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August 24, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report


Aug. 24, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Dow down over 1,000 after the open.

Thirteen out of 18 western-European markets in correction.

Ten-year Treasury yields dropped below 2 percent for the first time since April as plummeting stocks and commodities boosted demand for the safest assets.

European stocks are heading for their worst plunge since 2008, with Germany’s benchmark gauge set to enter a bear market.

Oil in London slid below $45 a barrel for the first time since March 2009 on concerns Chinese demand is slowing just as supplies from the U.S. and Iran threaten to swell a global surplus.

The pension-funding crisis undermining the stability of Illinois and Chicago is rippling through hundreds of smaller governments, squeezing budgets as officials prop up teetering police and fire retirement funds.

South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s crisis-management skills are being tested as she faces a military standoff with North Korea that risks exacerbating turmoil in the country’s financial markets. Park is trying to prevent tensions with Kim Jong Un’s government from erupting into open conflict while shoring up the economy from a market selloff that sent the Korean won to a four-year low and drained more than $900 million from Korean equities in a week

Sony Corp. plans to offer commercial drone services targeting the construction, logistics and agriculture industries from the first half of next year.

Iran plans to raise oil production “at any cost” to defend the country’s market share and backs calls for an emergency OPEC meeting to help shore up crude prices.

AP Top Stories

Wall Street plummeted early Monday — with the Dow falling more than 1000 points — as traders aggressively sold stocks and bid-up only the safest asset classes.

Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods.

Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally. The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats, ventured to areas of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a swirling mass of human-linked debris spanning hundreds of miles of open sea where plastic outnumbers organisms by factors in the hundreds.

South Korea’s president vowed “no retreat” in a tense military standoff with North Korea, and insisted Pyongyang apologize as the two rivals struggled to negotiate their way out of the crisis.

The companies behind extramarital-affairs website Ashley Madison are facing a new $578 million lawsuit in response to a hack that released information of about 39 million users.

The Chinese oil rig at the center of last year’s standoff between China and Vietnam over oil exploration in the South China Sea has completed drilling of a well not far from Vietnam’s coast.

Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.

Israel charged an ultra-Orthodox man with murder for stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and wounding five others at a Gay Pride parade, as he lashed out at homosexuality in court.

Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe.

Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are, and how to remedy them.

Burundi security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said.

The American Medical Association denounced it in the 1990s. President Obama condemned it in April. Now, Illinois has banned gay conversion therapy, the process of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation, for minors.

BBC

Three Americans and a Briton who foiled a suspected terror attack on a train have received France’s top honour from President Francois Hollande. Mr Hollande presented Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman with the Legion d’honneur at the Elysee Palace. Two other unnamed passengers will receive the honor at a later date.

Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, officials said.

Two Ashley Madison clients reported to have taken their lives after hackers published their details – Canada police

A British man who got lost in a remote part of Australia says a life-saving SOS message he wrote in the sand was “one of those moments of inspiration”. The 63-year-old was rescued after two days, with police saying the written cry for help probably saved his life.

Stock markets across the US and Europe have fallen sharply as fears of a Chinese economic slowdown continue to haunt investors.

WND

A public high school in San Francisco has introduced a “gay” history class that may become a model for schools nationwide, if homosexual-rights groups have their way. The class may be just the beginning.

There was no halftime show at Mississippi’s Brandon High School – the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show – in violation of a federal court order.


Top News – 8/24/2015

Stocks attempt comeback: Dow cuts losses after falling 1,089
In afternoon trading, the Dow climbed back from the early morning plunge and was down 280 points, or 1.7%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped as much as 100 points as it dipped into correction territory — which is defined as a drop of 10% or more — before cutting its losses to about 35 points, or a drop of 1.9%.

Harbinger man: The time is now to prepare
“We have been deluged with people calling, emailing, asking questions from all over the country, wanting to know what’s happening. So we decided to put out a video,” Cahn told WND via email.

Turkey’s Erdogan expected to call new elections
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected on Monday to formally call new elections for November 1 and re-appoint Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form an interim administration, a day after the deadline passed for establishing a government following Turkey’s inconclusive election in June.

The ‘insiders’ are freaking out about Trump, and that’s too bad
What the insiders don’t get is that Trump’s bombastic style, and occasionally over-the-top pronouncements, tap into a rejection of the whole failed, gridlocked, special-interest-driven system. And that’s in part why his street talk is important.

The Big List Of 33 Things That Are Going To Happen In September 2015
Is September 2015 going to be a month that changes history? For months, there has been an unprecedented amount of buzz all over the Internet about what is going to happen in September. And without a doubt, we are going to witness a convergence of events during that month that is quite remarkable.

80 percent chance of cyclone near Windward islands
A low pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Africa and the Windward Islands, has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

‘Jihadi John’ Vows to Return to Britain and ‘Cut off Heads’
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) infamous beheader Mohammed “Jihadi John” Emwazi said on a video that he will return to his native Britain to “carry on cutting heads off,” the London Daily Mail reported Sunday.

Security Minister Wants to Outlaw Temple Mount Rioters
If the defense minister signs a declaration to this effect, security forces will have a freer hand against the rioters. Erdan has been carrying out behind-the-scenes staff work in the past few weeks, together with police, the Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet), the State Attorney’s Office and even the Attorney General, who has agreed to help advance the declaration.

Great fall of China sinks world stocks, dollar tumbles
Alarm bells rang across world markets on Monday as a near 9 percent dive in China shares and a sharp drop in the dollar and major commodities panicked

Weakening Danny to Bring Beneficial Rain to Caribbean
With Danny weakening and still approaching the northern Caribbean Islands, it may be just what the doctor ordered for the drought-stricken region.

POTENT SUNSPOT FACES EARTH
Sunspot AR2403 has a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. Moreover, the behemoth sunspot is directly facing Earth.

Islamic State accused of using mustard gas in the battle around Aleppo in Syria
Militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have been accused of using mustard gas in the battle around Syria’s shattered second city of Aleppo. Doctors working in Marea…said they had treated more than 30 patients with suppurating blisters in the wake of Isil shelling. The jihadist militants have launched a series of small-scale chemical attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq in recent weeks…

Cruz’s evangelical outreach shifts into high gear
Sen. Ted Cruz, who has assiduously courted evangelicals throughout his presidential run, will take a lead role in the launch this week of an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood… More than 100,000 pastors received e-mail invitations…to participate in conference calls with Cruz on Tuesday in which they will learn details of the plan to mobilize churchgoers in every congressional district beginning Aug. 30.

Global shares plunge as Chinese losses rattle markets
Stock markets in London, Paris and Frankfurt have fallen sharply as fears of a Chinese economic slowdown continue to haunt investors. London’s FTSE 100 index was down by 2.6% in morning trade, while major markets in France and Germany lost nearly 3%. Shares in Asia were hit overnight, with the Shanghai Composite in China closing down 8.5%, its worst close since 2007.

South Africa rand hits all-time low against the dollar
South Africa’s currency has fallen to an all-time low against the US dollar. It briefly hit a rate of 14 rand to the dollar amid concerns about the strength of the Chinese economy, reports the Reuters news agency. Economies that rely on the sale of commodities – such as South Africa’s – have been hit by the slowdown in growth in China, a major source of demand.

Tel Aviv share prices fall steeply after Shanghai shock
Stock prices were falling again on Monday morning on the Tel Aviv Stock exchange. After losing 4.1% on Tuesday, the Tel Aviv 25 Index is currently down a further 3.33%… In an attempt to calm the markets…the Chinese government announced yesterday that for the first time it would allow local pension funds to invest in the stock market.

With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation
Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are, and how to remedy them.

Chinese shares drop in dramatic free-fall
Chinese shares continued their sharp fall on Monday as concerns over the country’s slowing growth and volatile markets sparked panic among traders. The mainland benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, fell sharply by 8.4% to 3,211.75 points, extending last week’s sharp losses.

IS blows up temple in Syria’s Palmyra: antiquities chief
Islamic State militants on Sunday blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, an official said, the latest in a series of cultural relics to be destroyed by the jihadist group.

Too soon for ‘illogical’ U.S. to return to Tehran: Iran
Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday it was too early to talk of reopening the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, as Britain restored its diplomatic mission four years after protesters ransacked the British ambassador’s residence.

As North, South Korea hold marathon crisis talks, Seoul talks tough
South Korean President Park Geun-hye talked tough on Monday, demanding that North Korea apologize over a recent landmine incident, even as the bitter rivals held marathon negotiations in a bid to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict.

Blast rips through building at US military depot in Japan
A blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, according to Japanese officials and the Pentagon, triggering a fire, but no injuries had been reported.


Top Headlines – 8/24/2015

U.K. Petition to Arrest Netanyahu for ‘War Crimes’ Reaches Nearly 80,000 Signatures

Witness: Iran reopens embassy in London

Abbas confirms he will visit Iran, ‘a sister country’

Iran nuke deal monitoring panel to hold first meeting

US Democratic Senate leader Reid backs Iran nuclear deal

Obama has power to circumvent Congress on Iran nuke deal, analysts say

Iran: Too soon for ‘illogical’ US to reopen embassy in Tehran

Iran Warns Israel of ‘Crushing Response’ to Any Cyber-Attack Attempt

Experts Say New Iranian Missile Can Reach All Sensitive Sites in Israel

Israel’s leaders ‘furious’ over Barak tapes describing aborted plans to hit Iran

Newly released documents show US attempts to halt Israeli nuclear weapons program

Israel’s enemy within: Young militant settlers

Gaza Strip’s middle class enjoys spin classes, fine dining, private beaches

Was anti-Semitism behind the mass food poisoning of Israeli youth soccer team in Bulgaria?

Israel concerned Hezbollah may get new Iran missile

Hezbollah raises its alert level across border with Israel

Army deployed to Beirut after anti-government anger boils over

Lebanon PM threatens to resign amid protests in Beirut

Gunfire heard in Beirut after anti-government protest turns violent

Lebanese security forces use water cannon against protesters

ISIS’s dead-serious obsession with the apocalypse, explained

Catholic monastery in Syria ‘destroyed by Isil bulldozers’

ISIS blows up ancient temple in Syria

Kurdish militants attack Turkish power station, one soldier killed

Shattering New Evidence Reveals: Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres

5 Middle East Churches That Could Cease to Exist If Islamic State Influence Continues to Spread

Will West and Arab states accept border changes that redivide region?

Europe Facing New Uncertainty in Terrorism Fight

Germany Shames EU for Failure to Shoulder Refugee Surge

Germany vows to fight xenophobia after ‘Heil Hitler’ shouted in attack on refugees

Asia migrant crisis: New mass graves on Malaysia-Thai border

India-Pakistan talks cancelled amid recriminations

US Military Base in Japan Rocked by Series of Explosions

Huge blaze breaks out at steel plant near Tokyo’s Haneda airport just hours after blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post

Fort Bragg Soldiers Prepare For Domestic Nuclear Drill

16 Soldiers Hospitalized After Lightning Strike at Fort Bragg

As North, South Korea hold marathon crisis talks, Seoul talks tough

South Korea demands apology from the North for wounding soldiers

Angry investors capture head of China metals exchange

Global Stocks Tumble Further Amid Doubts About China and Emerging Economies

China Poised to Boost Banks’ Liquidity

China stocks give up year’s gains after central bank fails to act

China stocks crash 11% in a week

Tel Aviv braces for more losses as Asian stocks plummet

Dubai, Saudi markets lose 7 percent after oil price dip

Dow futures fall 160 points

Shemitah : The Dow Jones falls 888 points in two days while Global Markets Melt

Fed Likely to Hold Off on September Rate Increase: Business Economists Survey

Critics say new State Department guidelines meant to ‘chill’ employee speech

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near La Serena, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kodari, Nepal

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Goni Hits Okinawa After Killing 15 in Philippines

Summer snowfall covers the ground in areas west of Calgary

Washington state’s wildfires rage beyond 600,000 acres

Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii’s spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation

Satan worshipers drown women with milk in Planned Parenthood counter-protest

1 in 3 American Young Adults Identify on Bisexual Spectrum

Women, and Men, Doff Their Shirts Around the World for ‘Go Topless’ Day

John MacArthur accused of heresy at his home church

New Video: StemExpress CEO Admits Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies

Pat Robertson tells listener: don’t worry about being a lesbian…. ‘It just happens!’

