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October 21, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Through Good Works? (1)

This raises the question: did the Reformed teach that good works are co-instrumental in salvation in the fullest sense? Did they teach that it is partly through faith and partly through good works that we are delivered from the wrath to come and from the effects of sin? On its face it seems improbable that evangelical Protestants, who had just emerged from the medieval doctrine of justification through progressive sanctification (by grace and cooperation with grace) should turn around and posit that we are delivered from the wrath of God, even in part, by or through our cooperation with grace or good works.

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What is the Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament?

In the end, we actually have very good historical reasons to accept Origen’s list as genuine.  And if it is, then we have evidence that (a) Christians were making lists much earlier than we supposed (and thus cared about which books were “in” and which were “out”); and (b) that the boundaries of the New Testament canon were, at least for some people like Origen, more stable than typically supposed.

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Why Theology Matters

Theology fuels our devotion to God and our passion for sharing the Gospel. A solid theological vision of God and the Christian life is a powerful tool for mission. Imagine if every Christian were a good theologian. Not just a good theologian, but a good theologian in the distinctively Christian sense. Theology matters for your church because theology is for everyone. Every Christian is a theologian.

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Are There Degrees of Sin?

Why is it important for us to emphasize this point? Many times I’ve talked to men who struggle with lust and they say to themselves or to me, “I might as well go ahead and commit adultery because I’m already guilty of lust. I can’t be in any worse shape in the sight of God, so I might as well finish the deed.” I always answer, “Oh yes, you can be in much worse shape.” The judgment of actual adultery will be much more severe than the judgment upon lust.

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How Not to Ask for Forgiveness

The truly amazing thing about being forgiven is that it is a liberating experience. As God in Christ has set us free from sin’s misery, power and curse, so too when we confess sin sincerely to others, an enormous burden is removed from our shoulders. Insincere repentance never removes that burden. In fact it adds to is.

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15 Arguments in Favor of Covenant Child Baptism

Paul clearly makes a connection between circumcision and baptism. Be careful, though! These verses are not referring to either physical circumcision or water baptism, but rather to the spiritual reality to which these covenant signs point. Both circumcision and baptism are covenant signs that point to the regenerating and cleansing work of the Holy Spirit. However, circumcision was an Old Covenant sign, given only to boys and with the shedding of blood. Now that Christ has shed His blood, baptism is given to both male and female and with the washing of water, not the shedding of blood.

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Did Jesus Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry?

This brings me back to the original question: did Jesus’ have a gospel-centered ministry?  The answer, it turns out, depends on whether or not the trademark is applied.  Under the “gospel-centered”TM rubric, a true ministry must constantly and almost exclusively hammer home the free offer of forgiveness through faith alone in Christ’s blood.  Teaching theology is deemed irrelevant, instruction is legalistic, and confronting false teaching is ungracious.  In this approach, the biblical evidence shows that Jesus did not have a “gospel-centered”TM ministry.  In fact, most of what Jesus did in Mark’s Gospel involves messages that a “gospel-centered”TM ministry does not approve. 

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A Prayer for the Weeping Heart

Father, grant me gospel joy; help me to rejoice in Christ even as I grieve. Envelope me with the peace and comfort only you can provide. As the days move into months, may this burden lessen. As the months move to years, use me to encourage and bless someone else who must walk a similar path. Help me to point them to you as the God of all comfort.

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Tennessee Parents Concerned Over the Teaching of Islam in Schools

Tennessee Parents Concerned Over the Teaching of Islam in Schools

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Tru News

Some parents in White County, Tennessee are fighting the public school board over the 7th grade curriculum that they believe promotes Islam. Teachers are using the textbook myWorldHistory and Geography: The Middle Ages to Exploration of the Americas in Social Studies classes. The book is published by Pearson Corporation, which is partially owned by the Libyan Investment Authority, which also has ties to CAIR – the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Other Libyan Investment Authority par

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Franklin Graham Slams Oprah Winfrey's 'Belief' Series for Claiming There are 'A Million Paths' to God

Franklin Graham Slams Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Belief’ Series for Claiming There are ‘A Million Paths’ to God

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham has criticized Oprah Winfrey’s new documentary series, “Belief,” which suggests that one can reach God through a number of paths — not just through the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Pop Singer Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Christian Faith, Reveals Her Favorite CCM Artist

Pop Singer Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Christian Faith, Reveals Her Favorite CCM Artist

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Pop singer Selena Gomez recently opened up about her Christian faith and revealed her favorite CCM artist to be an award-winning Hillsong worship leader

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‘We cannot be silent,’ Mohler says in new book

‘We cannot be silent,’ Mohler says in new book

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Baptist Press

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, issues a call for faithful, biblical witness in his latest book, “We Cannot Be Silent,” that he says is ever more urgent in the wake of recent landmark events.

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National Apologetics Conference Kicks Off Stressing Destructive Ideas, God's Answers

National Apologetics Conference Kicks Off Stressing Destructive Ideas, God’s Answers

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Christian Post

Charlotte, N.C. -The National Christian Conference on Apologetics kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina Friday, lifting its theme from Richard Weaver’s seminal book Ideas Have Consequences.

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The American Christian Voting Guide Ranks Mike Huckabee #1 For President: 'He Will Do God's Will For The Nation'

The American Christian Voting Guide Ranks Mike Huckabee #1 For President: ‘He Will Do God’s Will For The Nation’

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Gospel Herald

The influential American Christian Voting Guide has found that out of the candidates currently seeking the presidential nomination, Mike Huckabee is the most likely to bring religious freedom, jobs, and national security from God blessing the United States.

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Are We Ashamed of the Bible?

Are We Ashamed of the Bible?

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Crosswalk

The reality is scripture contains many difficult texts that can make even the staunchest believer cringe. What should we do when confronted with such harsh words?

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Why Churches Should Study Systematic Theology

Why Churches Should Study Systematic Theology

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Church Leaders

&If our young people were taught systematic theology before going off to college, they would be equipped to answer the questions and challenges to their faith they’ll see and hear every day.&

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Give Your Weakness to God

Give Your Weakness to God

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Church Leaders

&Christian community should be one of the places where people can actually be vulnerable.&

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Ken Ham Warns Parents About ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Movie

A well-known Christian apologist has spoken out about the “evolutionary indoctrination” in Disney-Pixar’s latest animated film, saying parents should be aware of the unbiblical presuppositions permeating the movie.

