Daily Archives: September 26, 2015

Strange fire and the royal Priesthood

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. (Leviticus 10:1-2 NASB)

9 But you are A chosen race, A royal priesthood, A holy nation, A people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not A people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10 NASB)

What is Peter was talking about in his second epistle where he describes Christians as a royal Priesthood? Since the…

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A Look at the Apologetics of Paul

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In this post, I want to examine some of the methods and apologetic approaches that Paul used in reaching his culture for the Gospel. There has been a lot of debate on the topic of apologetic methodology.  Which approach should we take in following Paul’s example? Presuppositional or Evidential? Many will quote one Pauline text and assert Paul favored one approach more than then the other. Sadly, this is not helpful at all. We need to look at various approaches Paul used before declaring there is only one approach to use in our present culture. I have noted elsewhere about the educational background of Paul.

Paul’s use of General Revelation

General revelation  serves to explain the worldwide phenomenon of faith. Many people are religious, because they have a type of knowledge of God. All people have knowledge of God although it may be suppressed to the extent of being unrecognizable or…

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The Development of the Papacy By Nathan Busenitz

Even in the ante-Nicene period (prior to 325), certain legalistic tendencies had begun to surface. But serious problems began to pour into the church in the fourth century, when the Roman Empire was “converted” from paganism to Christianity. Many former pagans simply Christianized their earlier idolatrous practices, and thus introduced dangerous errors into the church. Once planted, those pagan seeds eventually gave birth to all sorts of corrupt traditions in the medieval church (like the veneration of icons, prayers to the saints, and the elevation of Mary).i Moreover, in an environment where everyone professed to be a “Christian,” medieval preaching naturally focused more on the fruits of a righteous life than on the root of justification by faith.ii Over time that emphasis on external fruit led to a type of moralismiii from which the full-blown sacramental legalism of Roman Catholicism emerged complete in the thirteenth century.

The Development of the Papacy

Contributing to this doctrinal corruption was the rise of the papacy. In the west, the city of Rome was the most important center of theological and ecclesiological influence. Initially, that influence was kept in balance by other important Christian centers: Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem. But those cities were all in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. When the western half of the Roman Empire fell in 476, Rome became isolated. Its authority went unchecked, and as a result the bishopric of Rome was elevated to unprecedented (and unbiblical) heights—developing into the papacy of the Middle Ages.

As early as the mid-400s, Leo I made the argument that the bishop of Rome held a position of elevated authority based on a supposed line of apostolic succession. Being a bishop of Rome himself, Leo contended that Peter was “the rock” in Matthew 16:18—something the early church fathers had not taught.iv Later Roman bishops built on Leo’s arguments; eventually contending that the pope was the most important spiritual leader in the church.

In the late 700s, a document known as the “Donation of Constantine” surfaced. The document claimed that Emperor Constantine (272–337), before he died, had bequeathed the western half of the Roman empire to the bishop of Rome. The Donation was later proven to be a forgery. Nonetheless, from the 8th–13th centuries, popes used it to assert both their religious and political authority in the west.

The 9th and 10th centuries were a period of particularly perverse corruption for the popes of Rome. Those interested in the darkest of the dark ages will find E. R. Chamberlin’s treatment of The Bad Popes (Dorset, 1993) to be especially eye-opening (and disturbing). Suffice it to say, the papacy was fought over by rival groups in Rome who were willing to do it whatever necessary to gain a position of such great political power.

Papal arrogance and corruption resulted in the irreconcilable breach between the eastern and western halves of the Roman church. In 1054, Pope Leo IX sent a delegation to Constantinople demanding that the Patriarch of Constantinople recognize him as the head of all the churches.

When the Patriarch refused, the cardinal leading the delegation excommunicated him. In response, the Patriarch excommunicated the Roman delegation. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches have been split ever since.

Around 1230, the western church adopted the idea of a Treasure House of Merit in heaven, from which the pope could dispense indulgences (pardons) to whomever he wished. This system of indulgences became a fundraising opportunity for the Roman popes, providing the means for opulent building projects (like St. Peter’s basilica). The indulgence system allowed corrupt popes to use their religious position to extort money from spiritually desperate people on the false notion that sinners can purchase God’s grace for a price.

Papal authority and the corrupt system of indulgences would prove to be a major point of contention during the Reformation. In fact, it was the sale of indulgences that motivated Luther to write his 95 Theses; and in one of his Table Talks Luther explained:

“The chief cause that I fell out with the pope was this: the pope boasted that he was the head of the church, and condemned all that would not be under his power and authority. . . . Further he took upon him power, rule, and authority over the Christian church, and over the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God; [claiming that] no man must presume to expound the Scriptures, but only he, and according to his ridiculous conceits; so that he made himself lord over the church.”v

In contrast, the Reformers insisted that Christ alone is the head of the church. Any other self- proclaimed “head” constituted an imposter and a fraud.

The Official Adoption of an Apostate Gospel

Though the Councils of Orange (in 441 and 529) condemned the synergism of semi-Pelagianism, the medieval Catholic church eventually came to define justification in synergistic terms (meaning that the church presented salvation as a cooperative effort between God and man).

In the thirteenth century, at the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), the Roman Catholic church officially made salvation contingent on good works by establishing the seven sacraments as the means by which sinners are justified.

As Norm Geisler and Josh Betancourt explain in their book, Is Rome the True Church?:

Roman Catholicism as it is known today is not the same as the Catholic Church before 1215. Even though the split between East and West occurred in 1054, most non-Catholics today would have been able to belong to the Catholic Church before the thirteenth century. Regardless of certain things the church permitted, none of its official doctrinal proclamations regarding essential salvation doctrines were contrary to orthodoxy.

While the development of Roman Catholicism from the original church was gradual, beginning in early centuries, one of the most significant turning points came in 1215, when one can see the beginning of Roman Catholicism as it is subsequently known. It is here that the seeds of what distinguishes Roman Catholicism were first pronounced as dogma. It is here that they pronounced the doctrine of transubstantiation, the primacy of the bishop of Rome, and seven sacraments. Many consider this a key turning point in the development of Roman Catholicism in distinction from non-Catholic forms of Christianity.vi

Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), who was born ten years after the Fourth Lateran Council, also contributed greatly to confusion on the true nature of the gospel. As Gregg R. Allison explains:

More than anyone else, Thomas Aquinas set down the medieval Catholic notion of justification and its corollaries of grace, human effort, and merit. Although a substantial departure from Augustine and the Augustinians of the Middle Ages, his theology became determinative for the Roman Catholic Church. . . . [Thomas] emphasized the grace of God yet prescribed an important role for human cooperation in obtaining salvation. Certainly, God exercises the primary role in achieving and applying salvation, but people have their part to play as well. God moves by initiating grace in a person’s life; then that person moves toward God and moves away from sin, resulting in the forgiveness of sins. Thus, Aquinas believed in a synergy, or cooperative effort, between God and people in justification.vii

To base salvation on a cooperative effort between God’s grace and our good works presents a major problem—since it distorts the biblical teaching about grace. As Paul explained to the Romans, “If it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace” (Romans 11:6).

To add works into the equation is to frustrate grace. Certainly, good works are the fruit of salvation, but they are not the foundation of it. And it was at that very point that the Catholic church of the late Middle Ages muddled up the gospel.[1]

[1] Dave Jordan, M. E. Pulpit Magazine May 2013. No. 5, 02.

 

September 26-27, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

September 21 Quotes


The Church Needs the Past and the Future To Be Faithful in the Present

“Some churches, in an attempt to establish continuity with the past, root everything about their worship and action in the community’s memories. This emphasis on tradition is vital, but as Jaroslav Pelikan warned, there is always the danger that instead of embracing tradition as the living faith of the dead, the Church traps itself in traditionalism — the dead faith of the living.”

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Do You Know That You’re Weak?

“Weakness means we don’t have what it takes. It means we are not sovereign, omniscient, or invincible. We are not in control, we don’t know everything, and we can be stopped. Weakness means that we desperately need God.”

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Here’s How Religion Shaped Margaret Thatcher’s Politics

“Economics is the method; the object is to change the soul,” Thatcher once declared, revealing that the way she conceived her free-market ideology was as much about transforming values as about improving Britain’s ailing GDP.

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The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory

“There is really only one point to the doctrines of grace, namely, that God saves sinners by His grace and for His glory. These two realities—God’s grace and glory—are inseparably bound together. Whatever most magnifies God’s grace most magnifies His glory. And that which most exalts God’s grace is the truth expressed in the doctrines of grace.”

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Good Shepherd Decides to Give Up Current Church Property

In response to the question, “Why are you giving up the property that you have been defending up until now?” Ko said, “Unlike the misunderstandings of many people, we weren’t trying to keep the property. We wanted to converse as fellow Christians, and wanted to find a way that the minority group that wants to remain in the PCUSA would also be able to flourish.

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The Coming Train Wreck: Progressive UMC Plans For General Conference 2016

Bishop Minerva Carcaño declared it was time for the church to catch up with society, our sister mainline churches, and God. One presenter defined inclusion as “all who are NOT white, NOT straight, and NOT over 45,” which indicates that exclusivity is the basis for their understanding of “inclusivity.”

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Christian Colleges That Permit Professors in Same-Sex Marriages Resign Membership

The CCCU board of directors predicted that most of its 120 North American members would agree that EMU and Goshen’s new positions on homosexuality “placed them outside the bounds of the CCCU’s membership.” But it also believed that a demotion to affiliate status would be a permissible level of partnership.

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The Coddling of the American Mind

Thomas Jefferson, upon founding the University of Virginia, said: “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.” We believe that this is still—and will always be—the best attitude for American universities. Faculty, administrators, students, and the federal government all have a role to play in restoring universities to their historic mission.

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I Am Not Ashamed

The gospel is fanciful unless your eyes have been opened to it by the Spirit of God and your heart has been touched by his transforming grace in Christ. But, when that happens, you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the story is true. It is absolutely true. You, then, willingly build your life on it because it is the power of God.

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Bernie Sanders’ Christian Encounter at Liberty

By visiting Liberty, Sanders, a self-declared socialist polling ahead of Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, punctuated his differences with Clinton’s struggling campaign—Sanders engages tough audiences, while Clinton retreats. (Clinton’s campaign has grown infamous for staging friendly interactions with preselected voters and avoiding reporters’ questions.) Sanders’ message at Liberty stuck with his usual talking points, but offered a biblical twist. The candidate called on students to pursue justice for others, based on Jesus’ teaching on the Golden Rule and lesson from the book of Amos.

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The Creator and His Creatures

God as creator is a significant theological truth. Our Creator is not our peer, but he is Lord of the universe. Since we also are part of his creation, we must recognize our obligation to him. He has given us time, treasure and talents to be used joyfully as we serve him. Yet our joy is not the primary objective in our living. Our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

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Either/Or?

To be sure, she is not a Christian.  She needs Jesus as her saviour.  But I suspect the reduction of non-Christian women to whores or lesbians says more about the psychology of the writer than it does about my mother.  And maybe other mothers too?

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Purpose-Driven Film

With the exception of opening with a Bible verse and ending with a hymn, the Christian references are subtle. Regular churchgoers will recognize small things, like Ashley’s meeting at Celebrate Recovery, a Bible-based 12-step ministry that many churches offer. This isn’t to suggest that the story should have gone fake, only that it could have found a way to show us more of what’s happening in Smith’s mind.

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Diplomacy or D-Day?

So here’s my challenge to you: Make “Columbo” your game plan. Don’t swing for the fences in every conversation. Just get into the batter’s box with these two questions and see what the Holy Spirit does. If you want to move forward effectively in a hostile environment, you don’t have to be an expert. Just take a tip from Lt. Columbo and always ask questions. It’s the best way I know “to make a defense to anyone who asks…yet with gentleness and respect.”

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The source of real holiness

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During our public school days, Emily and I always felt overwhelmed. There were always so many rules for us to follow—about holidays, clothes, and even lunches. And the lunch rules were the worst. The expectation was that lunch be garbage free, healthy, and absolutely free of any nut products of any kind. (We later learned from a friend that it’s actually gotten worse—now the schools find it easier to send a list of what’s permitted rather than what’s not, because the approved list is shorter.)

Trying to keep in step with these requirements was a giant pain. In fact, we kept running out of ideas of what to even send with Abigail. We like peanut butter. We don’t have a nut-free environment. And pre-packaged snack foods which are nut free generally aren’t all that healthy. We found ways to meet the requirements (at least two out of three), but it didn’t make us happy people, nor did it help Abigail enjoy eating lunch in general.

Now, obviously there are some valid reasons for rules like these—if a kid has a severe nut allergy, we don’t want them to go into shock. But often, our obsession with rules goes beyond trying to protect individuals from harm and into trying to make us certain kinds of people. The problem, though, is it doesn’t work, because that’s not what rules are meant to do.

Christians should know this, but we’re prone to forgetting. The rules trap—legalism—is just too easy (because it’s easy, in theory if not in fact). We have rules about kissing dating goodbye. About what music to not listen to. Movies to not watch. Books to not read. Beverages to not consume…

And while the reasons behind the don’ts might be good and right and true, if all we have is don’t, what are we trying to accomplish? At best, the rules, and our attempts to keep them, make us try harder; we white knuckle our way through the things we know we’re supposed to do (including avoiding the things we aren’t supposed to). More often, though, they make us want to give up. Despite our intentions, we don’t become more holy, joyful people—people who increasingly find sin unattractive because Jesus is ever-increasingly attractive to us. Instead, we’re just people who are happy they’re not in trouble.

