Daily Archives: July 14, 2015

William Lane Craig discusses faith and reason with university students

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This is an interview of Dr. William Lane Craig before college students at the University of Central Florida. (95 minutes)

You can get an MP3 of the lecture here. (33 MB)

Questions from the interviewer: (40 minutes)

  • What started you on his journey of studying faith and reason?
  • How would you define the word “faith”?
  • Are faith and reason compatible? How are they related?
  • How can reasonable faith help us to avoid the two extremes of superstition and nihilism?
  • Who makes the best arguments against the Christian faith?
  • Why are angry atheists like Dawkins and Hitchens more well known than better-informed academic atheists?
  • Does the Bible require Christians to give the unbeliever reasons for their faith?
  • How does faith spur Christians to think carefully about the big questions in life?
  • Should the American church prod churchgoers to develop their minds so they can engage the secular culture?
  • When talking about…

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Planned Parenthood: Making Nazi Death Camps Look Like Friendly Nurseries

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This is absolutely VILE.  These criminals, these peddlers of human flesh, need to be in prison.

A video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress shows a top Planned Parenthood director explaining in graphic detail how the abortion giant harvests and sells baby body parts and organs nationwide—a practice that is a felony under federal law.

The Center for Medical Progress released the video as the next in its “Human Capital” investigative series, as it researches the organization’s illegal sales of fetal body parts in America.

“Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization,” director David Daleiden remarked in a statement. “Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

The video features abortionist Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood…

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July 14, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 7/14/2015

Vatican Claims Jerusalem
What we have on our plates right now is Israel asking for a 5-7 year treaty and Obama pushing for a 7-year treaty. Is the answer that Jerusalem has already been established as an international city, sovereign from Israel and under another’s rule and authority?

Sun Tzu would be proud how Iran’s strategic skills just bested Obama & friends
Historians will look back on the Iranian campaign against the United States and conclude that there have been few examples of a weaker power so decisively outmaneuvering, bluffing, deceiving and weakening its vastly more powerful opponent.

‘Peace for Our Time’ – Iran Nuclear Deal Announced on ‘Black Tuesday’
Iran and the P5+1 powers announced a final agreement shortly after noon (Israeli time) on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. It will take a year to understand if the deal actually stops helps Iran get its hands on a nuclear weapon.

Lavrov: Russia expects US to abandon Europe AMD plans after Iran deal
Moscow hopes the US will fulfill its promise not to develop a system of missile defense in Europe after a deal with Iran has been reached, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Vienna on Tuesday.

The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches
Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word. We claim it’s God’s divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren’t reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week.

An Urgent Warning to US President Obama, the EU, and the UN
For years the President of the US, the EU, and the UN have not ceased putting pressure on Israel to accept this false, evil, and ungodly plan. Now this immoral and ungodly pressure comes to its climax. For their own economic and political interests, they are prepared to sell-out Israel and to forsake the children of Israel, the people of G‑d. They warn the leaders of Israel to give-in to this evil plan or else “… Israel will be isolated among the nations of the world…

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker enters Republican race, vowing to fight for America
Scott Walker…launched his 2016 Republican presidential campaign on Monday, vowing to fight with the same conservative conviction he used to battle unions as Wisconsin governor. …His resume electrifies conservatives and is a lightning rod for criticism from Democrats unhappy with his anti-union, anti-government views. The president of the AFL-CIO union alliance, Richard Trumka, on Monday called Walker a “national disgrace.”

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark. It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC. The discovery, which amounts to a new form of matter, was made by the Hadron Collider’s LHCb experiment.

US warns citizens ahead of President Obama’s Kenya visit
The US has issued a travel warning for Kenya ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, who is due to address a summit on global entrepreneurship. The summit, to be held in the capital, Nairobi, from 26-28 July, could provide “a target for terrorists”, the US State Department said in a statement.

Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal ‘a bad mistake of historic proportions’
The Iran nuclear accord hammered out in Vienna between the world powers and Tehran is a “historic mistake” for the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. …Netanyahu, who said that he would relate to the details of the accord a a latter time, said that it is the result of wanting to reach an agreement “at any price.”

Historic Iran nuclear deal reached
World powers have reached a final, comprehensive agreement with Iran that will govern its nuclear program for over a decade, diplomats said on Tuesday morning. The deal culminates a two-year diplomatic effort in which the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, led by the United States, have sought to end a twelve-year crisis over Iran’s suspicious nuclear work.

Greece Just Lost Control Of Its Banks, And Why Deposit Haircuts Are Imminent
One of the preconditions imposed on Greece for a deal is that it signs into law European rules that would put euro zone authorities at the ECB and in Brussels, rather than Athens, in charge of identifying and closing or breaking up sick banks.

IS audio tape raises doubt whether Af leader dead
Islamic State on Monday released an audio tape it said was of the movement’s leader for Afghanistan, raising doubts over whether he was killed in a US drone strike on Friday.

kraine’s Poroshenko says ‘illegal groups’ must disarm after standoff
President Petro Poroshenko ordered Ukraine’s security services and police on Monday to disarm “illegal groups”, saying they threatened to further destabilise a country fighting separatists in its east. Poroshenko said a weekend standoff between members of a far-right group and police in the western town of Mukacheve, close to the border with Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, was simply a turf war over smuggling routes.

DEA warned Mexico of plots to free drug lord ‘El Chapo’ in March 2014, documents show
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) first warned Mexican authorities 16 months ago that plots to break drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman out of prison were afoot, documents revealed Monday.

Greece misses new payment to IMF despite bailout deal
Greece missed the second debt payment to the International Monetary Fund in two weeks, despite having reached agreement with official creditors on a new bailout program earlier in the day.

Iraq launches offensive to drive Islamic State from biggest province
Iraqi troops and Shi’ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts on Monday in Anbar, the country’s largest province, at the start of what is likely to be a long and fiercely contested offensive.

Oil prices fall as Iran nuclear deal seems imminent
Oil prices dipped early on Tuesday as the market awaited an announcement on a nuclear deal between Iran and six global powers that could see an easing of sanctions against Tehran and a gradual increase of its oil exports.


Top Headlines – 7/14/2015

Iranian diplomat says Iran and major world powers have reached a deal

France: UN resolution to endorse Iran deal to be done quickly

Iran’s Rouhani: Deal heralds new era of cooperation with world

Iran’s Zarif says nuclear deal with powers is ‘best agreement possible’ – ISNA

Iran’s Zarif says nuclear deal with powers helps build confidence

Draft deal calls for UN access to all Iran sites

Obama: Iran deal cuts off all pathways to nuclear weapons

Kerry: Iran deal is step away from conflict, proliferation

Iran sanctions to ‘snap back’ if it violates nuclear deal, diplomats say

Russia says arms deliveries to Iran possible if approved by UN

Turkish foreign minister: Iran deal ‘great news’ for Turkish economy

Syria’s Assad sees more Iranian support after nuclear deal

Oil prices tumble as Iran, global powers reach nuclear deal

Saudi official: Iran deal may make region more dangerous

Joint List hopes Iran nuclear deal will lead to Israel’s denuclearization

Israel to focus on Congress as it sees Iran deal as inevitable

Kerry does not expect Congress to definitively reject Iran deal

House Democratic leader Pelosi says US Congress to scrutinize Iran deal

Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal ‘a bad mistake of historic proportions’

Ya’alon says Iran agreement built on ‘lies and deceit’

MK Liberman: Iranian agreement is ‘a total surrender to terror’

Israeli Cabinet minister says nuclear deal gives Iran ‘license to kill’

Bennett: Iranian deal may mean ‘danger for Israel today, tomorrow for London or New York’

Israeli defense minister says Iran nuclear deal will force Israel to defend itself, by itself

MK Akunis: The only guarantee with Iran is that deal will not be fulfilled

Netanyahu to convene Security Cabinet after Iran deal signed

Yacimovich calls on Netanyahu to end diplomatic standoff with Obama

Settler leaders: PM told us construction effectively frozen

‘Shemittah’ Bill to Halt Debt Repayments Passes First Reading

ADL chief warns anti-Semitism worst since WWII, even US Jewish kids feel intimidated

California lawmakers approve measure urging action on campus anti-Semitism

Hezbollah threatens Islamic State in Syria: Surrender or die

US steps up air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq

Two ISIS leaders killed in Syria air strike

Iraq launches offensive to drive Islamic State from biggest province

Iraqi Christians Join Muslim Forces in Last Stand Against ISIS to Liberate Iraq

ISIS Breaks Own Cruelty Record: Blows Up Baby for Demonstration

Massachusetts man charged in alleged bomb plot for ISIS

Baghdad car bombs and suicide attacks kill 35 – sources

Afghanistan suicide bomb ‘kills 33’ near former CIA base

Burka ban: In wake of market bombing, Chad warns anyone in full veil will be arrested on sight

US mulls increased training of Ukraine forces amid fears of further Russian aggression

Ukraine’s Poroshenko says ‘illegal groups’ must disarm after standoff

Three ‘Xinjiang terrorists’ shot dead by police in China

Germany struggles to cope with growing number of migrants

127 Unaccompanied Alien Children Caught At Mexican Border Per Day In June

NAACP wants removal of Confederate generals from Stone Mountain

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Have Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months

Greece strikes deal with creditors, avoids chaotic euro exit

Greece misses new payment to IMF despite bailout deal

Greece is being treated like a hostile occupied state

Greek deal poisons Europe as backlash mounts against ‘neo-colonial servitude’

Greek PM Tsipras faces party revolt over bailout deal

‘Sell your family heirlooms’, but can Greece raise the cash?

Greece Just Lost Control Of Its Banks, And Why Deposit Haircuts Are Imminent

Why the OPM hack is an ongoing cyber headache

Bakery set to be world’s first to deliver by drone

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hitse near Zinjibar, Yemen

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Bali tackles backlog after volcano hits nearly 900 flights

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Typhoon Nangka Remains on Collision Course With Japan

Tropical Storm Claudette to Raise Seas Just Off Atlantic Coast of US

10 lions, hundreds of dead animals in India floods: report

Strong El Nino not expected to answer California drought

Scientists: Sun’s irregular ‘heartbeat’ could mean future freeze

One toke over the line: Race on to develop ‘pot breathalyzer’

Kuwait enacts law to make DNA testing mandatory

As assisted suicide laws spread, cancer survivors, disabled object

Divorced couple fighting in court over frozen embryos

Russia Flies ‘Straight Flag’ to Combat ‘Gay Fever’

Officials: Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

HUD moves to protect older LGBT people, Obama pushes auto IRA plans

Taxpayers have now spent $3.5 million to find out why lesbians are obese

Boy Scouts of America votes to end ban on gay adults

Two Christian Colleges Extend Employment Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

Whatever Happened to Religious Freedom? A new kind of discrimination is upon us.

