unidentified flying objects shooting upward out of Earth’s atmosphere.

Just when the lights appear to blast off the planet, the video feed is cut by NASA, with a message subsequently displayed on screen stating: “Please stand by. The High Definition Earth Viewing experiment is either switching cameras, or we are experiencing a s temporary loss of signal with the International Space Station.” FULL REPORT

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TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Marriage Ruling ‘Lawless’

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:00 PM PDT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday called the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges marriage ruling “lawless” and pledged to uphold religious liberties in his state and fight any attempts to use coercion that would violate the conscience of those who oppose same-sex marriage by forcing them to participate in such unions.

In a blistering critique of the landmark decision, Paxton wrote: “Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist. In so doing, the Court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live. “Indeed, for those who respect the rule of law, this lawless ruling presents a fundamental dilemma: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is considered the law of the land, but a judge-made edict that is not based in the law or the Constitution diminishes faith in our system of government and the rule of law.”  FULL REPORT

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Legislation Introduced To Make All Single-Person Bathrooms Gender Neutral In NYC

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:59 PM PDT

Aiming to curb gender bias and harassment in New York City, officials are readying a plan that would require businesses to convert one-person restrooms into gender-neutral facilities. Legislation is being introduced that would require publicly available, single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings to be designated as gender-neutral.

It would also amend the language of some city laws, including the plumbing code, which requires separate lavatories for men and women. “We must look to help trans-gender individuals who quite frankly, have fears,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola. FULL REPORT

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Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon’s ban on transexual troops

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:54 PM PDT

There is renewed energy on Capitol Hill to lift the Defense Department’s ban on transgender troops. Lawmakers view recent steps by the Pentagon and some of the armed services to expand protections for gay and lesbian troops as an opportunity to do away with the decades-old prohibition on allowing transgender troops to serve openly. They are also taking note of other societal changes in calling for the ban on service by transgender trips to be lifted.

“In politics, I think it’s always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether it’s taking down the Confederate flag or creating equality in the military for transgender persons,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). She plans to introduce legislation next month that calls on the Pentagon to immediately grant anti-discrimination protection for all service members, and their dependents, who identify as transgender. FULL REPORT

 

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Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead To Christian Persecution

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:45 PM PDT

One of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders issued a dire warning for the nation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage. “I believe God could bring judgment upon America,” said Franklin Graham in an exclusive interview. Graham told me that Christians should be prepared for persecution in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage.

“You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming,” Graham said just moments after the court handed down its ruling. “There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.” Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he was disappointed in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. FULL REPORT

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Rare Strong Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Big Island Of Hawaii

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:40 PM PDT

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck the south eastern portion of the Big Island near Pahoa Saturday evening, shaking nearby communities but causing no threat of a tsunami. According to the United States Geological Survey, the 5.0 magnitude quake hit around 10:10 pm with its epicenter located about eight miles south of the volcano.

There are no immediate reports of significant damage or injury, but tune into KITV 4 Morning News Sunday for the latest on the quake. FULL REPORT

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Berlin Holds Massive LGBT Pride Rally After US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city’s Gay LGBT Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.

The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume — including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag.

“We are all different, we are all the same,” was the theme of this year’s march, which comes a day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that all 50 US states must carry out and recognise same-sex marriages.

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Germany introduced civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2001, but they do not have the right to marry and are still also forbidden from jointly adopting children. Earlier this month the upper house of the German parliament adopted a resolution calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, which is opposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

Saturday’s pride march was a typically festive affair, with lashings of sequins, fake eyelashes, wigs and feather boas, rainbow flags, and even one reveller who appeared to have dipped his penis in gold paint.

“A day without lesbians is like a day without sunshine,” read one placard that seemed especially fitting for the miserable weather.

The parade came as tens of thousands of revellers also gathered in Dublin for the Irish capital’s pride event, a month after that country became the first in the world to vote by referendum in favour of legalising gay marriage. source


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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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SCOTUS Decision on Marriage: Best Articles & Videos

I can’t say anything better than has already been said by countless courageous Christian leaders around the country. So here’s a round up of the best articles I’ve found. If you want to make clear that, regardless of majority opinions and Supreme Court decisions, you will obey God rather than man, you can begin by joining me in signing the ERLC statement: Here We Stand.

Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage – AlbertMohler.com

Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage | Moore to the Point

Supreme Court’s Decision Is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted | Family Research Council

But What Does The Bible Say | Kevin DeYoung

CBMW’s Official Response to the SCOTUS Ruling | The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Top 10 Quotes From The Dissenting Justices | Trevin Wax

50 Key Quotes from the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Acton PowerBlog

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Here We Stand

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future – The Gospel Coalition

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Resources for Churches in Light of SCOTUS Decision

How the U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex-Marriage Will Affect Religious Liberty – The Atlantic

Black Christian Leaders Respond To SCOTUS Decision

Why The Supreme Court Decision Represents A New Era For Evangelicals | Washington Post

Praising Grace and Gay Marriage in One Day | Denny Burk

Naïve evangelicals trying to avoid the reproaches of Christ | Denny Burk

Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Us Peace | The Federalist

How To Protect Your Church From Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits 

What Your Church Needs to Know and Do About The Court’s Marriage Ruling | TGC

Hooray for Same-Sex Concubinage!

Anchoring in God’s Word| The Cripplegate

So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting The New Calamity: John Piper

How Did We Get Here? Desensitize, Normalize, Demonize, Legalize (Victimize)

A Word To Pastors Preaching in the Aftermath of SCOTUS | Denny Burk

Sam Allberry On Ministering TO Same-Sex Attracted Friends | TGC

Gay Marriage is Here: Now What?

Video Reaction to SCOTUS Decision: Russell Moore

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Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

In one sense, everything has changed. And yet, nothing has changed. The cultural and legal landscape has changed, as we believe this will lead to very real harms to our neighbors. But our Christian responsibility has not changed. We are charged to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to speak the truth in love. We are also commanded to uphold the truth about marriage in our own lives, in our own marriages, in our own families, and in our own churches.

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Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy

Two days after Devlin’s visit, prison officials said the two pastors had been transferred to separate cells in a higher-security prison. The men have not seen their families or attorneys since, and are chained daily, CSW reports. While no reason was given publicly for the pastors’ transfer, some observers point to the failed attempt by Devlin to visit the men.

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Bill Gothard Defends Himself on New Website

Bill Gothard is back. A little over a year ago, amid allegations of sexual abuse, he resigned from the ministry he founded in 1961. Last weekend he re-launched his website. Gothard continues to assert that the more than 60 women who accused him of harassment and abuse are “not telling the truth.”

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But What Does the Bible Say?

I’d rather not talk about homosexuality again. But the world hasn’t stopped talking about it. And the Bible hasn’t stopped saying what it has always said. So let’s not be shrill and let’s not be silent. If you already know what the Bible says about homosexuality, don’t forget what the Bible says about all of life and godliness. We can be right about marriage and still wrong about everything else that matters. And if you like most everything else the Bible says, why would you on this matter of homosexuality decide the Bible suddenly can’t be trusted?

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The Multi-Dimensional Love of Christ

One multi-year study did find that over 60% of all songs in the Top 40 were love songs. Not surprising really, given how wonderful an experience it is to love and to be loved. However, a large number of love songs, perhaps the majority, lament the difficulties and disappointments of human love.

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It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy

But the marriage equality movement has been curiously hostile to polygamy, and for a particularly unsatisfying reason: short-term political need. Many conservative opponents of marriage equality have made the slippery slope argument, insisting that same-sex marriages would lead inevitably to further redefinition of what marriage is and means. See, for example, Rick Santorum’s infamous “man on dog” comments, in which he equated the desire of two adult men or women to be married with bestiality. Polygamy has frequently been a part of these slippery slope arguments.

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Are Christians Getting a Passing Grade When It Comes to Teaching Character?

In recent years, I’ve been assured at church that I’m in a safe place where I can take off my mask, admit I don’t have my act together, and be my authentic self. As comforting as that sounds, it can only be a starting point, not a destination – a starting point we don’t want to linger around at if we’re serious about following God and growing in Christian character. If we want to be authentic, we need to get real about what the Bible actually says. And the Bible leaves no room for a sloppy, sentimental “I’m OK, you’re OK” approach to sin, repentance and maturing in the faith.

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Are My Children Christians?