Christian Educators Say Israeli Policies Could Force School Closures

Israel’s enemy within: Young militant settlers


 The Briefing

1) Ohio bill banning Down Syndrome abortions exposes shame of America for permitting such deaths

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason, New York Times (Tamar Lewin)

2) Marches against Planned Parenthood across the nation on Saturday contained thousands

Thousands protest outside Planned Parenthood clinics around the country, Washington Post (Peter Holley)

Thousands Rallied To Defund Planned Parenthood. This Is What They Look Like., Think Progress (Erica Hellerstein)

3) Coalition opposes faith-based organizations receiving any federal funds in secular state

Critics petition Obama to abolish faith-based hiring bias, Religion News Service (Adelle Banks)

REQUEST FOR REVIEW AND RECONSIDERATION OF JUNE 29, 2007 OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL MEMORANDUM RE: RFRA, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

4) North Korea shifts time zone in effort to assert independence from Japan and entire world

North Korea to Move 30 Minutes Backward to Create Its Own Time Zone, New York Times (Choe Sang-Hun)

As North, South Korea hold marathon crisis talks, Seoul talks tough, Reuters (Jack Kim and Ju-Min Park)

In other news…

The GOP’s Birthright Citizenship Flip-Flop, Politico (Tom Donnelly)


Daily Digest

August 24, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our general government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one — a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Gideon Granger, 1800

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Americans Headed for Paris Save the Day

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Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler

When the French are in trouble, they can always count on the American military. Granted, this military victory was on a much smaller scale, but it was a good one nonetheless. Airman First Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos (recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan) and their friend Anthony Sadler subdued a would-be jihadi mass murderer on a French train Friday. On vacation and having just changed cars for a better WiFi signal, the three were in prime position to stop Ayoub El-Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan national who was on French radar for supposed radical Islamist activity. El-Khazzani boarded the train with a pistol and an AK-47 with the obvious intent to kill as many people as possible. But before he could, Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler rushed him and wrestled him to the ground. “He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we,” Stone said later. British businessman Chris Norman said he was inspired by their bravery and joined to help, binding the jihadi’s hands with a tie. Stone nearly lost his thumb to El-Khazzani’s box cutter, but as a trained medical technician he first turned his attention to another wounded passenger. Skarlatos gave his account of the takedown: “I just looked over at Spencer and said, ‘Let’s go!’ Spencer got to the guy first, grabbed the guy by the neck, and I grabbed the handgun, got the handgun away from the guy and threw it. Then I grabbed the AK, which was at his feet, and started muzzle thumping him in the head with it.” And some guys do just need a few thumps in the head. It’s nice to see members of the American military there to do the job, even on a day off in France. The three Americans and their British compatriot were made French knights and awarded the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest decoration.

EPA Knew of ‘Blowout’ Danger Ahead of River Accident

Earlier this month, the EPA accidentally dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River in Colorado. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy apologized, saying, “[W]e’ve committed to a full review of exactly what happened to ensure it can never happen again.” Well, documents released Friday indicate the EPA not only knows exactly what happened but it knew in advance what could happen. Prior to the accident, according to an EPA report from June 2014, “This condition has likely caused impounding of water behind the collapse. In addition, other collapses within the workings may have occurred creating additional water impounding conditions. Conditions may exist that could result in a blowout of the blockages and cause a release of large volumes of contaminated mine waters and sediment from inside the mine, which contain concentrated heavy metals.” Some of the reports, however, were redacted by EPA officials, which itself leads to other questions. First among them is why it took the EPA 24 hours to notify anyone of the accident, especially given they knew the danger ahead of time. Finally, McCarthy gave the good news Friday that the “river is restoring itself.” But when was the last time the EPA said that about an accident caused by a private company?

Due to China’s Economy, U.S. Markets Start to Slide

For the last few years, the Chinese economy, the second largest in the world, was a cornerstone of the world market. This year, the Chinese government wanted to expand the economy by 7%. But its economy went sideways from their communistic plans, and the world markets — and American investments — are riding a greased slide. When the markets opened this morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average first plummeted 1,000 points, but then rebounded about half that by the time we went to press. The markets are volatile — as Bloomberg political reporter Phil Mattingly pointed out, the Down dropped 780 points when the House first rejected the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008. This downturn has the potential to affect the U.S. economy for months, if the only reason being that the Federal Reserve Bank may walk away from its plan to raise interest rates later this year. Like it or not, the economy run by communist China and ours are linked. Fraser Howie, who co-wrote a book about the Chinese economy, told The Wall Street Journal, “The world is starting to realize China is not nearly as competent as thought, especially in the economic sphere where everyone gave it good grades.” While it’s tempting to sell, to get out of the stock market licking some heavy losses, Ron Lieber, who writes the Your Money column for The New York Times, notes that those who invest in the stock market play a long-term game. Bailing out after a shaky weekend will most likely erase years of growth that could have been regained by simply riding the markets out.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

A Swift Kick in the Ashley Madison

By Arnold Ahlert

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Perhaps the adage, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” has never had greater meaning than right about now — at least for as many as 38 million people.

Ashley Madison, a website for adulterers, markets itself with the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair.” The site recently had its database breached last month by hackers calling themselves the Impact Team (IT). Avid Life Media, which owns the Toronto-based cheating site, was given a simple message: shut down your site or “[w]e will release all customer records, profiles with all customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.” IT allegedly wanted the site shut down for two reasons. First, the group claimed Ashley Madison was keeping customer data on file even when clients paid a $19 fee to have it removed. Second, IT insisted the company was creating fake female profiles for its nearly 90% male database.

Ashley Madison insisted those claims were inaccurate and refused to close. Last Tuesday, IT fired its first salvo, posting a 10-gigabyte file containing 28 million unique email addresses. A second dump occurred Thursday when 20 gigabytes were released, outing a list of cheaters that included Vatican workers, Big Apple bureaucrats, an English parliamentarian and at least one reality-TV star. Other users were from Harvard and Yale, the United States Postal Service, NASA, IBM, Bank of America, JPMorgan, Amazon and the White House (and we know there’s never been cheating there before).

Ashley Madison released an amusing statement, calling the hack “an act of criminality” and an “illegal action against the individual members of [the Ashley Madison website], as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.” No doubt describing would-be adulterers as “freethinking people” is in perfect alignment with today’s cultural norms, where adding a shiny new coat of morally relative paint to formerly execrable behavior is now standard operating procedure. Yet one suspects the victims of such freethinking, as in spouses and children, might be inclined towards more traditional values.

An equally amusing statement was released by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who promised us that the military services will be looking into the more than 15,000 email addresses potentially hosted on government and military servers because, he insisted, “conduct is very important. We expect good conduct on the part of our people.”

The military is only part of the government equation. According to the Associated Press, which traced the accounts exposed by the hackers back to federal workers, connections to the site emanated from “two dozen Obama administration agencies, including the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Energy, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security. Others came from House or Senate computer networks.” More specifically, two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information technology administrator in the Executive Office of the President, a trio of Justice Department employees, including a division chief, an investigator and a trial attorney, and two DHS employees, including a government hacker and a U.S. counterterrorism response team member, were exposed.

As for good conduct, such aspirations stand in stark contrast to reality. At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a top-level employee caught watching pornography on his work computer — which contained 7,000 pornographic files — has yet to be terminated because the “administrative process” for such removal can take as long as two years. At the VA, only one person has been fired more than a year after it was discovered veterans were literally dying before they could get appointments, even as waiting lists for those appointments were being manipulated. Thousands of government employees signing up for adultery?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the restoration of good conduct.

In fact, 38 million people looking for love in all the wrong places suggests society is in deeper trouble than we might imagine. While adultery is an age-old problem, one is hard-pressed to imagine it has always been as widespread (at least in America) as the numbers here suggest. Moreover, there is a new element in play: complete randomness. One is not having an affair with someone they already know or met face to face but shopping for a commodity much like any other online “purchase.”

Perhaps technologically enabled convenience makes such randomness inevitable, but also adds to the cheapening of values that is accelerating at a sickening pace. It should be noted that while this story has captured the public’s attention the latest Planned Parenthood (PP) sting video — revealing the harvesting of an intact brain from a baby boy whose heart was still beating following his abortion — remains largely below the mainstream media radar. That’s because in the midst of these barbarous revelations, 16 journalists were thrilled to accept PP’s Maggie Awards for Media Excellence. “Maggie” is short for PP founder Margaret Sanger, the Hitler-supporting racist who stated in 1921 that eugenics is “the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”

In a society where values are cheap and cheating is rampant, it stands to reason that being “unfaithful” to one’s readers is at least as easy as being unfaithful to one’s spouse.

A nation marinating itself in cheap values also goes a long way towards explaining why Hillary Clinton — a proud Margaret Sanger award recipient in her own right — remains a viable presidential candidate. The journey between living a lie and supporting a congenital liar for president is perilously short. In fact, the template for such support was established by Bill Clinton, characterized as “a president with a rare ability to compartmentalize his psyche,” when an equally bankrupt media sought to minimize his adulterous affair with Monica Lewinsky.

This is one American with no sympathy at all, not just for cheaters, but for those monumentally stupid enough give any information to a website promoting adultery. If there is one additional revelation emerging from this scandal, aside from increasing levels of cultural degradation it represents, it is a lesson: The term “secure website” is rapidly becoming an oxymoron. In other words, if one is going to cheat, one may have to do it the old-fashioned way — or maybe not at all.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Peggy Noonan: “Mrs. Clinton often quotes Eleanor Roosevelt to the effect that a woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. But it’s been noted here that Hillary is the only tea bag that brings the hot water with her. There is always an air of furtive corruption; she dodges the press and then trolls them. [Last] week’s classic moment came when Ed Henry of Fox News persisted in asking whether she had wiped her private email server: ‘What, like with a cloth or something?’ For all her experience, she still evades and stonewalls awkwardly.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “We must always ask: Is government working to liberate and empower the individual? … Or does it seek to compel, command and coerce people into submission and dependence?”

Great question: “Businesses must ‘follow the law’ and bake a cake but cities can ignore law and be ‘sanctuaries’ for those who enter illegally?” —Dana Loesch

“I absolutely do believe that [the Center for Medical Progress has] violated laws in terms of how they secured these videos. But the fraud is also in how they have presented them and in the editing. … I’m not a lawyer — but everything is on the table when you look at these videos and the fraud and the conspiracy behind it.” —Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens

We’re all just one big happy family: “Islamic State’s goal isn’t primarily about money or sex, but about sending the message that they are creating an Islamic utopia, following the practices of the era of the Prophet Muhammad. … Our horror at this self-conscious neo-medievalism should teach us a lesson about the evolution of our beliefs and what it means to be modern. Begin with the sober acknowledgment that we aren’t light years ahead of Islamic State — more like a century and a half.” —Harvard University professor Noah Feldman

Village Idiots: “[The Hillary Clinton email scandal] is, in fact, manufactured partly by a press that’s bored and partly by the Republicans. Here’s the deal. She did not break any rules, she did not break any policy. … She can’t be blamed for this. So I look at this as the usual press frenzy, the pack journalism, and I think it’ll go away, because there’s no sense to it.” —Howard Dean

Missing the point: “We pretend with the election of Barack Obama that we’re in some kind of post-racial society, and, of course, you know, we’re not! The Onion magazine got it right when he was inaugurated. It said ‘Black man given worst job in world.’” —documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

Late-night humor: “According to a new survey, 17 percent of adult smartphone owners use auto-deleting apps like Snapchat and Wickr. ‘Yeah, uh, that’s what happened!’ said Hillary Clinton.” —Seth Meyers

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One Man’s Perspective: Obama a Shi’ite Muslim

I will admit that I think he is a Muslim, but, until I saw an article that said two different sources say he is a Shiite, it never occurred to me that Pres. Obama might prefer the Shiite religion. The article said Pres. Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., was a Shiite Muslim in a mostly Sunni country (Kenya).

If the statement is true, several things that I have found confusing are suddenly making sense. I Googled, “Was Pres. Obama’s father a Shiite?” to check it out and found several articles on the subject. Of course, there are people who call it a conspiracy theory, but it is important to look at some of the facts.

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World Markets Plunge

World stocks and oil prices plunged Monday as a global sell off accelerated on worries about the health of China’s huge economy.

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Denver City Council halts Chick-fil-A’s airport operation because its owners believe the Bible

But it’s not about that for what appears to be a majority of the Denver City Council. It’s about gay marriage, and the now airtight requirement that anyone doing business with the government must not agree with 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. It makes no difference if all you do is sell chicken sandwiches, which has nothing to do with homosexuality. If you’re like Chick-fil-A, and your owners have made it clear they believe the Bible, you’re not running concessions at the DIA:

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BLACK MONDAY: Stocks Sink At Opening Bell As Full-Blown Panic Grips Wall Street

“We are in the midst of a full-blown growth scare,” strategists at JP Morgan Cazenove said in a note.