Family of six hacked to death for witchcraft in eastern India

Shmitah and the Messiah: Could This Be the Year Before His Arrival?

Warren B. Smith – Discernment Detractors: Calling Good Evil

Church of England Considering Ceremony to Re-Baptize Transgenders in Their New Name

5 Reasons Why the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Is a Fake

End to ban on gay Boy Scout leaders will go to national board vote

An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News


Daily Digest

July 14, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” —Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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Iranian Nuclear Deal Isn’t Exactly Peace in Our Time

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After two years in the works and numerous missed deadlines, the P5+1 — United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China — and the Islamic regime of Iran reached a formal nuclear agreement. But, as expected, the deal is “mutually beneficial” for all the wrong reasons: Obama can punt the issue to the next administration; meanwhile, Iran —which is expected to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons for a decade — will quietly continue its operations underground. The Washington Free Beacon reports, “In one of the most controversial concessions made by the Obama administration, a United Nations embargo on arms will also be lifted within around five years as part of the deal, according to multiple reports. A similar embargo on the construction of ballistic missiles, which could carry a nuclear payload, also will expire in around eight years under the deal. Initial readings of the deal also indicate that Iran will be given the right to veto so-called ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections of Iranian nuclear sites.” Congress will have to give the deal the go-ahead, but that likelihood increased significantly thanks to the legislative compromise crafted by Sen. Bob Corker. As National Review’s Andrew McCarthy explained, “[I]nstead of requiring the president to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the Senate to approve the Iran deal, it requires opponents to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the full Congress to defeat the deal.”

If Congress approves the deal — which it surely will — and Iran follows through on some preliminary conditions, the regime will be awarded $100 billion from frozen assets — something over which John Kerry appeared remorseful. “We realize how deeply the nuclear related sanctions affected the lives of Iranians,” he said. Adding insult to injury, according to The Wall Street Journal, sanctions relief “could help Iran’s economy to expand by 7% to 8% annually for years to come.” Leave it to Obama to stimulate Iran’s economy more than ours. Israel is understandably infuriated. “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons,” warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted. Iran will get a jackpot — a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars — which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror.” Still, that didn’t prevent the antagonizer in chief from taking a victory lap. “The United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not,” Obama proclaimed, “a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” In April, Mark Alexander explained that “the central issue is not whether Iran can be trusted, but that Obama can’t be trusted.” That’s what makes this deal so alarming and, indeed, dangerous.

County Clerk Refuses Marriage Licenses

In the days since five members of the Supreme Court endorsed redefining marriage, essentially creating a constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage out of thin air, the question has been what rights trump other rights when the inevitable conflict happens. Actually, it’s not so much a question as it is seeing where Christians are assaulted next. It isn’t just bakers, florists and photographers, but, among others, churches, religious schools and county clerks. In Kentucky, the question of religious liberty and marriage is back in court after Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to comply with the SCOTUS ruling. In fact, Davis wouldn’t issue any marriage licenses. “It’s a deep-rooted conviction,” Davis said. “My conscience won’t allow me to do that. It goes against everything I hold dear — everything sacred in my life.” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning heard arguments Monday. Several county clerks around the nation have resigned rather than violate their own beliefs, and others are pondering what moves to make. The root of the problem is that the “right” to same-sex marriage requires endorsement, whether or not it’s against conscience.

NYC Gives Garner Family $5.9 Million

On July 17, 2014, several white New York City police officers, under the supervision of a black NYPD police sergeant named Kizzy Adoni, were involved in a takedown of a belligerent black man, Eric Garner, after he resisted arrest for selling “loose” cigarettes. One of the officers, Daniel Pantaleo, used a modified chokehold as part of the effort to get the 350lb Garner to the ground. That chokehold had been previously barred by NYPD policy because it caused prior injuries and deaths. Indeed, Garner died shortly after the takedown, though Pantaleo was not indicted. In part because the incident was caught on video it became a primary anecdote in the narrative about racist police enforcement. On Monday, New York City settled with Garner’s family for $5.9 million, just days before the anniversary of Garner’s death and the deadline for filing suit. The family had given notice of a $75 million suit, and the settlement is obviously the city’s effort to close the book on the story and to save taxpayers potentially many millions more dollars. The book isn’t closed across the country, however, as citizens and police departments grapple with what effective and proper law enforcement looks like in a very racially charged America.

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Hillary Blames Republicans for Obama’s Economy

By Nate Jackson

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Hillary Clinton finally laid out a platform for her campaign Monday, focusing on her plan to solve America’s economic woes. Just kidding. She didn’t really propose anything new so much as complain about the state of an economy that “still isn’t delivering for most Americans,” while inciting a little class warfare along the way. Of course, she’s done quite alright for herself, thank you very much, but that’s beside the point, right?

“Previous generations of Americans built the greatest economy and strongest middle class the world has ever known on the promise of a basic bargain: If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead,” Hillary said. “But over the past several decades, that bargain has eroded. Our job is to make it strong again.”

That bargain has indeed eroded over the last six-plus years of Barack Obama’s “recovery” (eight years if we include Democrat control of Congress beginning in 2007), during which the government spent $1 trillion it didn’t have in “stimulus” money, took over the health insurance market, institutionalized “too big to fail” through financial regulations and raised taxes on small businesses. Those policies only served to harm the middle class by undermining job and wage growth.

Clinton launched an attack on potential Republican rival Jeb Bush. “Now, you may have heard Governor Bush say Americans just need to work longer hours,” she mocked. “Well, he must not have met very many American workers. Let him tell that to the nurse who stands on her feet all day, or the teacher who’s in that classroom or the trucker who drives all night. Let him tell that to the fast-food worker marching in the streets for better pay. They do not need a lecture. They need a raise.”

Bush’s “people need to work longer hours” remark was a perhaps inartful way of pointing out how badly Obama botched the economy. ObamaCare in particular hurt workers through its requirement that employers provide insurance to workers who put in more than 30 hours a week. For the part-time waitress or big box store worker, that means they can no longer get more than 29 hours — because mandating insurance doesn’t mean an employer can afford to provide it. And far too much of the job growth under Obama has been part-time work for people who want full-time jobs.

Indeed, as Bush later put it, “If we’re going to grow the economy, people need to stop being part-time workers. They need to have access to greater opportunities to work.”

In fact, Hillary herself complained that women need to work more. “The movement of women into the American workforce over the past 40 years was responsible for more than $3.5 trillion in economic growth,” she said. “But that progress has stalled.”

That’s a tacit admission that the labor force participation rate has remained stuck at record lows during the “Obama Recovery.” An awful lot of Americans need to be working more than zero hours a week, but Clinton’s plan won’t make that happen.

She insists we can’t go back to the failed policies of the past while offering exactly that. Her great ideas include raising the minimum wage and increasing infrastructure spending, neither of which truly boosts the economy. The minimum wage demonstrably hurts it.

“For 35 years Republicans have argued that if we give more wealth to those at the top by cutting their taxes and letting big corporations write their own rules, it will trickle down … to everyone else,” she railed. “Yet every time they have a chance to try that approach, it explodes the national debt, concentrates wealth even more, and does practically nothing to help hardworking Americans. Twice now in the past 20 years a Democratic president has had to come in and clean up the mess left behind.”

That depends on the meaning of “clean up.” After Ronald Reagan’s policies kicked off 25 years of economic growth, Bill Clinton raised taxes and sowed the seeds of the 2008 economic collapse by applying affirmative action to the home-lending industry. That collapse was blamed on George W. Bush, and Obama’s “solutions” only perpetuated a stagnant economy.

More important, remember that “trickle down” is simply the Democrat pejorative for capitalism. Reaganomics, which Hillary specifically targets, meant that people keep more of their own money. Tax cuts are not “giving more wealth to those at the top,” as Hillary would like us to believe. When people keep their own money, they use it to grow the economy — even if they save that money. Government doesn’t grow the economy; it can only rearrange it with your money, picking winners and losers along the way.

Hillary says she wants to “build a growth and fairness economy,” but that won’t happen by blaming capitalism and advocating socialism.

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Thomas Sowell: “The black parishioners who expressed forgiveness toward the [Charleston] killer did more than most of us could do, and the whites who responded with solidarity did their part. Note how quickly this was done, by ordinary people of good will — black and white — without the ‘help’ of racial activists like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Professional race hustlers have no incentive to see our current civil war end. They see in this shooting only an opportunity to escalate their demands. Now there are rumblings of demands that statues of Robert E. Lee and other Southern leaders be destroyed — and if that is done, it will only lead to new demands, perhaps to destroy the Jefferson Memorial because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. And if that is done, no doubt there will be demands that the city of Washington be renamed, for the same reason. In short, there is no stopping point, just unending strife as far out as the eye can see. And just what will that accomplish? It could ultimately accomplish the killer’s dream of racial polarization and violence. Neither blacks nor whites will be better off if that happens. With all the very real problems in this society, can we really spare the time and the wasted energy of trying to refight a Civil War that ended before our great-grandparents were born? The past is irrevocable. We cannot change the smallest detail of what some people did to other people after both have gone to their graves. … We need a lot more serious thinking about the present and the future, and a lot less time and energy spent on the past.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men.” —Plato (429-347 BC)

Non Compos Mentis: “Our economic goals have to be redistributing a significant amount of [wealth] back from the top one percent. Unchecked growth — especially when 99% of all new income goes to the top 1% — is absurd. Where we’ve got to move is not growth for the sake of growth, but we’ve got to move to a society that provides a high quality of life for all of our people.” —Bernie Sanders

Upright: “The dirty little secret, which would not be secret if liberals didn’t rewrite history, is that socialism, forced redistribution of income and assets, and pumping government money into the economy ostensibly to stimulate growth destroy not only liberty but also wealth. If they have any effect at all on making income more equitable, it is because they spread the misery and make all people — except perhaps the very wealthiest, ironically — poorer.” —David Limbaugh

Village Idiots: “I think the tough sell is going to be on the part of Republicans if they try to taint the [Iranian nuclear] deal. It’s going to be a tough sell to say that the United States should back away from an international agreement. … And it’s going to be a tough sell to say, ‘You know what, we should just foreclose the diplomatic option and only consider the military option before us.'” —Josh Earnest

The BIG Lie: “[B]ecause America negotiated from a position of strength and position we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons into this region.” —Barack Obama (He’s lying, as Saudi Arabia will soon confirm.” —Breitbart’s Joel Pollak)

And last… “Ironic that the guy who whined for years about inheriting a mess is leaving for his successor the stuff of nightmares. #Iran #ISIS #jobs #OPM” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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Obama’s Catastrophic Iran Deal – Pipes in NRO, #1412

by Daniel Pipes
National Review Online
July 14, 2015

http://www.danielpipes.org/15973/obama-iran-deal-catastrophe


The Deal with Iran: How to Make Lemonade out of Lemons :: Joffe in Times of Israel

by Alexander H. Joffe
The Times of Israel
July 14, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5380/iran-deal-lemonade


The McAvany Intel Memo

Thinking people know that the economic/financial statistics coming out of Wall Street/the Fed/the government are totally fabricated. Thinking people see through the government’s war on terror, through it’s trying to pick a fight with Russia and its present efforts to start a war.