This is the way the Holy Spirit speaks about our children: as those who are capable of being saved, as those who are relationally in covenant with God, as those who belong to the kingdom, as those who are numbered among the saints, and as those who are set apart from unbelievers. And it’s this testimony that guides our thinking on this very important question. How should we view our children? As God has taught us. We need to give them love and affection, encouragement and exhortation, reproof and rebuke as members of our spiritual family, and we should expect to see repentance, faith, love, obedience, and perseverance–in child-sized proportions–in their lives.

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I Will Trust and Not Be Afraid

Our trust in the Lord is tested as gold in the fire when all history is ganging up on us. God seems distant and the heavens are brass. But God is not really distant at all. He is arranging the chess pieces so that he will win the game. There really is no doubt about the outcome. At least there is no doubt when the facts are looked at in the cold light of day. But while joy may come in the morning, weeping lasts for the night. The question is, how can we maintain trust in the Lord when the world seems to be falling down around our ears?

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6 Reasons Christians Should Not Be Too Alarmed About Gay Marriage

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Same sex marriage: where do Christians go from here?

Couple of questions for today’s program: 1. Should Christian leaders/pastors have a responsibility to respond to legalized homosexual marriage, stating how they will respond if pressured to endorse or perform a same-sex wedding? 2. How are we engage with and respond to professing Christians who are joining in the celebration of “Gay Pride?” Related articles […]

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The Body Politic Is Queer

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Peter Jones of truthxchange penned a piece with this warning to Americans: You cannot introduce into society a life style, now considered legal, without it redefining what the culture must receive as morally and spiritually acceptable. Putting blue dye in one end of the pool affects the color of the water in the whole pool.

Now to Dr. Jones’ piece, which can be read in full over at truthxchange:

Ironically, this claim [“the body of Christ is queer”], by an ordained bi-sexual female, Layton E. Williams, in the PC(USA), appeared the day before the decision of the USSC to legalize same sex marriage in all fifty states.

Culturally, this legal decision represents an historic moment for the United States. The Declaration of Independence, declaring that rights and laws are endowed by the Creator, has been rendered meaningless by a fake redefining of marriage, with no reference to the Creator or to any objective standards. The charade is over. This decision indicates that what has been happening for some time is finally here for all to see: the USA is clearly a “godless nation.” Let public figures supporting this decision no longer say or sing: “God bless America.” or “Amazing Grace.” It is just as worthless as their view of marriage.

This is a victory for “progressives,” though we have not made much progress. Augustine in his City of God vividly describes the 5th century pagan “games” offered in honor of Tanit, the celestial “virgin” and mother of the gods. He also describes the public display of the goddess’s homosexual priests. “They were seen yesterday, their hair moist, their faces covered in make-up, their limbs flaccid, their walk effeminate, wandering through the squares and streets of Carthage, demanding from the public the means to subsidize their shameful life.”

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TIME: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Mark Oppenheimer of the liberal The New York Times has wasted no time laying out the reasons America must abolish, or greatly diminish, religious institution’s tax-exempt statuses. Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if […]

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Texas governor: First Amendment, not Supreme Court ruling, is priority

According to ChristianExaminer:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a memo to all state agencies instructing them to prioritize compliance with laws that protect the religious freedom of the state’s employees as they deal with the fallout of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

“As leaders of this State, we have an obligation to secure the right of all Texans to live their lives according to the principles of their religious faith,” Abbott wrote.

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Talk show host Montel Williams compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS, Taliban

Over the weekend Montel Williams attacked the “uber-right” with all the vitriol he could muster.  What the “uber-liberal” talk show host said was chilling and will surely be the mantra of the far-left.  What he said will make your hair stand on end. The battle has begun in earnest.  Daily, put on the full armor of God my brethren. ChristianExaminer […]

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Author and researcher Rob Congdon joins Brannon to discuss these topics: Jean Monnet lived from 1888 to 1979 and is really the father of the European Union. In this program you will come to understand how the five step plan to global government of Jean Monnet is almost complete. How was the European Union sold to Europeans in the same manner it is being sold to other nations of the world? Americans may be shocked to discover that this five step plan has been embraced and furthered legislatively by republicans and so-called conservatives. From international treaties, to economic integration,…
 


Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what seems like the result of a half-century of witnessing marriage’s decline through divorce, cohabitation, and a worldview of almost limitless sexual freedom. The Supreme Court’s actions pose incalculable risks to an already volatile social fabric by alienating those whose beliefs about marriage are motivated by deep biblical convictions and concern for the common good.