LONDON – Alarm bells rang across world markets on Monday as a near 9 percent dive in China shares and a sharp drop in the dollar and major commodities panicked investors.

European stocks were more than 5 percent in the red and Wall Street was braced for similar losses after Asian shares slumped to 3-year lows as a three month-long rout in Chinese equities threatened to get out of hand.

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Down, down, down…..

Oil plunged another 4 percent, while safe-haven government U.S. an German bonds and the yen and the euro rallied as widespread fears of a China-led global economic slowdown and currency war kicked in.

“It is a China driven macro panic,” said Didier Duret, chief investment officer at ABN Amro. “Volatility will persist until we see better data there or strong policy action through forceful monetary easing.”

Many traders had hoped that such support measures, which could include an interest rate cut, would have come from Beijing over the weekend after its main stocks markets slumped 11 percent last week. With serious doubts also now emerging about the likelihood of a U.S. interest rate rise this year, the dollar slid against other major currencies.

The Australian dollar fell to six-year lows and many emerging market currencies also plunged, whilst the frantic dash to safety pushed the euro to a 6-1/2-month high above $1.15.

“Things are starting look like the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Speculators are selling assets that seem the most vulnerable,” said Takako Masai, head of research at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo.

As commodity markets took a fresh battering, Brent and U.S. crude oil futures hit 6-1/2-year lows as concerns about a global supply glut added to worries over potentially weaker demand from the normally resource-hungry China.

U.S. crude was last down 3.6 percent at just below $39 a barrel while Brent dropped to $43.74 a barrel to take it under January’s lows for the first time.

Copper, seen as a barometer of global industrial demand, tumbled 2.5 percent, with three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange also hitting a six-year low of $4,920 a tonne. Nickel slid 6 percent to its lowest since 2009 too at $9,570 a tonne.

GREAT FALL OF CHINA

The near 9 percent slump in Chinese stocks was their worst performance since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2007 and wiped out what was left of the 2015 gains, which in June has been more than 50 percent.

With the latest slide rooted in disappointment that Beijing did not announce expected policy support over the weekend, all index futures contracts slumped by their 10 percent daily limit, pointing to more bad days ahead.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 5.1 percent to a three-year low. Tokyo’s Nikkei ended down 4.6 percent and Australian and Indonesian shares hit two-year troughs.

“China could be forced to devalue the yuan even more, should its economy falter, and the equity markets are dealing with the prospect of a weaker yuan amplifying the negative impact from a sluggish Chinese economy,” said Eiji Kinouchi, chief technical analyst at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo.

Just as worrying was evidence that developed markets were becoming synchronized with the troubles. London’s FTSE with its large number of global miners and oil firms, was down for its 10th straight day, its worst run since 2003.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was last down 5 percent at 1,355 points, wiping around 400 billion euros ($460.16 billion) off the index and taking its losses for the month to more than 1 trillion euros.

U.S. stock futures also pointed to big losses for Wall Street’s main markets, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial and Nasdaq expected to open down 3.6, 4.0 and 4.9 percent respectively. It is likely to tip the S&P 500 and Nasdaq formally into ‘correction’ territory – meaning stocks, at their lows, are 10 percent off their 52-week highs.

“We are in the midst of a full-blown growth scare,” strategists at JP Morgan Cazenove said in a note. source


Former Gordon Brown Advisor Damian McBride Says ‘Stock Up On Water, Market Crash Is Coming’

A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.

Damian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house. “Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,” he tweeted.

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“Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.

“Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”

Mr McBride credited his former boss Gordon Brown with preventing a cataclysm by nationalising the banking system during the 2008 crash.

“We were close enough in 2008 (if the bank bailout hadn’t worked),” he said. “and what’s coming is on 20 times that scale”.

Financial markets are unstable and periodically suffer crises which can have devastating consequences for the wider economy. The Shanghai Composite Index, China’s most important stock market index, was down 8.45 per cent, erasing a year’s gains in a day’s trading.

Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work.

— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) August 24, 2015

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The FTSE100 fell 4.5 per cent, hoping £60bn off the price of UK shares, and the Dow Jones in the US fell by over a thousand points in its first minute of trading.

Some analysts have suggested that the stock market slide could be the start of a new global financial crisis. source


Planned Parenthood Gets Support From The Satanic Temple Of Detroit

 

A person who is willing to kill another person for the sake of preserving their own prosperity or emotional health is declaring that their life is supreme

“…but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:53 (KJV)

With the release of the Planned Parenthood videos, abortion sympathizers are upping their Satanic game. At a Chicago Planned Parenthood protest, speakers apparently located inside the clinic broadcast “horror music” at pro-life advocates in an effort to drown them out. That seems civil compared to the Satanic Temple of Detroit’s latest antics, in which Satanists poured milk all over women, allegedly simulating the oppression of breast milk and motherhood. The video is bizarre, with women acting like they’re choking in front of praying Christian protestors:

The Satanists adhere to such edifying statements of principle as “Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!” and “Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!” They also declare that man is “just another animal.” It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate set of doctrines for the rutting life of the sexual revolution, where restraint is evil, physical experience is king, and people are simply sentient mammals trying to get the best out of life. A baby is thus no more sacred — and often less — than any other animal. Just ask Cecil the Lion.

While the vast, vast majority of abortion-rights supporters don’t identify with Satanists and would recoil from comparison with the Church of Satan, prominent Satanist involvement in the abortion debate does have a clarifying effect. A person who is willing to kill another person for the sake of preserving their own prosperity or emotional health is declaring that their life is supreme — their existence is at the center of all things. This is the core of Satanist theology. So when Satanists declare their creeds, they strike uncomfortably close to the rotten core of the abortion-rights regime. Moreover, the secular Left truly has been radicalized outside the American mainstream if it’s willing to gleefully identify with the worshipers of Baphomet.

It’s all fun and games until the public starts to identify a movement by its more prominent public supporters, of course. For years abortion-rights advocates have delighted in blasphemy, doing their dead-level best to shock sidewalk counselors, nuns, priests, and other pro-life advocates. For years their horrible behavior has largely been hidden from public view, as the media shamelessly covers for their obscenity. source


Dow Falls Whopping 1,000 Points After Opening Bell

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 07:36 AM PDT

The Dow is on pace for a record drop today, falling about 1,000 points at the opening bell amid a global sell-off. At one point, the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 1,000 points in early trading — the biggest point drop since 2008 — but recovered some losses during the late morning when the blue-chip index was down about 700 points. The Dow had its worst day in four years on Friday, losing about 530 points — down 3.1 percent — at the close of New York trading that day.

Shares continued to plunge today related to concerns about China’s slowdown and other economic concerns. Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody’s Analytics, said American households with stock or retirement investments shouldn’t run for the exit yet. “Most importantly, the average investor should not panic,” Zandi said. “If you are invested in stocks, you should have an investment horizon of at least four to five years and should look through any market volatility.” FULL REPORT

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North Korea forward deploys amphibious landing crafts carrying special forces

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:59 AM PDT

War rhetoric in North Korea continues to accelerate as new reports indicate that North Korea has deployed amphibious landing crafts carrying special forces to the frontline as the country keeps up its tight combat readiness despite on-going inter-Korean talks to defuse military tension, military sources said Monday.

About 10 North Korean air-cushioned landing crafts have left their home base in Cholsan, North Pyongan Province, and come forward to a naval base, located about 60 kilometers north of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto inter-Korean border in the Yellow Sea, the sources said. “Since North Korea declared a semi-war state, its invasion vehicles and forces have been actively moving,” one of the sources said. Source

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US manufacturing index collapses to lowest point in nearly 2 years as global stocks plummet

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:49 AM PDT

In keeping with falling financial markets in the world’s biggest economies – the U.S., Europe and China – American manufacturing is also taking a hit, as even adjusting economic figures seasonally, often used as an accounting trick by Uncle Sam to put lipstick on a pig, cannot hide the obvious.

As reported by Zero Hedge, a few weeks after the July ISM (Institute for Supply Management) manufacturing report measured its lowest since March, the Markit manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) was also released, coming in at just 52.9, below the expected index of 53.8 and down from last month’s 53.8, as you can see from the chart below. “This was the lowest level since October 2013 and the biggest miss in exactly 2 years, with output, new orders and employment all expand at slower rates in August; Markit adds that ‘Input cost inflation picks up fractionally, but remains well below the survey average,’” FULL REPORT

 

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“We Are Now in a Full On Market Crash”

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:37 AM PDT

Financial analyst Clive P. Maund asserts that we are now witnessing a “full on market crash” and that the Dow could see drops of up to a thousand points on a daily basis. The Dow Jones lost 6% last week, tumbling more than 1,000 points, the worst fall since 2008, but according to technical analyst Maund, that is only the beginning. With fringe investors only just realizing the delusion of establishment financial media claims that the collapse was just a temporary “correction,” the rush to the exit will now become a stampede.

“When a market tips into a crash on a Friday, what typically happens is that the thousands or even millions of investors who believed the mainstream media and didn’t see it coming spend the weekend “stewing” over their investments – and many of them decide to bail out come Monday,” writes Maund.“Thus we may see a massive down day tomorrow, possibly the worst of the crash phase, and it would not be that surprising to see the Dow Jones Industrials drop by 800 – 1000 points in one day, perhaps even more. Remember that the Dow Jones Industrials “only” dropped 3% on Friday, which is no big deal by the standards of past crashes,” he adds. FULL REPORT

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Colorado court declares business owners have no First Amendment rights and must support gay marriage

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:31 AM PDT

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution both recognizes and establishes some of the most basic of our rights, including the right to speak freely, to assemble in protest, to maintain a free and open press and to worship any deity we choose (or none at all). But in modern times, it has become clear that some rights are being elevated over others – that some rights are being considered more important, more weighty, when it comes to interpretations by judges who seem more interested in adhering to a political ideology rather than our founding principles.

That is the only way one can interpret a recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals, which recently sided with a gay couple over the Christian religious and free speech rights of a store owner. As reported by CBS Denver, the couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, had sued Jack Phillips of Lakewood – owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop – for refusing to bake them a wedding cake. In his 2012 refusal, Phillips cited his religious beliefs, noting that the Christian religion does not sanction homosexuality, let alone same-sex marriage. He therefore chose not to craft a cake with a message in support of gay marriage, in accordance with his religious beliefs and his right to free speech. FULL REPORT

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Federal probe is launched into the mysterious deaths of 30 Whales in the Gulf of Alaska

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:20 AM PDT

A federal agency has announced plans for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales since May in the western Gulf of Alaska. NOAA Fisheries declared the deaths an ‘unusual mortality event,’ triggering a new-level investigation starting on Thursday that brings with it access to additional resources.

The agency said the deaths are about three times the historical average for the region. Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA Fisheries in Alaska, said a leading hypothesis for the deaths is harmful algal bloom toxins but she noted that there currently is no conclusive evidence linking the two. Officials have only been able to get samples from one of the 30 whales.  Teri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries’ marine mammal health and stranding response coordinator said that large-scale whale deaths are among the toughest to investigate, partly because the carcasses often are floating, rarely beached and difficult to access for examination. FULL REPORT

 

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Global Market bloodletting continues as the sell-off has officially reached historic levels

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:11 AM PDT

The global market bloodletting continues as the sell-off has officially reached historic levels. Following Friday’s mind-numbing 530-point sell-off in the Dow, which sent the blue-chip index into a correction, US stock market futures are plummeting again. Dow futures are down 413 points. S&P futures are down 47 points. Nasdaq futures are down 160. And the sell-off is across asset classes, worldwide.

China’s Shanghai Composite crashed 8.5% in what is now being dubbed China’s “Black Monday.”

European stock markets are getting obliterated, with Germany’s DAX falling into a full-blown bear market.

Every stock in Britain’s FTSE 100 is in the red.

The CBOE Volatility Index, or the “fear index,” has gone parabolic spiking over 45%.

And in an ominous sign for the global economy, commodity prices have plunged to their lowest levels since 1999.