Thinking people see through the non-stop lies of Obama; of our top political leaders (Democrat and Republican); and of the Fed, Wall Street, and much of the liberal media. But sadly, the great, overwhelming majority of Americans and people around the world are totally taken in by the massive deception, brainwashing, and propaganda in our day.

And this near totality of deception is not just limited to economic or financial matters – where we know the great majority are terminally brain dead. Nor just to political matters – where the great majority cannot understand or see through the tyranny that is coming towards us like an out-of-control freight train.

This great deception is also seen in religion – where 1.2 billion Muslims really do believe that Islam is a religion of peace – the non-stop beheading and butchering of innocents by ISIS, al Qaeda, and jihadists all over the world notwithstanding. Or where 800-900 million Hindus in India can believe in 33 million gods, and mindlessly practice the religion described in Section III above. In almost every area of human endeavor, you see massive deception – in the medical system, in education, in the courts, and especially throughout the financial world. We truly do live in the “day of the lie.”

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015)


Prosecutors File Additional Child Sex Abuse Allegations Against HRC’s Homosexual Co-Founder

Christian News Network reports:

Criminal prosecutors in Oregon filed additional child sex abuse allegations against the co-founder of the prominent homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as they seek to build their case for an upcoming trial scheduled for next month.

As previously reported, Terrance Bean, 66, of the Human Rights Campaign was taken into custody at his home last November by the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit following an indictment by a Lane County Grand Jury. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bail.

Bean was charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that involves an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy, who now has allegedly signed an affidavit stating that he does not want Bean to be prosecuted.

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10 Horribly Violent Crimes That Were Committed By Illegal Immigrants

Violence Crime - Public DomainYes, illegal immigrants are responsible for lots of crime in this country.  In recent years, nearly 1000 illegal immigrants have been convicted of committing sex crimes against children in the state of Texas alone.  And as you will read about below, illegal immigrants have a murder rate that is 3 to 10 times higher than the general population.  So anyone that suggests that illegal immigrants don’t commit more crime than the rest of us is simply lying to you.  Unfortunately, even though we could prevent thousands upon thousands of violent crimes by securing our borders, the Obama administration refuses to do so and it has become very politically incorrect to even talk about this.  Every single day, American citizens are being murdered and raped by people that should not be in this country and yet nobody is supposed to address this issue.  No wonder our nation is in the process of self-destructing.  The following are 10 horribly violent crimes that were committed by illegal immigrants… (Read More…)


3 Big Reasons Why The ‘Greek Debt Deal’ Is Really A German Trap

Trap - Public DomainGreece is saved? All over the planet, news headlines are boldly proclaiming that a “deal” has been reached which will give Greece the money that it needs and keep it in the eurozone.  But as you will see below, this is not true at all.  Yesterday, when I wrote that “there never was going to be any deal“, I was not exaggerating.  This “deal” was not drafted with the intention of “saving Greece”.  As I explained in my previous article, these negotiations were all about setting up Greece for eviction from the euro.  You see, the truth is that Greece desperately wants to stay in the euro, but Germany (and allies such as Finland) want Greece out.  Since Germany can’t simply order Greece to leave the euro, they need some sort of legal framework which will make it possible, and that is what this new “deal” provides.  As I am about to explain, there are all kinds of conditions that must be satisfied and hurdles that must be crossed before Greece ever sees a single penny.  If there is a single hiccup along the way, and this is what the Germans are counting on, Greece will be ejected from the eurozone.  This “deal” has been designed to fail so that the Germans can get what they have wanted all along.  I think that three very famous words from Admiral Ackbar sum up the situation very well: “It’s a trap!(Read More….)


July 14, 2015: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem. (Ahikam Seri/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, led by the United States, was “a bad mistake of historic proportions.”

Netanyahu gave his thoughts on the agreement prior to the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Jerusalem and vowed to continue efforts to block Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted,” Netanyahu said. “Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world.”

“One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America,”‘ Netanyahu added. “We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement. We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers has made the world a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday.

Netanyahu’s comments came as he was set to convene his Security Cabinet to discuss Israel’s response to the deal.

“The world powers bet our collective future on a deal with the world’s number one sponsor of terror,” the prime minister said.

He accused the world powers of gambling that Iran’s regime will change in ten years’ time when aspects of the deal expire. “The deal gives Iran every incentive not to change,” he said. The deal will give Iran a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars which will fuel its efforts to destroy Israel, he said.


Israeli Officials Livid Over Final Iran Nuclear Deal: Historic Mistake for the World

Israeli officials are livid over the agreement, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the “Iran nuclear deal is a bad mistake of historic proportions.”

While meeting with Netherlands Foreign Minister Bert Koenders Tuesday, Netanyahu stated: “I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result. From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world.”

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Pentagon finalizing plan for transgenders in ranks

The Obama administration on Monday took the next step, following former Attorney General Eric Holder, toward permitting open transgenderism in the U.S. military’s ranks, prompting a family group to declare that soldiers are supposed to be “defending out country against enemies,” not playing at a social experiment.

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July 13, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — President Obama’s trusted community-organizing mentors have “drawn up a plan to implement one of the most outrageous attacks on free people ever known in the English-speaking world.” Further: “Mix a little communism and fascism, and you have the perfect recipe for Mr. Obama’s grudge-driven payback agenda.”This time, he wants to take control of your neighborhood… (more)

July 13, 2015
ALAN KEYES — In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s treasonous disregard for the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, some are tempted to say that the Constitution is dead; others, that it is in suspended animation. The latter metaphor may more aptly convey the proximate cause of its demise. That cause is epitomized by the claim that the Constitution is a “living document.”… (more)

July 13, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The current negotiations with Iran will provide Iran with $150 billion to fund terrorism and pursue nuclear weapons, warned James Woolsey, former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and current chairman of Foundation for Defense of Democracies…. (more)

July 13, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Supreme Court Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg can be described as personal supporters of “same-sex marriage,” having publicly performed ceremonies even while the case was before their court…. (more)

July 12, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — No American concession ever empties President Obama’s appeasement reservoir or satisfies Iran’s appetite. So on drone the negotiations toward a disastrous deal that would end sanctions against the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism while paving its way to a nuclear-weapons arsenal…. (more)

July 12, 2015
BILL FEDERER — France’s King Louis XVI sent his navy and troops to help America win independence, for which France went into debt. France then had a few years of crop failures and blamed the king. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beheaded in Paris and the French Revolution began with a Reign of Terror…. (more)

July 12, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — With all the calls to conservatives to give up on the culture, the only thing lacking is a drone-riding witch over the Statue of Liberty skywriting “Surrender Dorothy.”… (more)

July 12, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — After getting hit with a financially-crushing $135,000 fine last week for their decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, the Christian owners of the Oregon “Sweetcakes by Melissa” bakery say they have until Monday to pay up, or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home…. (more)

July 12, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama said Saturday he will use the power of the federal government to pressure communities to integrate low-income minorities into affluent areas…. (more)

July 12, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The world’s most powerful drug lord has escaped from a maximum security Mexican prison. Authorities have launched a manhunt to find drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, Mexico’s National Security Commission said Sunday…. (more)


July 12, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — As Rush Limbaugh notes, Donald Trump has indeed made illegal immigration into an issue of national debate. The liberal media and now, apparently, the chairman of the Republican Party, have objected to Trump’s comments about criminal aliens. In fact, what Trump has done is jeopardize a plan that goes way beyond mere amnesty for illegals, and which has been on the drawing board for more than a decade…. (more)

July 11, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Fox News’ Megyn Kelly spent a few minutes on her nationally broadcast “The Kelly File” show mulling the White House’s silence on the shooting murder of San Franciscan Kate Steinle, who was gunned down in broad daylight by an illegal immigrant who confessed to the deed then pleaded not guilty at his arraignment…. (more)

July 11, 2015
NEWSMAX — Nearly two-thirds of likely U.S. voters want the Department of Justice to take legal action against so-called sanctuary cities that do not enforce most national immigration laws, according to a new survey…. (more)

July 11, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Bill and Hillary Clinton, a former president and a candidate for the Oval Office, on Friday were notified through court filings in federal court in Florida of the dates of their depositions in a case that alleges they violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act…. (more)


July 11, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Top Republicans on Friday accused President Obama of a “surreptitious land grab” after the administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as new national monuments…. (more)

July 10, 2015
AMY CONTRADA — Much has been written on the unconstitutionality and irrationality of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell “same-sex marriage” opinion. Will governors and officials around the country kowtow to the Court and allow lawless same-sex marriage in states where it was banned? Will they imitate the disgraceful Massachusetts model? Will citizens allow this to happen?… (more)


July 10, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Before all is said and done, there may be 30 candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But there’s only going to be one nominee…. (more)


July 10, 2015
THE HILL — Media coverage of Donald Trump’s controversial immigration remarks have lifted the GOP presidential candidate to the top of the Republican field, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll…. (more)