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Wide is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity

Jan Markell and her co-host Eric Barger, talk to filmmaker Caryl Matrisciana for the hour about her latest DVD, “Wide is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity” (volume 3). Their topics include Dominionism, Latter Rain, Fresh Fire, IHOP, “drunk in the spirit,” grave sucking, Bethel Church (Redding, CA), counterfeit laying on of hands, we are all gods, Todd Bentley, and much more.

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Sundays will never be the same

While the witch-hunt against Confederate flags, statues, paintings and even stained glass windows continues to distract the masses, it’s really the churches Big Government most covet.

Now that Gay Day June 26th has come to pass, and Barack Obama had the White House flooded in the colours of the gay rainbow, Sundays will never be the same. Sunday, that is, as the day Christians come to church to worship the Creator. The progressives want Sunday, and as sure as Lucifer is now calling the shots, they will be coming for it.

Sunday, the day of rest, will ultimately become the day of arrest.

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5 Questions I Wished My Accountability Partner Would Ask Me

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Covenant Eyes blogging team. If you are not familiar with their blog, I would encourage you to check their resources.


How Should You Talk to Your Children About Same-Sex Marriage?

With the Supreme Court decision last week legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States, some Christian parents wonder how they ought to explain all of this to their small children.

 


SCOTUS: Spurgeon’s Comments On The Ungodly Supremes

Spurgeon’s comments applied to the Supreme Court’s attempts to void the law of God; from Leviticus 5:17-18. 

The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, “Sins of Ignorance,” volume 23, sermon number 1,386.

“Conscience is differently enlightened in different men, and the ultimate appeal as to right and wrong cannot be to your half-blinded conscience or to mine.” 

I might condemn what you allow and you would scarcely tolerate what I approve: we are, neither of us judges, but both culprits upon trial when we come under the law. The ultimate appeal will be to “Thus saith the Lord”—to the law itself, which is the only perfect standard by which the deeds and actions of men can be measured.

The law, from the supremacy into which this text lifts it, says to us, “You will not be excused because your conscience was unenlightened, nor because it was so perverse as to put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. My demands are the same in every jot and tittle, whatever your conscience may condemn or allow.”

Conscience has lost much of its sensitiveness through the Fall, and through our actual sins, but the law is not lowered to suit our perverted understanding. If we break the law, although our conscience may not blame us, or even inform us of the wrong, the deed is still recorded against us; we must bear our iniquity.

The law is also set above human opinion, for this man says, “You may do that,” and a second claims that he may do the other, but the law changes not according to man’s judgment and does not bend itself to the spirit of the age or the tastes of the period. It is the supreme judge, from whose infallible decision there is no appeal. Right is right though all condemn, and wrong is wrong though all approve. 

The law is the balance of the sanctuary, accurate to a hair, sensitive, even to the small dust of the balance. Opinions continually differ, but the law of God is one and invariable. According to the moral sensitiveness of a man will be his estimate of the act which he performs, but would you have the law of God vary according to man’s fickle judgment? If you would desire such a thing, God’s infinite wisdom forbids it.

The law is a fixed quantity, a settled standard, and if we fall short of it, though we know it not, yet are we guilty and must bear our iniquity unless an atonement be made. This exalts the law above the custom of nations and periods: for men are very wont to say, “It is true I did so and so, which I could not have defended in itself; but then, it is the way of the trade, other houses do so, general opinion and public consent have endorsed the custom; I do not therefore see how I can act differently from others, for if I did so, I should be very singular and should probably be a loser through my scrupulosity.”

Yes, but the customs of men are not the standard of right. Where they have been at first correct through strong Christian influence, the tendency is for them to deteriorate and sink below the proper standard. Habit, perpetuity and universality of wrong, at last enable men to call the false by the same name as the true, but there is no real change worked thereby: the customary wrong is still a wrong, the universal lie is still a falsehood.

God’s law is not changed: our Lord Jesus said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than one tittle of the law to fail.” The divine law overrides custom, tradition and opinion: these have no more effect upon the eternal standard than the fall of a leaf upon the stars of heaven. “If a man do any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord; though he knew it not, yet is he guilty.”