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The Next Time You’re Offended

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

So you feel angry? Insulted? Provoked? Offended? Downright mad? Now what?

When Marriage Meets Insecurity

by Samantha Nieves

A boyfriend or a husband won’t be your ticket to freedom from insecurity. Jesus Christ is the true source of confidence, security, and freedom.

Freebie Friday! Project Modesty

by Erin Davis

Here’s a fashion-forward freebie!

How to Pick a Best Friend

by Erin Davis

What makes the best kind of best friend? Here’s what’s on my list.


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If I Deny Christ Can I Still Go to Heaven?
In light of the shooting in Oregon, where the gunman asked students if they were Christian, and if they said ‘yes’ the gunman shot the student in the head, what would happen if a Christian lied? What if it would have been me, and I would have said ‘no’? Would I still go to heaven when I die?
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/if-i-deny-christ-can-i-still-go-heaven


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WVW-TV Presents: What Does The Koran Say Should Happen To “Moderate” Muslims & How Can You Identify a “Moderate” From a Radical Muslim? with Usama Dakdok
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/what-does-koran-say-should-happen-moderate-muslims-how-can-you-identify-moderate-radical


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WVW-TV Presents: Understanding & Refuting The End Time Beliefs of The Church of Rome
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/understanding-end-time-beliefs-catholic-church


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Worldview Weekend Radio:
Topic: Did Pope Francis & Tim Keller encourage Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers to become a Catholic? Reports are that Powers has announced she has converted to Roman Catholicism. Powers attended the Presbyterian Church of Tim Keller in NewYork. Today Brannon plays an audio clip of Keller praising the writings of Catholic mystics and refers to their writings as great stuff. Perhaps Keller should also be credited, along with Pope Francis, for the conversion of Powers to Roman Catholicism. One would think that if Tim Keller was really teaching as a proper pastor should do that perhaps Powers would know understand and reject the false Christ, false gospel, and paganism of the Church of Rome? However, can Keller be critical of the Church of Rome while also praising as great stuff, the writings of it mystic writers? Topic: Brannon reveals why he believes that Christians that live in more liberal areas may actually be better at contending for the faith. Topic: Why is it that many once conservative parents are now embracing and defending the liberal Christianity and churches of their adult children? Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-october-19-2015-0


Squashing Seven Excuses to Not Evangelize
All believers have the desire to be faithful ambassadors for Christ. We want to bring the message of salvation to those around us. But like a deer in headlights we tend to freeze up instead of joyfully sharing the lifesaving news we possess. Like a diabetic rationalizing himself into eating that piece of cheesecake, Christian’s justify their disobedience with some well-crafted excuses. I’d like to help squash some excuses so that when we have the opportunity nothing would come in the way of those around us hearing about the hope that’s only found in Christ.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/squashing-seven-excuses-not-evangelize


Obama Plans Takedown of Another U.S. Ally
President Obama failed to take out Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but now he’s going after Canada’s Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a big supporter of Israel and opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s a story the U.S. media won’t cover. But Judi McLeod of the Canada Free Press has been documenting how Obama is planning the “fundamental transformation” of Canada by taking down Harper’s government and bringing to power a progressive majority assembled from Canada’s Liberal Party and New Democratic Party (NDP), an affiliate of the Socialist International.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/obama-plans-takedown-another-us-ally


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No Compromise Radio with Mike Abendroth:
Jesus Meet Mr Self Righteous (Part 4) Mike continues to examines the most popular chapter in all the Bible: John 3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available). Listen to John’s description of Jesus preaching the truth to the teacher in Israel. A modern day way of think would go like this: what would Jesus say to the Pope of Roman. Tune in to learn some very important counter intuitive truths.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/mike-abendroth-october-21-2015


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Noise of Thunder with Chris Pinto
SOCIALISM, SATANISM & GLOBALISM Chris continues his discussion on the progress of radical socialism in our country, and reviews parts of the book, “The New World Order” by A. Ralph Epperson. The author completed his book in 1989, but made a number of predictions (such as the legalization of gay marriage and the war on the family) which have clearly come to pass, along with the growing hostility towards Christianity. At the heart of his research is the acknowledgement of the spiritual forces at work, since those who have followed the Marxist agenda historically often proclaim praise for Lucifer and/or Satan. The devil, who rebelled against God, provides for them a model as they seek to resist all that is good, in their attempts to destroy Christianity.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/chris-pinto-october-21-2015


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Encounter God’s Truth with Dr. John Whitcomb:
This week on Encounter Gods Truth from Whitcomb Ministries, Bible teacher Dr. John Whitcomb presents part one of a message called The Necessity of Gods Power. We go to Appalachian Bible College in Mount Hope, West Virginia, along with host Wayne Shepherd, to learn how the Bible clearly explains that every person possesses a sin nature that renders us totally depraved. This desperate condition requires Gods perfect ability in order to make it possible for anyone to believe the gospel and be saved. This can never be accomplished by our feeble attempts to manipulate or trick people into accepting the gospel. In this lesson, Dr. Whitcomb unfolds the place that arguments and evidences for the Christian faith should have in our witness in light of both the total depravity of man and the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. Gods Word is true from the beginning to the end! Thanks for listening to it today on Encounter Gods Truth.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/dr-john-whitcomb-october-19-2015


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Women with the Master with Susan Heck:
The Dangerous Sin of Anger! Passage: Matthew 5:21-26: Description: Recent statistics tell us that there are about 16,000 murders in the United States each year. That number does not include the 41,000 suicides which is murder by the way, as one is taking their own life. When you combine those numbers together you have about 60,000 murders in the United States each year. That might not seem like a huge number in comparison to the population of the United States which is roughly about 318 million. But I wonder how many of the 318 million people which live in this country would admit to ever being angry which includes being annoyed; being exasperated; being impatient; being irritated? I imagine most Americans, if they were honest, would at least admit to moments of anger. But few would admit their anger would qualify as being equal with the 60,000 murders which take place each year. But as kingdom citizens that belong to another country, we have a King that says something startling as He speaks on the mount regarding the dangerous sin of anger.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/women-master-october-19-2015


 