The selling is being attributed to any number of things, perhaps including China’s slowdown, renewed uncertainty in Greece and the rest of the eurozone, the stronger dollar, the prospect of higher interest rates, stretched valuation, etc. FULL REPORT

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UK City Councilman Seeking Crackdown on Street Preachers: It Is ‘Improper’ to ‘Talk About Morality’

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:05 AM PDT

A city councilman in the U.K. who is seeking to crack down on street preachers, buskers and those who engage in commerce in the public streets says that preachers are wrong to talk about morality in the open air and to make their hearers feel “insecure” with their preaching. The Christian Institute reports that Manchester Councillor Pat Karney made the comment after the organization asked him to clarify whether the city council plans to place restrictions on street preachers as part of his goal to reduce public “nuisances.”

“The Christian Institute has long supported the rights of street preachers and has funded several legal cases where local authorities or the police have unlawfully interfered with those rights,” the organization wrote in a letter to Karney. In the Manchester Evening News, Karney addressed the Christian Institute’s letter, after discussing his primary goal of dealing with vendors without required permits and musicians who play on the street. FULL REPORT

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Are Stock Markets Setting Up For A New ‘Black Monday’?

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:01 AM PDT

The major U.S. stock market indices finally corrected after a 9-month sideways trend. The ‘big’ news this week for stocks was undoubtedly that the four indices all closed below their 200-day moving average, which IS an important breakdown. The key observation on the chart below, is the violation of the steep uptrend (highlighted with the rising green dotted line), which started with the announcement of the ‘QE infinity’ program in the autumn of 2012.

We have marked the violation of the uptrend with a red circle. Make no mistake, this is a major event, with potentially a big impact! Even more so, when we consider recent market conditions and the fierce pullback, things are setting up a lot like the week before the horrific ‘Black Monday’ in 1987, when the Dow Jones Industrial took a punch of -22%! FULL REPORT

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Shemitah Cycle Picking up Pace!

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 04:55 AM PDT

In this segment we will discuss the understanding of the “Shemitah Cycle” and how we are seeing this cycle accelerate at an alarming rate and headed for a Climax in Mid-September! Will he see a massive Economic Collapse or will it be averted by Repentance and Turning of the Nation back to God?

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Only Two Religions!

I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.

You might say I’m nuts.  There are hundreds if not thousands!

wearing masksBut there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.

You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.

The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you patting-self-on-back-1should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.

my mom thinks im coolOf course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”

And that’s where the only other religion comes in.

The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.

You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human.  It must be God Himself.

Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?

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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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Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

There was little public information available about the divorce filing. Under Florida law, one party must establish that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order for the union to be dissolved. Tullian and his wife, Kim, married in 1994 and have three children.

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Heidelberg 114: Between Moralism And Antinomianism (2)

The question is, since we have been saved, since we have been justified freely, how do we respond? We respond by living in union and communion with Christ, by seeking to obey God’s holy law. The law teaches us the greatness of our sin and misery (Rom 7:7). Even in its third use it continues to teach us our inability (more about that under Heidelberg 115). Nevertheless, because we have been redeemed by God’s free grace, we have been freed (see Romans 6 and 8) to serve him, in the Spirit, as living sacrifices (Rom 12:1–2), to manifest the marks of a Christian (Rom 12:9–21), to submit to divinely ordained authorities (Rom 13:1–7), to fulfill the moral law:

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A Third Way on Gender in the Church

Man needs woman to bear God’s image into the world. Woman needs man to bear God’s image into the world. Don’t react against feminism (complementarians). Don’t react against patriarchy (egalitarians). Don’t react at all. Act. Act as image bearers, male and female, jointly tasked with the creation mandate and reaffirmed by Jesus in the Great Commission.

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The Courtship Prosperity Gospel

As I grew up in the courtship community, the prosperity gospel culture seemed so far away. It is only now, looking back, that I realize I had a plank of the prosperity gospel in my eye that I could not see. It was the same wolf, just wearing the clothes of relational prosperity. We thought if we used the correct homeschool curriculum, wore the correct clothing, listened to the correct music, and attended the correct conferences, God would bless us beyond our wildest dreams with happy marriages and healthy families.

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The Problem of Evangelicalism’s Unstated Confessions

If evangelicalism is to have long term theological stability, it needs to learn from churches with properly elaborate confessions and catechisms. That will involve a major culture shift which might well cost its current leadership significant power and indeed money. A movement built on broad-based networks of churches and parachurch organizations will inevitably fragment when it tries to move to more thorough doctrinal statements. Yet failure to do so is surely not an option at this point in time.  Evangelicalism may have the numbers but it needs confessional coherence to maintain its identity in face of the coming challenges.

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When Forgiveness isn’t Reconciliation: On Josh Duggar

Anna Duggar can forgive Josh without continuing their marriage. She can separate from him, divorce him, remove his kids from him, because he violated the vow he made to her–and she can still forgive him. To forgive does not mean that you return to the same relationship you had with someone before they hurt you. In fact, sometimes wisdom demands that you make changes to a relationship even as you forgive. 

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Saving the Prize Organ—An Aborted Baby’s Brain

Planned Parenthood’s game plan evidently involves maneuvers to procure an intact aborted baby in order to obtain the baby’s brain. But the brain is the most difficult organ to collect in a condition that preserves its value for later experimentation. “They want both hemispheres intact with the brain stem, which usually doesn’t happen,” says Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for tissue company StemExpress who appeared in several other CMP videos. For the researchers buying the fetal tissue, even a brain 70 or 80 percent intact might not be acceptable, she says.

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The Whole Truth

Your husband did not make this choice because you weren’t pretty enough, available enough, submissive enough, talkative enough, quiet enough, sporty enough, or smart enough. He did not make this choice because you’ve spent the last five years pregnant or breastfeeding. He did not make this choice because you’ve been in the throes of hot flashes or because your skin hangs in wrinkles around your neck and bags under your eyes. He did not make this choice because you were not enough. He made this choice because he was not enough.

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Eight-Armed Enigma? Octopus Research Reveals Problems for Evolutionary Theory

Christian Research Network reports:

An international team of researchers has concluded an in-depth genetic analysis of the octopus, and some say their just-released findings present deep problems for the theory of evolution.

The octopus has long been recognized as one of Earth’s most unusual creatures. Its intelligence, dexterity, and complexity are unparalleled among invertebrates. And, until last year, scientists had never fully mapped the genome of the octopus, so the eight-armed creature’s full genetic code remained a mystery.

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Office Hours: What Happened To Reformed Orthodoxy? (1)

In the well-researched and written volume, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva during the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, Eighteenth-Century Studies Series (Ashgate: 2014), Jennifer Powell McNutt argued that there was more continuity, than has sometimes been thought, between 18th-century Genevan theology, piety, and practice and that of Calvin’s Geneva in the 16th century. She […]

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Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

Is it true that Jesus never mentioned anything about homosexuality? That He never brought it up, even once? Most of us have heard the argument that the Gospels have no record of Jesus condemning homosexuality. There are individuals, especially from the militant homosexual rights movement, who utter this fabrication with all the raw hostility of […]

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Church shopping? 35 Key Questions to Ask the Church

I originally posted this late last year, but we’ve had some many requests from people who are looking for a new church home that I’m re-posting to bump it higher: If you are looking for a new church, you need to ask some very important questions of church leadership before you become a member. Here […]

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Let’s stop petting the wolves

No matter how much love and humility a Berean has, they tend to take a lot of arrows from their own when contending. Many times when those who stand firm in God’s Word as truth are told they have a critical spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a teacher […]

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Shocking gender indoctrination in California: VIDEO

Do not be surprised, but Young children are being taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl — or both. Boys, for example, should be comfortable wearing girls’ clothes and nail polish, etc. And there aren’t just two genders, there can be a range. And, of course, the school does not […]

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Planned Parenthood President Compares Pro-Lifers to Murderers

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20 If you haven’t seen the interview ABC’s George Stephenopolis did with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, you need to hear how she spins the […]

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A.D.: Did your church buy the Roma Downey kit?

As NBC prepares to launch a new miniseries, “A.D.”, churches are being marketed to. Hard. It’ll be an easy sell for many, as this series is very entertaining and visually beautiful. “Millions will be watching, including people in Your Church,” advertises uber-popular Outreach.com, urging pastors to “plan a 12 week series starting Easter Sunday, April […]

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What’s mysticism doing at the Catalyst leadership conference?

Remember when Pastor Rick Warren posted a tutorial on Centering Prayer on his Pastor’s Toolbox website, encouraging thousands of pastors to teach their congregants to go into the silence? No? That’s probably because he yanked it down after biblically sound Christians sounded the alarm bells in his comments section. (Good thing there’s screen capture.) Now […]

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

A Wisconsin pastor recently wrote to churches across his 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 letter. You may want to ask him what he […]

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Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) ordains trans pastor

Some Christians who have long been members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), have watched in horror as their denomination has fallen to the schemes of Satan. Some have left in disgust. But for others, the Left-leaning progressive theology suits them fine, as long as there’s only the fun parts of the Bible […]

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Abortion images 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 […]

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Rick Warren Recommends Centering Prayer

We talked about this today, and Christine Pack from the Sola Sisters put together the now famous Centering Prayer Tweet and why this technique is dangerous and not Christian: Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback church in California, made a tweet today recommending a pagan mantra “technique” for Christians […]

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What do Rick Warren, Russell Moore, Muslims, Mormons and the Pope have in common?

Yes, traditional marriage is worth standing up for. But do we blend biblical Christianity with dark and blasphemous religious systems, joining hands for ANY cause? I am saddened to report the latest hand-holding gathering between Rome and evangelical, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh leaders. What does light have to do with darkness? Does anyone else […]

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Why is a Saddleback pastor teaching on the Kingdom Circles?

With all the buzz about the interfaith aspect of Saddleback Church’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and the controversy over the King’s Way initiative that partners Rick Warren’s church together with the Islamic community, many question just how Saddleback is reaching Muslims after promising not to convert anyone to Christianity. Could it be that not converting anyone is […]

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Africa to go Purpose Driven this year?

A year ago I reported a plan by Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren to change the world, or at least a continent: Africa. He started by  inviting key pastors for what he calls an All-Africa Purpose Driven Church Leadership Conference.” It’s the next step in his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. “Let’s take the whole gospel to the […]

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“I’m a Christ Follower, Not A Christian” gong still rings

The old “I’m a Christ Follower, Not A Christian” gong seems to be ringing once again. Thanks to the Spiritual Formation movement, Christian or Christ-follower is a distinction that is being made more and more today, and it claims to make a clear divide between those who truly follow Jesus and those the well-meaning Christ […]

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The Birth Pangs

Out of the chaos and aftermath of the Rapture of the Church, will come a man who seemingly has the solutions to the problems the world is looking for. What are those problems?

* Fixing the global economy
* Fixing the global instability
* Finalizing a one world system

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The Cost of Our Silence

Jan Markell and Eric Barger first talk to David Fiorazo, author of the new book, “The Cost of Our Silence: The Consequences of Christians Taking the Path of Least Resistance.” Find the book here. How can any of us remain silent when we see the rampant evil running amok today? Our silence has tragic consequences, and we may not have a lot of time left to speak up. As Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.” Then Jan Markell closes with a commentary about the mockers. She was notified that a church in Washington State made fun of “End-Time Eddies.” Why are our churches today denigrating the greatest news there is: The King is coming? We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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When the Dam Breaks Who Will Protect Israel?

My dear friends, we as a nation and a world are headed into the Day of the Lord at break neck speed! This world at present has fully given themselves over unto the demonic delusion and spirit of Anti Christ that we do NOT need our ETERNAL Creator and are the masters of our own “temporal” destiny (Rom. 1:18-32, Eph. 6:12, 1 John 2:22, 4:1-3, 2 John 1:7). Tyranny, lawlessness, moral relativism, political correctness and fundamental “religious” fantasies of godlessness dominate and saturate the world; and in the United States of America lawlessness secularism and socialistic totalitarianism is squeezing its grip ever tighter on the former “Land of the Free”.

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30 Things I’ve Learned About Emotions

by Paula Hendricks | 8/24/15

Last month I watched the movie Inside Out with three girls, a bucket of popcorn, a package of Butterfingers, and a box of Nerds.