This is why we should thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Ray Ortlund reminds us in Supernatural Living for Natural People. He writes:

What generates real holiness is not fear of punishment but fullness of heart. When you sin, when I sin, there is always a reason. We sin because we believe that it is simply the price we have to pay for a taste of happiness. But sin is deceiving us. It does not deliver on its promise. It leaves only the bitter after-taste of death. God promises us life. The Spirit moves in our hearts to trust God enough to fight for life and happiness and all we desire not in sin but in the ways of God. The Spirit arouses our thirst for Jesus, so that we come to him and drink, until rivers of living water flow from our inmost beings (John 7:37-39). The Spirit shows us how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God. He helps us to know this love that surpasses knowledge, so that we are filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:14-19). And when we live in that holy atmosphere, sin is a lot less attractive. (Kindle location 436)

What makes sin less attractive is not more rules, but new desires—and this is what the Spirit creates in us. He gives us a new affection for Christ, a greater desire to know him and be like him. And because of that, we can see that sin and legalism always over-promise and under-deliver. But the good news is, God’s Spirit never will. Real holiness comes from a fullness of heart. And this is what the Spirit gives us.


Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”

Jordan Standridge of The Cripplegate covers the many reasons evangelicals must not unit with the apostate Roman Catholic Church, even if some of our leaders are doing everything in their power to bring evangelicals and Catholics together under one big tent. Think: Rick Warren, who seems to have forgotten about the Protestant Reformation. But, thankfully, Jordan Standridge hasn’t forgotten. He reminds us that “the Pope and his cardinals, as well as tradition have undermined Scripture for centuries.”

Rick Warren and Pope Francis

As the evangelical world in America seems rather excited about the Pope’s visit, I can’t help but remember how I felt when I discovered the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document (ECT).

In 1995 the unthinkable happened. Well known evangelical pastors signed a document in which they joined themselves with Catholic priests and Philosophers, in an ecumenical fashion in order to promote the agreements over the disagreements that have plagued Protestants and Catholics for centuries dating back to the greats: Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and Knox. They agreed to no longer “proselytize” each other, agreeing that Catholics are indeed brothers, and sisters in Christ.

This article was successful in its endeavor. The vast majority of Christians in America do not evangelize Catholics. Someone like me who has shed many tears over the deception of the Roman Catholic Church is seen as hateful. I totally understand the desire to believe people are saved. I also desperately want Roman Catholics to go to heaven, but we can’t let our desire for people to be saved or our desire to please men, lead us to cheer them on as they run towards hell. We must love them.

Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”


“I Unite Myself”: “Pope” Calls Muslims “Brothers and Sisters” in Message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Christian News Network reports:

During a speech at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Thursday night, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis offered prayers for his Muslim “brothers and sisters” on the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice following word of a deadly stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

“I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters,” he began. “First, I send my greetings as they celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice [Eid al-Adha]. I would have my greeting to have been warmer. My sentiments are closeness.”

“I am close to them in the face of tragedy, the tragedy they suffered in Mecca,” Francis continued. “In this moment, I give assurances in their prayers. I unite myself with you all in prayer to Almighty God, all merciful.”

http://christiannews.net/2015/09/25/i-unite-myself-pope-calls-muslims-brothers-and-sisters-in-message-at-st-patricks-cathedral/


 

The Logic Of Fruit As Evidence (1)

The Patristic Period One of the earliest concerns of the Christian church, beginning with the apostles and intensifying through the patristic and medieval periods, was that those who profess the Christian faith should live in a way befitting their profession of faith. In the apostolic and patristic periods our theologians were often writing within a […]

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THREAT: ISIS to launch offensive against Christians in Pakistan

THREAT: ISIS to launch offensive against Christians in Pakistan

Posted on September 26, 2015 by Christian Examiner

The Islamic State – ISIS – is planning a major offensive against Pakistan’s small population of Christians and Christian institutions, including churches, schools and hospitals, the Gatestone Institute has reported.

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 Pope's speech troubling, Southern Baptists say

Pope’s speech troubling, Southern Baptists say

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Baptist Press

Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress proved troubling in both its lack of clarity on moral issues and in its church-state impropriety, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said.

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International Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed

International Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed

Posted on September 26, 2015 by CBN

Today marks the three-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini’s captivity in an Iranian prison.

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The Puritan influence on the press

The Puritan influence on the press

Posted on September 26, 2015 by World Magazine

MEDIA | Christian belief and the 325th anniversary of American newspapers

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Does Hebrews 12:4 Teach Sanctification Through Works?

The argument is being made that Hebrews 12:4 teaches us that sanctification is resisting sin, which involves our free cooperation with grace, ergo sanctification is not by faith alone (sola fide). Once more, there is no question whether believers must be sanctified and whether they must resist sin. The question is whether our sanctification and our resisting sin is a part of the instrument of our salvation or whether it contributes to our salvation or whether our resisting of sin is the consequence and evidence of our gracious salvation.

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Peace and Safety or Sudden Destruction?

Jan Markell talks with Michele Bachmann and Dr. Robert Jeffress for the hour. They are two of our conference guests October 2-3. They consider current headlines in light of the Bible and see the world crying for peace and safety amidst the world’s chaos. Is God waking us up and shaking us up so that we will begin looking up?

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Greg Koukl explains the right way to handle an angry, aggressive atheist

Wintery Knight

Greg Koukl is one of the scholars who got me started in apologetics. In his “Solid Ground” newsletter for January/February 2009, he talked about dealing with angry, aggressive atheists.

Let’s start with the question “what is a steamroller?”:

The defining characteristic of a “steamroller” is that he constantly interrupts, rolling over you with the force of his personality. Steamrollers are not usually interested in answers. They are interested in winning through intimidation.

Greg breaks down the techniques for handling steamrollers in 3 steps.

Step 1: Stop Him.

Your first move when you find yourself in a conversation with a steamroller is a genial request for courtesy. Momentarily put the discussion on “pause.” Ask to continue making your point uninterrupted.

One of the ways you can do that is using body language. You can raise your hand in the stop motion to emphasize your verbal attempt to pause the conversation so that you can finish responding. Ask for a specific amount of time to make your point, and make sure that you him to agree that you will get that time to respond! But the most important thing is to not lose your temper.

Be careful not to let annoyance or hostility creep into your voice. That would be a mistake, especially with this kind of person. Don’t let a steamroller get under your skin. Being defensive and belligerent always looks weak. Instead, stay focused on the issues, not on the attitude. Talk calmly and try to look confident.

…don’t take unfair advantage of the time you buy with this little negotiation. Make your point, then ask, “Does that make sense to you?” This invites him back into the conversation. Give him the courtesy of offering you a reply without interruption.

I hear J.P. Moreland saying “Does that make sense to you?” all the time in his lectures, and now I’ve started doing it too! And so should you! But what if “stopping him” doesn’t work? Then we go on to step 2…

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Greg Koukl explains the right way to handle an angry, aggressive atheist | WINTERY KNIGHT


How Planned Parenthood And Its Defenders Hide The Truth

by Anthony Weber

In early July, The Center for Medical Progress began to release videos procured after three years of undercover work. They released short teaser videos, long videos from which the short versions were edited, and transcripts. The videos not only showed the calculating, callous way in which key players in Planned Parenthood viewed their clients and the unborn children, they also provided reasons to believe that certain Planned Parenthood clinics were breaking the law in the process of harvesting fetal tissue.

That’s when Planned Parenthood and their defenders began a methodical campaign of  distortion, denial and deception to help people avoid looking at the reality of abortion and the industries that profit from it.

The three broadcast networks, ABC, NBC and CBS, haven’t reported on a single video exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted babies during their news shows in 31 days – or one full month [of August]. The last time a network mentioned a particular video came July 31, when CBS This Morning correspondent Julianna Goldman acknowledged the fourth video of a “Planned Parenthood doctor in Colorado discussing providing fetal tissue for a fee.” NBC last reported on a specific video July 30, while ABC – the worst of all three networks – last noted a video July 16 (keep in mind the first video came out July 14). The networks have not covered the last four videos released by the Center for Medical Progress...

Considering it took “56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry [for] all three broadcast networks [to] report on Gosnell,” this is not entirely unexpected. Planned Parenthood has been giving awards to journalists for years; the orchestrated silence on the scandal is par for the course…

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Empires and Mangers: Rejecting Reality: How Planned Parenthood And Its Defenders Hide The Truth


Those Hypocritical Christians! 4 Ways that Theological Truth Transcends Bad Behavior

by Pastor Brian Chilton

For those who do not know my testimony, I left the ministry for seven years due to great doubts pertaining to the truthfulness of Christianity. I nearly became an agnostic…in fact, I seriously teetered with the idea for some time. My agnosticism wasn’t that I didn’t think that God couldn’t exist, but rather that I wasn’t sure that one could know God completely. This doubt was fueled by the lack of answers I was given by Christian leaders against the skeptical claims of the Jesus Seminar.[1] However, another element intensified the doubts that I possessed—Christian hypocrisy; that is to say, Christians who claimed to be devout but dismissed Christian teachings when it was convenient for them. Could I devote myself to something that held so many that refused to take its claims seriously?

I am not alone. In fact, one of the top-5 excuses given by those who do not want to attend church pertains to “those hypocritical Christians!” To make matters worse, the truthfulness of Christianity is often gauged by the behavior of its adherents. But is this a legitimate? Is the truthfulness of a movement based upon the actions of its adherents? As God brought me back to a strong faith which led me back into the ministry by apologetics, I learned that truth is transcendent. That is, truth exists beyond the scope of human opinions and/or actions. The truthfulness of any movement is found in four realms. It is within these realms that Christianity should be tested and not the actions of some of its so-called adherents.

1. Truth is transcendent in its reality.

Truth is not something that works for one person and not for another. Norman Geisler defines truth as that which “can be understood both from what it is and from what it is not” (Geisler 1999, 741). I really like the Greek term aletheia. It is the term that is translated as “truth.” Louw and Nida define the term as the following: “ἀλήθεια, ας f: the content of that which is true and thus in accordance with what actually happened—‘truth.’” (Louw and Nida 1996, 672). In other words, truth is defined as that which is in accordance to reality. Jesus uses the term aletheia when saying the “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).[2] In this one simple teaching, Jesus notes that truth exists, truth is knowable, and that truth is transformative. It can be demonstrated that Jesus is a historical person and that the New Testament is reliable. It can be demonstrated that God’s existence is a necessity. Thus, certain truths presented in the Bible can be supported by evidence. The reality of these truths transcends the bad behaviors of those claiming to be a Christian.

As this pertains to bad behavior with some of a movement’s adherents, one should note that truth transcends bad behavior. Allow me to illustrate…

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Our ‘Victimhood’ ‘Narcissitic’ Times in One Simple Photo

When society is filled with souls whose only validation lies outside themselves in friends or things or wealth, that society is sick with the disease of victimhood (no one is responsible for their own happiness) and narcissism (why don’t more people love me and what must I do to gain their love). Such is our society.

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The Unbiblical Actions, Message, & Statements of Pope Francis While in America
Someone asked me on Facebook what I think was a very sincere question. They wanted to know what the Pope has said thus far while in the US that is contrary to the Bible. Here is a partial list just off the top of my head. I would ask you to add to the list and let us see how much we can come up with together. Here is my quick list of what he has said or his actions, and ceremonies have promoted.
Click here to read the list:
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/unbiblical-actions-message-statements-pope-francis-while-america-0


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WVW-TV Presents: Former Catholic of 37 Years Responds to The Visit of Pope Francis to America & His Unbiblical Worldview
Former Catholic of 37 Years Responds to The Visit of Pope Francis to America & His Unbiblical Worldview. Why are so many people deceived by the message of the Pope and Church of Rome? Why will evangelical leaders praise the Pope and his false gospel? Is the Pope setting the stage for Bible prophecy to revealed with the rise of a false prophet and one-world leader? Former Catholic Mike Gendron answers these questions as he uses the Word of God as his supreme authority for discussing these topics. Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only at www.situationroom.net. Click here to watch now:
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/former-catholic-37-years-responds-visit-pope-francis-america-his-unbiblical-worldview


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Exclusive: Former Catholic Mike Gendron Calls Out the Pope For Not Preaching The Biblical Gospel One Time While in America
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/exclusive-former-catholic-mike-gendron-calls-out-pope-not-preaching-biblical-gospel-one


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Worldview Weekend Radio: (Part Two)
Former Catholic of 37 years, Mike Gendron, joins Brannon Howse for a second day to discuss the speech by Pope Francis before a join session of Congress. This is the first time a Pope has ever addressed a joint session of Congress. Jesuit, Pope Francis promoted the global governance of sustainable development, as well as praised Catholic Dorothy Day that used the term communitarianism many years ago. Communitarianism is the mixture of capitalism with socialism and that is certainly what sustainable development is all about that Pope Francis has been aggressively promoting all summer of 2015. Pope Francis also praised Catholic and mystic Buddhist Thomas Merton in his address before the U.S. Congress. Indeed the pope was hitting many of the major points of what will make up a coming global religious world government and leaders as Brannon and Mike have been writing and speaking about for many years. Pope Francis also promoted amnesty which really means the demise of Americas borders. So many things are discussed in this program that a description will not do it justice so we invite you to listen now. Topic: We take lots of questions from listeners.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-september-24-2015


Worldview Weekend Radio: (Part One)
Mike Gendron joins Brannon to discuss the arrival of Pope Francis in America. Why are so many thousands of people showing up to hear a man speak when most of them did not even know his name three years ago? What are the end time beliefs of Pope Francis and the Church of Rome? Do you know where the term hocus pocus came from and what connection does it have to Catholic Mass and the Eucharist? The Pope claims his trip is not political but pastoral and yet the Pope is pushing global warming and global government. How does the political, economic and religious worldview of Pope Francis fit in with what the Bible speaks of as part of the end times? Topic: We take many of your questions on these topics.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-september-23-2015


The Shocking Message Pope Francis Preached At New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Pope, the self-proclaimed “vicar of Christ”, preaching a message of the FAILURE OF JESUS on the cross.