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Steel on Steel with John Loeffler:
The silly season is heating up and this week we witnessed an early boil. Democrat party candidates held their first debate with a fireworks display of droll talking points. In this weeks boralogue, John looks at politicians promises of free stuff, despite economic problems on the horizon, a changing Middle East chessboard, impending terror attacks in America, and an out of control debt. Remember one thing: before Obamacare, before the housing crisis, before terrorists breached our borders, and with debate promises made this week, they lied to us. A recent report from Judicial Watch shows proof that ISIS has infiltrated our southern border. Irene Garcia, Investigative Reporter for Judicial Watch, joins us to discuss the failure of security on our porous border and a possible cover-up by Homeland Security officials who say they have no knowledge of any problems. Some ISIS members were caught, but many more have snuck through undetected. Wake up and smell the infiltration. Now that ISIS is here, what is the likelihood of terrorist attacks? Dan Perkins, bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Red Nile trilogy, examines ISISs ability to obtain nuclear materials and reveals that terrorists may target Americas heartland rather than New York or Washington.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/john-loeffler-october-19-2015


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Crosstalk
Jim began discussion of this topic by noting a story reporting that just 2 weeks after Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department announced a plan to globalize local police departments through the Strong Cities Network, the Obama administration has added a new tool to its fight against violent extremism. The person who heads up this effort will target extremists who plan mass shootings, hold racist, bigoted or anti-government views or see themselves as sovereign citizens. Are these not some of the descriptions used against born-again believers? The Domestic Terrorism Council will serve as the main point of contact for this effort. Part of their responsibility will be to ‘analyze legal gaps that need to be closed’. That’s according to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin. It’s not clear what he meant by that statement. What’s unique about this effort is that the Justice Department sees Islamic jihadists as no more dangerous than mentally ill individuals such as Dylann Roof, the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter who killed 9 Black Christians. In fact, Justice Department officials have indicated that these home-grown White ‘right wingers’ are possibly more numerous and dangerous than the jihadis.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/crosstalk-october-21-2015


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Justin Peters Program:
Attributes of God – Omnipresence: This week we will discuss the incommuni
cable attribute of God’s Omnipresence. What exactly does omnipresence mean? Is God truly in all places at all times and, if so, how is this different from pantheism and even panentheism? In this program we will discuss the Scriptures which speak of God’s omnipresence and their rather surprising contexts. What are the practical implications of God’s Omnipresence for the lost and the believer? God’s Omnipresence should both instill fear and also provide great comfort and encouragement.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/justin-peters-program-october-19-2015


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Running to Win with Dr. Erwin Lutzer:
Habakkuk the prophets complaints belong on todays front page. Evildoers are having a field day, and the foundations of the nation are being torn apart. Yet in the midst of turmoil, the prophet has a burst of faith that God is still in charge.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/dr-erwin-lutzer-october-21-2015


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Truth About Islam with Usama Dakdok
Revealing The Deception of Islam: When Muslims Speak in Churches (Program #8)
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/truth-about-islam-october-21-2015


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Prophecy Today Radio with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Jimmy DeYoung has on PTIB, as his special guest today, Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch. Itamar and his team monitor the Palestinian media, the print and the electronic media, and reveal what the Palestinian leaders are really saying. PMW has revealed that PA President Abbas lied about the IDF killing a 13 year old Palestinian terrorist, who is actually in the hospital recovering; Fatah is calling for attacks on Jews; and there are videos among the Palestinians that are teaching them how to kill Jews.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/prophecy-today-intell-briefing-october-21-2015


TV Review: Oprah Winfrey’s “Belief”

Brian Lowry of Variety reviews “Belief,” a seven-night miniseries Oprah produced that explores the origins and impacts of different world religions. Without getting too far afield, Oprah says she’s a Christian. However, when we examine the beliefs she holds it becomes clear that her religious views are more in line with New Age/New Thought.

Now to Lowry’s review:

Oprah BeliefOprah Winfrey narrated Discovery’s splendid nature series “Life,” and seeks to bring similar production values — including sleek photography and a sweeping score — to OWN’s take on faith in “Belief.” Yet as earnest and human-interest oriented as this seven-part production is, it will play best among those who buy into the billionaire mogul/personality’s particular brand of “Live your best life” mumbo-jumbo, a mix of spirituality and self-help. The Oprah seal of approval should make this a winner by OWN’s standards, but for all its positive energy, “Belief” will likely wind up preaching to the choir.

“My confidence comes from knowing there is a force, a power, greater than myself, that I’m a part of, and that is also a part of me,” Winfrey says in voiceover at the outset of each installment, summing up where she stands on the belief continuum. After that, however, the program is — literally and by design — all over the map, flitting to different spots across the globe to explore manifestations of faith in all its varied forms.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-oprah-winfrey-belief-review-0151019-story.html


Focus on the Family endorsing a new and unbiblical view of marriage?

Dalrock has a piece entitled “Never let a crisis go to waste.”  He fills us in on what occurred on a recent Focus on the Family radio broadcast when the president of FOTF, Jim Daly, spoke with Christian relationship “expert” Dr. David Clarke.  For those who read and study the Bible, it is evident that Dr. Clark’s view […]

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Luther On The Comfort Of Christ’s Return

45. Without a doubt, He has spoken this comforting word also for the fainthearted, who, though they are godly and prepared for the Last Day, are yet filled with great anxiety and [thus] hinder their desire for this coming, which is especially found at the end of the world; therefore, He calls it their redemption. […]

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Sharpening–Or Turning On–One Another?

One thing we know for sure:  The Word of God is eternal truth and teaches us everything we need to know about God, sinful man, and salvation and sanctification through Jesus Christ alone.  But some of the particulars of the Word of God are not always easy to understand; and because we are still humans […]

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Even Though It’s Not A Game

Let’s try out a phrase: “spectator Christians.”

The trend toward spectatorship is a culture-wide phenomenon seeping into the church. Sports used to be something we did; now it’s something we watch. Music used to be a reason to get together with neighbors and have fun; now it’s something our headphones use to keep us separate from others. Christianity is, to my eyes, similarly and increasingly becoming a spectator event.  Read more of this post


All Aboard the Anti-Christ Train

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Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12)

Take heed, this is Paul’s warning to the Thessalonians, who were in serious error concerning the imminent return of our Lord Jesus. Many had either misunderstood him or purposely misrepresented his teachings on this. Paul admonishes the church to not be deceived by those spreading untruths, as there were many things that must happen before Christ’s return. But in his exhortation also comes a great prophetic warning–the coming of the lawless one, and what he will bring.