July 10, 2015
LEO HOHMANN — A 16-year-old Somali-American whose family entered the country through the federal government’s refugee resettlement program has been arrested on murder charges after police say he fatally stabbed a man at a house party in St. Cloud, Minnesota…. (more)

July 10, 2015
AARON KLEIN — Largely unreported data published by the FBI appears to back up Donald Trump’s contentions regarding illegal aliens from Mexico committing drug and violent crime offenses in the U.S…. (more)

July 10, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday that Russia poses the greatest threat to U.S. national security and it would be a reasonable military decision to supply lethal arms to Ukrainians fighting against rebels backed by Moscow. The White House quickly distanced the president from the remarks…. (more)

July 10, 2015
THE INDEPENDENT — Upset, dismayed and evidently feeling a little left out by the global embrace of the gay pride flag following the US Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage, Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party has hit back against with their own “straight” flag…. (more)

July 10, 2015
NEWSMAX — Ted Cruz is a U.S. senator from Texas, a Republican presidential candidate and a best-selling author, but he won’t be appearing on The New York Times’ best-seller list, Politico reports…. (more)


July 10, 2015
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR. — Frank Bruni’s angry tirade against me in his Sunday New York Times column took me by surprise. Last February, we’d had a brief, friendly and mutually respectful telephone conversation. He had written an article about vaccine safety at the end of January, and I asked if he would allow me to show him some of the recent scientific studies linking thimerosal to a range of brain injuries. I also wanted to show him the transcripts of statements by CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson discussing the troubling disarray and deception within CDC’s vaccine program…. (more)

July 9, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Donald Trump may be the most politically incorrect candidate on the Republican side. He openly mocks the news media and addresses the problem of illegal immigration. But even more importantly, he attacks the trade policies that benefit our enemies and adversaries. By doing so, he challenges what radio talk show host Jeffrey T. Kuhner calls the bipartisan “ruling establishment,” whose dominance “is based on the complicity of the mainstream media.”… (more)


Obama Ends ‘Secure Communities’ Program As ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Release 17,000 Illegal Border Criminals

Some 276 “sanctuary cities,” nearly 50 percent more than previously revealed, released over 8,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records or facing charges free despite federal requests that they be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, according to an explosive new report.

The Center for Immigration Studies, revealing new numbers it received under the Freedom of Information Act, said that those releases from cities that ignored federal demands came over just eight months and are just part of an even larger release of 17,000 illegals with criminal records.

Author Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy Studies for the center, also reported that many of those illegals have been rearrested after their release and charged with nearly 7,500 new charges, including child sex abuse.

The report, titled “Ignoring Detainers, Endangering Communities State/local agencies release criminals rather than obey law,” provided to Secrets, is expected to fuel U.S. anger over sanctuary cities and the murder by one freed illegal of a San Francisco woman earlier this month.

The Obama administration has given sanctuary cities free rein to ignore detainers by ending the successful Secure Communities program and replacing it with the Priority Enforcement Program. This new program explicitly allows local agencies to disregard ICE notifications of deportable aliens in their custody by replacing detainers with ‘requests for notification,’” wrote Vaughan.

“The only truly effective and lasting solution is for Congress to spell out in federal law that local law enforcement agencies must cooperate with ICE by complying with all detainers or face sanctions in the form of disqualification from certain kinds of federal funding,” she added.

The new federal documents show that there are at least 276 sanctuary cities, more than the 200 previously believed, and are in 43 states, also more than previously revealed. Instead of turning illegal immigrants facing criminal charges over to ICE under its “detainer” rule, the sanctuaries simply ignore the request in many cases let the illegals go. source

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ISIS has threatening words for Christian Jerusalem

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 05:59 AM PDT

Since Friday, June 27, leaflets have appeared in and around Arab East Jerusalem, signed by the Islamic State. On July 3, Israeli television Channel One reported on a leaflet that read: The Armed Forces of the Decisive Swords will purify the Islamic neighborhoods of Christians so that on Eid al[-]Fitr, these neighborhoods will be completely clean.

We will start in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina and move on to Shuafat and then all the neighborhoods of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We say to the Christian unbelievers, you must leave immediately so that you will not be slaughtered like lambs with the dawning of Eid al[-]Fitr. The pamphlets were signed “The Islamic State, Emirate of Jerusalem.” Eid al-Fitr is the last day of holy month of Ramadan, the joyous breaking of the Muslim fast. On the Gregorian calendar, Eid begins at sunset on Thursday, July 16. MORE

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The Deadly Fault Zone No One Is Talking About

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 05:51 AM PDT

When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time.Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude.

The 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, which killed sixty-three people and caused six billion dollars’ worth of damage, lasted about fifteen seconds and had a magnitude of 6.9. A thirty-second earthquake generally has a magnitude in the mid-sevens. A minute-long quake is in the high sevens, a two-minute quake has entered the eights, and a three-minute quake is in the high eights. By four minutes, an earthquake has hit magnitude 9.0. MORE

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Netanyahu calls Iran nuclear agreement a ‘bad mistake of historic proportions’

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 05:43 AM PDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, led by the United States, was “a bad mistake of historic proportions.” Netanyahu gave his thoughts on the agreement prior to the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Jerusalem and vowed to continue efforts to block Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted,” Netanyahu said. “Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world.” “One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America,”‘ Netanyahu added. “We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement. We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.” MORE

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Iran Celebrates Historic Nuclear Deal!

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 05:37 AM PDT

Iranians posting across social media platforms are elated that Iran and six world powers reached a historic nuclear deal Tuesday after almost a decade of negotiations. The agreement limits Iranian nuclear activity in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Iranians are declaring online that the deal is a victory, posting ‎#IranWinsPeace in thousands of tweets and Instagram posts since Monday. “I hope that good days are waiting for us,” someone tweeted from Tehran, using the hashtag. “The Iranians showed that they are civilized and rational people.”

Final talks in Vienna involved nearly three weeks of intense round-the-clock talks. The deal is a major policy victory for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who has vowed to reduce Iran’s diplomatic isolation. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini declared the deal “a sign of hope for the entire world.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called it a “win-win solution” that builds a “new chapter of hope,” the Associated Press reported. FULL REPORT

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Storm forming off North Carolina has earmarks of cyclone

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 08:04 PM PDT

A low-pressure system forming off North Carolina has a nearly 100 percent chance of turning into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday. The system poses no threat to the United States, according to MyFoxHurricane.com. Earlier, the NHC reported that the area, about 450 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., had about a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.

The system “shows some signs of organization well east of the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas,” according to MyFoxHurricane, which adds that there’s only a “small window of opportunity to gain tropical characteristics before it accelerates out to sea.” There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the NHC public advisory stated. MORE

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3 Big Reasons Why The ‘Greek Debt Deal’ Is Really A German Trap

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 07:49 PM PDT

Greece is saved? All over the planet, news headlines are boldly proclaiming that a “deal” has been reached which will give Greece the money that it needs and keep it in the eurozone. But as you will see below, this is not true at all. Yesterday, when I wrote that “there never was going to be any deal“, I was not exaggerating. This “deal” was not drafted with the intention of “saving Greece”. As I explained in my previous article, these negotiations were all about setting up Greece for eviction from the euro. You see, the truth is that Greece desperately wants to stay in the euro, but Germany (and allies such as Finland) want Greece out.

Since Germany can’t simply order Greece to leave the euro, they need some sort of legal framework which will make it possible, and that is what this new “deal” provides. As I am about to explain, there are all kinds of conditions that must be satisfied and hurdles that must be crossed before Greece ever sees a single penny. If there is a single hiccup along the way, and this is what the Germans are counting on, Greece will be ejected from the eurozone. This “deal” has been designed to fail so that the Germans can get what they have wanted all along. I think that three very famous words from Admiral Ackbar sum up the situation very well: “It’s a trap!” MORE

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Russia is biggest threat to American national security, says US air force chief

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 05:52 PM PDT

Russia is the biggest threat to US national security and America must boost its military presence throughout Europe even as Nato allies face budget challenges and scale back spending, the US air force secretary, Deborah James, said on Wednesday. “I do consider Russia to be the biggest threat,” James said in an interview after a series of visits and meetings with US allies across Europe, including Poland.

James said Washington was responding to Russia’s recent “worrisome” actions by boosting its presence across Europe, and would continue rotational assignments of F-16 fighter squadrons. “This is no time to in any way signal a lack of resolve in the face of these Russian actions,” she said. James said she was disappointed that only four of Nato’s 28 members had thus far met the Nato target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defense. “This is not something that came up out of thin air. This is something that we as NATO members agreed to do. All of us need to be advocates,” she said. MORE

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Evangelical Hope College to Offer ‘Marriage’ Benefits to Homosexual Employees

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 05:46 PM PDT

Officials at a Christian college in Michigan state that they will now extend “marriage” benefits to their homosexual employees following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex nuptials. Hope College in Holland, Mich. recently announced its decision to the college community. “In employment policy and practice, Hope College has always followed the state’s legal definition of marriage,” Hope College President John Knapp wrote in a statement. “Spouses are eligible for benefits, so long as their marriage is legally recognized the state of Michigan.”

But the college says that its beliefs about homosexuality being a violation of God’s law have not changed, and it will not allow its chapel to be used for same-sex ceremonies.“Hope College does not discriminate in employment policy and practices on the basis of sexual orientation or marital status, and the school does not intend to start doing so now,” Jennifer Fellinger, Vice President for Public Affairs and Marketing, told the Holland Sentinel. “As it has in the past, Hope College welcomes students, staff and faculty based on their ability to contribute to the life of the college, not on their sexual orientation or marital status.” MORE

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Greece Surrenders Sovereignty Under Deal With Euro Zone

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 05:38 PM PDT

Greece’s leftwing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces a showdown with rebels in his own party on Tuesday furious at his capitulation to German demands for one of the most sweeping austerity packages ever demanded of a euro zone government. Just hours after a deal that saw Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euro ($95 billion) bailout, doubts were already emerging about whether Tsipras would be able to hold his government together.