All the customs in the world cannot make wrong right, and if everybody that ever lived from Adam down to this hour had done a wrong thing and declared it to be righteous, yet would it make no moral difference in the evil deed. A thousand ages of whitewashing cannot make a vice a virtue. God’s commands stand fast for ever, and he who breaketh it must bear his punishment. Thus you see that by the declaration of my text the law of God is enshrined in the place of reverence.


God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — and Everything Else

God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — and Everything ElseJesus Christ is hard at work (John 5:17) and this is what he’s up to:

I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Jesus is working hard to gather the rest of his sheep that he “bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28) and that are “scattered abroad” (John 11:52). This is the main thing that is happening in the world. All the great geopolitical events in the world are connected to this mission, though the world doesn’t know it.

But the church on earth, the sheep that are in the fold already, must remember this.
It’s what history is all about and it’s why we are still here, participating in this work with him.
It’s why God installs and removes rulers.
It’s why economies surge and crash.
It’s why church planting and missionary doors open and close.
It’s why gospel awakening breaks out in one place and persecution breaks out in another.

And as Jesus’s mission moves steadily toward its fulfillment, he tells us what we are to expect:

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:9–14)

We can be at peace despite major cultural shifts, moral decline, political upheaval, war, natural disasters, disease, and increasing hostility to the gospel (Romans 8:35) because we know that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37), through him who loved us to the point of his own death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). And we know that all these things “must take place” (Matthew 24:6). All that is happening right now, no matter how concerning and God-belittling and destructive, will not prevent, but in fact will have some role in facilitating, the gospel proclamation throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations.

As the official defenders of American justice codify immorality as the law of the land, God wants us to stir up our minds (2 Peter 3:1) — to remember — so that we don’t lose sight of the gospel and the real purpose of history. Remembering what’s really going on is what keeps us from losing heart and hope and retreating into our private escapes and growing cynical. Jesus died to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and he is relentlessly seeking each one he’s determined to save (Luke 19:10) until the full number has come in (Romans 11:25).

So despite the appropriate grief we experience over the new calamity, we can abound in hope (Romans 15:13). Because what’s really going on is that Jesus is bringing in all his sheep, and they will listen to his voice. And then the end will come.


God Will Use Even You

God Will Use Even YouI didn’t attend an Ivy League school.
I was not a cum laude graduate.
I’m not a founder, innovator, CEO, or visionary of any company.
I sit on no boards.
I am the trustee of nothing more than my personal belongings.
I have received no honorary doctorates.
I have not been named most influential, listed as most attractive, or voted most likely to succeed.
I am not a rising star in any field, industry, or arena.I have not written a New York Times Bestseller, and no one has publicly endorsed, recommended, or vouched for me. I don’t have any letters after my name. I can’t charge an exorbitant hourly fee for my time. I don’t speak on any circuits, have given no TED talks, and have been the keynote speaker less than once. No buildings, streets, or hospitals have been named in honor of me. I have an unimpressive family background and do not come from a long line of important people.

And that is okay. Really, it’s just fine.

Why? Because God is utterly unimpressed by my résumé. God scoffs at any attempt by me or you to prove our worthiness. Our accomplishments do not justify our existence. Our accolades cannot merit us any greatness. God is unimpressed by our collection of readers, likes, retweets, friends, connections, or admirers.

Don’t drink your own cool-aid.

We Are Grass

The very first verse my daughter ever memorized was Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” It seemed like an odd one to begin with, but now in retrospect it might have been the best one.

We need to be reminded again and again that we are like grass — disposable, temporary, fleeting, momentary. We are here and gone again. We have one life to use, and the usefulness of that one life depends not on our résumé or even how much we know.

The Failure of the Wisest Man Ever

Compared to you or me, King Solomon had it all — wisdom, wealth, fame, power. Solomon was given a mind like no one before and like none even after him (1 Kings 3:12). He was a brilliant poet, a skillful songwriter, a genius botanist, and a first-class biologist. And he was an exalted and successful king. Solomon was DaVinci, Einstein, Bach, Jordan, Augustus, and Shakespeare rolled into one superior man.