What we see in Paul’s warning is exactly what we see unfolding in front of our eyes in the Church today. During the Protestant Reformation, Christianity was salvaged by God after centuries of suppression by the hands of Rome. There were great men of faith that have been persecuted and even martyred countless times for defending what they so strongly believed in. In an extravagant display of hatred, John Wycliffe’s bones were dug up forty years after he died and burned for translating the Bible into English and speaking out against the Papacy. Martin Luther, a monk who nailed the 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, was excommunicated from the church. William Tyndale, who also famously translated Bibles into English though it were illegal, remained faithful until his strangling death, and body burned by the King of England. Thousands upon thousands of Protestants gave their lives during the Reformation era, and against all odds, through all of the persecution, and against the evils of the Roman Catholic Church, Christianity prevailed.

For several centuries, Biblical Christianity’s influence grew enormously, while the influence of the Papacy dwindled. Though still a forceful presence throughout the world, Roman Catholicism stood in stark contrast to Protestantism, and the differences between them were clear. The reformation produced some of the greatest theologians and preachers of all time. John Calvin, best known for his theological works regarding the doctrines of grace, was very outspoken against the works-based doctrines of Rome. There was the Puritan, Thomas Watson and later there was George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, and so on. There was no confusing Catholicism with Protestant Biblical Christianity–the doctrinal divide was clear. The Roman Catholic Church, especially the Papacy, is anti-Christ–this is what the reformers believed.

We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist…personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.  – Martin Luther

When the western church was divided for about 40 years between two rival popes, one in Rome and the other in Avigon, France, each pope called the other pope antichrist – and John Wycliffe is reputed to have regarded them as both being right – Wycliffe

[The pope] is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers… He it is…that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped…claiming the highest power, and highest honour…claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone. – John Wesley

But what we see unfolding today is an unraveling of all the work the protest stood for, and a merging of ecumenical partnerships between the false church, and bible-believing evangelicalism. The flagship denomination of evangelicalism, the Southern Baptist Convention, is not only now succumbing to these antichrist forces, but leading the way. The Church that once stood strong and hard against the influences of the world and its false religion has now been diminished to another propaganda machine for the works of darkness. And sadly, there are those who will do anything–anything to defend it.

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; – Revelation 18:4

The Roman Catholic church is not the only false church we battle though it is the mother. Evangelicalism is loaded with its apostate ministers and business organizations masquerading as houses of God. No matter what your lifestyle is, homosexual, drug users, fornicators, idolators, “personally included and accepted in our community,” they say. Our preachers MUST preach in a manner that “leaves people feeling better about themselves than when they came in,” they write. Affirmation of sin is the new gospel. They water down the bible and hand people a Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free card with their easy altar-calls and sinner’s prayers, followed by baptisms and affirmations of being members of the body of Christ while practicing unrepentant sin.

But our leadership has long abandoned the defense of sound doctrine and have taken many aboard the anti-Christ train with them. Our influential evangelical organizations water down the lines between truth and apostasy and join hands with them any chance they get to promote a political agenda. The average evangelical, even a born-again bible-believing evangelical has no idea that the Roman Catholic church teaches a false Gospel, and that the pope, leading millions to hell, is anything but a good man. “If we are going to form opinions about important global leaders like Francis (and many of us will) we should do so based on factual information. It’s not enough to say Pope = Bad,” proclaims one influential Southern Baptist leader. In fact, promotion of the Papacy and Popery has become the norm at these so-called evangelical organizations. What do bible-believing Christians need to learn from a pope?

Doesn’t the pope need the Gospel? Shouldn’t the pope be called to repentance? Do we simply have “minor disagreements” with the pope? Of the 9 things an evangelical leader say we as Christians need to know about the pope, the most important thing about him wasn’t even mentioned–the fact that he is lost, and on his way to Hell.

How can a once-claimed born-again evangelical forsake her Protestant roots, and become a Roman Catholic while under the church leadership of one of the most widely promoted pastors in the evangelical church? Is it because this ecumenical promoter of Roman Catholicism has forsaken God’s Word himself? Is it because he allegorizes Scripture rather than stand on it and proclaim it as truth? This should be an embarrassment to the evangelical leadership, but there hasn’t been one word mentioned of it from him. How can pastors like this become so widely promoted by bible-believers? Isn’t this the deception of the elect? Isn’t this the forsaking of truth for unity?

But those who have boarded the train have lost all sight of this. The church, to them, is no longer about proclaiming God’s word boldly, risking your reputations, friendships, and even your life to speak truth and to do God’s will. No, the false gospel of prominence now is niceness, unity, and love. Men who once stood strong against the apostasy have now left and are full-steam ahead. People who once defended the faith mercilessly have now taken it upon themselves to join forces with the anti-Christ to oppose sound rebuke, and will grasp at every straw possible to discredit anyone who speaks against the agenda. Even the elect have been deceived to a certain level, and their pure, vile hatred of the few men who are left to stand against the invasion from Hell, has completely overcome them (Mark 13:22, Matthew 24:24).

Hell is real. The anti-Christ is real, and you are either with him, or against him, but “all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” (Revelation 13:8) And the train is leaving the station.

All Aboard!


Joyless Christianity Is Dangerous

Joyless Christianity Is DangerousAre you in spiritual danger? If you were, how would you know?

One key sign of spiritual danger is losing your joy. Don’t skim past what Paul says at the end of Philippians 3:1: “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” Paul reminds them to rejoice because it is safe.

Joy is one of the vital gauges on the dashboard of the Christian life. When the needle dips — when you lose your joy — you should take note. To stay safe, you need to pay attention to your joy.

Life-and-Death Canaries

How does this work? Here’s an illustration.

Coal miners know that dangerous gases can gather silently and secretly in the tunnels. Carbon monoxide will asphyxiate them. Methane explodes.

A methane explosion took the lives of 12 men in the 2006 Sago mine disaster in West Virginia. In 1906, almost 1,100 miners were killed in Courrières, France in one massive chain of explosions.

But in the early days of coal mining, they found an effective, low-tech solution: They brought canaries into the mines. A canary’s metabolism is very sensitive to air quality. As long as the bright yellow birds chirp and sing, miners know the air is safe. If gas levels rise, the canaries stop singing, wobble on their perch, and eventually fall to the floor of the cage.