The movie raised a lot of questions for me about emotions; questions I still don’t have the answers to. But here are thirty things I do know about emotions (in no particular order):

  1. Our emotions affect our health (Prov. 17:22).
  2. Surprisingly, letting others “in” when you’re feeling sad seems to forge friendships much faster than if you appear to have everything “together.”
  3. We have the ability to feel because God feels, and we’re made in His image ( Gen. 1:27).
  4. Your emotions don’t have to control you.
  5. God acknowledges that there are things that are truly frightening, and then He tells us not to fear them because He is with us ( 1 Peter 3:6).
  6. PMS is real, but it’s not an excuse to sin. Prepare for it. Track your cycle so you know what to expect, and pray accordingly.
  7. Joy isn’t simply an emotion; it’s a fruit of the Spirit of God ( Gal. 5:22).
  8. It’s a beautiful thing when a guy is willing to show emotion from time to time.
  9. God cries. Jesus wept (John 11:35).
  10. Tears are not a weakness.
  11. It is better to cry than to hold it all in.
  12. It’s okay to be angry . . . if you don’t sin (Eph. 4:26).
  13. Anger is rarely righteous (James 1:20).
  14. Examine your emotions often. They’re excellent indicators of what you’re believing, which—if you’re like me—you’ll often need to repent of and replace with truth.
  15. Let a few trusted friends know when you’re struggling. Ask for prayer. It will help!
  16. Just because you’re a “feeler” doesn’t mean you can’t also be a “thinker.” Don’t let people pigeon-hole you.
  17. There is only one reason we can “not be anxious about anything” (Phil. 4:6). The answer lies in the last part of verse five. (Thanks for this insight, Paul David Tripp.)
  18. True joy is found in God’s presence (Ps. 16:11). Therefore, you can be happy anywhere, even in a nursing home! (I’ve never forgotten you telling me this at Applebee’s years ago, Maria Johnson.)
  19. There’s time to have fun, but it’s also important to be serious (1 Peter 5:8).
  20. Sadness won’t kill you. It is okay to feel sad. In fact, good can even come from it.
  21. Once you’ve suffered and been comforted, you’ll be better equipped to encourage others in similar situations (2 Cor. 1:3–5).
  22. Emotions change nearly as often as the nighttime sky; God’s truth never changes.
  23. Cutting yourself is not the answer to the inner pain you feel.
  24. Piano keys are a great, safe way to express your emotions.
  25. Know yourself well enough to know whether you need to be with people when you’re feeling emotional or whether time alone would help.
  26. Sugar only makes you feel more crazy.
  27. It’s wise to keep your mouth shut when you’re feeling especially emotional ( Prov. 29:11).
  28. At the same time, if you’re struggling with your emotions, let those around you know that if they “see” anything on your face, it’s not them; you’re just having a rough day. (Thanks for this, Wes Ward.)
  29. Those who don’t feel deeply wish they could. Don’t hate your emotions; God can use them for good.
  30. There is no Comforter like God (2 Cor. 1:3, John 14:16).

What else have you learned over the years about emotions? And what questions do you have about emotions?


Atheists Group Demands All Christian Coaches And Chaplains Be Banned From Teaching Jesus

An atheist group is demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from “converting football fields into mission fields.”

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)

“The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill Christianity in vulnerable young men,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled “Pray to Play.”

“Public universities and their employees cannot endorse, promote, or favor religion,” the report states. “Yet, many football coaches at public universities bring in chaplains — often from their own church or even members of their own family — to prey on and pray with students, with no regard for the rights of those students or the Constitution.

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“These coaches are converting playing fields into mission fields and public universities are doing nothing to halt this breach of trust. They are failing their student athletes.” FFRF says the purpose of its report is to “expose this unconstitutional system, encourage universities to fix it, and stimulate further efforts to protect students’ rights of conscience.”

The report quotes various team chaplains to make its point that public universities are bankrolling Christian ministers who mix the roles of “coach, parent and minister, all while promoting their personal religion to athletes.”

FFRF says this is a problem, even if team chaplains aren’t on the school’s payroll:

“No matter how chaplaincies are set up, the chaplains are treated as an official part of the university and team. Chaplains often attend team events, host team chapel services, lead teams in prayers, travel with the team, patrol the sideline, wear team apparel, have special access to coaches and players, help with recruiting, and have athletic department offices.”

Moreover, the report says most universities do not have policies regarding chaplains: “They set no limitations, guidelines, or expectations for their coaches or chaplains regarding religious activities. Chaplains who appear to be school employees, are given access as school employees, and act as school employees inflict the same legal liability on schools as any other employee.”

FFRF’s report cautions that it is in the “best interest” of public universities to adopt policies that protect student athletes from discrimination and unlawful religious coercion.

In an August 18 letter to the University of Missouri chancellor, FFRF warned of the “legal liability that the University of Missouri exposes itself to by allowing its chaplaincy to continue,” adding, “it is not a matter of if but when an issue will arise from this entanglement.”

To prevent lawsuits, FFRF recommends that public universities adopt a “model policy” in which a “character coach” or a “player development coach” replaces the chaplain in instilling secular values such as respect, perseverance, humility, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

FFRF said any character development coach would be “explicitly prohibited from promoting a particular religious viewpoint, pressuring student-athletes to choose religion over non-religion, or directly or indirectly coercing student-athletes to participate in any type of religious activity.”

Qualified candidates should have training in psychology, psychiatry, sports psychology, secular therapy, or a substantially equivalent field. FFRF insists that mere “divinity or religious counseling experience” does not qualify a person to hold the character development position. source


A Tabular Comparison of the 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith, the 1658 Savoy Declaration of Faith, the 1677/1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and the 1742 Philadelphia Confession of Faith

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Savoy Declaration of Faith, the 1677/89 London Baptist Confession of Faith, and the 1742 Philadelphia Confession of Faith?

Here is a table that lays all these confessions out and shows the differences between them.


Does God Judge Nations through Weather Phenomenon? (Video)

Is there a God-ordained correlation between natural disasters and sin?

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Why I went to Planned Parenthood on Saturday

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Yesterday, I took part in a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood. At over 300 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, people turned out by the thousands to protest the nation’s leading abortion provider. Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions every year, and we now know that they are also selling the body parts of the baby’s that they kill. It is a macabre business that the United States government subsidizes to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars per year. We turned out yesterday to say enough is enough. It is time to end federal funding for this travesty, and it is time to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for any laws they have broken. Read more of this post


So you think you can preach?

Farce or F’real? Either way, here’s five minutes you’ll never get back: Many Christians have dreams of becoming the next T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joel Osteen, or Joyce Meyer. – Bishop Brian Cashma, the pastor at Holiness Church of Jesus Christ in the Apostles Doctrine in Detroit. Okay, Bishop, […]

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Eugenics, Planned Parenthood, and the Death of Civilisation

There are always those whose nefarious schemes are said to be done for our own “good”. The word eugenics means ‘good birth’ or ‘well born’. Hitler thought what he was doing was for the good of the German people, if not all of Europe. The eugenicists thought what they were doing was for the good of mankind.

Planned Parenthood founder and hard-core eugenicist Margaret Sanger of course felt she was doing “good” and she was happy to embrace and apply evolutionary theory in doing so. And Darwin did not just write about what he observed in nature and the animal world in his 1859 The Origin of Species – he of course applied it to mankind in his 1871 The Descent of Man.

All these differing streams of course are not isolated incidents. All felt they had the welfare of humanity at heart, and all drew from a common worldview. As Richard Weikart put it in his important 2004 volume, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany:

eugenics 1“Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism… neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the world’s greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy.”

And again: “Not only did many leading Darwinists embrace eugenics, but also most eugenicists – certainly all the early leaders – considered eugenics a straightforward application of Darwinian principles to ethics and society. Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton, the founder of modern eugenics, developed his ideas upon reading Darwin’s Origin of the Species.”

And he offers meaty chapters on how social Darwinists declared war on traditional morality, especially sexual morality. Many leading radical feminists in the early part of the 20th Century were fully supportive of eugenics. There were plenty of these folks in pre-Nazi Germany, but America had Sanger and Britain had Marie Stopes arguing the same thing.

One recent article nicely ties much of this together. Robert Oscar Lopez speaks about the atrocities being exposed at Planned Parenthood, and connects the dots with other social revolutions, in his piece, “Planned Inhumanities: From Roe to Obergefell”. He writes:

“Well-educated people believe that ‘planned parenthood’ can lead to a socially just world. That hubris is the main horror from which all these other abhorrent things descend.” He goes on to discuss “The Monstrous Idea of ‘Planning’”:

It is the “planned” part of the organization’s title that needs to be urgently criticized. What kind of society is so lacking in humanity that it thinks “parenthood” – a phenomenon responsible for, well, the perpetuation of everything social about us – can be regimented, organized, scheduled, commoditized, bought, sold, and programmed by people? And in particular, by the people running this soulless association? Stop for a moment and consider the intellectual consequences of this foundational belief that humanity can be “planned.” Such a belief means that humans can be edited and arranged, by contract if necessary. To be editable, people, particularly children, must become objects rather than subjects.
Once they become objects, children can be treated as dehumanized products in multiple ways, all bad. They can be disposed of, like integrated waste, when they are not convenient or not proceeding according to plan. Just as we recycle cans of Diet Coke and milk cartons, we can try to limit the wastefulness of our garbage by recycling the broken-down parts of people: their livers, hearts, lungs, and brains. All of this is management of objects, which costs money, so who is to say that there shouldn’t be some remuneration? Why not reimburse the people who are stuck with this waste for the cost of transporting and recycling it? Why not pay them a salary and make the salary attractive so that qualified professionals are indeed willing to take on such a ghoulish task?
The flip side of the disposable child, of course, is the child as a desired commodity. Since people can be thrown out when they are not convenient, they can also be manufactured and maintained through industrialized processes, when the natural process of lovemaking is not convenient. And alas, this leads us straight to the sublimities of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Kennedy’s opinion emphasized the constitutional right of gay couples not to be lonely. According to Kennedy, the Fourteenth Amendment assures that gay couples should be given marriage licenses lest they call out to the universe and find nobody to answer back to their emotional needs with love.
Obergefell brings Roe v. Wade to its climax because it completes the transformation of children into objects. For children will be forced to love gay adults who are not their parents. To Kennedy, gay adults have a right not to feel lonely, which includes the right to start families. In fact, he states that they have a right to “custody” and “birth certificates” (i.e., birth certificates falsified to include two same-sex parents and erase biological parents of the opposite sex). To satisfy the human right to dignity and to thwart the civil injustice of “loneliness,” children must be produced and provided to people who want them, whether or not those people conceived the child by making love.
Children not only can, but must be manufactured. The transfers of custody must generate orphans and abandoned children, paying gamete donors and surrogates to abandon and orphan their offspring, so that this new product – the loving and obedient human being – can be delivered to paying customers.
You can’t be against Roe but for Obergefell. It all goes together. The small but crucial part of the electorate – largely made up of younger Americans – who oppose abortion but support gay marriage are perilously deluded. The objectification of children through one means will lead inexorably to the objectification of children through another means. The “child as waste product” and “child as product for sale” are the same child: the dehumanized and “planned” child suited to make paying customers happy.

He is absolutely right to bring together in this way the commodification of children and the depersonalisation of humanity. Of course with hindsight it is easy to see just how bad the Darwinist-eugenics mix really is. But back in its heyday when it was being promoted by all sorts of respectable folks, some voices were offering a warning.

While folks like Sanger were calling the frail, needy and weak “human waste” others, such as G.K. Chesterton, were leading the charge against this diabolical movement. He wrote plenty of articles and columns on this. Indeed, he wrote a book in 1922 called, Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State.

He is worth quoting from as I bring this piece to a close. In his book he rightly noted how social engineering is always preceded by verbal engineering:

Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them “The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females”; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them “Murder your mother,” and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. Say to them “It is not improbable that a period may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid homo and the other animals, which has been modified on so many moral points, may be modified also even in regard to the important question of the extension of human diet”; say this to them, and beauty born of murmuring sound will pass into their face. But say to them, in a simple, manly, hearty way “Let’s eat a man!” and their surprise is quite surprising. Yet the sentences say just the same thing.

But even back in 1909 he had already being saying such things: “Eugenics seems to be quite as barbarous as cannibalism. If we have a right to mate and breed men and women like beasts, I cannot see why we should not cook and eat them like beasts. If a citizen may not settle what is to happen to his live body, why should he be allowed to be fastidious about what happens to his dead body?”

C. S. Lewis was also to deal with this in various places, including his important 1940 work, The Problem of Pain:

Once the old Christian idea of a total difference in kind between man and beast has been abandoned, then no argument for experiments on animals can be found which is not also an argument for experiments on inferior men. If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.