“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)

Like many people, I missed the message that the Pope preached at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because it was not streamed live as far as I was aware. And honestly, I was much more interested from a prophecy perspective in what he was going to say to Washington and the United Nations. So I did not bother to take a peek and see what he preached at St. Patrick’s. When I did, I about fell off my chair.

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“We need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.

First of all, Pope Francis gave a shout-out to his “Muslim brothers and sisters” when he said this – “I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice.” In case he doesn’t know, Islam clearly teaches that their God, Allah, has no son. None at all. So for a Christian to be a spiritual brother or sister with a Muslim is impossible. The Qu’ran boldly declares that Allah has no son:

It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.”  Surah 19:35,36

Pope Francis has been wooing the Muslims into the Vatican tent for sometime now. In November of 2014, he prayed inside a Mosque in Istanbul, in December of 2014 Pope Francis defended Islam as a “religion of peace”, and just a few weeks ago issued the order for all Catholics in Europe to take in Muslim migrants to live with them in their homes.

But it didn’t stop there, not by a long shot. Pope Francis declared the work of Jesus on the cross to be a failure

Perhaps the most shocking, the most stunning words to ever come out of the Pope’s mouth had to do with him talking about the “failure of the Cross”. What?? It is because of Jesus on the cross, that we have salvation. It is because of the cross that we now have access to the Father and a FULL pardon for our sins. It is because of the cross that Heaven, and not Hell, is our destination. This is what he said:

“The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”

That was it, not another word. You would expect him to say something like “while it appeared to be a failure to His disciples, the cross was actually a victory…” or some such thing. I have heard that preached many times before in church. But the thing is, he didn’t say that. He just simply stated that the life of Jesus on the cross “ended in failure”, which is a complete and total lie. How he could just leave it there, in defeat, to declare the cross a FAILURE and not expound one, tiny bit more is beyond imagination. The Pope, the self-proclaimed “vicar of Christ”, preaching a message of the FAILURE OF JESUS on the cross. Honestly, words fail me at this moment. Truly.

What better way could Pope Francis end a “sermon” whose opening remarks call Christ-rejecting, Hell-bound Muslims our “brothers and sisters”, and whose main point is the “failure of Jesus on the cross”, than by praying to Mary and asking for her blessing:

“Dear brothers and sisters, in a few moments, we will sing the Magnificat. Let us commend to our lady the work we have been entrusted to do. Let us join her in thanking god for the great things he has done…”

You can click here to read the full transcript of this sermon from the pit of Hell, but honestly, why would you want to?


‘I Unite Myself’: ‘Pope’ Calls Muslims ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in Message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

(CN) — During a speech at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Thursday night, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis offered prayers for his Muslim “brothers and sisters” on the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice following word of a deadly stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

“I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters,” he began. “First, I send my greetings as they celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice [Eid al-Adha]. I would have my greeting to have been warmer. My sentiments are closeness.”

Students Nationwide Join in Prayer at School Flagpoles for ‘See You at the Pole’ Day

(CN) — Christian students across the nation and around the world gathered at their school flagpoles on Wednesday for the annual ‘See You at the Pole’ day, a student-led prayer event that has been a much-observed tradition for over 20 years.

“See You at the Pole” began in the town of Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, and has since spread to all 50 states and 20 countries worldwide, including Canada, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

Senate Fails to Pass 20-Week Abortion Ban

(CN) — The U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortion at 20 weeks and after, or five months gestation.

The Senate was unable to obtain the 60 votes needed to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, with a final vote of 54-42. The legislation was aimed at outlawing abortion at a point where the unborn child would feel pain in their death.

Consumers Vow to Avoid Doritos After Company Unveils ‘Gay Pride Rainbow Chips’

(CN) — The manufacturers of Doritos potato chips say they have “had an amazing response” to their homosexuality-celebrating Doritos Rainbows chips, but some consumers have promised to never buy Doritos products again because of the company’s support of sin.

The Doritos brand, a subsidiary of Frito-Lay, Inc., has announced in a press release that their company will be offering bags of limited edition, rainbow-colored potato chips. The purpose of the chips is “to celebrate and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the boldest, most colorful way possible,” according to the release.

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Pope’s speech troubling, Southern Baptists say

Some high profile Baptists, including Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had a lot to say about a Roman Catholic pope’s address to Congress….as a pastor, by the way, not as a political leader. Mohler makes an excellent point: “Well, let’s just state the obvious: No other pastor in the history of the United States of America has ever addressed a joint session of Congress.” So, why was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church invited to speak before Congress?

Baptist Press has the full report:

Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress proved troubling in both its lack of clarity on moral issues and in its church-state impropriety, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said.

The pope spoke to a joint session of Congress on Thursday (Sept. 24), becoming the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to address the U.S. legislative body. His speech came on the final day of a three-day visit to Washington, D.C., that featured a White House welcoming ceremony, a parade and a mass for the canonization of a Catholic saint.

http://www.bpnews.net/45555/popes-speech-troubling-southern-baptists-say

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Till we serve God we are idlers. However busy we may be we do nothing till we live for God. – Spurgeon



Federalism and SSM

i) The Constitution is silent on marriage. There’s no enumerated Constitutional right to homosexual marriage. After all, the Constitutional doesn’t even say heterosexual marriage is a Constitutional right.

According to the 9th and 10th amendments, that means any legal or civil right to marriage must be enacted at the state level:

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

For the Supreme Court to decree a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage violates Federalism. That falls outside the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. That’s a state issue.

ii) At best, the Supreme Court might strike down anti-miscegenation laws based on the 14th amendment. At least in that instance there’s a general Constitutional principle in play: the 14th amendment was designed to overrule state laws discriminating against blacks.

iii) Furthermore, even if a given state passed a statue legalizing homosexual marriage, it would have to include religious exemptions. For state and federal laws don’t nullify the first amendment. State and federal laws cannot violate the civil liberties accorded citizens in the first amendment. In case of conflict, the Bill of Rights takes precedence.

iv) That’s true for private citizens and public employees alike. Surrending your Constitutional rights is not a condition of gov’t employment.


WHI-1277 | Same-Sex Attraction

We are continuing our series on authority and identity in the Christian life on the White Horse Inn. This week we will be discussing what has become something of a firestorm in the Western world, the topic of sexuality. Freedom and liberty are now being radically re-defined. In this program we will be taking up the topic of same-sex attraction in light of these cultural changes.

What should we think about the issue of same-sex attraction? Is it essentially the same as being gay? How does the issue of sexual preference relate to our identity as Christians, and how are we to talk about our differences with others in a world that is increasingly accepting of homosexuality and same-sex marriage? On this program, Michael Horton discusses these issues with Sam Allberry, author of Is God Anti-Gay? Join us this week on another edition of the White Horse Inn.

HOST QUOTE
“We should expect, because of our theology that we will be impacted as Christians by many aspects of the Fall. It would be peculiar if everything else was tainted by sin except for our sexual desires. My understanding is that all of our sexual desires are tainted by sin. No one has sexual desires that are exclusively pleasing to Christ. And this is one manifestation of that, that we have desires for people of the same gender.
“I want to hold a couple of things in tension. James 1 helps me because it reminds me that when I experience any form of temptation, that is not something I can pin on somebody else. Those come from my own desires. That comes from within, that temptation. So, I do need to take ownership of it, but at the same time it is not as if I have chosen to experience that form of temptation. So, I would be uncomfortable with saying same-sex attraction is sin. It is form of temptation. The temptation comes from within my heart and therefore I am to resist the temptation, but I think we as Christians need to make a distinction between temptation and sin.”
– Sam Allberry
TERM TO LEARN
Sin as Condition
Sin is first of all a condition that is simultaneously judicial and moral, legal and relational. Accordingly, we sin because we are sinners rather than vice versa. Standing before God as transgressors in Adam, we exhibit our guilt and corruption in actual thoughts and actions.
Furthermore, we are both victims and perpetrators. There is no human being since the fall who is only victim; yet it is also true that every sinner is also sinned against. A particular act of sin may be (or include) the fault of someone else, but the sinful condition and the web of sinful actions and relationships that flow from it implicate us as well. It is true that we do not simply choose our vices, but are conditioned by the sinful structures to which our particular socio-cultural or familial contexts tend. Yet it is also true that we yield ourselves to these vices and are responsible for our own actions.
(Adapted from Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, pp. 427–28)

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Perkins: As Signs Thereof

Nothing within man, and nothing that man can do, either in nature, or by grace, concurreth to the act of justification before God, as any cause thereof, either efficient, material, formal, or final, but faith alone; all other gifts and graces, as hope, love, the fear of God, are necessary to salvation, as signs thereof, […]

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Goodwin: Salvation Is Through Faith Alone But Good Works Are A Necessary Consequence

God requires humiliation indeed afore, because men will not believe else; and he requires obedience after, as that which necessarily follows upon faith, so as a man cannot truly believe but it will follow, as heat follows light. Yet, upon believing, the bargain is struck up; and though faith be the great instrument, yet we […]

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W4YW: Volunteer Expectations, Anti-Women Dating, & How to Ruin a Meeting

Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Video of the Week

Social Media Turns Truth Into a Video Game, Russell Moore. An interesting illustration here. One of the dangers of social media is our tendency to de-personalize our opponents. The result, as Moore mentions here, is that our crusades for truth end up looking more and more like violent video games.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/138320537

Articles of the Week

Ten Things You Shouldn’t Expect from Your Volunteers, Ryan Holck. The church is, among other things, a volunteer organization. If the volunteers aren’t thriving in your church, you’re going to have major issues. Appropriate expectations will solve most of the issues you might encounter. So what should and shouldn’t we expect from our volunteers?

How the Dating Scene Became Stacked Against Women, Gina Dalfonzo. Dalfonzo takes a look at a recent statistical analysis of singleness in the U.S., which shows that there are far more single women than single men. The result, unsurprisingly, is that women seem to be competing more aggressively to land a guy…while the guys seem perfectly content to play the field. Both responses make sense in light of the data, but neither one reflects Christ.

A Country Without Churches, Dominic Bouck. Since the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in June, some public figures have called for churches in the U.S. to have their tax-exempt status removed. It bears mentioning that this seems unlikely in the near future. But Bouck points out specifically why removing church tax-exemptions would be a mistake—not just for churches, but for the country as a whole.

Seven Ways to Ruin a Meeting Before It Begins, The Time Management Ninja. Oh, you didn’t know there was such a thing as the “time management ninja?” Well, that’s very ninja-like of him, isn’t it? If you happen to be among the 0.01% of our population who enjoys tiresome meetings, this article isn’t for you. For everyone else: read this, do this, save us all some headaches.

On The Lighter Side

Reporter Makes Kid Cry, KTLA. In case you wanted a reason to be down on the press (they aren’t all bad), here’s a reporter asking what must be the most obviously foolish question of her career.

Wisdom For Your Weekend is presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from J.D. Greear. This is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”


This Week in Calvinism – September 25, 2015

  • Unlock God’s storehouse of grace.
  • Russell Moore discusses the difference between being offended and being persecuted.
  • Leighton Flowers joins Matt Slick on the Bible-Thumping Wingnut podcast.
  • James White on why he travels overseas to teach.

You Don’t Need Your Perfect Church Now

You Don’t Need Your Perfect Church NowMany worship leaders consider themselves artists. Translation: We are typically passionate, idealistic, opinionated, and sensitive.

We have specific ideas about how things should go and can let those preferences affect us deeply when things don’t go the way we hoped they would. While our convictions and zeal can be some of our greatest strengths, they can also set us up for a constant stream of frustration and dissatisfaction with the church.

And the potential for frustration with the church is by no means limited to worship leaders.

No Ideal Church

There is no ideal church. Churches are made up of and led by mere humans, finite and fallen. People are broken. You are broken. And this brokenness can lead to messiness and hurt.

We all want to “arrive” at our ideal church, whether it’s in ministry or as members. The problem is that it doesn’t exist. There may be a honeymoon phase when you arrive at a church, but before long, the conflicts and complications will arise.

Our great hope is not that someday we will arrive in this life at that perfect, ideal church. No, God has something much greater in mind. He wants to use those imperfect people, places, and positions to sanctify you toward the perfect image of his Son.

When We Are Weak

Paul knew how frustrating life and ministry can be. In 2 Corinthians 11, he speaks of all that he is suffering for the name of Jesus and the sake of the gospel, and after writing of all his beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, and constant dangers, he says that he has to endure the “daily pressure of his anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:28).

He recognized that it would be easy for him to boast in all the ways that God was using him. By all modern opinions, after all he had endured, he had certainly earned the right to settle into a comfortable position at one of the churches he had planted where he would be well thought of and well provided for.

And yet, he goes on to say that in spite of pleading with his Lord to stop the suffering, Jesus allowed it to continue in order to show the sufficiency of his grace and perfect his power in Paul’s weakness. Paul’s response is not to grumble and complain about it, but rather, he says,

I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9–10)

God at Work in the Madness

God is at work in your imperfect church, in your less-than-ideal situation. He is at work in your frustration and hurt. He is doing the work of making you more like Jesus, who was himself made complete through suffering (Hebrews 5:8–9).

Your imperfect church is God’s way of loving your idolatry out of you. He is showing you the fleeting, false hopes that are powerless to satisfy you. He is showing you all the things you are trusting in that will only let you down. And by his Holy Spirit, he is working to remove in you those things that are destroying your joy.

Are you constantly grumbling and complaining about your church? Look for the evidences of grace for which to thank God in your situation. Then make an honest assessment of how you are contributing to the frustration. Unrealistic expectations? Sinful elitism? Feeling that you have already arrived and don’t need people giving you any advice? Now is always the time to repent and believe the gospel.

Are you always discontent, waiting on the next big thing, dreaming about some ideal church you haven’t yet found? Take time to praise God for what he is doing now. Then ask yourself why you struggle so much with contentment. Even if you got what you wanted, chances are you likely will still be looking for the next thing. Learn to be satisfied in Christ and then water where you are currently planted.