Christian joy is like that singing, yellow bird. One of the first effects of sin or doctrinal error is that we lose our joy in Christ. When your heart stops singing, that is a warning to watch your life and doctrine closely.

Jesus’s Joy in You

Jesus himself connected our daily spiritual life with joy.

“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love. . . . These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:10–11)

If your soul is satisfied in Christ, you will rejoice in Christ. Take your eyes off Christ, and you’ll lose your joy. Christian joy is a barometer of your spiritual life.

Don’t confuse this unique joy with other upbeat feelings. Genuine Christian joy is not the power of positive thinking. Joy is not a bubbly, optimistic personality. Joy is not being happy because life is going my way. Joy is not walking through life with a naïve, glass-half-full attitude.

Jesus says it is my joy . . . in you. And Paul says, Rejoice in the Lord. Joy is the emotion of salvation. It is the joy of seeing, knowing, loving, and trusting Jesus Christ. We cannot generate this true joy ourselves — it is the product of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22). Joy is a glorious gladness and deep delight in the person of Jesus Christ.

Such joy cannot be extinguished by the circumstances of life. It is a God-given joy greater and stronger than any trouble that comes into my life. As the prophet Habakkuk says,

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17–18)

As a spiritual barometer, joy is not a slave to circumstances. The light of Jesus’s face shines in the darkest night. Jesus said, No one will take your joy from you (John 16:22).

Joy Protects from Religion

How does Christ-gazing, Spirit-given joy keep us safe? Here are two ways.

First, joy keeps you safe as you serve. If you lose your joy, that could be a sign that your work for the Lord is no longer worship. Joy protects you from serving God for the wrong reasons.

George Müller was an evangelist and orphanage director in Bristol, England. He is famous for his tremendous faith and amazingly effective ministry — he cared for over 10,000 orphans over the course of his life. And joy was Müller’s first priority each day.

I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how the inner life might be nourished.

Working hard for Jesus — even caring for thousands of orphans — is a cold and empty duty if we have lost the warmth of our love for Christ. Joy keeps you safe from serving as a religious duty.

Joy Protects from Temptation

Second, joy keeps you safe from temptation. Matthew Henry said, “Joy in the Lord will guard you from the empty pleasures the tempter uses to bait his hooks.”

Joy protects you because joy in Christ comes from being satisfied in Christ. I like what Jonathan Edwards says.

The enjoyment of (God) is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows, but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the ocean.

When I get up from the table after Thanksgiving, the last thing I want is more food. You can’t tempt me with another bite. In the same way, it’s hard for Satan to tempt a joyful believer with the empty pleasures of this world.

A joyful believer is already more than satisfied in Christ — what more could he possibly want? Make it a point to be satisfied in Christ so that you rejoice in the Lord, and you will find safety and strength in your fight against sin.

Coal miners know that if the canary is not singing, there is trouble on the way.

So rejoice in the Lord! To write the same things is safe for you.


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Debate Report Including Gagnon/Kirk Encounter

Did a jumbo edition of the DL today reporting on my trip to South Africa along with my attendance at the Gagnon/Kirk debate on homosexuality.  Spent nearly the first hour on the homosexuality topic (interspersed with comments about South African Rooibus Tea) and then moved on to the Muslim debates in the last half hour.

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Five Attractions of Passive Sanctification

Passive sanctification is an error that has stalked and hurt the Christian church and many Christian lives through the years. The basic idea is that personal holiness is achieved without any personal activity, without any physical effort. Rather, holiness is received the more we are enabled to yield, to give up, or to believe.

The older form of this error has been summed up in the phrase, “Let go and let God.” We are passive and God is active. The more passive we become the more active God becomes. The less we try to succeed the more God will succeed in us.

The newest form of this error can be summed up in the phrase “Believe in your justification and you will be sanctified.” The idea is that the more you believe in your justification the more holy you will become. As faith receives and embraces justification, spiritual growth will happen. Faith simply receives, and this automatically produces godliness. There is no effort or activity on our part, apart from the effort of believing and receiving what Christ has already accomplished. Sanctification happens by believing in our justification.

There are a number of reasons (good and bad) why so many Christians are attracted to this modern version of passive sanctification.

1. Keeps justification central in the Christian life

Although we are only justified once, by our initial act of saving faith, yet we need to appropriate that justification time and time again. We do need to understand it more, believe it more, know it more, and experience it more. “Remember it, recognize it, realize it, relax in it, and rejoice in it. Yes!

2. Reduces the danger of legalism in the Christian life

Some Christians have the tendency to think “I’m saved by God’s sovereign grace, but now it’s over to me.”  “I get in by Christ’s work but I go on by my work. I’m saved passively but I’m made holy by my activity.” The Christian life then becomes a ceaseless round of activity, service, obligation, targets, resolutions…and failures, disappointment, frustration, etc. By helping the Christian return again and again to their justified status, the danger of legalistic activism is avoided.

3. Re-connects justification and sanctification

The re-connection of justification with sanctification keeps obedience faith-fueled and love-driven. Sanctification does not begin with “I resolve…I will” but with “I believe.” As David Powlison said: “Don’t ever degenerate into giving advice unconnected to the good news of Jesus crucified, alive, present, at work and returning.”

4. Relieves exhausted Christians

Some Christians are on the sure road to spiritual burnout. Passive sanctification can sound extremely attractive to such activists. Stop your ceaseless round of doing, stop your works for justification and sanctification. You are saved by faith and sanctified by faith. Justified by receiving Christ in the Gospel, and sanctified similarly.

5. Offers silver bullet for sanctification

Christians are always looking for the quickest and easiest way to be holy. This sounds like a very plausible silver bullet for sanctification. It’s very attractive to those who feel their sense of failure and lack of progress and are anxious for a fast lane to spiritual success.

Tomorrow we’ll see that despite the attractions of this view, there are a number of serious spiritual dangers that accompany it.


The Reformation & the Rediscovery of Christian Assurance

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It was a saying frequently heard in those days. As they would make their way up to the doors of the monastery, history records that those daring to enter the Augustinian ranks chanted the following: “In thy holy name we have clad in the habit of a monk, that he may continue with thy help faithful in thy Church and merit eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

With the hope of accumulating that merit, the monk candidate then stepped foot into a life of austere devotion to Roman Catholic tradition. It would not be easy, but with enough rigor and exertion, the candidate could move himself that much closer to the possibility of heaven.