So there were some important voices warning about all this in the early- and mid-20th Century. Too bad most of their words fell on deaf ears. We are now reaping the whirlwind of all this, and it only looks to be getting worse. Each new PP video expose only tells us more about what happens when we dethrone God and elevate humanity.

As Chesterton put it in Orthodoxy in 1908: “The secularists have not wrecked divine things; but the secularists have wrecked secular things, if that is any comfort to them. The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world.”

Or as Malcolm Muggeridge put it some decades later: “When mortal men try to live without God, they infallibly succumb to megalomania or erotomania or both. The raised fist or the raised phallus; Nietzsche or D. H. Lawrence.”

We are witnessing both in massive quantities today, and the demonic activities of PP are only the tip of the iceberg.


In God We Trust–Or Do We?

It says so on every U.S. paper currency:  “In God We Trust”.  Well, some experts are warning that we might be facing an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is on that statement.  World Stock Markets closed down significantly last week and the early indications this morning is another bad day for the […]

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The Meaning of the Word Church and What It Means for Us Today

Our word church is comes from the older kirk (Scottish) or kirche (German), which in turn derives from the Greek adjective kuriakos, meaning “belonging to the Lord.” The Greek term directly behind our word church, however, is ekklesia, a combination of the preposition ek (“out of”) and the verb kaleō (“to call”). Ekklesia could refer to those who have been called out of something, and, as applied to believers in the present age, it refers to people who have been called out of this dying world to be part of the church, the body of Christ.

Ekklesia is used four ways in the NT. Ekklesia can be used generally to refer to a gathering of people. For example, Israel was the ekklessia in the wilderness (Acts 7:38), and Ephesus had a pagan ekklesia that protested the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:32, 39, 41). Of the 114 times the NT uses ekklesia, these four uses are the only ones that do not refer to the church. The remaining 110 uses can be divided into three categories and refer somehow to the church. ((For the discussion below, see Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998), 1041–44, and especially Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 3: The Doctrines of Salvation, the Church, and Last Things (Allen Park, MI: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010), 199–200.))

First, ekklesia can refer to the universal church, that is, all of the saints in this present age, whether in heaven or on earth. We see the concept of the universal ekklesia the title “the church, which is His body” (Eph 1:22–32), composed of “all the members of the body… baptized into one body” (1 Cor 12:12–13). It is not just those in one local church or the other but all those in the ekklesia for which Christ died (Eph 5:25).

Second, ekklesia can refer to a local church, such as “the church at Antioch” (Acts 13:1) or “the church of God that is in Corinth” (1 Cor 1:2).

Third, ekklesia can refer to the entire church on earth at a given point in time. Paul once “persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor 15:9; Gal 1:13), obviously more than a single, local congregation. Similarly, when ekklesia is used in the plural, it can likewise refer all the churches on earth at once. Certain commands apply to “all the churches” (1 Cor 7:17; 14:33) on earth at any given point in time.

Theoretically, if all the true, local churches indeed belong together as the one church and body of Christ, we should be able to perfectly get along. Unfortunately, there is great divide in understanding many important passages in Scripture, which has led to scores of denominations today. The choice one is left with is to limit one’s message and increase their connections or to decrease their connections but have a high level of commonality with others by means of a confession. For the sake of practicality in relating to others and in accord with my own doctrinal convictions, I encourage opting for the latter of the two.

For those who are truly our fellow Christians, we should strive to have what level of fellowship we can. And for those who are sister churches in both cardinal doctrines and distinctives, we should strive for fellowship all the more.


The Law of the Church

As the church watches helplessly from the sidelines as one after another moral tenet of society falls, each one more rapidly than the previous one, she really only has herself to blame.  For having forsaken the law of God, the one called to be salt and light to the world is fighting the cultural wars trying to stand on the one foot of “the gospel of love.”  Yet the gospel without the justice, blood, and righteousness of the law becomes no gospel at all.

Listen to R.C. Sproul:

The law and the gospel may never be absolutely separated…for the gospel has stipulations.  We live in an age in which both Law and gospel have been obscured.  As a result evangelism often is expressed simply as an announcement of redemption without obligation.  We hear preachers declare, “God loves you unconditionally.”  What does this mean?  The danger with such declarations is that they are often heard or understood to mean that God’s love imposes no conditions or obligations upon people.  It suggests that I can have a loving relationship with God even if I do not repent or if I do not embrace the gospel.  It suggests that I am acceptable to God just as I am.  This sounds more like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood than the kingdom of God.”

We can argue over what has caused the church to avoid God’s law, and in so doing trade in its spiritual armor for Mr. Roger’s cardigan and sneakers.  Is it from the decades-old downplaying of the Old Testament by dispensationalists? Has lazy exegetical skills kept us from understanding the distinctions needed in the study of God’s law regarding its categories and uses? Does it come from the fear of being seen as a bunch of thundering theonomists or, worse yet, theocratic terrorists? Has the missional movement’s emphasis on being relevant caused the church to miss the point that many of her members have been moved into relativism?  Have we advertised and marketed the church so much we have sold its very soul? Are we afraid we will no longer be seen as gospel-centered if the grace we preach requires anything of anyone? Surely all these reasons and more are to blame, but one thing is clear.  The church has forsaken the eternal, pure, binding moral law of God, and as a result she does not have just one hand tied by her back but two.  No wonder the church is punch-drunk.

The church needs to rediscover one of the great promises that was made in the prophet Jeremiah and then repeated in the Book of Hebrews about her. In speaking of the new covenant the Lord Jesus has made with His people, God promises this to the church:

I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” -Hebrews 8:10

For the church to be seen as being in Christ and Christ in the church, she has to show the same is true with respect to His law.  When the knowledge of the Law of God is once again strong in the church, the Lord will be more fully present in the church and she will regain the strength she has lost.

So how does the church participate in seeing this promise fulfilled? Here are five simple, beginning practices that will help.

Pray for the Spirit to renew the church’s love for the Law.  Clearly this is a work the Spirit will have to do, to cause the church to once again say what the Psalmist declares, “O how I love Your law!  It is my study all the day.” (Psalm 119:97).  We must pray for the church to rediscover His law.

Memorize the Ten Commandments.  Every Christian family and every congregation should have a regular plan to memorize God’s ten basic rules for life.  How can we navigate successfully through this world without knowing these ten guides on how to love God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves?

Recite the Ten Commandments regularly during worship.  Churches should regularly recite the Ten Commandments during worship. How can we expect them to be written on courthouse walls and the consciences of those around us if we do not hear them repeatedly in worship?

Study the Ten Commandments.  Have you gone through a systematic study of the Ten Commandments with others? Have you read through and discussed with others the Shorter and Larger Catechisms statements on the commandments?  The first psalm tells us to meditate on God’s law day and night.  That’s what Jesus did, for the Book of Hebrews, quoting from the Psalms, says the law was in in His heart.  As we read, study, and meditate on the law, our eyes begin to open up to see Christ and the applications He has for our lives.

Use them in evangelism.  As Dr. Sproul says above, if you do not cause the Law of God to be heard when bringing the gospel to others, you are not really bringing the gospel to them.  For ideas on how to do this, see an article I wrote here on the use of the law in evangelism.


Beware Of The Rising Cult Of End Times Churchianity

Have you ever spoken with a “Christian” or been to a “Christian church” were some of the most basic Biblical stances were either put into question or simply rejected?

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3,4 (KJV)

As Satan continues to lull the body of Christ to sleep in the last days before the end of the church age and the catching away; the corrupt fruits of counterfeit bibles, perverted gospels, and unclean spirits have come full harvest in an emerging cult that I personally refer to as “Churchianity”. Churchianity is a counterfeit and perverted form of Christianity that covertly epitomizes humanism with a sort of ‘build-a-bear’ Jesus attached.

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Do you want your “best life now”, or in eternity?

In short, Churchianity is humanism with a mannequin Jesus. It “praises Jesus” while rejecting nearly everything God says in His word unless it can be twisted to promote their prosperity or well-being. By far, one of the most notorious modern-day leaders of this cult is Joel Osteen. In the eyes of Churchianity, Biblical Christianity is often looked upon as hateful, mean spirited, divisive, causing harm to the cause of Christ (whatever that means), bigoted, judgmental, arrogant, and unloving. So how can you tell when a brother in Christ or lost person has been deceived by the easygoingness of this cult? Sadly, it’s painfully obvious.

Have you ever spoken with a “Christian” or been to a “Christian church” were some of the most basic Biblical stances were either put into question or simply rejected? Even when clearly shown scripture on the issue, the “Christian” or “church” still chooses to esteem their own opinions and preferences over what God says in his word?

For Example:

What are God’s views regarding Homosexuality?

Christianity – Homosexuality is an abomination to God and has been before the law (Gen 13:13), under the law (Leviticus 18:22), and under grace (Romans 1:27-32).

Churchianity – Jesus never specifically mentioned anything against homosexuality, therefore there’s nothing wrong with it because love is love.

Is there one way to God or several?

Christianity – There is only one mediator between God and man, and that’s the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Any other way will land man straight into the Lake of Fire.

Churchianity – As long as a person means well in their heart, God will show them the way. Whether that way is Jesus or Buddha or Mohammed; what really matters is your intent to spread God’s love the best way you know how.

If a person dies without Christ, what happens after they die?

Christianity – Their soul will burn in Hell where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quench (Mark 9:44)

Churchianity – It’s not our place to judge. What matters is that we do our best to help people who have lost loved ones because God is a God of comfort.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17,18 (KJV)

Fundamentals of Churchianity

Though often hidden disguised by good words and fair speeches, here are some of the basic fundamentals of Churchianity to watch out for:

  • Worship is connected with humanism and not absolute truth
  • Salvation is based on ‘religious experience’ and not faith in Christ alone
  • Life is about the here and now, and not the life hereafter
  • God is who you think he is and who you want him to be; but never who HE SAYS HE IS in the scriptures
  • The spiritual realm is a realm where truth no longer applies, only feelings
  • There is no higher authority than one’s own opinions and preferences
  • Fear man, not God
  • The Bible is a book of private interpretations and suggestions
  • Man is the foundation, not God

DON’T BE DECEIVED        

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:14,15 (KJV)


Five Ways We Sabotage Our Lives

Samson has always reminded me a lot of myself. Not that I’m a beefy muscle-head with hair like Fabio (at least, not anymore). But like Samson, my greatest enemy is not someone else. It’s the guy staring me in the face every morning when I look in the mirror.

Samson’s greatest enemy was himself. And that’s true for us as well. Aren’t there certain chapters in your life that you look back on and think, “What if I had just held my tongue?” Or, “Why couldn’t I have just controlled myself?” Or “What if I had just not returned that call?” One little decision sabotaged everything else.

Samson tells our story. He is a representative of the people of God, and a warning to us that our greatest enemy is never out there, but in here. His life shows us five ways that he sabotages everything from the inside out:

1. Samson is impulsive.

Everything Samson does is driven by some sort of lust. He wants sex, so he visits a prostitute. He wants food, so he eats honey that he’s forbidden to eat. He gets angry, so he picks up a random jawbone and kills 1,000 men. He’s not following anything but his gut, and the result is an ever-escalating cycle of vengeance.

Impulsivity is a cancer that, left unchecked, will wreck your life. It’s just that simple.

I recently read about an extensive, four decade study done in New Zealand, trying to identify factors that impacted life success. The battery of tests was exhaustive, but in the end, the scientists were shocked to find that the one factor that mattered more than any other was impulse-control. Adult health, wealth, and relational maturity were all significantly higher for those kids who learned to say “no” to their desires. It mattered more than their social class, their family of origin, and their IQ.

It reminds me of the proverb: “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” (Prov 25:28). Without walls, a city would be prey to robbers, wild animals, invading armies. It wouldn’t matter how impressive your buildings were if you didn’t have that outer wall. In the same way, it doesn’t matter what else you have going for you in your life; if you lack self-control, you’re setting yourself up for disaster.

2. Samson is compromising.

It’s interesting (and sad) to see how careless Samson is with his Nazirite vow. Long before Delilah cut his hair, Samson had broken his vow in a dozen other ways. I’m sure he said to himself, “Hey, what can this really hurt?” And when he was able to break one command without immediately experiencing God’s wrath, he must have thought, “It’s never been a problem in the past, so I can probably keep getting away with this.” Until, finally, in one tragic instant, God’s presence left Samson.

What if the harm in your life isn’t just in the consequences of your actions? What if the biggest danger was you driving out the presence of God from your life? A small compromise of integrity to get ahead in your business, a little “harmless” porn habit, a short fling that no one will know about…what if the worst fallout from all this wasn’t whether you got caught, but in slowly hardening your heart toward the voice of God? Do not take the presence of God for granted. It just may leave.