You’re Not as Good as You Think

Finally, ask yourself where you need to grow. None of us is as good as we think. Take inventory of your gifts. Ask wise council for honest feedback, and try to listen without getting offended. Don’t ask those who are just going to tell you what you want to hear, but those you know will shoot you straight. Sometimes the most thankful and contented people in the world simply lack the skills for certain roles of service. Find out where you can improve and do the hard work required to grow.

Whatever the reason God has you where you are right now, do not despise it. Embrace it as a gift from him. Even if everything seems senseless and you feel like you’re wasting your time, your wise and loving Savior is never clocked out or away on vacation. He is at work in and through you, shaping and sanctifying you until the day he returns. He is at work in your weakness, waiting to display his strength in ways that would never happen if he just gave you the perfect church.


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Russell Moore Calls for Evangelicals to Dump Trump

Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, is calling on evangelicals to abandon their support for Donald Trump as presidential candidate.

Trump is in the lead among Evangelical voters according to an ABC and Washington Post poll. Last week, Moore wrote an article for The New York Times titled, “Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?”

Here are seven quotes from Moore’s article that will make you think about the cost of a vote for Trump:

1. “Donald J. Trump stands astride the polls in the Republican presidential race, beating all comers in virtually every demographic of the primary electorate. Most illogical is his support from evangelicals and other social conservatives. To back Mr. Trump, these voters must repudiate everything they believe.”

2. “Mr. Trump tells us “nothing beats the Bible,” and once said to an audience that he knows how Billy Graham feels. He says of evangelicals: “I love them. They love me.” And yet, he regularly ridicules evangelicals, with almost as much glee as he does Hispanics.”

3. “In a time when racial tensions run high across the country, Mr. Trump incites division, with slurs against Hispanic immigrants and with protectionist jargon that preys on turning economic insecurity into ugly “us versus them” identity politics.”

4. “His personal morality is clear, not because of tabloid exposés but because of his own boasts. His attitude toward women is that of a Bronze Age warlord. He tells us in one of his books that he revels in the fact that he gets to sleep with some of the ‘top women in the world.’ He has divorced two wives (so far) for other women.”

5. In recent years, he has suggested that evangelical missionaries not be treated in the United States for Ebola, since they chose to go overseas in the first place.

6. In a time when racial tensions run high across the country, Mr. Trump incites division, with slurs against Hispanic immigrants and with protectionist jargon that preys on turning economic insecurity into ugly “us versus them” identity politics. When evangelicals should be leading the way on racial reconciliation, as the Bible tells us to, are we really ready to trade unity with our black and brown brothers and sisters for this angry politician?

7. “Jesus taught his disciples to ‘count the cost’ of following him,” Moore writes. “We should know, he said, where we’re going and what we’re leaving behind. We should also count the cost of following Donald Trump. To do so would mean that we’ve decided to join the other side of the culture war, that image and celebrity and money and power and social Darwinist ‘winning’ trump the conservation of moral principles and a just society. We ought to listen, to get past the boisterous confidence and the television lights and the waving arms and hear just whose speech we’re applauding.”

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Injury Interrupted My Idolatry

Injury Interrupted My IdolatryIf you struggle to believe God loves you, and God just keeps bringing trials into your life, don’t panic. They’re more related than you realize.

I hobbled on one crutch to grip my cell phone from my back pocket. I was a starter for the New York Knicks and then the Toronto Raptors. And then I got injured, and then injured again, and then injured again. An elbow, a hand, a hip — an unholy trinity that slowly, progressively, and painfully dragged away my ability to play basketball for several seasons. My dream, my deepest desire, my identity were all suddenly in danger. It felt like life had been written in dry-erase marker, and God came and smudged what had been clear before. Once a star basketball player in Madison Square Garden, and now through three years of unplanned, unwanted physical issues, in my house straining just to check my phone.

John Piper’s tweet grabbed my attention: “NFL player Garrett Gilkey blew out his knee last night. He writes about God’s ‘grand and glorious sovereignty.’” Click. Like a rescue worker down in a sunken-in mine, God seized my soul from the death of sin and despair.

What Is God Doing?

I’ve never struggled to believe in God. But I’ve lived a lot of my life as a person who believes in God, but lives as if he doesn’t exist. I already had a “gospel” of my own — the promise that love and wealth are the world’s to give to the popular and gifted. I didn’t need to trust God, because I already trusted another god: the NBA.

Three years ago, Christ slowly started to change all of that. God gave me a gift through multiple season-ending injuries. In the same way that God gifted Garrett joy through his suffering, God gifted me faith through my suffering.

That’s how God works. He never wastes a drop of pain. If you’re in the midst of suffering — especially if it’s long-term, complex, or confusing — here are three gifts of faith that grow out of suffering in ways that will last (1 Corinthians 3:15).

A True Faith

Through suffering, God molds in us “godly sorrow that brings repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Godly sorrow is the funeral that God puts on for our idols. God lets us feel the pain of loss so that we can experience the joy of him carrying our burdens (Matthew 11:30).

Suffering is the hook that God uses to bring us back to himself, collapsed and tired from slaving for sin, which Jonathan Edwards calls our “cruel task-master, which oppresses and chastises.” It’s the earthquake that exposes idols and dethrones sin in our hearts. When I was playing for the Knicks, I knew God existed and disapproved of the life I was living (overindulging in alcohol and sexual promiscuity), but I preached a gospel of cheap grace to make myself feel better. With the injuries, God exposed that I was relying on something other than grace painted to look like grace — a cheap grace that was as useful for my suffering as a cardboard cutout of Jesus.

When the injuries came, I started reading Scripture. I had the odd, unsettling thought, “I don’t think I’m really saved.” I read in James, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). My casual Christianity needed to be told, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder!” (James 2:19).

God dims the light of our life with suffering, so that our hearts embrace a grace that really sustains. Suffering is a time to mourn the loss of that which could never save.

A Better Hope

Like a meticulous watchmaker, God folded true faith into me through the creases of suffering, through all of the injuries, the waiting, and the disappointment. Not all at once, but day after day, over the course of years, God brought new clarity. The joy that God gives in suffering is a game-changer. It changes pain. It drastically transforms the first sixty seconds of your day. It course-corrects the next sixty years of your life.

My three years (and counting) of injuries have given me a chance to see just how much basketball was my gospel. By God’s grace, he’s transforming me into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). My suffering made me ask, “Why would I put all my joy, hope, and future in something that won’t last?” The only thing that lasts in this life is Christ. I started putting all my joy, hope, and life in God’s hands.

A Humble Heart

I call my first season of injuries, “The Wilderness.” Three years ago, I was getting injured on the court. And off the court, my girlfriend became pregnant. By God’s grace, now she’s my wife, but we had only been dating for a few months at the time. At the time, I didn’t know what to do.

God has made life harder for me than I ever would have chosen for myself. And he has made life happier for me than I ever could have chosen for myself as a selfish, short-minded sinner.

Through suffering, God gives us humility. When I first started getting injured, I prayed, “God, leave it up to me, and leave me alone.” Now, I pray, “Thank you, Lord, for doing this and driving me back to you.” Suffering magnifies Christ to me, and in me, and through me. I’m thankful for my injured elbow, hand, and hip, because they make me depend on God in a way that I never would have without them.

The Blessing of Brokenness

Suffering is beautiful because it sets us free. Now, my wife is a believer. We’re raising our son to love Jesus. God’s continuing his work on my heart through the latest hip surgery. My faith is in a God who is sovereign, who is sanctifying me, and who gives me the gift of himself through sufferings and joys in this life.

Suffering has made the gospel real to me. And God will use suffering to make the gospel real to you too. If you’re going through something painful or difficult, it doesn’t mean that God isn’t paying attention or doesn’t care. It means God wants to win you to true faith in him, a better hope in his salvation, and deep humility and joy in his grace.


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5 Ways to Porn-Proof Your Mind and Marriage

When I was a kid, porn was coming of age. Our neighbor’s father had a subscription to Playboy magazine. The magazines were available any time at their home. I knew that looking at those pictures wasn’t in line with my faith and Christian living, but I found them very “interesting.”

Over the last six months I have received three Facebook messages about friends’ marriages in crisis and near divorce. In two of the three cases, the cause is sexual infidelity. In one of those, pornography played a major part in the infidelity. I suspect the same might be the case in the other two.

Another personal friend’s porn addiction led to looking at illegal materials that resulted in his arrest and charges that nearly landed him in prison.

Seems like pornography isn’t the victimless diversion some claim it is.

Perhaps you know someone caught in the trap of pornography. Perhaps you are one of those people. My heart goes out to all caught in the porn trap.

How have I escaped the trap of porn? In a nutshell, it’s God’s grace. In addition, there are also some practical things I’ve learned and practiced that have helped me porn-proof my mind and marriage.

So I’d like to share some ideas that have helped me porn-proof my mind and marriage:


01. Don’t Toy With Temptation

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV)

All pornographic habits and addictions begin with “innocent” dabbling in explicit materials.

It’s easier than ever to play with porn. You used to have to find a magazine somewhere or go somewhere public to acquire naughty photos. Now the material is available on ubiquitous electronic devices.

Recently, I heard of an employee who was looking at explicit material in his cubicle on work time, using the company’s computer. He was observed by someone walking by and warned once, but couldn’t stop. The second time he was terminated from his job. He was a part-time pastor on the side.

Everybody likes to think, “I would never do that.” But the fact is that we don’t know how low we might go until it is too late.

What does God say? He says to “flee.” Don’t toy with temptation; flee from it.

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What the Enemy Wants in Your Life

Let me get right to the point: the devil wants to hinder your worship of God this weekend, so he will work to distract and deceive you. The Apostle Paul, though, reminded us that we are not ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11); in fact, we wrestle against Satan and his forces (Eph. 6:12). Peter also told us that the enemy seeks to devour us (1 Pet. 5:8).

Below is a simple way to remember what the enemy does – and to evaluate where he might be working in your life. Review this list, confess your weak areas, and turn again to Christ as you prepare for worship this weekend.

He wants us to:

  1. Mess up in sin.  If he can deceive us and then lead us to hide like Adam and Eve did (Gen. 3:8), he’s at least temporarily won. Sin harms our relationship with God, blocks our prayer, and robs us of joy.  The enemy delights in the sinful secrets of our lives.
  2. Give up the fight. Perhaps you hear his voice today: “Why should you keep following a God who’s letting these things happen to you? Why not just give up?”  Job heard similar words from his own grieving wife when their world fell apart (Job 2:9), but still he worshiped God (Job 1:20, 2:10).
  3. Get puffed up with pride. This problem is at the core of the rest of these problems (Prov. 16:18). We make ourselves our own God, set our own rules, and walk our own path. Then, we also think we can handle our spiritual battles. All of these are nothing less than idolatry of the self.
  4. Muck up the gospel.  The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16), so the enemy plants false teachers in the church (2 Cor. 11:13-15).  He often does so slyly, subtly invading the church rather than blatantly elevating his own teachers. They may look and sound good, but they are “deceitful workers” among the people of God.
  5. Split up our relationships. This strategy is hardly new. The enemy enticed Adam to turn on Eve in the Garden of Eden (blaming her for their sin in Gen. 3:12), and he then turned brother against brother in Genesis 4:1-16. It’s no wonder Jesus prayed so many times that His followers would be one (John 17).
  6. Shut up rather than tell the gospel.  God has given us one plan to reach our neighbors and the nations: believers are to tell the gospel and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20, Rom. 10:9-17).  If we never get around to proclaiming the good news, a lost world remains in the enemy’s kingdom.

Where is the enemy winning in your life? In the life of your church? Let us know in the comments section how we might pray for you and your church family as you prepare for worship this weekend.


Debate Video: William Lane Craig vs. Marcus Borg- “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?”


Links I like (weekend edition)

Kindle deals for Christian readers

How to Read the Bible and Do Theology Well

Don Carson:

Trying to make sense of parts of the Bible and of the Bible as a whole can be challenging. What kind of study should be involved when any serious reader of the Bible tries to make sense of the Bible as a whole? Appropriate study involves several basic interdependent disciplines, of which five are mentioned here: careful reading, biblical theology (BT), historical theology (HT), systematic theology (ST), and pastoral theology (PT). What follows looks at each of these individually and shows how they interrelate—and how they are more than merely intellectual exercises.

The Difference Between Being Offended and Being Persecuted

Russell Moore:

Several years ago, I was flipping through magazines on an airplane when I came across a couple of pages that spiked my blood pressure. A beer advertisement was tagged with the headline, “Silent Nights Are Overrated.” A few minutes later, in a second publication, there was an advertisement for an outdoor grill which read: “Who Says It’s Better to Give Than to Receive?” My first reaction was a personal, if not tribal, offense. “Would they advertise in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan with the line ‘Fasting Is Overrated,’” I fumed, “or by asking in India, ‘Who Says Everything Is One with the Universe?” I was missing the point.

Why Being a Pastor-Scholar Is Nearly Impossible

Andrew Wilson:

But how feasible is it to be both a scholar and a pastor? I suspect many of us know individuals who, by aiming to be both a pastor and a scholar, have ended up being neither. More commonly, some aspire to be both equally, but indicate by their speech and actions—let alone by their weekly timetables—that they major in one and minor in the other.

Why I Always Feel Depressed on My Birthday

David Qaoud reflecting on his birthday (which is today, so be sure to wish him a happy one on Twitter).

The Undercurrent of Temptation in Ministry

Christine Hoover:

There are many around me who are suffering right now, and several are so close by that I am vicariously suffering too. How painful it is to see sin bear its fruit, how disheartening to encounter the stark reality of brokenness, how difficult to watch others suffer!

As a friend to the sufferers, I also recognize a tug of temptation, and this is where I must be careful.