There was one such man who dared enter the Augustinian ranks at the age of 22. After nearly being struck by lightning, Martin Luther vowed to abandon his secular studies to become a monk. Two weeks later, on July 17, 1505, Luther presented himself at the monastery of Erfurt.

No Assurance, Necessary Torment

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As he read Scripture, Luther came to grasp God’s towering standards. He knew that man’s moral and spiritual condition was simply too depraved to satisfy God. Commenting on the Sermon on the Mount, Luther wrote, “This word is too high and too hard that anyone should fulfill it. This is proved, not merely by our Lord’s word, but by our own experience and feeling.” Thus, Luther was faced with the dilemma of the ages: how can sinful man be permanently in right standing with holy God?

So, Luther devoted himself to solving that dilemma. He gave himself fully to gaining the assurance of righteousness before God. For example, he would often fast for multiple consecutive days, supposing to inch himself closer to God’s favor. In an effort to cast off the guilt of sin, Luther would whip himself, cast off his blankets, sleep in the cold, and nearly freeze to death with the hope that the self-atonement would suffice. Moments when Luther supposed to have obeyed enough, his conscience would fire back: “But have you fasted enough? Prayed enough? Impoverished yourself enough?” He spent hours upon hours in confession, hoping to appease his conscience and God’s wrath that way. One of his mentors, Johann von Staupitz, once remarked, “If you expect Christ to forgive you, come in with something to forgive—parricide, blasphemy, adultery—instead of all these peccadilloes.” But Luther was bringing something in need of forgiveness: failures to perfectly love God from the heart at every moment. Under Rome, he had no assurance.

An Achieved Catholic

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Yet, he far exceeded the monastery’s requirements of prayers, discipline, fasting, confession, and piety, for he knew full well that such rigor still landed him short of God’s requirements for righteousness. Neither was Luther indulging in secret, flagrant sin. He was a chaste man. Even so, he was tormented with the awareness of falling short of God’s requirements. Luther was not plagued with hallucinations of his sin, but a well-oiled conscience being made aware of his undealt-with sin. And his diligent attempts at killing his sin only kindled it. Luther, like so many under Rome, had no assurance that they could ever stand righteous before God.

Some scorn Luther for such behavior. But contrary to what some Romanist theologians claim, Martin Luther was not a psychopath engaged in self-abuse because he was deranged in the mind. Rather, he was of sound mind. Sound in the sense that he grasped his own sinfulness, and, consequently, his condemnation. In a system like Rome’s where eternal life must be earned, Luther was not a bad Catholic, but one of the best there ever was. Like a smoke alarm that fires off in response to smoke undetectable to the average human nose, so Luther’s conscience fired off in response to his violations of God’s law which were undetectable by most. Luther wrote:

I was a good monk, and I kept the rule of my order so strictly that I may say that if ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery it was I. All my brothers in the monastery who knew me will bear me out. If I had kept on any longer, I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, reading, and other work.

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Luther knew that such rigor was the only way make ground on the assurance of heaven under Rome. As Roland Bainton remarked of Luther: “The man who was later to revolt against monasticism became a monk for exactly the same reason as thousands of others, namely, in order to save his soul…Monasticism was the way par excellence to heaven.”

But Luther realized something profound in his Romanist devotion. One might work to merit righteousness by confessing all known sins, but that does not deal with man’s deeper problem. We are not condemned only by various sins we commit. We are condemned because of the sinful nature we possess. We sin because we are sinners. So, Catholic confession is merely clipping leaves on a bursting-forth willow tree. You cannot keep up with the leaf-clipping. Something more needs to be done for assurance.

Assurance Rediscovered

And then, it happened. Luther writes:

My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage him. Therefore I did not love a just and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him…Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that ‘the just shall live by his faith.’ Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning, and whereas before the ‘justice of God’ had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul became to me a gate to heaven.

assuranceWith that, the once tormented monk rested in the righteousness of Christ. Christian assurance had been rescued from the dark dungeon of Roman Catholicism. Luther realized that truth which every Christian has embraced and celebrated: the sinner’s assurance of right standing with God depends not on man’s moral proficiency before God, but on faith in the Person and finished work of Christ. Sinners do not progressively render themselves righteous before God through works, but are instantaneously declared righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. The penalty for our sin is not gradually purged through a mixture of man’s works, saintly merit, and time in Purgatory, but instantly forgiven through faith in Christ’s sin-bearing death on the cross. Righteousness sufficient for my assurance of heaven is not accumulated through careful keeping of the church’s sacraments, but is instantly credited by trusting in the righteous Christ alone as my mediator. Luther understood that justification is by faith alone in Christ alone. The result is that there is not one ounce of condemnation from God towards the sinner. And where there is an absence of condemnation, there is a presence of assurance.

Assurance Denied

But, the sad reality is that Roman Catholicism still plagues its adherents with the lack of assurance. The promise of heaven is something that Rome simply cannot give her devotees. Rome’s doctrine confirms this: “No one can know with a certainty of faith…that he has obtained the grace of God” (Council of Trent, 6th session, paragraph 9). Cardinal Robert Belarmine wrote, “The principle heresy of Protestants is that saints may obtain to a certain assurance of their gracious and pardoned state before God” (De justificatione 3.2.3). Christ’s sacrifice opens the possibility to heaven, but the sinner must rigorously work towards that possibility. And even then, the possibility remains only that.

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Rome has many other teachings which demonstrate her heresy of jeopardizing assurance. Purgatory, for example, is a teaching that must exist in a system of progressively earned righteousness. Though heaven is possible for those who “die in God’s grace and friendship,” they must yet be purified, or purged, in Purgatory for an indefinite amount of time. Some learned Catholics you speak with today will portray a nervousness over that indefinite duration.

If you listen carefully to contemporary Roman Catholic theologians, you will hear of assurance only in relation to those who have been canonized as saints. For example, when pope John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints in April of 2014, one Catholic official said that the declaration affirms that these men are in heaven. For Roman Catholicism, saints are individuals who have been canonized by Rome’s official declaration. They are said to have possessed heroic virtue, performed two miracles (one after their death, which is said to confirm their place in heaven), and are nominated by the church. The saints, then, are usually the only individuals who are said to be in heaven. “The title of saint tells us that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven, and is to be honored by the universal Church.”