The terms imposed by international lenders led by Germany in all-night talks at an emergency summit obliged Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity. Instead he must pass legislation to cut pensions, increase value added tax, clamp down on collective bargaining agreements and put in place quasi-automatic spending constraints. In addition, he must set 50 billion euros of public sector assets aside to be sold off under the supervision of foreign lenders and get the whole package through parliament by Wednesday. MORE

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Iran nuclear talks hit snag over arms embargo

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 05:31 PM PDT

One of the final sticking points standing in the way of a historic nuclear deal with Iran is the wording of a United Nations Security Council resolution and the issue of a conventional weapons embargo, CNN has learned from multiple sources Monday taking part in talks. The talks, which have blown through repeated deadlines, extended into Tuesday. Earlier Monday, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif signaled to reporters from his Vienna hotel balcony that there would be no deal Monday.

But a deal could come quickly, as an errant tweet from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested. It read, “#IranDeal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect over the outdated paradigm of exclusion & coercion. And this is a good beginning.” The tweet was later re-posted with the word, “If” at the beginning. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Top Headlines

Two Christian Colleges Extend Employment Benefits to Gay Couples

Iraqi Christians Join Muslim Forces in Fight against ISIS

Christian Bakers to Appeal Gag Order and Discrimination Fine

The Episcopal Church Formally Embraces Gay Marriage

Credit Card Companies Abandon Backpage.com over Sex Trafficking Complaints

Removal of Tax Exemption for Churches May be Coming Soon

Serena Williams’ Secret Weapon: ‘Jehovah God’

Kenyan Evangelicals Protest Upcoming Obama Visit

Montana Man Demands ‘Legitimacy’ for Second Wife

Charleston Pastors Pray for Lasting Unity

Opinion

Police Chief Convenes Group to Discuss Racial Tensions

Liberals and Conservatives Cooperate to Pursue Criminal Justice Reform

Father Rejoices that Daughter Died for Christ

‘For the Life of the World’ Explores the Purpose of Salvation

Larry Flynt’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton: No Laughing Matter


The Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest StoryGod’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14).

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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

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

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Providence and Guidance

“Yes, the Bible tells us to do or not do certain things but how do we know what to do when the Bible is silent? How does a young man know where to go to college or whom to marry? These and other things are not in the Bible.  So, don’t we need to read the signs of God’s providence in order to figure out the will of the Lord?”

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The Adam Option

“The Benedict Option literally means no sex and no kids. And the one way that heterosexuals could change the culture in a heart beat is out-reproduce homosexuals. Think about it (but not to long). What’s so hard about that? One kind of sex results in kids, the other doesn’t.”

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The Bible’s Answer To Corrupt Government And False Religion

“As Christ’s kingdom continues to grow and cover the earth, believers today can read Daniel and find in its pages assurance that corrupt power and impiety will not last forever. Such a reign is reserved for God alone.”

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Were Christians Who Campaigned for Same-Sex Marriage Duped?

“Last year, in a Daily Beast article provocatively entitled “Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?” gay activist Jay Michaelson acknowledged that there “is some truth to the conservative claim that gay marriage is changing, not just expanding, marriage.”

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Living with a Sense of Eternity

“Calvin sought, personally, to develop a balance of contempt for the present life with a deep gratitude for the blessings of God and a love and longing for the heavenly kingdom. The sense that the Lord would come and issue His final assessment on all and bring His elect to glory was a dominant motif for him.”

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You Don’t Really Know Who Your Friends Are Until…

“For as long as you and I have lived, at least if you have lived in this Western, first-world culture, friendship with Jesus has been beneficial. At worst this friendship has been neutral so the benefits have balanced the drawbacks. And while I am no prognosticator of doom, it seems increasingly clear that a relationship with Jesus will soon be more and a more of a liability before this watching, judging world.”

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Becoming Like a Child

“As adults we tend to operate with something of a veneer of self-sufficiency that children, particularly younger children have no reference for. They feel alone and they cry out. However, we feel it too, and likewise, our heart cries out for consolation.”

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Boy Scouts Lift Gay Leadership Ban

Boy Scouts of America unanimously voted to end its ban on gay scout leaders, the organization announced Monday [July 13, 2015]. The president of the organization, Robert Gates, had called for the ban to be lifted back in May. The new rule is effective immediately.

“For decades, the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adults has stood as a towering example of explicit, institutional homophobia in one of America’s most important and recognizable civic organizations,” said Zach Wahls, the executive director of Scouts for Equality. “While this policy change is not perfect — BSA’s religious chartering partners will be allowed to continue to discriminate against gay adults — it is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement.”

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Christian Activist Decries ‘Evil’ Gay Marriage With a Honey-Smooth Voice

“I’m a black woman, so when I think of a civil right and the fight for freedom, it kind of strikes a chord for me that your sexual preference is not equal to the color of my skin, an immutable characteristic,” Addison said in an interview Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court’s ruling.”

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Time to stand?

About a year ago, we compiled a list of resources for those who are alarmed by their church leadership’s affiliation with the Willow Creek Association.  (See, Here’s your Willow Creek/Global Leadership Summit research) Why did we do this? Because the Willow Creek model was developed by a non-Christian business guru named Peter Drucker, who also […]

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Exposed: Christian Students Rejected, Failed, and Expelled for their Faith by State Universities

Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses. Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith. Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm.

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Israel: The Burdensome Stone

Jan’s first guest is Jim Fletcher. Jim reports on the Justice Conference that was directed at Millennials and featured far-Left speakers including Cornell West. Bashing Israel was a sport activity at the event which also featured Lynne Hybels. Then Laurie Cardoza-Moore joins Jan. Moore has produced major documentaries on Israel and is an outspoken proponent of the Jewish State. They discuss the disturbing rise in anti-Semitism around the globe and the boycott effort against Israel. The “BDS” movement demonizes Israel and compares them to the Nazis. We use the mobile app found at www.oneplace.com.

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Wheaton staffer announces support for gay relationships

Julie Rogers has resigned her position in the Wheaton Chaplain’s office on the same day that she reveals her support for gay sexual relationships. Eric Teetsel has a report here, and I encourage you to read it. In the meantime, some initial observations:

1. Biblical authority is missing. Rogers’s explanation of her change of heart is long on personal experience and short on Bible. If she has a reasoned biblical rationale for her views, she didn’t share it. It shouldn’t be lost on readers that other considerations seem to be driving her embrace of gay relationships, not God’s word.

2. Theology matters. The theology of the so-called gay “Christian” movement cannot hold. It affirms that same-sex orientation can be a moral good, even though same-sex behavior is a moral evil. Rogers held to this view of the matter and argued for it publicly. But this is an anthropological contradiction that cannot survive biblical scrutiny. Our sexual attractions—even the ones that come naturally to us and that we experience as unchosen—are fundamentally moral in nature. And it makes no sense at all to say that same-sex behavior is sinful but the attraction that leads to such behavior is not. Those who are trying to hold these irreconcilable propositions together are doing something risky. When someone accepts that “gay is good”—as Rogers apparently did—then we shouldn’t be surprised when they conclude that same-sex behavior is “good” as well.

3. Celibacy is insufficient by itself. Embracing celibacy is absolutely necessary for all unmarried Christians—same-sex attracted or otherwise. I applaud everyone who has faithfully walked this path. But celibacy alone does not get at the heart of things. Biblical Christianity cannot be reduced to behavioral modification. Authentic Christianity results in people becoming obedient from the heart (Romans 6:17). Embracing same-sex orientation as a moral good prevents that and works against efforts to be celibate.

4. Timing is key. Rogers says she has embraced gay relationships “for a while now.” So when exactly did Rogers have a change of heart? How many Wheaton students did she counsel while holding a view at odds with the Wheaton Community Covenant? What was her view when she was supposed to be the orthodox opposition to Vines and Gushee at the Boston Q Conference?

Perhaps more information will be forthcoming. We’ll see. In the meantime, this is a sad departure. I expect we will see many more like it in the days ahead.


The danger of a Complacent Majority

Following is an opinion piece by Robert Knight, columnist for the Washington Times.  Knight challenges conservatives to continue fighting the culture war against the secular left. Professing Christians, he says, must share the gospel as well as become involved in public policy. In other words, continuing to stand firm against evil is imperative. Knight writes: […]


Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Towards Christianity With “Biblical,” Views of “Christ and Salvation”

Prophecy News Watch (PNW) informs us that Roger Olson, theology professor at Baylor University, believes there has been a shift in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that could  lead to the LDS being viewed as a Christian denomination. For that to happen a great deal would have to change. For starters […]


 

The Cell Church

Over twenty years ago Sarah Leslie of Discernment Ministries began doing research on the early stages of the New Apostolic Reformation which was being launched by  C. Peter Wagner. In her research she covered what she refers to as the networking hierarchical cell church structure.  In this piece she tells us exactly what this all means.  This is not the […]


The Supreme Court: Speaking Power to Truth

Liberals redefine words to help advance a religious, political, environmental, scientific or social agenda, even knowing that to do so perverts the truth. But they don’t care because for the liberal “The end justifies the means.” Washington Times  columnist Kim R. Holmes addresses how our postmodern culture stretches the meaning of words to justify their pet causes because […]


 

Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

Liberals who control the state of Oregon have gone completely mad.  The tax-payers will now have to foot the bill for sex-change operations for 15-year olds!  According to Dan Springer of Fox News, there was no public debate on this decision.  He says the policy was changed “to include cross-sex hormone therapy, puberty-suppressing drugs and gender-reassignment […]


 

When A False Teacher Calls America “Israel”

Many people believe that Jonathan Cahn is a modern day prophet and that his books contain “special revelation.” For this reason his books have become best sellers, especially in Christian circles.  His first book, The Harbinger, sold like hotcakes and as a result he became a sought after speaker and frequent guest on the radio talk show circuit. His most recent book, […]


 

Exposing Hollywood pedophiles

Director Amy Berg exposed the cover-up of pedophilia in the Catholic Church in her 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary, “Deliver Us from Evil.” On Friday night, July 3, New Yorkers can see her explosive new documentary on how pedophiles operate in Hollywood and cover up their crimes. Her film “An Open Secret” is being shown at the […]


 

World’s Largest Baptist University Drops ‘Homosexual Acts’ From Sexual Misconduct Code

“You can’t continue to have a college that is seen as hateful, that is seen as discriminatory toward gay people, regardless of whether that college be Christian or otherwise,” said Shane Windmeyer, the executive director of Campus Pride, which promotes LGBT life at universities. Charisma News reports that the world’s largest Baptist university, Baylor, has […]