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Weekend A La Carte (September 26)

It would be difficult for me to explain just what a blessing it has been to spend time with the Christians here in Dominican Republic, and especially at Iglesia Bautista Internacional. Sadly, I have to make my way home today. But I sure hope I can return in the future. God is at work here and it is a joy to see.

Injury Interrupted My Idolatry

Landry Fields: “I hobbled on one crutch to grip my cell phone from my back pocket. I was a starter for the New York Knicks and then the Toronto Raptors. And then I got injured, and then injured again, and then injured again.”

Why We Need the New Battle for the Bible

Mark Galli reminds us “It’s time to turn to Scripture as our final authority.”

What Happens Next Will Amaze You

This article probably goes on for too long, but the first half or so is a fascinating look at the state of Internet security and what happens with all the data you leave behind.

From Antichrist to Brother in Christ

Lifeway reveals the results of a poll in which they asked Protestant pastors for their view of Pope Francis. More than half say Pope Francis is their brother in Christ. (Note: Here are some comments Al Mohler made on CNN.)

This Day in 1861. “A fast day is observed in the northern United States by order of President Abraham Lincoln.” *

Blood Moons and Biblical Discernment

Should we be concerned about the pattern of blood moons that so many people are all worked up about? No. This article tells why.

It Can Wait

This powerful little video is meant to convince you not to text while you drive. I’d say it’s quite effective.

Finally, thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week with an article for pastors called “Dry and Stale?


Notable Voices: September 26, 2015

Five Keys to Avoiding Conflict with Church Members — Church Answers

In this video, I cover five keys to avoiding conflict with church members and introduce a new level of our Church Answers program. For more information or to subscribe, click here.

 


You Are Wasting Your Weekly Staff Meeting if… — Eric Geiger

Staff meetings can be extremely helpful and informative when used correctly. When they are not, they waste everyone’s time. Don’t waste your staff meeting.


How Social Media Can Hurt Your Church — Darrel Girardier

LiAs it is with church websites, a bad church social media presence can be worse than no presence at all. Darrel provides five ways that your church can avoid a harmful social media presence.


Why Most Sermons Fail in the First 5 Minutes — Nicholas McDonald

Nicholas shares three things to avoid and three things to do in the first five minutes to help your listeners better engage with your sermon.


How Do I Define Success as a Pastor? — Mike Leake

In a recent interview, David Platt was asked how he defines a successful missionary. His answer was “faithfulness.” Mike echoes that response in his definition of a successful pastor.


20 Common Ways We Make Bad Decisions — Daily Infographic

Leaders have to make decisions. Don’t let these influence you to make poor decisions.

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Christian Headlines Daily – Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Top Headlines

Pope Doesn’t Mention Jesus in Speech to Congress

Donald Trump Looks to Evangelical Voters for Support

Persecuted Chinese Lawyer Kidnapped Again

TLC to Feature Duggar Sisters in New Programs

Pope Francis to Congress: ‘Stop Fighting, Start Working!’

Court Ruling in Argentina Spurs Prosecution of Aggression against Church

Selena Gomez Reveals Favorite Christian Singer

Mike Huckabee Says Obama ‘Pretends to be a Christian’

Doctors in Quebec Told They Must Perform Euthanasia

Syria: Martyrdom, or Live to ‘Fight’ Another Day

Opinion

The Power of a Poem: Hannah More and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Shout Your Abortion or Share Your Faith?

Cherry-Picking Pope Francis

How to Talk about Physician-Assisted Suicide

Is China the Greatest Threat to America?


09/27/15 Praying on the Way

READING: Nehemiah 6-7

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  The book of Nehemiah is about God’s amazing hand on His people, leading them to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem in 52 days — a task that only God could accomplish (Neh. 6:15-16). At the same time, it’s also a book that describes the enemies of God’s people attempting to thwart that task. In today’s readings, three attempts are made to discourage Nehemiah, but he would not be distracted from the work at hand.

What we see Nehemiah doing instead is pushing forward while also seeking God’s help through prayer. Such prayers occur throughout this book, with several taking place in the chapters we’ve already read together:

Neh. 1:4-11  Please, Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to that of Your servants who delight to revere Your name. (v. 11)

Neh. 2:4-5a  Then the king asked me, “What is your request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven and answered the king.

Neh. 4:4-5  Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity. Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders. 

Neh. 5:19  Remember me favorably, my God, for all that I have done for this people.

Neh. 6:9  But now, my God, strengthen me.

Neh. 6:14  My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat for what they have done, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the other prophets who wanted to intimidate me.

What’s striking to me is that these prayers almost seem like interruptions in the story line. Most are short, to the point, and honest. They seem to just “show up” in the chapters, sometimes with little introduction.

They’re really not interruptions, though; they’re simply reflections of the heart of a man for whom prayer is in his DNA. Nehemiah prays regularly and naturally, without pretense.

That’s the kind of prayer warrior I want to be.

PRAYER: “God, please make me that kind of man of prayer. May prayer simply fall from my lips, unhindered by sin and focused only on You and Your will.”


09/26/15 Broken over Brokenness

READING: Nehemiah 1-5

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  I wonder how much I care about wayward people. I know I grieve when I see one of God’s followers go astray, and I’ve wept over the ruins of a life once lived for God but now turned away. I realize I have painful memories of watching people I love slide slowly into the pit. It’s tough to watch, especially when you can’t stop another person’s slide. But still I wonder if I come even close to grasping Nehemiah’s pain as he considered the broken walls of Jerusalem and the sin of God’s people.

1. He mourned, fasted, and prayed for days: “When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4).

2. He confessed his own sin and the sin of his people: “I confess the sins we have committed against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned” (Neh. 1:6b).

3. Even his countenance gave away his grief: “so the king said to me, ‘Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but depression’” (Neh. 2:2).

4. He took the risk to get involved to fix the problem: “I was overwhelmed with fear and replied to the king, ‘May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed by fire?’ Then the king asked me, ‘What is your request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven and answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried, so that I may rebuild it’” (Neh. 2:2b-5).

I’ve hurt when others hurt, but only once have I so grieved another’s sin that all I could do was weep, pray, fast, confess, and take risks to get involved. That response came because I deeply loved the young man who made sinful choices. I confess, though, that in many other cases I’ve spoken of “grief” — but it was not grief that led to my brokenness and action.

I suspect that we get involved to address such problems only when we truly love others and genuinely grieve the consequences of their sin. Unless I first anguish over another man’s sinful choices and their results, I doubt I would take many risks to repair the problem.

PRAYER: “God, break my heart over lives broken by sin. Move me to tears and then to action — all the while reminding me to confess my own sin.”


Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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.

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

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

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

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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September 26-27, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 9/27/2015

Most U.S. Muslims would trade Constitution for Shariah
…According to a local newspaper report, Omar Ahmad, a founder of CAIR, told a conference hall packed with California Muslims in July 1998 that Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. …A poll…in May 2015 by the Center for Security Policy showed that 51 percent of American Muslims preferred that they should have their own Shariah courts outside of the legal system ruled by the U.S. Constitution.

IS conflict: France launches air strikes in Syria
France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the president’s office says. French planes had hit targets identified during reconnaissance missions over the past fortnight, the statement said, without giving details. The French prime minister said the strikes had hit IS “sanctuaries where those who attack France are trained”.

China pledges $2bn for developing world
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to establish a $2bn (£1.3bn) fund to assist developing countries and to significantly increase investment. Addressing a UN summit on development goals, Mr Xi said investment would reach $12bn over the next 15 years. He also said China would cancel debts to the world’s least developed nations, including small island nations.

CAR clashes in Bangui after Muslim taxi driver killed
Deadly clashes broke out in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), after a Muslim motorbike taxi driver was killed. About 20 people have been killed with at least 100 others wounded in the violence. UN peacekeepers took up positions as the fighting spread from the city’s only Muslim neighbourhood to an area where many Christians reside.

US support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded US support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying US-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington. In an interview with US networks recorded ahead of a meeting with US President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.

Iran vows legal action against Saudi after hajj disaster
Iran on Saturday vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed at least 769 people, including 136 Iranians, and has led to an escalation of tensions between the regional archrivals.

The U.N.‘s Parade of Dictators
Today, the U.N. is increasingly becoming a clubhouse for a rising new axis of dictators. In its menu of privileges for member states, the U.N. does not distinguish between democracies and dictatorships.

Pope Francis giving our children away to the soul-less UN
In all the hoopla of his celebrated first historic visit to America, Pope Francis as President Barack Obama’s latest booster must have started his adulation long before taking his first step on American soil. Borrowing the words of Julius Caesar, “Veni, vidi, vici”, Pope Francis came, he saw and he complained-repeatedly—-about the many ills he attributes to America. Indeed, when it comes to blaming America, the Pope and the president sing from the same choir book.

Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan
Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes. In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United States. “Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade,” the CDC reported.

Russia builds up Syria airbase as US policy suffers setback
Moscow pressed its military buildup at a new airbase in Syria Saturday, as Washington admitted rebels it trained surrendered ammunition and equipment to Al-Qaeda in a fresh US policy setback.

The Trump Phenomenon
As much as many of us may have missed it, there is, as far as I am concerned, a true nonpareil phenomenon taking place right before our very eyes in this running for the republican presidential candidacy deal, and I am not referring specifically to the uniquely crowded field of contenders, now in the hunt for the nomination.

Barack Obama – The Best Friend of America’s Muslim Enemies
America is in a fight for her life. This fight is made more difficult by the fact that our so-called President gives every appearance of being on the other side.


Top Headlines – 9/27/2015

Germany’s Merkel says U.N. Security Council must be reformed

Iran’s Rouhani meets Ban at the United Nations in NY

At UN, Iran’s Rouhani calls for investigation into deadly haj crush

Iran to buy $21 billion in Russian space equipment and aircraft

Nasrallah: Failure of US-led campaign against ISIS led to Russian involvement in Syria

In meeting with Iran’s Zarif, Kerry says sees chance for Syria progress

France says Assad has no role in Syria’s future

Ceasefire broken in northwestern Syria as rebels blame government

Stray projectile from Syria explodes in Golan, no injuries

Two Egyptians killed in terror attack in North Sinai

Morden mosque fire: 70 firefighters tackle blaze

Judge Nap says potential fraud if kid’s clock was ‘purposeful hoax’; electronics experts weigh in

Hundreds of deported mentally ill immigrants could return to U.S., judge rules

How the American government is trying to control what you think

Facebook founder calls for universal Internet to help cure global ills

‘What Is That?’ NH Man Spots Mysterious Flying Object

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse of 2015: Viewing Maps for the Blood Moon

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Palimbang, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Havelu, Tonga

Telica volcano in Nicaragua erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Singapore shuts down due to smoke from Indonesian wildfires and earthquake

Divided polygamous towns unite at memorial for Utah flood victims

Fairbanks, Alaska’s First Measurable Snow of the Season is Their Heaviest September Snow in 23 Years

Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday

Climate Change Evident As Early As The 1940s: Study

Who funds the trillion dollar plan of the U.N.’s new global goals?

Thousands join Irish march for easing abortion law


Top News – 9/26/2015

Good Old Yogi Berra : “It ain’t over till it’s over” i.e. Tetrad 2 More Days
Oh say it ain’t so. What else can I possibly EVER again say anything regarding our Lord’s Epic Biblical Blood Moons (BBMs). His prophetic Window closes in 2 more days on the Eve of Tabernacles. Is it even worth to say the countdown clock anymore regarding more omens spewing our of this most unprecedented TETRAD. OK, one last time forever and forever : We are now 99.6% completed until our Almighty God closes this most magnificent Heavenly Sign Window of the ages, probably 2nd only to the Star of Bethlehem….

How Much Closer Are We Now?
We hear so much about “converging signs” today. The Bible speaks about end-time signs that will increase like birth pangs near the end. I think we have passed the birth pang process, frankly.

Ben Carson: Darwin’s Evolution Theory ‘Was Encouraged by the Adversary,’ Satan
“A lot of people believe in God,” said Carson, “but I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary [Satan].” “And it has become what is scientifically politically correct,” he said. “Amazingly, there are a significant number of scientists who do not believe it but they’re afraid to say anything.”

PUTIN goes to WAR against ISIS: Stop dithering and FIGHT, Russian leader tells West
The superpower has brought in 28 fighter aircraft and thousands of soldiers to the war-torn Middle East country to support the Assad regime. That puts Russia in direct opposition to a US-led coalition which has brought military action against the Syrian government.

The Shocking Message Pope Francis Preached At New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral
“The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”

Government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over
The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state.

SUPERMOON ECLIPSE
This weekend’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. And it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, turning the lunar disk a coppery shade of red.

Singapore shuts down due to smoke from Indonesian wildfires and earthquake
Wildfires continue to rage out of control in the Sumatra and Kalimantan regions of Indonesia and the resulting clouds of smoke have been engulfing nearby regions including the city of Singapore. The city has become so engulfed in smoke that the haze makes it almost impossible to see as air qualities levels there soar into the hazardous range.

6.2 quake, aftershocks strike central Chile
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a coastal region in central Chile, US Geological Survey reports. It comes amid frequent aftershocks following a strong 8.3 quake last week.

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia; 39 injured
People were woken up and ran screaming out of their homes when the 6.6-magnitude undersea quake struck in the Papua region at about 1 a.m. (local timer), not far from the coastal city of Sorong.

Earthquake jolts India’s Assam and Bhutan
An earthquake of moderate intensity rocked Assam and neighbouring country Bhutan on Friday night. Measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale, the quake had its epicenter in Darrang district of Assam and had struck around 10:27 pm.

Rare 3,000-year-old seal from King David era found
A rare 3,000 year-old seal dating to the period of kings David and Solomon of the 10th century BCE was recently discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem.