3. Samson is unteachable.

When Samson got an idea into his head, nobody could persuade him otherwise. His parents warned him not to mess around with the Philistines, but he didn’t care. And even after getting burned a few times by women using sex to trick him, he still falls right into Delilah’s trap. The guy just doesn’t learn.

This connects with #4…

4. Samson is a loner.

More than anyone else in the book of Judges, Samson is a one-man show. He’s essentially a human wrecking ball, refusing to listen to anyone, to enlist the aid of others, or to form any kind of alliances. Samson had no one in his life that was close enough—or that he would let be close enough—to tell him, “Bro, this is a bad idea.”

Are people close enough to your life that they can speak into it? Are you correctible? Would those closest to you—your spouse, for instance—say that you are teachable?

Or are there areas in your life that are simply off limits to others? You know the one: it’s that one thing you secretly hope no one finds out about, the one thing that you won’t talk about with anyone else. Whatever that area is, I can guarantee it’s where the Enemy plans to destroy you.

It doesn’t matter how strong you are. If you isolate yourself, you won’t last long. There is no such thing as an isolated Christian. People who get serious about Jesus get serious about his community, the church. Because God doesn’t change us through excellent podcasts and well-written blogs; he changes us through the messy-but-godly community that can see into our daily lives.

5. Samson is proud.

Samson never gives God glory. Instead, he feels entitled to use God’s blessings for his own purposes. And he assumes—wrongly—that he would never lose his strength. He had forgotten that his strength was not his own. It was a sheer gift of grace.

Do you go through life assuming that your gifts are actually your own? Your health, your ability to make money, your relationships—don’t you see that they’re all on loan from God? Don’t make the mistake of taking pride in what you’ve been given. Instead, look to God and ask, “Why did you give me this? What do you want me to do with it?” Ask that question with your money, your career, and your family. And then, instead of following your desires down a spiral of destruction, you can follow the Spirit as He leads you—and others with you—to life.

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The Meaning of the Word Church and What It Means for Us Today

church front resizedOur word church is comes from the older kirk (Scottish) or kirche (German), which in turn derives from the Greek adjective kuriakos, meaning “belonging to the Lord.” The Greek term directly behind our word church, however, is ekklesia, a combination of the preposition ek (“out of”) and the verb kaleō (“to call”). Ekklesia could refer to those who have been called out of something, and, as applied to believers in the present age, it refers to people who have been called out of this dying world to be part of the church, the body of Christ.

Ekklesia is used four ways in the NT. Ekklesia can be used generally to refer to a gathering of people. For example, Israel was the ekklessia in the wilderness (Acts 7:38), and Ephesus had a pagan ekklesia that protested the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:32, 39, 41). Of the 114 times the NT uses ekklesia, these four uses are the only ones that do not refer to the church. The remaining 110 uses can be divided into three categories and refer somehow to the church.1

First, ekklesia can refer to the universal church, that is, all of the saints in this present age, whether in heaven or on earth. We see the concept of the universal ekklesia the title “the church, which is His body” (Eph 1:22–32), composed of “all the members of the body… baptized into one body” (1 Cor 12:12–13). It is not just those in one local church or the other but all those in the ekklesia for which Christ died (Eph 5:25).

Second, ekklesia can refer to a local church, such as “the church at Antioch” (Acts 13:1) or “the church of God that is in Corinth” (1 Cor 1:2).

Third, ekklesia can refer to the entire church on earth at a given point in time. Paul once “persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor 15:9; Gal 1:13), obviously more than a single, local congregation. Similarly, when ekklesia is used in the plural, it can likewise refer all the churches on earth at once. Certain commands apply to “all the churches” (1 Cor 7:17; 14:33) on earth at any given point in time.

Theoretically, if all the true, local churches indeed belong together as the one church and body of Christ, we should be able to perfectly get along. Unfortunately, there is great divide in understanding many important passages in Scripture, which has led to scores of denominations today. The choice one is left with is to limit one’s message and increase their connections or to decrease their connections but have a high level of commonality with others by means of a confession. For the sake of practicality in relating to others and in accord with my own doctrinal convictions, I encourage opting for the latter of the two.

For those who are truly our fellow Christians, we should strive to have what level of fellowship we can. And for those who are sister churches in both cardinal doctrines and distinctives, we should strive for fellowship all the more.

Endnotes:

  1. For the discussion below, see Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998), 1041–44, and especially Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Volume 3: The Doctrines of Salvation, the Church, and Last Things (Allen Park, MI: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010), 199–200.

Flipping God the Bird

Flipping God the BirdGestures are funny things. Gestures have no intrinsic meaning, but they do have very important assigned meanings. Here in North America the simple thumbs-up gesture means “well done,” but in some other cultures it carries a meaning that is vulgar and offensive. Or just think of George W. Bush at his 2005 inauguration flashing the “hook ‘em horns” gesture of the Texas Longhorns. Italians were shocked because they use that same gesture to indicate that a man’s wife is cheating on him. The gesture is the same, but it carries a very different meaning.

In many places in the world, elevating the middle finger is about as offensive as gestures get. It is a symbol of utter scorn, a symbol associated with the most offensive four-letter word. People flash it to display utter contempt toward another person. It is almost a dare: This is what I think of you; what are you going to do about it?

I think we understand humanity best when we understand that human beings are born with our middle finger extended toward God. We grow up with our middle finger extended toward God. We die with our middle finger extended toward God. At least we do unless God intervenes and lowers it by his grace.

Human beings hate God. We are born hating God, we die hating God, and we live our short lives hating God. This hatred is the motivation behind the way we interact with God and with what God has made.

We hate God so we hate his creation. The reason we treat the earth badly is not that we hate the earth or are even apathetic about it. It’s that we hate God. We display our contempt toward God by thinking too little of his creation, by polluting it recklessly, by stewarding it poorly. We treat it badly as a display of our scorn for God.

We hate God so we hate his creatures. We only kick the dog because at that moment we can’t kick God. We only treat animals badly because we don’t know how to treat God badly. We don’t actually have a beef with them, we have a beef with God and take it out on his creatures.

Most importantly, we hate God so we hate his image. God tells us that there is just one creature who is made in his image and in his likeness—human beings. The closest we can get to harming or destroying God is harming or destroying human beings. This explains so many of the headlines we read every day. What is abortion but humanity elevating our middle finger toward God by gleefully destroying the creatures that God loves most? What is euthanasia but people flipping God the bird while ending a life created by God? What are gay marriage and no-fault divorce and the pornography plague but people looking God in the eye, elevating that middle finger, and daring him to do something about it? We know we cannot harm God, but we do know we can harm people.

Humanity is in a state of open warfare with God. We cannot get at God (except for that one time we could, and we crucified him). But we can, and will, get at anything that comes from God and anything that reflects God.

Thank God for his grace. Thank God for his grace which has brought peace between God and those who have put their faith in Christ. Thank God for his grace which has removed our scorn and contempt and allowed us, those who are his, to now live for the good of all he has made, and the glory of all that he is.


Hillary Clinton’s “New College Compact” Raises An Important Question: Did She Ever Take Econ 101?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Today’s version of “a chicken in every pot” is Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan to “make college affordable and available to every American.” This is political catnip, pure and simple. And it is a more delusory form of catnip than Herbert Hoover’s “chicken,” for while everybody needs enough to eat, not everybody needs to go to college.

There is today an oversupply of college degrees. A Federal Reserve study found that half of recent graduates were working in jobs that didn’t require a college degree or not employed at all. For Mrs. Clinton to propose spending $350 billion to subsidize college attendance will exacerbate rather than reduce the glut of college-educated Americans. To propose such wastefulness when federal debt already exceeds $18 trillion is fiscally irresponsible and a slap at American taxpayers. It will also increase the number of graduates experiencing disillusionment when they realize the lack of market demand for their degrees.

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The increasingly overt socialistic nature of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign theme is glaringly evident in her “New College Compact.” She laments, “For too long, families have been left to bear the burden of crushing costs” of a college education. Heaven forbid that Americans be expected to pay for what they consume! (A quick “thank you” here to those whose generosity funds academic scholarships to highly qualified and motivated students from poor backgrounds.) Who does Mrs. Clinton think should pay if not the consumer? Her plan explicitly specifies that the federal and state governments (i.e., the taxpayer) should foot the bill at public universities and colleges.

Along with state financing, Hillary Clinton advocates increased state control. She thinks that government should micro-manage post-secondary institutions by telling colleges where they must spend their money (less on administrative expenses), commanding colleges to accept junior college credits (regardless of the four-year colleges’ own academic standards), and deciding when to waive accreditation standards.

Clinton’s disfavor of the private sector is obvious: She expresses sympathy for students with “an expensive degree from a for-profit institution” only to find that a degree doesn’t lead to a job. Why single out graduates of for-profit colleges and universities when the same disappointment befalls many graduates of not-for-profit institutions, too? And why should students who agree to work for government receive earlier cancellation of their debts than private-sector workers? That’s a double-whammy on the taxpayer, whose taxes first would subsidize the student’s education and then pay the student’s salary after college. And why is it necessary for government to make sure that community colleges offer more “two-year degrees and certificate programs that are valued by employers?” Why can’t private educational entrepreneurs survey the marketplace to discern what degrees and certificates are valued and then profit by providing them?

As for the horrendous problem of college debt blunting the lives of millions of younger Americans, Clinton doesn’t acknowledge that the federal loan program is responsible. If she were not so ideologically averse to the private sector, she might see privatization of the college loan market as the solution. First, though, bankruptcy laws should be revised to include college debt. It is anomalous and unjust to allow mature adults with decades of business experience to erase their debts via bankruptcy if they make a miscalculation, but to deny such mercy and financial relief to young, inexperienced adults. If private lenders issued college loans, and they knew that bankruptcy was an option for young borrowers, then those lenders would calculate that risk. They wouldn’t lend tens of thousands of dollars to students floundering for five or six years or students taking courses that have little value to the job marketplace, and so the glut of over-educated/under-employed young people would shrink.

There is one aspect of Clinton’s higher education plan that makes some ethical, if not economic, sense. Ethically speaking, it seems unfair for the Fed to have engineered low borrowing costs for Uncle Sam while at the same time not sharing some of its windfall by refinancing student debt at lower rates. (Many students are still paying off loans at seven, eight, or nine percent). Economically speaking, though, Hillary Clinton has no business promising that the federal government “won’t profit off student loans.” While “profit” apparently is a dirty word to Clinton, any loan program should generate enough interest income to pay for the salaries, offices, etc., of those administering the loan. If the federal college loan program doesn’t cover its own costs, then, once again, the long-suffering taxpayer gets stuck with those costs. The economically rational approach is to let the private sector figure out what an economically viable loan market for college education looks like. Economic losses to our society would decline by billions if privatization of student loans supplanted the socialistic status quo.

The New College Compact proposed by Hillary Clinton is economically wasteful central planning, all wrapped up in the beguiling garb of Santa Claus politics. Caveat emptor. Let the buyer (in this case, the American taxpayer and voter) beware. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.


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Bumper Sticker Worldviews: Do They Make Sense?

Since the Christian worldview is largely on the defensive these days, it is easy to forget that non-Christians also have a worldview.  They are not neutral or undecided about the nature of reality, but have a network of beliefs that is designed to explained the way the world works, or more importantly, the way they think it ought to work.

Some non-Christians may not even realize they have a worldview, and even those who know they have one rarely put all their intellectual cards on the table.  You have to sniff around a bit to determine what some people really believe.

But then, in other situations, people just put their worldview out there for all to see.  The other day I pulled up behind a car that contained a litany of bumper stickers expressing their view about all sorts of things.  They were not hiding their worldview (or at least parts of it).

But, as might be expected, this individual apparently took very little time to consider whether the content of these stickers made sense or even agreed with one another. So, I decided it would be interesting to evaluate this person’s “bumper sticker worldview.”  Below is a photo of the bumper (forgive the fuzziness, it was not an easy shot!) and I will analyze each sticker one at a time.

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1.”Pro-Child, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice.”  This is a popular bumper sticker out there for the pro-choice crowd. In order to allay fears that they may be anti-child (gee, what might give people that impression?) they insist you can be for abortion and for children.  Needless to say, the recent Planned Parenthood videos have exposed the tragedy of this logic.  You can’t say your pro-child when you kill babies in the womb and sell their parts.  The abortion movement is not pro-child, but pro-self. It puts the pleasures and conveniences of the individual above all else.