Yet, Solomon turned away from God (1 Kings 11:4, 9–12). Having all the wisdom in the world didn’t guarantee fidelity. Wisdom didn’t guard him against a wandering heart. Wisdom didn’t ensure obedience. Don’t get me wrong, wisdom is important. If we lack wisdom, we should ask God for it (James 1:5). Wisdom alone, though, is insufficient.

It doesn’t matter if you have theology degrees or mothered a dozen healthy, happy children or started several 501(c)3’s to feed the poor and end trafficking. God is unimpressed. Being a creative, innovative or highly effective leader is insufficient. We might make Jim Collins proud, but God yawns at our leadership abilities. We might be a life-hacking, productivity guru. That doesn’t make us anything more in God’s eyes.

Our Foolishness, God’s Greatness

We need to remember that God uses the foolish.

God picks the scrawniest little girl to lead off on his kickball team.
God chooses the custodian with a heavy accent to share the gospel and save lives.
God uses the overwhelmed and disheveled mother to nurture her children into spiritual giants.
God commissions the invalid retiree to uphold dozens, even hundreds of missionaries on the field.
God calls the autistic man to give the most profound articulation of his simple faith.

Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26–29)

If your résumé is sparse, your intellect feeble, your skills unimpressive, and your wisdom just average, fret not. God can use even you — even me. God wants to use those who look away from their self-sufficiency to his all-sufficiency. God uses all those who humble themselves before the cross, boasting only in him — his strength, his wisdom, his righteousness, his accomplishment.

God uses pathetic people for his glorious purposes to show his superior power. Do not begrudge your weakness. Do not lament your insufficiency. Rejoice that Christ is all-sufficient and always dependable. Embrace your weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon you to reveal God’s surpassing greatness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Be encouraged Christian, God intends to use you in all your multifaceted weakness and obscurity for his glory. It’s okay to be a nobody, if in all you do, you serve Somebody.


A Few Thoughts on the Profaning of Marriage in the United States

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30 Home Truths on Marriage

With marriage so heavily under attack today, it is worth once again reminding ourselves just what marriage is, what its purpose is, and why it is important. It is also vital to get some clear thinking on what homosexual marriage entails. I have already written many articles and books on all this, but in an age of unreason and mass confusion, restating basic truths becomes a duty.

Here then in outline form (see the documentation for all this in my books) are some basic truths about marriage and family which we must always keep at the forefront of the debates raging all around us today.


SCOTUS and Premillennialism

flagWhat the Supreme Court of the United States did last week was simply play catch-up with the many other countries that were ahead of it in the headlong pursuit of institutionalized ungodliness. South Africa’s constitution, for one sad example, protects not only same-sex marriage but also polygamy and late-term abortion.

Many other “enlightened” nations have come full circle. Having previously embraced Christian morality, and enjoyed centuries of resultant civil, educational, and legal progress, they have now begun to pine for the leeks and onions of their Egyptian slave masters who at least didn’t tell them who they could marry.

Denmark, the Netherlands, and other post-reformation societies have shrugged off the fuddy-duddy conservatisms of their puritanical forefathers and have lapped up regurgitated libertarianism artificially flavored as avant-garde progressiveness.

The USA is like a body guard of the Church. The problem is that when America shows up at the party, that means there is no one left outside to guard the door.

I can’t improve on the insight of John Piper’s jeremiad when he laments,

My sense is that we do not realize what a calamity is happening around us. The new thing — new for America, and new for history — is not homosexuality. … What’s new is not even the celebration and approval of homosexual sin. Homosexual behavior has been exploited, and revelled in, and celebrated in art, for millennia. What’s new is normalization and institutionalization. This is the new calamity.”

It isn’t easy for Christians to identify a silver lining to Friday’s ruling that is worth celebration; unless you’re a premillennialist.

Whereas postmillennialism believes that Christ will return to earth when the gospel has triumphed over unbelief and conquered the globe, premillennialists aren’t holding their breath. Premills teach that the world will slide from bad to worse until it is so irrecoverably bad that only Jesus can fix it. That will be his cue to return and establish a rule of peace, righteousness, and sanity in the courts.

So, it is on days like this that I read with relish passages that others may dismiss as pessimistic. I prefer to see regress in society as a welcome sign that the Bible is accurate, and that Jesus is coming soon. Here are a few of my favorite passages that are optimistically pessimistic…blind justice

2 Tim 3: 1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. … 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.