‘Blood Moon’ seen as sign of end times by some Mormons
A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

Donald Trump: Let Russia fight the Islamic State in Syria
Donald Trump accused his Republican presidential rivals on Friday night of wanting to “start World War III over Syria,” and suggested that the United States should instead let Russia deal with the problem.

Chinese Government Runs Circles Around Obama
WASHINGTON — President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to announce an agreement today by which China will create a cap-and-trade system to address climate change. While some are calling this a “landmark commitment,” in reality it is just more of the same: good PR for China, but a bad deal for the US.

Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda
Socialism and communism. But they would rather call it “sustainable development,” in order to confuse people about how the American way of life is being targeted for extinction.

Pope Francis’s Progressive UN Speech Avoids Confronting Islamic Jihad
Christians and other religious minorities are suffering genocide in the Middle East and parts of Africa directly as a result of Islamic jihad. They cannot afford to worry about the effects of climate change. They are in a daily battle for their lives

Trump exposes Fox News bias against Conservatives
The problem is that Fox News, while not a liberal network, is unfriendly to true conservatives. For example, most Fox News hosts are either moderate or downright liberal.


Top Headlines – 9/26/2015

Erekat: Netanyahu to be held responsible for crimes under new open-fire rules

Netanyahu urges Muslims: ‘Don’t be led astray by anti-Israel incitement’

Netanyahu’s Greetings and Warnings for Eid Al-Adha

Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

‘The EU must ban all products from Israel’

Gantz takes veiled shot at Netanyahu, decries ‘hysteria’ over Iran deal

At UN, Pope Francis Praises Iran Nuclear Deal

‘Still a long way to travel’ before normalizing US-Iran ties, Rouhani says

US to make new diplomatic push on Syria, talk to Iran

American trained rebels gave equipment to al-Qaida Syria affiliate

Hezbollah welcomes Russian buildup in Syria, says US has failed

UK’s Hammond says Russia’s build-up in Syria reinforces Assad

German Reporter Reveals ISIS Plans ‘Nuclear Tsunami’

Downsize UN role in refugee crises, US relief agency suggests

Germany says nearly a third of asylum seekers claiming to be Syrian from elsewhere

Donald Trump: Let Russia fight the Islamic State in Syria

Russian vetoes are putting UN security council’s legitimacy at risk, says US

US welcomes Saudi Arabia’s leadership role on UNHRC advisory group

‘Death to the Saudi dynasty,’ Iranians chant as anger rises over hajj stampede

Mombasa ship: UN weapons seized by Kenya ‘not illegal’

Egypt says police killed militants who attacked Italian consulate

Catalonia to vote in fierce independence row with Spain

Ukraine crisis: Rebels order UN agencies to leave Luhansk

The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

Debt Up $3,968,445,855,460.28 Under Boehner’s Spending Deals; $26,627.43 Per Worker

Bill Gross: Americans are being “cooked alive” by the Fed’s zero interest rates

Gavel Battle: Boehner resignation sparks House leadership scramble

CNN to Live Stream Democratic Debate In Virtual Reality

US government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over

Sources: State Dept. finds more Clinton emails relating to Libya, Benghazi

China says to improve terror intelligence cooperation with US

Rare Supermoon Eclipse Comes Sunday; Will Not Occur Again Until 2033

‘Blood Moon’ seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Anatahan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Shizunai, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chagos Archipelago region

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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“To undo the supposed evils of Capitalism, intellectualism, and creative economic destruction would be to undo the entire network of interactions that currently feeds and educates [seven billion people]. This would leave Pope Francis with the choice of having about ½ of that world die, or having about 1/3 of it enslaved and utterly despoiled to feed the rest. Is this a Hobson’s choice that any believing Christian would feel good about making? In essence, Pope Francis’ theology is the theology of failure. It fails to make the vital distinction between humility in lifestyle and degradation of being.” —RedState’s Repair_Man_Jack


Poll: Most U.S. Muslims would trade Constitution for Shariah

But what do American Muslims believe?

The Council on America-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which has been most vocal in its calls for Carson’s withdrawal from the GOP presidential race, claims to speak for American Muslims. The organization has a long history of ties to terrorists, as documented by WND’s “Rogues gallery of terror-tied leaders,” but it is still treated by most U.S. media as the Muslim equivalent of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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WorldNetDaily: “Obama Administration Enables ‘Boy Play’” – Child Molestation Overlooked by U.S. Government

By Matt Barber WorldNetDaily God help us. Here’s what America’s newly homosexualized, “values neutral” military looks like. Last week, in a strange fit of actual news reporting, the New York Times published an exposé revealing that, under this Obama administration, the Department of Defense is not only permitting the homosexual abuse of little boys at […]

‘We are racing to judgment’

Jonathan Cahn Addresses Values Voters

However, Cahn assured the audience America is not without hope. He pointed out in the late 1970s, America was in a low place, with a sluggish economy and shattered prestige around the world. But then believers gathered together on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol to pray for the release of America’s hostages in Iran and for a leader who would do God’s will. Months later, Ronald Reagan was swept into office and began to restore America.

“God was answering the prayers of His people,” Cahn declared. “It’s not that prayers have to follow [elections], elections can actually follow prayers. The hand of God is greater than all powers, than all problems.”

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The words the pope did not say to Congress

Pope Francis became the first pope in history to address a joint session of the Congress of the United States. He had the eyes and ears of America – and the eyes and ears of much of the world. He was given a huge platform, pulpit and microphone. So what did he say? Let me begin with what he did not say – it is frightening and telling. I used a word-search engine on the transcript of the pope’s speech, and here is what I discovered.

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NYC Schools Close for Muslim Holiday for First Time

New York City public schools were closed yesterday to observe a Muslim holiday for the first time, reports the Daily Caller.

New York City is now the largest school district in the nation to recognize two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, on the official school calendar. Its schools serve 1.1 million students, and Muslim students represent nearly 10 percent of the overall public school enrollment, the Mayor’s office says. The last time Eid al-Adha fell on an instructional day, 36 percent of students were absent.

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Memo to Ayatollah Khamenei: Israel Wins

Take a brief tour through the past 3500 years of world history. Pharoah, absolute ruler of Egypt, the most powerful world empire of the day. The Philistines. The Assyrians. The Babylonians. Haman, Prime Minister of the mighty Persian Empire. The Greeks. The Romans. The Ottomans. The Nazis.

Notice a pattern here? All of these individuals, empires and nations have two things in common: they all attacked and oppressed Israel and the Jewish people. And they all eventually vanished from the face of the earth. That’s quite a track record.

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Obama’s Muslim Identity

So what reason is there to believe that Obama is a Christian just because he says so? He doesn’t act or talk like a Christian, and he doesn’t go to church very often. Instead, he acts and talks like a Muslim. Obama acknowledges in Dreams from My Father that his grandfather was a Muslim (page 104) and that he spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia studying the Koran (page 154).

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Ayatollah says Muslim responsibility is to shatter U.S., the ‘idol of tyranny’

According to the Christian Examiner:

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with the ink barely dry on the nuclear deal between his country, the United States and its allies, has issued a “call” for Muslims to help destroy the “idol of tyranny” – America.

In a letter celebrating the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca, known as the Hajj, Khamenei said the Hajj was a source of renewal for Muslims and it will help them shatter the idols in their lives – “the idol of the soul, the idol of pride, the idol of sexual lust; the idol of tyranny and subservience; the idol of global tyranny [i.e., the U.S.]’ the idol of sloth and irresponsibility; and the other idols that shame the precious human soul – a plan that will spring forth from the depths of the heart will shatter them. Then, liberty, honor, and health will replace dependence, hardship, and humiliation.”

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/ayatollah.says.muslim.responsibility.is.to.shatter.u.s.the.idol.of.tyranny/49574.htm


Why the West Should Listen to Hungary on Muslim Refugees :: Ibrahim in FrontPage

by Raymond Ibrahim
FrontPage Magazine
September 21, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5518/listen-to-hungary-on-refugees


Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album ‘Wake Up!’ This November

His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November.

The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order now available with an instant download of “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” .

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The Argentinean-born Pope Francis, the first Pope born outside of Europe, has reignited a Catholic base and inspired millions outside his own religious denomination with his selfless, unifying messages that encourage climate change protection, assistance for the homeless and his hope for equality for all, even in the case of hot-button issues like same-sex marriage and immigration.

Speaking to Congress Thursday, Pope Francis asked the leaders of the most powerful and wealthiest nation to mend the “open wounds” of a planet ripped apart by hate, poverty, weapons and climate change. “I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship, a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost,” the Pope told Congress.

Click here to listen to a sample track from his new album.


The Worship Of Pope Francis Proves People Are Ready To Receive Antichrist

In watching the millions of deluded, adoring worshippers of Pope Francis, you are seeing exactly the type of reception that the Antichrist will receive when he shows  up.

“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” Revelation 22:8,9  (KJV)

Everywhere he goes, Pope Francis attracts worshipful crowds of people, straining and reaching to touch any part of him as if something spiritual and holy could be imparted to them by doing so. People weep, they cry, they hope up their sick children and beg him to touch them in the hopes they will be healed. Pope Francis has no power to perform any miracles of any kind, yet the throngs of people come and worship at his feet as if they were in the presence of Jesus Himself. How does the Pope react to all this attention, does he tell them that he is only a man and then point them to Jesus? No, he does not. Francis allows them to pay him homage, and accepts their worship as if that was his due.

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Worshipping another human being who openly receives your worship is a spiritual delusion of the highest magnitude.

A congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday.

Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water. He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren. Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press. He also shared some of the water with members of his staff and assistant, also a devout Catholic. As for the saved water, he plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

That is insane! Why would anyone want to do that? Drinking after someone else you don’t know is disgusting, but thinking that “sprinkling the water” on your grandchildren imparts some sort of “papal blessing” reveals something else altogether. Worshipping another human being who openly receives your worship is a spiritual delusion of the highest magnitude. The Bible says that when the Antichrist shows up, he is worshipped as if he were very God Himself. In watching the millions of deluded, adoring worshippers of Pope Francis, you are seeing exactly the type of reception that the Antichrist will receive when he shows  up.

He is called “His Holiness” and “Holy Father” as if he actually were those things. The Apostle Peter in Acts 3, after healing the impotent man, publically declared he had no innate “holiness” within himself:

“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?” Acts 3:12 (KJV)

 But not so with the Catholic pope, he uses that title as if it were a birthright. In the book of John, Jesus talking of God the Father refers to Him as “Holy Father”. It is one of the very names of God Almighty. It is also one of the main titles that Catholic popes give themselves, stolen right out from the mouth of Jesus.

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” John 17:11 (KJV)

Pope Francis is only a man, albeit a sinful, unsaved man at that who claims to sit in the place of Jesus Christ and receives worship as if he were Jesus Christ. The Vatican encourages his 1.3 billion followers to give this man reverence that only God is entitled to receive. And what do they get in return for their rabid devotion? Can Francis heal even one of their sick children, raise the dead or ever produce one miracle? No, he cannot. He is just an old man in a caped costume, waving his hand giving his “blessing”, and pretending to be Jesus. And all the whole times he never tells even one person how to be saved according to the Bible. And that is the work of the Devil.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)


Germany Welcomed Muslim Migrants With Open Arms, Now In State Of Seige

Women said rape and child abuse were rife in Giessen’s refugee camp

EDITOR’S NOTE: Read this story and tremble, you are looking at America’s future. If Obama and the Liberals across the United States are not stopped from further imports of these Muslim migrant jihadis, what you see happening in Germany right now will be played out in every small town and major city from Portland, Oregon all the way down to Miami, Florida. The Muslim migrants are only coming to rape, pillage, and tear down whatever host country is stupid enough to let them in to. America, this is war, this is jihad, do something now or face defeat. 

On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to be Europeans.

In late July the three slipped into Germany with their wives and children, using illegal documents. They live together in a five-bedroom house, rented for them by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, a 40-minute drive away from Giessen, which is home to the biggest migrants’ camp in the country.

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Migrants and refugees queue at the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs as they wait for their registration. But there are warnings that millions more newcomers should be expected in the current migrant crisis

‘We paid a trafficking agent for false visas to fly here to Germany,’ says 34-year-old Atif. ‘We claimed asylum and came to Giessen camp with other migrants. Three weeks ago, because we had families, they gave us a proper home.’

Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: ‘But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.’

There is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe.

Yet the raw truth is that Atif is not fleeing war or persecution. He is one of thousands of economic migrants getting into Germany as the EU’s immigration crisis grows bigger each day.

This week, David Cameron said Europe must send failed asylum claimants back to their own countries, while European Council president Donald Tusk has warned that millions more migrants are on their way and ‘the policy of open doors and windows’ must be scrapped.

They are tough words, but it’s action that is needed. As Jens Spahn, a deputy finance minister in Chancellor Merkel’s government, said this week: ‘Not everyone can stay in Germany, or in Europe. If people are coming for poverty reasons… we have to send them back.’

Mrs Merkel’s offer last month to accept all refugees from war-ravaged Syria opened the floodgates. More than a million migrants are expected this year alone, the bulk of them far from genuine asylum seekers. There is now deepening disquiet in this Christian country, dotted with churches, that it is being overwhelmed by people of a different religion and culture.

Yesterday, the Mail reported how social workers and women’s groups in Giessen wrote a letter to the local state parliament claiming that rape and child abuse were rife in the refugee camp. The allegations were corroborated by Atif over his curry. ‘The camp is dangerous,’ he agreed. ‘Men of different nationalities fight and women are attacked.’

Many women have felt the need to sleep in their clothes… they won’t go to the toilet at night because rapes and assaults have taken place on their way to, or from, there.
Letter written by social workers and women’s groups in the Giessen camp

The letter says the camp, far from being a peaceful haven for those fleeing war, is a dangerous melting-pot, where there have been ‘numerous rapes and sexual assaults, and forced prostitution’. There are even reports of children being raped and subjected to sexual assault, it adds.