Biblical Assurance

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Tragically, Roman Catholic teaching on assurance differs radically from that of Scripture. For example, the Apostle writes, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). To be justified here refers to having been declared in an absolute, unalterable state of perfect righteousness by God through Jesus Christ. Faith alone accesses that sufficient righteousness. Peace with God, or Christian assurance, is the consequence. No wavering. No wondering. No purging needed. Justification by faith alone in Christ alone renders us in a state of assurance. Christ proclaimed, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Later, Paul wrote, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Notice something amazing here. The consequence of union with Christ (“in Christ Jesus”), is a state of no-condemnation. The instant a sinner enters into union with Christ by faith, at that moment, there is no guilt, no penalty, and no remaining sentence for sin. It’s over and done. If the Christian dies with unconfessed sin, not to worry. They will awake, and stand before Christ in complete righteousness. Christ’s atoning death on the cross absorbs all of the Christian’s condemnation with the result that not one ounce of sin remains for expunging. Christ’s death satisfies the wrath of God. And we would not dare suppose that our puny, imperfect human acts of righteousness could ever add to Christ’s one, colossal, perfect act at the cross. Simply put, Rome offers assurance as a mere possibility to the highest moral heroes. God offers assurance as an absolute certainty to the lowest moral failures.

Five Solas 4Because Roman Catholicism maintains the heresy of a lack of assurance, its teaching must be vehemently opposed. The true gospel offers to sinners tormented with a guilty conscience the real peace through the assurance of Christ’s work, not theirs. Contrary to Rome, God offers sinners the free, instant gift of assurance through faith in Christ. That no-condemnation status can belong to any sinner because Christ took our condemned status on himself.

During this 498th official Reformation season, let us celebrate the rediscovery of Christian assurance: the certainty of right standing with God and entrance into heaven through faith alone in the Person and substitutionary atoning death of Jesus Christ.


Seven Great and Seven Bad Experiences of First-time Church Guests

If you want to make an immediate difference in your church, read these fourteen brief experiences. The readers at ThomRainer.com responded to an informal Twitter survey about their experiences as first-time guests in churches, both good and bad.

I chose seven from each of the good and bad experiences. My decision to choose those in this article was largely based on what I see and read on a regular basis. In other words, these “7 + 7” represent issues that are common in many churches. The good experiences, in particular, represent some of the best practices of healthy churches.

After each of the fourteen experiences, I cite a lesson to be learned. I hope these lessons can have specific application in your church. Most of the quotes are verbatim. Some have been slightly modified without changing the essence of the comment.

Seven Great Experiences

  1. “They went out of the way to make my children calm and happy.” Lesson: Many guests are looking for something in a church for their children. Go out of the way to make the children happy and safe.
  2. “A lady befriended us and took us to her small group.” Lesson: Assimilation and discipleship are highly effective in small groups. This church member was on target.
  3. “The pastor offered to take us to lunch.” Lesson: Connections with the pastor are highly effective in getting guests to return. Churches should consider including in the budget a meal fund for their pastor to take guests to lunch.
  4. “A church member wrote our children a letter after meeting us.” Lesson: Personal and individual attention can go a long way toward reaching guests.
  5. “The church was clean and had great signage.” Lesson: First impressions are very important to connect with first-time guests. Cleanliness and signage communicates: “We care.”
  6. “A church member invited us to lunch.” Lesson: Churches need to make certain their friendliness is more than a perfunctory greeting. This action by the church member was great.
  7. “We were greeted in the parking lot and walked to where we were supposed to go.” Lesson: Well-trained parking lot greeters can be a huge factor in guest retention. These greeters did it the right way.

Seven Bad Experiences

  1. “I didn’t know what they were talking about. It was a lot of internal language and acronyms.” Lesson: Don’t expect guests to speak your churchy language. Expect them not to return if you do.
  2. “No one spoke to us.” Lesson: Most churches perceive they are friendly, but they are not. Members only speak to those they know.
  3. “We were given ear plugs when we walked in.” Lesson: Know what you’re communicating by your actions. In this case, they were saying the guests were too old for the music, or the music was too loud for everyone.
  4. “My wife and I are a mixed race couple. The greeter suggested we might be at the wrong church.” Lesson: Don’t be stupid.
  5. “The friendliness seemed contrived and fake.” Lesson: If the members are only friendly during a time of greeting, it can actually be perceived more negatively than no friendliness at all.
  6. “They asked us to stand up and introduce ourselves.” Lesson: Such a request is terrifying to many people. Don’t do it.
  7. “The greeter gave me a children’s bulletin and told me I could color on it. I’m twenty years old.” Lesson: Some greeters have no business being greeters.

Share with me some of your experiences. Let me hear from you about your feelings about these fourteen experiences. Let us hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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More Megachurch Misconduct

The founder of a popular Singapore church was found guilty Wednesday of misappropriating more than $35.5 million in donations to support his wife’s singing career in Asia before helping her break into the U.S. market for evangelization purposes. Kong Hee, the founder and senior pastor of City Harvest Church, was found guilty with five other church leaders of stealing 24 million Singapore dollars ($17.3 million) designated for building and investment-related purposes through sham bond investments.

The State Court also found that they used another 26 million Singapore dollars to hide the first embezzlement from auditors. It is a rare case of corruption of such magnitude in the city-state, which has an image of being highly law-abiding and largely graft-free. “They were not genuine transactions because the accused persons controlled these transactions,” presiding judge See Kee Onn said in finding Mr. Kong guilty on three counts of criminal breach of trust.

No one anywhere should pastor any church that they don’t know the name of every person who is a member of the congregation.  If your church has too many people for the pastor to know, send them off and start a new church in a different area.


Three Motivations to Give It All For Jesus

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor and theologian who would eventually die at the hands of the Nazi regime, offered up one of the most sobering summaries of the Christian faith: “When Jesus bids a man to follow him, he bids him come and die.”

Jesus pointed out that to truly follow him, his disciples were to pick up a cross. We use crosses decoratively these days: we wear them as jewelry, put them on the walls in our houses, even have them tattooed on our bodies. But for those first disciples, the cross was anything but decorative. It was a symbol of torture. Wearing a cross as jewelry in the first century would have been as out of place as an African American wearing a decorative noose around his neck in the 19th century.