2 Pet 3: 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

Matt 24: 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

I can see why people would accuse me of cynicism. But, just like Michael Burry, the guy who made $100 million by shorting the sub-prime mortgage bubble moments before it burst, I’m just betting on the inevitable. Friday’s ruling is yet another harbinger of what the Bible predicts will happen. The world will slide into a miry cesspool that no human can restore. And then Jesus will return to make all things new. Every SCOTUS faux pas is a step closer to that great day.


6 Reasons Christians Should Not Be Too Alarmed About Gay Marriage


Why the Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic About the Gay Marriage Decision.
Russell Moore, Washington Post.

How to Protect Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

The Moral Case for Gentrification
Stephen Bayley, The Spectator.

Judicial Activism on Marriage isn’t the End—Here’s What to Do Now.
Ryan T. Anderson, The Boston Globe

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Joseph Kurtz, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


OSAS And Luke 8:13

I have yet another question regarding OSAS. I own a bible that has commentary from a well known preacher. I was reading through the book of Luke. In particular, my question is, what is your interpretation of Luke 8:13. The commentary from this preacher on this particular verse, states basically that this verse refutes the doctrine of unconditional eternal security.

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Seven Churches Question

I believe that I have been very blessed and have always been in churches that would be considered to be Evangelical, Bible Believing (literal word) and are in the church of Philadelphia. As I read the letters to the Churches in The Book of Revelation, am I correct in believing that in all seven churches there may be individuals who are of the church of Philadelphia (truly saved); and also there may be individuals within the church of Philadelphia who are not saved?

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Are They Saved?

Without mentioning any names, some famous people who claim to be Christians have said they believe Jesus died for their sins but do not believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Are these people saved?

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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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What to do if your husband has lost interest in going to church

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Theology that hits the spot Theology that hits the spot

Lindsay, from Lindsay’s Logic, has written a fine post on how to get men interested in the church.

She writes:

Many Christian wives with Christian husbands are concerned because their husbands are withdrawing from church and refusing to attend or to be involved. The number one reason that men are becoming disillusioned with church is that the church has become highly feminized. Worship services often focus on emotional things like singing praise songs and sermons are often more of a pep talk or Christian psychology instead of deep doctrine. And, above all, faith is very commonly spoken of in terms of how you feel rather than reasons and evidence.

Most men instinctively withdraw from Christianity that is focused on feelings. They don’t want Jesus to be their boyfriend. They don’t want to sing mushy love songs to Jesus or talk about their feelings about God. So a…

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Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

TIME

No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.

It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.

The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in…

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Theological Pillars of Inerrancy

The Reformed Reader

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture The teaching of the Bible’s inerrancy is not simply based on a few verses here and there.  It is also based on theology proper (who God is; his character and attributes).  Mark Thompson makes this point in his helpful essay, “Toward a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy.”  Here’s a summarization of Thompson’s five theological pillars of inerrancy.  Inerrancy is based on:

1) God’s Personal veracity (truthfulness).  The testimony to God’s truthfulness is consistent throughout Scripture.  As the creator of all, God knows all things as they truly are.  His word can be relied on (Num. 23:19, 1 Sam. 15:29, Prov. 30:5, Ps. 119:160, Titus 1:1-3, Heb. 6:17-18, Rev. 6:10, etc).  The truth of what God says is fully grounded in the truth that God is.

2) God’s concursive involvement in the created order.  The distinction between the Creator and his creation is no barrier to God’s genuine…

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ADF offers advice on SCOTUS marriage redefinition ruling

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(Source: ACLU)

Erik Stanley of the Alliance Defending Freedom offers advice to churches on how to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage to remove the gender requirement.

He says:

[…][T]he greatest threat for churches lies in the application of the Court’s decision to believers who live in jurisdictions covered by so-called “non-discrimination” laws and ordinances. Everywhere that marriage has been redefined in the last several years has seen an awakening of non-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, or places of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws are peppered throughout the states and local governments and are a linchpin of the sexual revolution’s broader legal and political strategy: to establish non-discrimination laws at all levels throughout the country and to to “ensure that religion is not used as an excuse to discriminate.”

In coming…

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