‘Many women have felt the need to sleep in their clothes… they won’t go to the toilet at night because rapes and assaults have taken place on their way to, or from, there. Even in daylight, a walk through the camp is fraught with fear.’

Controversially, the letter suggests that in the migrants’ culture, women are viewed differently: ‘It is a fact that women and children are unprotected. This situation is opportune for those men who already regard women as their inferiors and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”.’

Many migrant women have fled here to escape forced marriages or female genital mutilation, which are rife in some African and Middle Eastern countries. ‘They believe they have found safety in Germany,’ says the letter, ‘and realise it’s not the case.’

Locals in Giessen are appalled by the rape allegations. But many are also increasingly worried about the effect of the migrants — some 6,000 Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Kurds, Eritreans and others are housed in the camp, which was expanded last year — on their everyday lives.

Some complain that the migrants have taken over the town, which is famous for its botanical gardens and dotted with pretty boutiques and flower shops. You cannot miss the new arrivals, wandering the streets in large groups.

This situation is opportune for those men who already regard women as their inferiors and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”.

At the Lidl supermarket a few hundred yards from the camp, a well-dressed German woman packing her shopping into a Mercedes saloon rolls her eyes at me as a group of Middle Eastern youths walk by. ‘What do we do?’ she asks. ‘It has happened now and it will never be the same again.’

Some of the tales being told in Germany may just be xenophobic scaremongering. But there is no doubt that the country is grappling with a major culture clash as migrants pour in at the rate of 100 an hour or more.

At other camps among the 2,000 that have sprung up in Germany, I hear various lurid complaints about the arrivals, 80 per cent of whom are Muslim, single and male.

At a former U.S. military base housing some 2,000 migrants in Bayernkaserne, on the outskirts of Munich, women’s rights groups say there is forced prostitution and rape every day. Men, women and children sleep next to each other in tents and, according to one social worker interviewed on local TV, the camp is ‘the biggest brothel in the city’ where the price for sex with a female migrant is €10 (£7).

The guards hired from a private company by the German government to provide security at the huge site were found by police to be trafficking drugs, guns and knives among the migrants as well as turning a blind eye to prostitution.

Yards from the camp, I talk to a Somali girl of 18, wearing a hijab. ‘We are scared some nights,’ she says solemnly, clutching her charity clothes in a white plastic bag.

“They have their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be worn” – Letter to parents from Pocking grammar school 

In other parts of the country, Germans are being told to adapt their lifestyles when migrants arrive.

Police in the Bavarian town of Mering, where a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped this month, have warned parents not to allow their children outside unaccompanied.

Girls and women have been told not to walk home alone from the railway station because it is near a migrant centre where the rapist may live.

At Pocking, another well-kept Bavarian town, the headmaster of the grammar school wrote to parents telling them not to let their daughters wear skimpy clothing. This was to avoid ‘misunderstandings’ with 200 migrants who were put up in the school’s gymnasium over the summer, before being moved on this month.

The letter to parents said the migrants were ‘mainly Muslim, and speak Arabic. They have their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be warn… revealing tops or blouses, short skirts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings.’

The authorities, now being urged by both the EU and Germany’s leaders to return those who aren’t genuine, are completely overwhelmed.

At Freilassing, on the border with Austria, I see hundreds of migrants waiting in teeming rain to reach Mrs Merkel’s promised land. Wrapped in see-through charity macs, they queue excitedly for soup. Most have travelled for weeks, from Turkey by boat to Greece, then via Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia to Austria.

‘We are nearly there,’ says Arun Ari, 27, grinning. He comes from the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State for two years.

He seems a deserving refugee among so many who are not, yet won’t show me his identity papers. source


German nurse shocked after being forced out of flat to make way for refugees

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:43 PM PDT

Having lived in the same flat for 16 years, a German woman is being forced to move out to make way for refugees, because building a new shelter is too expensive. The 51 year-old nurse, who has helped asylum seekers in the past, was shocked by the news. Bettina Halbey, who lives alone in the small town of Nieheim, received a letter from her landlord and the local municipality at the start of September, Die Welt newspaper reported on Thursday.

“I was completely shocked and I can’t even begin to find the words to describe how the city has treated me,” Halbey told the German publication. “I have had to go through a lot of difficulties recently, and then I get this notice. It was like a kick in the teeth.” Halbey will have until May 2016 to find a new place to live, along with her dog and her cat. The three-story building, where she rented a 90 sq/m flat will now be turned into accommodation for refugees, who are seeking to make Germany their new home. The mayor of Nieheim, Rainer Vidal, which has a population of just over 6,000, defended the decision to send the nurse packing, saying converting the building would be “the cheapest option.” “A new residential unit for 30 refugees in Nieheim would cost €30,000 ($33,600). This solution will cost me nothing,” he told Die Welt. FULL REPORT

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A Chinese aircraft carrier docks at Tartus to support Russian-Iranian military buildup

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:36 PM PDT

Things just got even more interesting regarding the Syrian crisis in the mideast that has already pulled in Russia and Iran and now according to reports, As US President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday, Sept. 25, and spoke of the friendship between the two countries, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, accompanied by a guided missile cruiser. This is revealed exclusively by DEBKAfile. Beijing is not finding it hard to dance at two weddings, wooing the US for better relations, while at the same time backing Russia in its military intervention in Syria.

Coupled with the warm smiles and handshakes exchanged at the lavish reception on the White House lawn, Beijing was clearly bent on showing muscle – not just in the South China Sea, but by allying itself with the Russian-Iranian political and military buildup in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime.  DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Chinese aircraft carrier passed through the Suez Canal on Sept. 22, one day after the summit in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. When they talked, Putin made no mention of the Chinese warship entering the eastern Mediterranean or its destination. Its arrival has upended the entire strategic situation surrounding the Syrian conflict, adding a new global dimension to Moscow and Tehran’s military support for Assad. FULL REPORT

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NASA to announce a “Major Science finding” on Monday

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:25 PM PDT

NASA has announced it’s going to make a major science finding on Monday. “The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website,” says the NASA announcement on a URL that promises “Mars mystery solved.” Personally, I very much doubt this is going to be anything huge. Intelligent people already know NASA has been covering up proof of microbial life since the 1970’s Viking missions when proof of living microbes was validated by the on-board gas chromatograph instrument.

There’s also liquid water on Mars — another fact that NASA has gone to great lengths to cover up. My guess is that NASA will make some silly announcement regarding Mars geology… something along the lines of the mineral composition of rocks. Ever since life was discovered on Mars in the 1970’s, NASA frantically shifted its focus from biology to geology, thereby ignoring the life on the planet and narrowing its research to dead objects (rocks, dirt, mountains, etc.). FULL REPORT

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Jonathan Cahn: ‘We Are Racing to Judgment’

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:18 PM PDT

America is inviting God’s judgment on itself just as ancient Israel did, according to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of several books and inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie. The Bible teacher and bestselling author delivered this warning on the main stage at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Saturday afternoon. He began by reminding the audience ancient Israel was founded by God and consecrated to God, but eventually turned away from God.

“They began driving him out of their lives, out of their culture,” Cahn declared. “They called their sins good and they called what was good evil.” The Israelites ignored prophets’ warnings to turn back to God, and soon they were wiped off the face of the Earth. Many years later, according to Cahn, there was another civilization dedicated to the glory and purposes of God – the United States of America, founded to be “a city on a hill.” Cahn said the U.S. became the most blessed nation on Earth, but now it is following the same path ancient Israel trod before its fall. FULL REPORT

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Syria Arming Hezbollah with 75 Soviet-Rra Tanks

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:06 PM PDT

The Syrian army has given dozens of Soviet-era tanks to the Islamist Hezbollah organization to help battle its enemies, Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai reported Saturday. According to the report, the move comes as Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russia have launched a “joint operations room” to coordinate their campaign to defeat the extremist Islamic State group, which has captured swathes of Syrian territory during the country’s four-year civil war, as well as the opposition groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The newspaper quotes official sources as saying that each party will be responsible for particular areas of Syria, with Russia operating in Latakia, Hama and some parts of the Aleppo province, while Iran will be defending the capital Damascus and down to Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The report also states that some 100 Iranian special forces trained in urban warfare have arrived in Damascus. FULL REPORT

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Judge approves Caitlyn Jenner’s request for name and Gender Change

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 04:55 PM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner can make her name and gender change legitimate, a judge ruled. Jenner filed paperwork with the court on September 15 requesting the change after her transition as a transgender woman. She asked her name be legally changed to Caitlyn Marie Jenner and her gender be made female. The petition has been granted, Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Liz Martinez said Friday.

It means her new name now replaces her birth name of William Bruce Jenner. Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” made headlines this year after months of rumors about gender-reassignment surgery and her changing appearance.  After publicly confirming the transition in a TV special with Diane Sawyer, she went on to debut her name and look on the cover of the July Vanity Fair issue. Her journey captured the attention of millions. FULL REPORT

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Most U.S. Muslims would trade Constitution for Shariah

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 12:48 PM PDT

Ben Carson’s comment that he would not support a Shariah-compliant Muslim for president because Islamic law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution led to the former brain surgeon’s roasting among media talkers and politicians of all stripes. He has been excoriated as “anti-Muslim,” “bigoted,” even “anti-American” and unfit for office. “For any candidate to suggest that someone should not be elected president because of what he or she may believe is nothing short of religious bigotry,” said Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., one of two Muslim congressmen. But what do American Muslims believe?

The Council on America-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which has been most vocal in its calls for Carson’s withdrawal from the GOP presidential race, claims to speak for American Muslims. The organization has a long history of ties to terrorists, as documented by WND’s “Rogues gallery of terror-tied leaders,” but it is still treated by most U.S. media as the Muslim equivalent of the American Civil Liberties Union. FULL REPORT

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Joel Osteen Says Pope Francis Is a ‘Man of the People,’ Stands for Humility”

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 05:03 AM PDT

Despite the Pope coming out and blaspheming the Lord by telling the world that Jesus failed at the Cross, Author and Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen expressed excitement over Pope Francis’ visit to the United States this week and believes the pontiff is a “man of the people” who is focused on inclusion. Osteen spoke with The Christian Post this week where he shared his thoughts on the pontiff. “I like the Pope. I like that he’s making the Catholic Church more open to bring people in and not exclude them. He’s a man of the people. I like what he stands for — humility, reaching out to others and he’s not so formal that people can’t relate to him,” said Osteen to CP.

The mega pastor appreciates Pope Francis’ ability to reach out to all types of people by making himself relatable. Pope Francis washes the feet of the disabled, kisses paraplegics and willingly steps out of the comforts many other Catholic Church leaders have enjoyed, including boarding inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace. The pope’s visit to the U.S. this week marks his first-ever, and the pontiff has already visited Washington D.C. and New York City. He will also travel to Philadelphia before the end of his trip. FULL REPORT

 

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Shigella on the rise, 150 cases confirmed in KC

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 08:11 PM PDT

(Fox4kc) Medical professionals and the city health department are warning the public about a significant increase in Shigella; an illness that causes high fever and abdominal problems. The Kansas City Health Department put out new numbers on Friday, explaining that the city normally sees 10 cases of Shigella a year. So far in 2015, there have already been 150 reported cases. From January 1 to July 1 this year, there were 16 reported cases. In the past two months, 134 additional cases. That total, 150, is 15-times the annual average.

Shigella is an infectious bacterial illness that causes high-spiking fever, upward of 104 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Doctors say Shigella can also cause seizures. Though adults are also susceptible, the majority of the patients are children. Many cases have been reported in daycares and elementary schools. Doctors say symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and fever. They say antibiotic treatment will help, though it requires culture testing to determine which kind of medicine is needed. FULL REPORT

 

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Super Blood Moon to Make Last Appearance Until 2033

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 08:06 PM PDT

If you’re wanting to catch a glimpse of a rare “Super-Blood Moon”, you may want to make sure you get a glimpse of the one coming on September 28th because this rare astronomical phenomenon Sunday night hasn’t happened since 1982, and won’t happen again until 2033.  A so-called supermoon, which occurs when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit, will coincide with a lunar eclipse, leaving the moon in Earth’s shadow. Individually, the two phenomena are not uncommon, but they do not align often.

Most people are unlikely to detect the larger size of the supermoon. It may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter, but the difference is subtle to the plain eye. But the reddish tint from the lunar eclipse is likely to be visible throughout much of North America, especially on the East Coast. “You’re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon,” said Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA. FULL REPORT

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ISIS makes sure to avoid one apocalyptic prophecy about the Antichrist

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 07:56 PM PDT

Christians are not only one’s who have “Apocalyptic Expectations” but ISIS bases much of its recruitment and expansion strategy around the idea that the end times are upon us as well. in fact the extremist group pushes the idea that the apocalypse is nigh and that Islamic fighters will battle the “infidels” of the West in Dabiq, a town in Syria that ISIS now controls. ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) uses Islamic scripture and prophecies to bolster its assertion, but it conveniently ignores one particularly damning prophecy that could inherently challenge the legitimacy of its self-declared “caliphate” — the territory in Iraq and Syria it controls that is central to Islamic doomsday prophecies.

Will McCants, director of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, mentions it in his new book, “The ISIS Apocalypse.”  “There is one prophecy about the Antichrist that the Islamic State and its fans have studiously avoided, even though it is in a collection of prophecies they revere: The Antichrist will ‘appear in the empty area between Sham [Syria] and Iraq,’” McCants wrote. “That, of course, is precisely where the Islamic State is located.” FULL REPORT

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The US could be heading for one of its worst flu seasons in years

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 07:46 PM PDT

(Yahoo News) As summer turns to fall, the medical community is ramping up for their annual fight against the flu. One Wall Street firm thinks this flu season could be a bad one. William Quirk and Alexander Nowak at Piper Jaffray use the number of flu cases from Australia and New Zealand to forecast the US season, and they say the numbers from the southern hemisphere point to a massive increase in sicknesses this year. ‘The Southern hemisphere just went through one of the worst flu seasons on record (despite the vaccine targeting the correct strains),” wrote Quirk and Nowak in a note to clients.