 

Liberal Editorial: BOLI’s Sweet Cake judgment takes aim at free speech

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire informs us what has transpired with bakery owners and committed Christians Aaron and Melissa Klein who chose not to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.  Lanagan writes: The following is an excerpt from a secular newsite’s editorial. The editorial is strongly supportive of pro-homosexual marriage and strongly in […]


 

Group Launches National Effort to Abolish Religious Freedom Laws Protecting People of Faith

(Christian News Network) A prominent church-state separation group led by an ordained United Church of Christ minister has launched a national effort to fight religious freedom laws that seek to provide conscience protections for people of faith. Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) announced its “Protect Thy Neighbor” campaign on Tuesday to combat […]


 

 Prophecy News Headlines

Where Is The US In Bible Prophecy?
America’s Day Of Reckoning Just 60 Days Away?Two months from now the biblical Shemitah year will have played out and only then will we know whether it has left any significant event in its wake…………  Click here for full story
Where Is The US In Bible Prophecy?
Think Greece Can’t Happen Here? You’re WrongMost Americans look at the rerun of the Greek euro crisis with something between smug amusement and condescending disapproval. When will those profligate Greeks get their economic house in order and stop looking to others to bail them out? But, should people living in glass economic houses really throw stones?…………  Click here for full story
Increase In Knowledge and Technologies
US Company Gives Glimpse Into Future Of Government SurveillanceA small private firm in the US has developed a surveillance system of Orwellian proportions that could very well be the future of big brother………  Click here for full story
Israel: God’s Timepiece
Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace With IsraelThere are two main reasons why Palestinians will not sign a real and meaningful peace agreement with Israel — at least not in the foreseeable future…………  Click here for full story
Christian Worldview and Issues
The Epidemic Of Bible Illiteracy In Our ChurchesWhen was the last time you read a book? For almost 1 in 4 of us, it was more than a year ago, according to Pew Research. That’s three times the number who didn’t read a book in 1978. In America, we have a literacy problem. But more concerning to me, we have a biblical literacy problem. Americans, including churchgoers, aren’t reading much of any book, including the Good Book……..  Click here for full story

An Open Letter to all 82 Willow Creek Association Churches in Wisconsin

An Appleton, Wisconsin pastor has given us permission to share a letter he wrote to churches across the state with a WCA (Willow Creek Association) affiliation. (To find out which churches in your area are affiliated with WCA, click here.) If you live in Wisconsin, there is a good chance your pastor has received this […]

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The danger of a Complacent Majority

Following is an opinion piece by Robert Knight, columnist for the Washington Times. Knight challenges conservatives to continue fighting the culture war against the secular left. Professing Christians, he says, must share the gospel as well as become involved in public policy. In other words, continuing to stand firm against evil is imperative. Knight writes:

With all the calls to conservatives to give up on the culture, the only thing lacking is a drone-riding witch over the Statue of Liberty skywriting “Surrender Dorothy.”

Right on cue following the Supreme Court’s demolition of marriage, The New York Times’ housebroken conservative David Brooks said it’s time to move on and leave cultural political issues in the dust.

First, he accurately diagnosed the situation: “More and more Christians feel estranged from mainstream culture. They fear they will soon be treated as social pariahs, the moral equivalent of segregationists because of their adherence to scriptural teaching on gay marriage. They fear their colleges will be decertified, their religious institutions will lose their tax-exempt status, their religious liberty will come under greater assault.”

Indeed.

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Ask R.C.: What Should I Look for in a Church?

First, that it be a church. The Reformers argued that there are three distinguishing marks of the church- the Word, sacraments and discipline. That means your campus ministry isn’t the church; your podcasts are not the church; your family sitting around the table is not the church. But it also means that those institutions claiming to be the church that lack these things are not the church. If a church refuses to exercise discipline, excommunicating the unrepentant of gross and heinous sins, it’s not a church.

Second, that it be a body marked by repentance. If the marks of the church define its structure, repentance defines its heart. We are a people in need of God’s grace in Christ. We are not those who successfully found our way to God, but that whom He has rescued, those He continues to rescue. If sin is seen as something behind us, not a continuing struggle we’re missing it. A local church should be a group of men, women and children acutely aware of their failures and weaknesses.

Third, that it be a body marked by joy. Given the above, the joy we speak of is the joy of our redemption, adoption, and the surety of the promises of God. Our joy isn’t in how good we’ve become, but in our fully we are forgiven, how infinitely and immutably we are loved. While there is certainly a place in the church for careful theological parsing, that parsing should never be a mere intellectual exercise. Instead it should be the font of our joy. Zeal without knowledge is dangerous indeed. But knowledge without zeal is a sure sign that pride is gumming up the works.

Fourth, that it be a body with a passion for those yet outside the kingdom. Too often when we are rescued, when the gates of paradise open for us, we are content to close the door.  The world is seen merely as either danger or wood, hay and stubble. Such once, however, were we.  Insofar as we remember our rescue we ought be eager to see others rescued. If we aren’t telling other beggars where to find food, we show that we think ourselves the master of the feast rather than undeserving guests. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we design our worship services for those outside. Worship could rightly be understood as the family meal, where He feeds His children.

Finally, that it be a body. Too many churches resemble more a movie theater than a family meal. We’re together, and are having something of the same experience, but we aren’t truly together. Our eye, our attention is fixed up front, and those around us do the same. A family meal, however, is something we all do together. We engage one another, indeed we delight in one another. This doesn’t mean, of course, that the first time you visit a given church you will feel immediately at home. But you should feel welcome, and you should be able to see the body sharing life together.

If you find this list disheartening, if you feel there is no such body near you, get to work. A good church is less something you find, more something you build. The work of the ministry, the call of the elders, is to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry. It’s not meant to be all on their shoulders.

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The Daily Discovery (July 14, 2015)

Abortion Images to Be Shown on Jumbo-Tron at Lincoln Memorial – “Abortion has ended more lives than the world wars and the Holocaust combined. We see those images, and say to ourselves, “Never again.” What if the world could see exactly what happens in a real abortion process?  Tomorrow in Washington D.C., they will.  Created Equal, a national pro life group, will be displaying abortions in progress on a Jumbo-Tron TV screen at the Lincoln Memorial on July 14, as part of a week-long Justice Ride event.  The idea is to tell in images the hard truth about what abortion is and does.”

The danger of a Complacent Majority – “Following is an opinion piece by Robert Knight, columnist for the Washington Times. Knight challenges conservatives to continue fighting the culture war against the secular left. Professing Christians, he says, must share the gospel as well as become involved in public policy. In other words, continuing to stand firm against evil is imperative. Knight writes…”

Helps And Hindrances To Knowing Christ – “hrough knowing Christ, eternal life begins in time, and heavenly bliss begins on earth (John 17:3). Unsurprisingly, such a blessing does not come easily as there are many hindrances to knowing Christ in our present state.”

How We Do Family Devotions – “I am a believer in family devotions. So are most of you, I’m sure. But when I talk to other Christians, and especially to men, I find that this little family tradition is the source of a lot of regret and frustration. Many Christians feel that familiar sense of guilt whenever they stop to think about it. For something so simple family devotions sure are hard.”

Gay-Affirming Research Fellow at ERLC, Shocking Liberalism – “Russell Moore thinks we need 1,000 more Karen Swallow Priors in evangelicalism today. He must think so, because he has appointed her as a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Research Institute. Moore approached Swallow Prior to ask if she would serve in that position sometime prior to September of 2014.”


SERMON:

Art Azurdia – Total Depravity


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

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7 Areas of Unbiblical Conscience Binding

Nick Batzig:

Many times such unbiblical conscience binding occurs in less than explicit ways. The personal applications are subtly presented as the principle. Sometimes they come in the form of an individual setting himself or herself up as the example of piety in application specific ways. You’ve witnessed this sort of thing. One believer tells another believer how often he or she prays every day, or how long he or she spends in the Scriptures each morning. Then, the conversation slides into exhortation without differentiation: “I’ll be glad to hold you accountable to doing this too,” or “I don’t know why more people don’t spend as much time praying…” Such attempts at unbiblical conscience binding occur in every sphere of life and ministry–often resulting in creating undue guilt in the minds and hearts of God’s people. Consider the 7 following areas in which you have most likely witnessed such unbiblical conscience binding.

By This They Will Know

Craig Thompson:

As pastors, we are in the business of preaching. Preaching is necessarily imperative. A sermon without an imperative application is incomplete. Our sermons are often filled with commands to share the good news, to turn from sin, to love our neighbor.

In the politically charged atmosphere of the past few months, I’m certain that many sermons have discussed the necessity of believers to be holy and different from the world. But, Jesus did not say that the world would know his disciples by their evangelistic zeal, their cultural engagement, or even their care for the poor. All of these things are important, but according to Jesus, it was their love for each other that would set the disciples apart before the world.

Why an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

Randy Alcorn:

Having an eternal perspective is in many ways the key to living a true Christ-following life. Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV). If we let this reality sink in, it will forever change the way we think and live.

Made to share

This year is the 50th anniversary of the NIV translation of the Bible, one of the most widely used English translations of the modern era. Here’s a really nice video on the spread of the translation:

We Don’t Know How to Blush

Erik Raymond:

If there is one thing we can be certain of when we read the news today it is that we should not be surprised. The staggering rate of the moral revolution has conditioned us this way. Each day’s headlines bring with it a sense of moral ascent (or descent, depending upon your perspective). And here I am not simply talking about so-called same-sex marriage and the erosion of religious liberty. Like dropping a line in the water, you often catch more than just a fish. We are pulling a lot into the boat that shapes our experience.

If one were inclined to be objective they might open their eyes and ears and try to pinpoint a root. Walk through the malls, the public square, flip through the TV, read the paper, listen to the chatter, and talk to strangers.


Blogs

Born this way? Maybe not
“Remember all that talk for the last decade that sexual orientation is like skin color – genetic and immutable? Well, the science not only looks iffy, it was never solid.”

The Millennial’s Guide To Living Well Cheaply
An encouraging and challenging story for anyone who’s feeling the pinch.

More Parents Finally Get That College is a Scam
For a more accurate headline, add “for most” to the end of it.