2. “Compassion is the radicalism of our time–the Dalai Lama.”  If compassion is highly valued by this individual, then they ought to extend some to babies in the womb.  How can you call for compassion, and then, on the same bumper, turn around and advocate for abortion?  Utterly incoherent.  Moreover, this tacit endorsement of Buddhism (Dalai Lama) raises issues.  Buddhism, as a monistic and pantheistic worldview, has no basis to account for good and evil in the world.  If so, then why care about compassion in the first place?  On a monistic/pantheistic worldview, why does it matter what one person does to another?

3. “Coexist.”  This bumper sticker is everywhere these days. If this bumper sticker simply means that all religions should find a way to get along without trying to destroy the other, then one might have little objection to it.  But often this sticker is used to suggest that all these religions are essentially the same, or that no one religion could be true.  But, that is nonsense since all these religions make truth claims that are mutually exclusive (see critique of this sticker by my friend Jake Hunt).  One might also ask if the call for tolerance that this sticker implies would extend to those people in America who are pro-life or believe in traditional marriage. One wonders…

4. “Whenever there’s a huge solar energy spill it is just called a nice day.”  Obviously, this is a pro-environmentalist sticker designed to make us feel guilty about using oil for energy.  Ironically it is stuck to a car that is running off gasoline and thus using the very oil that the bumper sticker mocks.  Again, a major internal contradiction.  It would make more sense of this sticker was attached to a bicycle.  In addition, one should note that the van driver seems more concerned about the environment than the lives of human beings in the womb.  This is the same reason our culture for the last few weeks is enraged about Cecil the Lion but relatively silent about the release of the Planned Parenthood videos.

5. “If the people lead the leaders will follow.”  This is a modified version of a quote that was attributed to Gandhi. On one level its true.  Leaders tend to respond to the wishes of their constituency. Then again, today we are in desperate need of leaders who are willing to do what is right, regardless of whether it is popular.

6. “Adoption a beautiful choice.”  We certainly agree that adoption is a wonderful thing.  But, notice the word “choice” tacked on the end.  For this individual, it doesn’t matter if a person choose abortion or chooses adoption.  Both are equally viable. That is tantamount to saying that it doesn’t matter if one takes a life or saves a life, it’s the same thing.  Again, an incoherent worldview.

7.  “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”  I am not going to enter the fray over public school funding.  But, I wonder if Reagan could have ended the cold war with the philosophy of this bumper sticker.  Moreover, it should be acknowledged that it is only because America has bought many, many bombers of the years (from World War II to the Cold War and beyond) that this individual has the freedom to speak about such things on the bumper of their car.

In the end, this individual has a worldview, but it proves to be an incoherent and inconsistent one. This is a reminder that Christians today need to not only explain and defend the Christian worldview, but need to challenge the non-Christian worldview.  We need to be on offense, not just on defense.  Although the non-Christian worldview might seem like a steady structure on the outside, we can have confidence that it won’t hold up under closer scrutiny.

For a deeper look at worldviews, check out the latest book from RTS Charlotte professor James Anderson, What’s Your Worldview? (Crossway, 2014).


Organic Food, Essential Oils, and the Gospel of Grace

Organic Food, Essential Oils, and the Gospel of GraceOne of the latest buzz words in Christian circles, and everywhere else, is “organic.” As a society, we are spending increasing amounts of money buying organic produce, cage-free eggs, and grass-fed beef. Anything with the label “natural” is quickly becoming the preferred method, even when we’re not totally sure what “all-natural” really entails. For some, essential oils are replacing traditional medicine, with promises to heal across the spectrum, from a simple cold to chronic illness.

While eating organic foods and using non-traditional medicine certainly can be valuable, the danger comes when we develop a sense of superiority to go along with it. In our attempt to create a more organic, natural lifestyle, it can be easy to begin looking down our noses at someone who isn’t on our bandwagon. When promoting our own choices for food and medicine is becoming the latest form of evangelism, we are showing where our hope really lies — and that we are close to forgetting the gospel we say we hold dear.

Let me be clear that I am not against healthy eating. I wholeheartedly agree that what we eat has a significant affect on us, and we are to be wise stewards of our bodies. Bodily training, which includes responsible eating, is of some value (1 Timothy 4:8). But my growing concern in our Christian communities is that we be careful not to become more passionate about convincing others to feed their families the same way we do, rather than pointing them to Christ.

Disputable Matters

A dear friend of mine in women’s ministry tells me of a few passionate pleas she received to lead Bible studies on healthy eating. But does the Bible really tell us enough about what we should eat for a whole course? And do we have a right as believers to tell others what is the more biblical menu option?

Romans 14 addresses exactly these kinds of issues. Choices with food and medicine are exactly that — choices. And these fall into a gray area in the Bible known as “disputable matters.” Paul writes in Romans 14:1–4,

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Here one believer feels the freedom to eat meat (despite its associations with the local pagan religion), while another is convinced he can only eat vegetables. Paul states that these choices with food, even when the stakes are this high, are a matter of personal conscience. One person is not deemed more righteous or godly because of the restrictions they place on themselves, or don’t place on themselves. God has welcomed both believers — and we should too.

We should ask ourselves, Are we promoting a welcoming atmosphere when we’re strongly stating our opinions on food and medicine in a group of people? What is our tone of voice communicating to those around us when we’re explaining our lifestyle choices? Could we be repelling others by our seemingly haughty and opinionated views on things that are really a matter of personal preference?

Where Is Your Righteousness?

When we strongly identify ourselves with a certain lifestyle choice, we evidence our temptation to find our identity and righteousness in that personal preference. Eating and schooling and vaccinations are areas of personal and family choice that can easily become our cause in life. How intent are you in trying to convert someone to the same schooling method as your family? Or are you out to get everyone to use the same oils as you, while looking down on a sister in Christ who just put their child on a round of antibiotics for an illness?

If we find our conversations continually revolving around our current pet issue, it’s time to ask whether that issue has become too important in our lives. If we’re constantly passing others information about the way we eat, treat illness, or school our kids, a red flag should be raised in our minds about what we’re really putting our hope in. As Christians, we have a center and hope that far surpasses these “disputable matters.”

Our One Great Cause

Only in Christ do we find true wisdom, hope, and healing. It is his words, promises, and all-encompassing truth we should be most eager to pass along to others, not the latest studies reinforcing our family’s food choices as the wisest.

Let’s be known for what Christians are really to be known for: an unfading hope and trust in the power of Christ to change lives — no matter what you eat for breakfast.


Related Resources


A La Carte (August 24)

This week Crossway is offering John Piper’s “The Swans Are Not Silent” series at just $3.99 each. These are excellent short biographies of key Christian figures. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy; The Hidden Smile of God; The Roots of Endurance; Contending for Our All; Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ. You will also find Heaven by Christopher Morgan & Robert Peterson for $3.99, and Matt Chandler’s To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain for free.

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

“The past fifty years have seen massive gains in productivity, the invention of countless labor-saving devices, and the mass entry of women into the formal workforce.” So why do we all work so many hours?

Reflections on a Planned Parenthood Protest

John Piper reflects on Saturday’s Planned Parenthood protests. You may also want to read this article from a different source but dealing with the same subject: Now We Know Why Reporters Won’t Cover The Planned Parenthood Videos.

Hurricane Katrina Photos

This is very interesting. “10 years on, Getty Images photographer Mario Tama has been back to New Orleans to revisit the scenes of his iconic images to see how the once obliterated areas have changed.” He has done so through some during and after photos.

A New Song: “We Are Not Overcome” by Bifrost Arts is a song you may enjoy. We have adapted (simplified) it for use in our worship services and it is quickly becoming a favorite.

Keep on Welcoming

There’s some wisdom here on welcoming people to your church. This is the one I most needed to hear: “Weeks three, four, and beyond are also key.”

Ashley Madison: Faithfulness

There are some important takeaways in Mark Jones’ article on the Ashley Madison fiasco. “Basically, Paul describes ‘Ashley Madison’ long before computer hackers made many of us aware that such a website existed.” Also read Scotty Smith’s meditative prayer based on Proverbs 7.

Go, and Be

This little tribute to the Scottish highlands may be a little bit overdone but, oh my, is the scenery ever beautiful!


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Only Two Religions!

I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.

You might say I’m nuts.  There are hundreds if not thousands!

wearing masksBut there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.

You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.

The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you patting-self-on-back-1should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.

my mom thinks im coolOf course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”

And that’s where the only other religion comes in.

The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.

You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human.  It must be God Himself.

Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?

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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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What is The Gospel?


CanIKnowGod.com

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.


“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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The next bubble that Democrats will burst on taxpayers: student loan debt

WINTERY KNIGHT

Student loans became a huge problem when the Obama administration decided to take the decision about whether to grant the loans away from private sector loan managers and put it into the hands of politicians. Nationalizing student loans allowed Democrats to buy the votes of college students who wanted to get funding for degrees in Why Your Religious Parents Are Evil, which actually turn out to be Four Years of Drunken Hook-Up Sex. The trouble with this vote-buying plan was always how to deal with the loans after the four years are up. Well, how about continuing to buy the votes by passing the cost of the non-STEM degrees onto taxpayers? After all, working families don’t need the money, and it’s much better spent on beer and contraceptives, right? Responsible people don’t vote for Democrats anyway, so let’s just take their money and buy the votes of drunk promiscuous college students.

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Hollywood, Narcissism, and Sex

The Reformed Reader

Christians [should] disagree with the sexual ethic that Hollywood teaches, whether implicitly or explicitly.  This un-Christian, unnatural, privatized, and anti-social view of sex is, as Jennifer Morse argues well, narcissistic  (all about self).  In reality, sex is a public thing – meaning it affects more than just a single, solitary person.  It affects society.  Here’s how Morse describes it:

“For the entertainment industry, all sex is a private good.  Anything I choose to do or not do is acceptable.  My sex life is all about me and my desires and has nothing to do with community of any kind.”

“But Hollywood presents us with two, seemingly contradictory positions.  On the one hand, many stars seem to delight in taunting the public: ‘My sex life is private business; how dare you utter a word of criticism.’  On the other hand, this same group of people readily make their sexual activity public. …

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Daily Devotionals: (24th Aug.) Covering for a Naked Soul

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Reading: Genesis 3:21

Clothing Adam and Eve in “coats of skin” was an act of divine revelation. The Lord was saying something to Adam, and to us today: He was communicating the manner and method through which He would deal with sin and save His people. What the Saviour spoken of in verse 15 is now confirmed to Adam, giving him assurance of faith by giving him the ordinance of animal sacrifice in which that Saviour was plainly typified and anticipated.

Aprons of fig leaves may hide the physical nakedness from other men, but there is the nakedness of the soul that God can see and only He can cover. The coats of skin identify first the thing covered. Sin must be dealt with; it cannot lie open before a holy God because He is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity. If I am to find peace with God…

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Democrats launch investigation of pro-life group that filmed Planned Parenthood videos

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here's Democrat Elijah Cummings with his good friend Lois Lerner Here’s Democrat Elijah Cummings (left) with his good friend Lois Lerner

The Democrats won’t investigate Planned Parenthood, they want to investigate the group that revealed the truth about Planned Parenthood to the public.

Life News reports:

Just one day after Planned Parenthood was exposed cutting up a live baby for body parts for sale, Democrats in the House of Representative are launching their own investigation after the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Instead of looking into the abortion giant, they are probing the pro-life group behind the series of expose’ videos.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life organization that spent years recording the undercover videos and tracking information to expose Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry and biotech industry’s involvement in the abortion of unborn babies and the sales of their body parts to top universities for…

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The Ideal Man

Unfathomable Grace

In 1 Samuel 16, the ideal man is presented.

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have…

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Our Children, Abortion Clinics, and Victim (Graphic) Images

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babyNot a victim image, though images of babies inside and outside the womb are also helpful.

We received a couple questions from our homeschool group related to taking our children to the abortion mill, as well as their being exposed to victim (graphic) images. I thought I’d share my response here for anyone else working through this delicate issue. Hope it helps:

Hi all,

I’m Justin, Jennifer’s husband. As the questions have come up, Jen thought it would be helpful for me to share how we have worked through speaking to our children about abortion and bringing them with us to the abortion mills.

Let me first say the answers to these questions is something we each have to work out before the Lord. We have a stewardship with our children, and we need to seek the Lord for wisdom as to how to navigate these issues with our own…

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