“Using the New Zealand influenza season (reinforced with Australia) as our basis (influenza-like illness cases +45% yoy), our analysis suggests a 31.9% rise in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) season/season for the United States.” This would mean that their average prediction for US cases is 943,356, which is the worst since the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. Last year there were 715,031 reported ILIs, and 2009 was the only year in a decade to crack 750,000. FULL REPORT

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The Shocking Message Pope Francis Preached At New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 07:35 PM PDT

THE POPE, THE SELF-PROCLAIMED “VICAR OF CHRIST”, PREACHING A MESSAGE OF THE FAILURE OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.

“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 

Like many people, I missed the message that the Pope preached at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because it was not streamed live as far as I was aware. And honestly, I was much more interested from a prophecy perspective in what he was going to say to Washington and the United Nations. So I did not bother to take a peek and see what he preached at St. Patrick’s. When I did, I about fell off my chair.

First of all, Pope Francis gave a shout-out to his “Muslim brothers and sisters” when he said this – “I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice.” In case he doesn’t know, Islam clearly teaches that their god, Allah, has no son. None at all. So for a Christian to be a spiritual brother or sister with a Muslim is impossible. The Qu’ran boldly declares that Allah has no son:

It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.”  Surah 19:35,36

Pope Francis has been wooing the Muslims into the Vatican tent for sometime now.In November of 2014, he prayed inside a Mosque in Istanbul, in December of 2014 Pope Francis defended Islam as a “religion of peace”, and just a few weeks ago issued the order for all Catholics in Europe to take in Muslim migrants to live with them in their homes. FULL REPORT

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Pastor Saeed Abedini Tasered, Threatened With New Charges and More Time in Iran Prison as Wife Pleads for His Release

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 12:16 PM PDT

(CP) After a new round of verbal and physical attacks from Iranian intelligence officers Wednesday, American Pastor Saeed Abedini was threatened with additional charges and more time in prison as his faithful wife, Naghmeh, pleaded for his release. A report from the American Center for Law and Justice said shortly after a family visit at the Rajaei Shahr prison in Iran Nagmeh heard news that her husband could face added time for possible new charges on top of the eight-year sentence he’s already facing for his faith.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) in Iran, Iranian intelligence officers summoned Pastor Saeed for an intense round of interrogation. Saeed reported to his family that the interrogators were abusive both verbally and physically. During the course of interrogation, the officers repeatedly used a taser gun on Saeed. This new assault is concerning as Saeed is still being denied needed medical care for injuries sustained as a result of beatings in the past,” said an ACLJ report shared with The Christian Post. “The interrogators threatened that Saeed will face new criminal charges. They claimed Saeed has connections with anti-government groups and has made statements and taken actions against the government of Iran. Saeed denied all of these allegations, and once again asserted that he is apolitical and that he has never threatened the security of, made any statements against, or taken any action against the government of Iran,” the reported added. FULL REPORT

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Jonathan Cahn: The Shemitah That Was and the Shaking to Come

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 12:05 PM PDT

(Charisma) Jonathan Cahn felt an urgency to give an update regarding many questions he has received regarding the Shemitah and the direction we are heading in the near future.

I have given warning concerning judgment. I have said that I believe America is rapidly advancing toward calamity—that we have crossed the line in our apostasy and defiance of God. I’ve warned that if America continues in its present course, if there’s no return to God, its crown as head of nations will be removed and that I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation and the world.

As for when these things are to take place, I have from the beginning always issued a strong caution, in spoken word and in writing, from The Mystery of the Shemitah itself onward—specifically that we cannot be dogmatic about timing, and that nothing has to take place on a particular date or season, or according to any set calendar, or even as God has done before.

I have ministered that it is wise to be aware of the signs and seasons of the times, and that though such things can take place on biblically relevant times or dates, nothing has to happen on any particular date, whether within the parameters of the Shemitah or in its wake. Our focus must be not on dates but on God and getting right with Him.

At the same time, we remain in a dangerous period—and one of the reasons I’ve always cautioned regarding dates is that I never wanted such focus to obscure or minimize the larger picture: that regardless of what does or does not happen a particular date, America is racing toward judgment. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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WVW-TV Presents: Former Catholic of 37 Years Responds to The Visit of Pope Francis to America & His Unbiblical Worldview

Former Catholic of 37 Years Responds to The Visit of Pope Francis to America & His Unbiblical Worldview. Why are so many people deceived by the message of the Pope and Church of Rome? Why will evangelcial leaders praise the Pope and his false gospel? Is the Pope setting the stage for Bible prophecy to revealed with the rise of a false prophet and one-world leader? Former Catholic Mike Gendron answers these questions as he uses the Word of God as his supreme authority for discussing these topics. Watch this program now before it rolls into the Situation Room for members only at www….
 
As we watched the non-stop coverage of the pope’s visit to America last month, many of the scenes appeared to be apocalyptic. We saw multitudes of people flocking to get a glimpse of an old man who was unknown three years ago. The national excitement for this false prophet was overwhelming as gullible people hung on his every word. The Lord Jesus said, “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:43). Warnings were ignored from the true head of the church who said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in…
 

The Unbiblical Actions, Message & Statements of Pope Francis While in America

Someone asked me on Facebook what I think was a very sincere question. They wanted to know what the Pope has said thus far while in the US that is contrary to the Bible. Here is a partial list just off the top of my head. I would ask you to add to the list and let us see how much we can come up with together. Here is my quick list of what he has said or his actions, and ceremonies have promoted:   *He lets people call him his holiness but he is not holy but a sinful man   *He holds up a cross with Christ on it but Christ is not on the cross   *Most every Catholic altar has a relic such as a…
 

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Just a Few Reminders of Who This Man Really Is

Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”

Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

Pope says Quran is a book of peace and Islam is not a violent religion

NTEB: How A Bible Believer Should Be Looking At This Weekend’s Blood Moon

How A Bible Believer Should Be Looking At This Weekend’s Blood Moon

The timeframe that Joel is seeing in his prophecy of the blood moon is the time of the Day of the Lord

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” Joel 2:31 (KJV)

All over the world, various Christian and Christian-like groups are gritting their teeth as they await the coming of the 4th blood moon this weekend. Many books have been written attempting to explain the “prophetic significance” of these red-colored moons and corresponding tetrads. But here at NTEB, we don’t base our eschatology on commentaries and books written by men, however well meaning they may be. We are Bible believers who believe the Bible (there’s a crazy concept for you).

Blood Moons 101 For Dummies: On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse. It was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad; a second one took place on October 8, 2014, third one on April 4, 2015 and the remaining one will take place on September 28, 2015.

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So what does the Bible say about blood moons? Not much really, but where it mentions them it is very specific. In the book of the prophet Joel, he talks about a blood moon, but not the kind that today’s commentators talk about. For you see Joel’s “blood moon” is not a moon that turns an orangey-red glow. On the contrary, Joel’s blood moon is the actual moon turning to actual blood. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in. And while you do, ponder on this as well.

The timeframe that Joel is seeing in his prophecy of the blood moon is the time of the Day of the Lord: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” Joel 2:31 (KJV). When does the Day of the Lord occur? It happens after the Rapture of the Church, at the end of the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7 KJV), and at the Battle of Armageddon. So what that means is because the Rapture has not yet happened, the Great Tribulation cannot start, and we certainly won’t be seeing the Battle of Armageddon any time soon. Not unless you can jam all that in by this Saturday night!

Having said that, the Bible believing Christian is ready any day to either face their own death or be taken up in the Rapture. Could it be today? Could prophecy be fulfilled this weekend? Yes, it certainly could. But a better question is are you ready for what comes next? You better be. We will not give into scare tactics and fear-mongering brought on by Christian authors who are trying to sell more books.

Another place it talks about a blood moon is in Revelation 6:12: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;” Now from the wording here it could be either actual blood or blood-colored, but since Joel’s view of the same day sees actual blood. I will view it in the same way as well. Acts 2:20 has Peter quoting from Joel and seeing actual blood as well:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:” Acts 2:20 (KJV)

Now I know this is not nearly as exciting as whipping you up into a fever-pitch and being terrified awaiting a blood-colored moon this Saturday night, but it’s what the Bible teaches. I will close with this. The next event that Christians are waiting for is the Rapture of the Church. The Rapture and the Second Coming are two different events. We will not be here for the time of Jacob’s Trouble. But as far as the Battle of Armageddon goes, we indeed will witness that, and yes more than witness it, we will fight in it. Revelation 19 tells us how it will go for us in that Day:

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Revelation 19:11-14 (KJV)

That’s the Day of the Lord from Heaven’s perspective. The “armies in Heaven” is the Church, that’s us, and part of our inheritance is that we get to participate in the Battle of Armageddon in our glorified, resurrection bodies. In that Day we will certainly see the Blood Moon of the Lord, we will ride right past it on white horses! And that’s how a Bible believer looks at the current blood moon debate. I think if anything might happen on the 28th, it could be the Rapture.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV)

Keep your eye on the eastern sky this weekend!

Triablogue: Upon This Sand They Built A Church (Roman Catholic Papacy)

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I want to gather together a collection of links to some posts I’ve written on the papacy over the years.

Here’s an overview of the Biblical evidence pertaining to the papacy. And here’s a post addressing the earliest extrabiblical sources.

I wrote a series on apostolic succession, and that series discusses many subjects relevant to the papacy. There’s a lot of material on how Hegesippus, Irenaeus, and other early sources viewed Peter, the nature of succession, and other pertinent issues. And here’s a post on the episcopate in the early church.

Here’s something I wrote about how Peter can be viewed, and often has been viewed, as having successors in a variety of ways. Many patristic and later sources have referred to successors of Peter who have no papal authority. You can believe in a notion of Petrine succession without believing in a papacy.

Catholics often argue for a papacy by claiming that Peter is always listed first in the New Testament’s lists of apostles. I’ve written a response.

I also wrote a post on Isaiah 22 and the papacy.

Here’s something I wrote about how we could argue for a Pauline papacy and Ephesian primacy by using arguments like those Catholics use to argue for a Petrine papacy and Roman primacy. And here’s something else I wrote about how Biblical and patristic passages about somebody other than Peter or a Roman bishop could be interpreted in a papal sense if we applied Catholic reasoning consistently.

I’ve often addressed whether individual church fathers believed in the concept of the papacy. Here and here are a couple on Clement of Rome. And Hegesippus. On Irenaeus, see the comments section of the thread here and the post here. Regarding Origen, see this and this. Cyprian. On Augustine, see here, here, and here.

Another way to approach the patristic evidence is by asking how the Christians of the patristic era viewed issues of unity. Do they seem to have been living under a papal system of church government? See here and here.

It’s sometimes claimed that all of the earliest Roman bishops died as martyrs. I addressed that subject in the post here.

I also wrote about conciliarism and rejection of the papacy in the medieval era.

Catholics often appeal to the notion of development of doctrine to explain the lack of early evidence for a papacy. Here’s a post I wrote on the subject. I also wrote a five-part series on comparisons between the development of the canon of scripture and the development of a Catholic view of the church, including the papacy: one, two, three, four, five.

Finally, here’s a post that gives some examples of how corrupt many Popes have been over the centuries and how they’ve often failed to meet Biblical and patristic standards for being a bishop.

You’ll love War Room! (If you like the starring “witches” that promote it…)

“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD…” – Prophet Samuel to King Saul.

The witch hunt against Beth Moore (of Houston’s First Baptist Church) continues as she persists to associate with her other friend in the craft, Priscilla Shirer (of Going Beyond Ministries). Both of these women are notorious pastrixs, false prophetesses and popular bible twisters who preach heresy and practice the pagan form of contemplative/self-centered prayer.

Just slap the name ‘Jesus’ on paganism and you’ve got a new Christian movement.

Here is a resource that contrasts this pagan practice to how a Christian should pray.

(Watch more at the end of this article.)

Once again, these “mystic chicks” have exposed their love for the dark arts in the New Apostolic Reformation cult film classic, War Room.

The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth. The New Apostolic Reformation cult preaches a false Jesus, false…

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Do the presidential candidates understand the threat of Apocalyptic Islam? Here’s what they need to know.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

The GOP presidential candidates at a debate held at the Reagan Library. Do they understand the threats we face? The GOP presidential candidates at a debate held at the Reagan Library. Do they understand the threats we face?

Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the nature of the threat we face in the Middle East has changed significantly. Radical Islam is still a major problem. But the most serious threat we now face in the region is from a movement I call Apocalyptic Islam.

Do Members of the House and Senate, U.S. policymakers, and the presidential candidates understand the nature of this threat? If they do, they need to talk about it publicly and explain how they would counter it before it’s too late.

Earlier this week, I spent an hour with a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill discussing such matters.

Today, I look forward to raising this issue during my remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

Here are two fact sheets I recently put together that provide…

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Ten Reasons Why I Will Never Go To Rome

The Reformed Reader

  For the past eight years or so, I’ve had the opportunity to read, study, and observe the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.  Most specifically, I’ve read extensively from The Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent.  Having studied these resources, I have thought of many reasons why I believe Rome is unbiblical and why I will never go there.  I thought it might be helpful to give our readers citations along with ten of my reasons why I am a Reformed Protestant and not a Roman Catholic (though I do have more reasons than ten).  I will never go to Rome because:

1) …I will not have my conscience bound by man or man’s decrees.  Rome binds consciences beyond the Word by teaching that the dogmas of the Church’s Magisterium “oblige” adherence (Catechism, p. 33, 548). …

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