The Blessing Of Catechizing Our Children
And if you’re feeling discouraged and defeated on the family devotions front, here’s Tim Challies on How We Do Family Devotions.

Disenchanted With Islam
God is over-ruling Islamic terrorism to draw Muslims to Himself.

An Embarrassing Week For Christians Sharing False News
And how to stop a repetition.

Just Because You’re Happy Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Burned Out
“A new survey report just published by Staples Advantage offers a paradoxical set of findings about US office workers. Overwhelmingly, they are happy. Yet the majority of them feel burned out.  How could both things be true?”

The Case Against Laptops In The Classroom
Every semester brings me closer to making this decision.


About The Judgment Day

What if there was a married couple that began using hard drugs.Over time,in order to support their habit,they committed all types of crimes. Eventually, the wife gets saved and sincerely changes.They both die.On judgment day,while the wife will be spared judgement and the shame and embarrassment of having her life replayed,the husband will not. Now even though the wife is saved, will  her indiscretions be shown during the husbands judgment, when that together they sinned? Or will her face/image be blocked out, since she accepted JESUS?

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No Longer Consciously Sin?

I recently got into a very bad argument with someone who told me that they no longer consciously sin which threw me off. I brought up 1 John 1:8, but they said that I was wrong about my use of the verse. They got upset when I brought up something they had done to me in the past and essentially called me a liar because they no longer consciously sin and  wouldn’t have done that.  Is it really possible to no longer consciously sin?

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What If It’s Not Pre-Trib?

I believe in the pretrib rapture but I was wondering,  would it be possible that if the rapture is not pretrib, and fundamental believers are disappointed by being in the trib, that they will apostasize and that is the great falling away? I hope I am being just a worry wort and too sensitive to the bad things that are happening. Is this even a valid theory? has anyone else raised this question?

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

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What??? Selling Aborted Babies/Baby Parts???

Planned Parenthood and the Trafficking of Aborted Fetuses

We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

An undercover video released this morning purports to show Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Services Department, describing the process of the extraction of the body parts of an aborted fetus for commerce.

“It makes a huge difference,” Nucatola replies. “I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”

The investigation was carried out by the Center for Medical Progress. According to their website, the “Center for Medical Progress is a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.”

The video is the first by The Center for Medical Progress in its “Human Capital” series, a nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

It seems that this is certainly illegal, both in the selling of human body parts and the selling of the parts of aborted fetuses.

“The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).”

This is, of course, shocking and disturbing. I hope that all Americans can condemn this action, and existing laws can be enforced, and new laws can be created to protect the unborn from murder and trafficking.

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Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling

I must admit I was speechless for close to an hour. I saw a video posted online, of an undercover operation in which Planned Parenthood’s top doctor is selling the body parts of aborted children. Having seen so many Internet hoaxes bandied about, I initially assumed this was one of them. After a few calls to respected figures in the pro-life community, though, who confirmed the accuracy of the video, I was speechless again.

The undercover video shows Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explaining how Planned Parenthood sells the parts of aborted unborn children. The video shows her describing how the heads of these babies come at the highest price.

If this does not shock the conscience, what will? It is not only that infants, in their mother’s wombs, are deprived of their lives, but also that their corpses are desecrated for profit. This is not only murderous; it is murderous in the most ghoulish way imaginable.

For years, many of us have called on government leaders to see to it that no taxpayer funds, of any kind, go to Planned Parenthood. Is it not clear that these are not health-care providers but pirates and grave-robbers of those who have no graves? The Department of Justice and the United States Congress should undertake a thorough investigation of this.

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Planned Parenthood’s Deadly Baby Trade

After World War II both Germans and Japanese leaders and officials were tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the ghastly medical experiments performed on prisoners and even children. The horrific medical experiments by the Nazis and Japanese were roundly condemned, and we all hoped we would never see it happening again.

But the modern abortion genocide tells us we have not learned much from history, and a recent sting operation reveals that Planned Parenthood is up to its ears in the immoral and illegal harvesting and selling of baby body parts. This gruesome death cult has just proved to be even more odious than previously thought with such horrendous activities now fully revealed. One write-up about this states:

PPThe results of a bold three-year undercover journalism investigation study, released today, expose a national scandal involving the widespread secret and illegal selling of aborted baby body parts for profit by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion supplier.
In addition, evidence reveals that Planned Parenthood’s preferred method of obtaining the intact fetal organs that bring the most profit is the outlawed Partial Birth Abortion method done under ultrasound guidance. In every step of the body parts trade, public money is involved.
Project leader for this in-depth undercover investigation, known as the Human Capital Project, is David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress.
“Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business,” stated Daleiden.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman serves on the Board of Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress. During this investigation, Newman advised Daleiden, providing consultation services and material support.
“Abortionists use ultrasound like a butcher uses scales to sell meat by the pound for profit,” said Newman.
A video released today shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, describing how abortion procedures are altered – not for the safety of women – but to get the most marketable body parts, including intact livers, hearts, and heads, which are highly sought by those who procure human body tissue for research.

I encourage every single one of you to watch this nine-minute video, and to share it far and wide: http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/

The Center for Medical Progress said this about the investigation:

In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.
The buyers ask Nucatola, “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”
“It makes a huge difference,” Nucatola replies. “I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”
Nucatola explains, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
“And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,”she continues. “So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”
Using ultrasound guidance to manipulate the fetus from vertex to breech orientation before intact extraction is the hallmark of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure (18 U.S.C. 1531).

Planned Parenthood is now clearly on the back foot over this, and its public response is simply demonstrating more complicity in this evil. The group claimed that they are doing nothing wrong and there is no financial profit from the use of “donate[d] tissue for scientific research”.

But CMP responded:

Planned Parenthood makes two key admissions in their statement today: 1) aborted fetal parts are harvested at their clinics, and 2) money is exchanged in connection with this. They also tell several lies: 1) That proper consent is obtained from patients, 2) That Planned Parenthood does not make money off the body parts, and 3) that everything is legal.
The Center for Medical Progress has obtained an advertisement to Planned Parenthood clinics (http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/StemExpress-flyer.pdf) from StemExpress, LLC, one of the major purchasers of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal tissue. This flyer advertises 4 different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: “Financially Profitable,” “Financial Profits,” “financial benefit to your clinic,” “fiscal growth of your own clinic.” The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.
None of this is standard across the mainstream medical field, but it is standard across Planned Parenthood’s insular and unaccountable abortion field.

Republican Governor and US presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has already taken steps on this:

Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome. This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans. I have instructed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct an immediate investigation into this alleged evil and illegal activity and to not issue any licenses until this investigation is complete. I am also asking the FBI to assist DHH in investigating this alleged criminal activity by this organization.

Planned Parenthood is the world’s largest abortion provider, and is responsible for the deaths of millions of unborn babies. Now we learn it is deeply involved in illegal activities, reflecting even further the utter immorality and amorality of this group.

We rightly condemned the Nazis and Japanese for what they did to innocent human beings during WWII. Why are we allowing Planned Parenthood to get away with similar crimes against humanity right now?

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8616376366.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/undercover-video-shows-planned-parenthood-exec-discussing-organ-harvesting/2015/07/14/ae330e34-2a4d-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html?postshare=3551436909448107
http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/2015/07/planned-parenthoods-top-doctor-praised-by-ceo-uses-partial-birth-abortions-to-sell-baby-parts/
http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/2015/07/cmp-statement-in-reply-to-planned-parenthoods-cover-up-of-baby-parts-sales/
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/bobby_jindal_planned_parenthoo.html


Trafficking in baby parts

It’s like the election and reelection of Obama opened a portal to hell:http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/07/14/planned-parenthood-uses-partial-birth-abortions-to-sell-baby-parts/


Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?

Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?In one sense, there are really just two types of people when it comes to the topic of abortion: those who think it is okay to kill unborn babies, and those who think it’s wrong. If you don’t think you’re in one of these categories, you still are; you’re just confused.Confusion, though, isn’t the most terrible thing. It means there is still hope, and in fact, this hopeful condition likely characterizes the general public of the United States. Most people don’t have a deep conviction about unborn babies. Most people don’t even think about unborn babies unless it’s an election year or the news runs a story. Even most who support abortion could only repeat the rhetoric they’ve heard from devotees.And therefore, if confusion is what’s really popular, the question becomes:

What will it take for abortion activists to convince the general public that their position is a psychotic threat to humanity?

When will the rhetoric about women’s health and women’s rights be exposed for what it truly is (since, of course, by women’s “health” and women’s “rights” they must not mean the near 28 million girls aborted since 1973)? What will it take? Where is the tipping point when the truth of Planned Parenthood can no longer be ignored by the popular conscience?

Abortion’s Self-Destruction

Mind-changing momentum is beginning to build, and to our surprise, it’s not so much from the direct work of pro-life advocates, but from the unmasked mishaps of abortion activists themselves. Yes, that’s right. They are going to destroy themselves.

What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?

Last year there was the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains reportedly awarded for exceeding their abortion quota. That is to say, in addition to other reports of such quotas, there was a certain number of abortions that the clinic was prescribed to perform and when they surpassed that number they were honored, all of which backfires against the language of abortions as safe, legal, and rare.

But that is really nothing compared to the recent video that exposes Planned Parenthood for selling the body parts of infant corpses. If the thought of abortionists high-fiving each other over surpassing their abortion quotas doesn’t unsettle you, just watch the video of Deborah Nucatola chomp her food and sip her wine as she talks about selling aborted baby heads. You can watch the full two hours and forty minutes of conversation.

Apparently, according to Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, not only is abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” but it’s a pretty big money-maker if you can keep those heads and livers in tact as you extract the baby feet first.

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The Sale of Fetal Body Parts is Gruesome—But It’s Also Legal

Earlier today, an undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress shows a national-level executive of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider sells intact fetal body parts.

The video is posted below. If you haven’t watched it already, I’d recommend you do. Warning: it is profoundly disturbing. You will want to read the rest of this article to help explain how this practice exists and why it is still, sadly and shockingly, legal.


The discussion in the video is graphic, gruesome, and disturbing. What’s even more shocking is that this practice may actually be legal under current federal law.

The following is an attempt to examine the contents of this video in the context of the law. I’m grateful for the Center for Medical Progress for exposing this practice. They have performed and invaluable service by creating this video. I think we should clearly understand the truth of the situation, not because it demonstrates that the horrific practice of Planned Parenthood is still, unbelievably, protected under federal law.

Selling Fetal Body Parts

In light of the discussion, the video mentions two federal laws related to organ selling. Unfortunately, neither of these laws appear to be applicable to this issue or to the discussions in the video.

42 U.S. Code 274e prohibits the purchase of human organs, including any organs derived from a fetus, for the purposes of human transplantation. Because the fetal tissue is likely to be used for research purposes rather than be transplanted into a living human, this law most likely does not apply.

42 U.S. Code 289g covers the prohibitions regarding human fetal tissue and states that, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”

In each of these laws, the term “valuable consideration” does not include “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.”

In the video the representative from Planned Parenthood (PP) makes it clear that the clinics “do not want to be perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this.’” Provided that the price set by the clinics is considered “reasonable payment” for the services listed above, the PP affiliates are likely not violating any federal laws.

This law (42 U.S. Code 289g) prevents the solicitation of fetal tissue for transplantation and the “solicitation or acceptance of tissue from fetuses gestated for research purposes.” What this means is that a buyer cannot solicit fetal tissue for transplantation or use tissue from a fetus that is known to have been created solely for the purpose of aborting the baby and extracting its tissue and/or organs.

But this seems to cover only human tissue that was acquired when the pregnancy was “deliberately initiated to provide such tissue.” Tissue donated after an abortion for research purposes appears to be completely legal under federal law.

On March 22, 1988, the Assistant Secretary for Health of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the George H.W. Bush administration imposed a temporary moratorium on federal funding of research involving transplantation of fetal tissue from induced abortions. On November 2, 1989, the HHS secretary extended the moratorium indefinitely. On Jan. 22, 1993 President Bill Clinton lifted the moratorium. The policy has not changed since.

Because of this change, tissue and organs from aborted fetuses may be used for therapeutic purposes provided the material was freely donated by women following their decision to terminate (because of 42 U.S. Code 289g it is illegal for a clinic to ask for approval prior to the abortion).

The organs and tissue may be used provided the woman who had the abortion and is donating the tissue made in writing and signed a declaration that:

“(A) the woman donates the fetal tissue for use in research described in subsection (a);

(B) the donation is made without any restriction regarding the identity of individuals who may be the recipients of transplantations of the tissue…”

The Partial-Birth Abortion Question

The video also raises questions about whether the clinics are using an illegal partial-birth abortion in order to protect the organs for resale. 18 US Code 1531 prohibits partial-birth abortion and states that:

The term “partial-birth abortion” means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion—

(A) deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus;

Because the PP representative says that ultrasound is used so that the abortionist is “cognizant about where you put your graspers” it is unclear on whether she is describing a partial birth abortion or a procedure that is taking place entirely inside the womb. The way she has framed the statement, however, provides her with sufficient plausible deniability. I believe it would be a mistake to place too much weight on such an ambiguous statement.

So what does all this mean? It means that this despicable practice of selling the body parts of aborted children is likely to be legal and an accepted, if not common practice, among abortion providers. The video should serve as a disturbing wake-up call for the pro-life community. We are justified in being outraged by the trafficking in human parts by Planned Parenthood and their justification of the practice and we should be outraged at the federal government that made it legal to traffic in the sale of aborted human flesh. What’s more we should call on our legislators to act to both defund Planned Parenthood and to ban the sale of fetal tissue.


Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the website of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.


Congratulating Planned Parenthood (Carl Trueman)

The release of a video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Services Department, allegedly speaking of how to extract the body part of aborted children for commercial purposes is shocking but should not shock. Indeed, if you are shocked, you need to ask yourself why. It actually represents in miniature the quintessence of much of modern culture.
First, it is the logical outcome of the chaotic notion of the self that now rules in the West. If the self is a psychologically self-determined identity, then those incapable of such are not persons until such time as they can do so. Peter Singer has merely given systematic philosophical form to what many people unreflectively believe. Thus, if you call Bruce Jenner ‘Caitlyn,’ you have no right to be shocked.
Second, it is the logical outcome of denying personhood to the unborn child and maintaining that it is simply part of the mother’s own body. Within such a framework, extracting body parts for commercial reasons is no more obnoxious than selling one’s hair to a wig maker. If you typically talk about fetuses and not about unborn children, you have no right to be shocked.
Third, it is the logical outcome of individual sovereignty over our own bodies. If you believe that you have the right to do with your body what you will, sexually or otherwise, then you have no right to be shocked.
Fourth, it is the logical outcome of the commercialization of the body. If you watch pornography or if you think prostitution should be legalized, then you have no basis to find the commercial aspect of this action distasteful or morally objectionable. You have no right to be shocked.
Fifth, it is the logical outcome of a therapeutic world which has made the masters of medical technique into the moral philosophers of our society and where truth is identified with being cured, whether the ailment be physical or psychological. If it can be done and it if helps somebody somewhere, then not only ought it to be done – it must be done and to demur is immoral. If you think medical research trumps everything, you have no right to be shocked.
In fact, Planned Parenthood is not to be condemned. Surely it is to be congratulated for having so perfectly summarized the spirit of our age.


Republicans introduce bill to protect natural marriage supporters

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Hillary Clinton and the Human Rights Campaign Hillary Clinton and the Human Rights Campaign

Ryan T. Anderson writes about it in The Daily Signal.

He says:

[…][Congress] today introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to guarantee such a scenario never becomes “an issue.”

This bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is good policy in part because it is so simple. It says that the federal government cannot discriminate against people and institutions that speak and act according to their belief that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. That’s it in a nutshell.

[…][G]overnment should respect those who stand for marriage and the First Amendment Defense Act would do so by specifically prohibiting bureaucrats from retaliating against individuals, family businesses, charities and schools because they refuse to change their deeply held views on what marriage is, no matter what the Supreme Court or politicians may say about…

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World strikes final “historic” nuclear deal with Iran. Will it bring peace, or war? Here are my initial thoughts.

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Delegates from Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States in Vienna on Tuesday after reaching an accord.   Credit Carlos Barria/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images  (NYT) Delegates from Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States in Vienna on Tuesday after reaching an accord.
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(Central Israel) — Lynn and I flew back home to Israel today, and arrived just as the news was breaking that the international community has struck a final nuclear deal with Iran.

Will it bring peace, or war? I am still reading through the 100-page agreement and will have more analysis later. But here are a few initial comments and observations.

President Obama and his team are convinced they have cut off Iran’s path to The Bomb and that the world will now enter a season of peace and stability. “Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent…

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Illegal immigrants released by ICE into U.S. commit murder

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He's better at golf than foreign policy He’s better at golf than border security

The leftist Washington Post has a decent article on illegal immigration. Let’s take a look at the numbers to see how many illegal immigrants are released by the Obama administration inside the United States, and then go on to commit serious crimes.

Excerpt:

It got little notice, but on May 28, Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, admitted in a letter to Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, the Obama administration had released “121 unique criminal aliens who had an active [deportation] case at the time of release and were subsequently charged with homicide-related offenses.”

Think about that: 121 times over the past four years, the administration has released an illegal immigrant with prior criminal convictions who went on to be charged with murder. That is one every 12 days.

Now…

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The Fallacies with “The Circular Argument” Against Presuppositionalism

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This will be a geeky post, sorry.

Occasionally, I like to write on topics pertaining to apologetic methodology. My primary purpose is to sharpen my personal thinking in the matters of how my exegesis and theology shape my overall approach in apologetics and evangelism. My objective has always been two-fold: I want to make sure I am defending the faith accurately as well as engaging unbelief effectively.

I approach the subject of apologetics as a presuppositionalist as opposed to one who would consider himself a classic apologist or an evidentialist. Most Christians who fancy the subject of “apologetics” operate in the matrix of classical/evidentialist apologetics. That is because the classic/evidential apologetic is the most popular and the one the average church-going red state evangelical Christian is familiar.

Proponents of the classical approach are also known to have a disdain toward presuppositionalism. Their blog articles and lectures will often times offer…

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When God is Slow in Keeping His Promises

Unfathomable Grace

Do you have a friend who is dying? I do. A man that I hold most dear is going the way of all flesh. His earthly race is coming to a conclusion. He is on his last mile, and the heavenly host are cheering him on. His body is already depreciating, and it will soon be honorably buried, but his soul will not see decay. The process of death is stinging him and his loved ones; today they hurt. However, ultimately, death will have no sting as it will be completely swallowed up in victory. For him to carry on living today, well that is his missionary duty to Jesus Christ. However, when he passes on from this life to the next, all will be fantastic gain for him. Pain and tears will be no more. The consequences of living in a world cursed by sin will have ended. As a Christian, the…

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Transcript of Brian Houston’s ‘nice’ interview with Mark & Grace Driscoll

We have decided to transcribe the interview between Brian Houston and Mark/Grace Driscoll that was aired at Hillsong Conference 2015. Brian Houston stated that he talked with Mark and Grace Driscoll for “an hour and fifty three minutes” but managed to edit the interview to be “fifty minutes” long. So we would greatly appreciate it if people can help fix any errors or fill in words or phrases that we could not understand. To listen to the audio of this interview – click here.

CROCODILE TEARS IN A KANGAROO COURT

Brian Houston has given Driscoll a platform to repackage, re-market and re-launch as a Pastor on the preaching network. The result was a one-sided, orchestrated, kangaroo court where Driscoll elicited sympathy and support.

We called it all right. Driscoll played the victim card at Hillsong Conference 2015.

Before reading the interview, we would emphatically encourage you read to read the below article, researching all the things Mark…

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What it means to be filled by the Holy Spirit

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 καὶ μὴ μεθύσκεσθε οἴνῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἐστιν ἀσωτία, ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι, (Ephesians 5:17-18 NA28)

18 And do not become drunk with wine in which is dissipation, but be filled by the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

What does it mean for a Christian to be “filled” by the Holy Spirit? In my translation above the preposition “by” renders the Greek word ἐν (en), “in, with, by, among, at, on, when, to, as, for, through, while, within, of, about, into, because, during, throughout, before, under.” Why did I render it as “by” instead of “with?” As Louis Sperry Chafer said, “It is not a matter of acquiring more of the Spirit, but rather of the Spirit of God acquiring all of the individual.”1 The believer who is Spirit-filled is influenced by the Spirit and nothing else while those who are…

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