Bonhoeffer was right: the demands of Jesus are total. His call to follow isn’t an offer of a different way of life, but a call to give it all, even life itself. What kind of motive would make anyone follow a call like that? Mark 8:35–38 gives us three motivations:

1. God brings life through obedience.

Obedience to Jesus sometimes feels like death. But that feeling isn’t the end of the story. As Jesus put it, “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:35). Obedience to God may feel like death, but the result is actually life.

The forgiveness you extend will come at a cost to you; it will feel like a death. But that “death” will restore a relationship and release you from the poison of bitterness.

The sinful relationship you walk away from will feel like a death. But that “death” will open up the possibility for a healthy, life-giving relationship for you and for that other person.

The financial sacrifice you make will force you to die to some of your comforts and your ambitions. But that “death” will yield life—not only through the ministries you support, but in your own heart as well.

Obedience to God is never easy. On many days, it will feel like the cost of the sacrifice is too great, that the only outcome is a kind of death. But if we could only see clearly, we’d realize that this is actually God’s instrument of life.

2. You can’t hold on to it anyway.

There’s a subtle logic behind Jesus’ words here: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (Mark 8:36–37). Whatever you’re holding onto now that keeps you from full surrender to Jesus—in the end, you simply can’t keep it.

Think about it: what would you hang onto now that would be worth your soul then? I know so many college students who won’t consider the lordship of Jesus because they want to keep their sexual freedom. Jesus is asking, “Is that really worth the trade?” Do you really think a few sexual escapades now are worth more than your eternal soul?

Or I think of the thousands upon thousands of people in our churches who simply won’t give Jesus control of their career or their finances. Sure, you can hang on to your money for a while in this life. But then what? When you die and the undertakers dress you up for your funeral, your death suit won’t have pockets—because you aren’t taking a dime of your life’s savings with you.

Whatever you’re holding onto now, you’re going to lose it eventually. So if you and I are both going to end up with empty pockets, why trade our soul away for those things now? As the missionary Jim Elliot once said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

3. Jesus was not ashamed of you.

“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). I’ve always read that verse as a warning for us to never deny Jesus. And that’s partially true. But we also need to read it in the context of Jesus’ life.

The irony of this verse is that Jesus, who should have been ashamed of us, wasn’t. The cross he picked up for us was voluntary. We have a lot to gain from picking up our crosses; he had nothing to gain, and everything to lose.

And yet. And yet, out of love for me, he identified with me and picked up a cross to save me. Jesus Christ is the only God who shows his greatness in this—by stooping down from heaven to take on hell. As the only perfect man in history, Jesus was the only one who had the right to avoid death. And yet, out of love for me, he endured death so that I might live. Is that not a God worth leaving everything for?

 

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Twelve Points That Show Christianity Is True

I’ve had the privilege of taking a course on apologetics with Dr. Norman Geisler. He’s considered by many to be one of the foremost apologists alive today. I’ve certainly come to appreciate Dr. Geisler all the more since becoming one of his students.

In his lectures, he was adamant about driving home the twelve points that show Christianity is true. This is a logical case that starts by arguing for the existence of objective truth and concludes that the Bible is the Word of God. These twelve points have provided me with a strategy to keep in the back of my mind when asked about the veracity of the Christian faith. I hope this will be as helpful to you as it has been for me.

  1. Truth about reality is knowable.
  2. Opposites cannot both be true.
  3. The theistic God exists.
  4. If God exists, then miracles are possible.
  5. Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God.
  6. The New Testament is historically reliable.
  7. The New Testament says that Jesus claimed to be God.
  8. Jesus’ claim to be God is confirmed by miracles.
  9. Therefore, Jesus is God.
  10. Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.
  11. Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God.
  12. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false).

When Depression Descends, Do the Next Thing

When Depression Descends, Do the Next ThingIn episode 711, John Piper addresses Christians who are facing spiritual darkness, and calls them to sing and preach.

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How to Know the Will of God

How to Know the Will of GodDo you want to know God’s will for your life — your job, your marriage, your ministry? In this sermon, John Piper helps us understand the will of God and how to know it. More than revealing his secret plans for tomorrow, God wants to make you new. That’s his good purpose for you in all things.

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This is the most sensible suggestion that I’ve read recently.

Recommended New Book

The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide: A Vision for Married and Single People by Tim and Kathy Keller. So happy to see this companion study guide for The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. It’s been the most influential marriage book I’ve read. Guess I can take down my “unofficial study guide” now that the real thing has arrived.

Kindle Books

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith by Alister McGrath $3.99.

Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine by Kevin Vanhoozer $2.99.

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain $1.99.

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs $0.99.

Video

Family Reunion after 40 Years
They were separated decades ago in South Korea only to have been reunited in Florida this year while working the same shift, on the same floor, in the same hospital.


Links I like

 

Kindle deals for Christian readers

How Confidence Makes Us Kind

Russell Moore:

How do we engage the culture with convictional kindness? How do we remain compassionate and loving, even in the face of intense opposition and hostility? If we’re going to be obedient in this, we must have confidence.

Train Up a Parent

Trevin Wax:

To interpret Proverbs 22:6 as a promise without exceptions is to misread the genre. Sometimes, you’ll find children who are faithful to the Lord – more faithful than their parents. In these cases, the “good outcome” did not depend on their parents’ training.

Joyless Christianity is Dangerous

Jim Johnston:

Are you in spiritual danger? If you were, how would you know?

One key sign of spiritual danger is losing your joy. Don’t skim past what Paul says at the end of Philippians 3:1. “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (Philippians 3:1). Paul reminds them to rejoice because it is safe.

Joy is one of the vital gauges on the dashboard of the Christian life. When the needle dips — when you lose your joy — you should take note. To stay safe, you need to pay attention to your joy.

Four Warning Signs You’re Approaching Burnout

Eric Geiger:

The pressure, responsibilities, and pace placed on leaders can be immense. If leaders don’t care for themselves, burnout is inevitable. Sadly, many leaders struggle with reading the signs that they are approaching burnout. Despite all the advice, books, and sessions calling leaders to care for themselves, many leaders struggle with slowing down. Many fail to listen continually to their bodies, their friends, and their emotions.

9 Things You Should Know About Global Persecution of Christians

Joe Carter offers an update on the plight of Christians around the globe:

Last week the State Department released its International Religious Freedom Report for 2014. A major concern addressed in this year’s report is the violent opposition to religious freedom, including the persecution of Christians. Here are nine things you should know about the persecution being faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe.


A La Carte (October 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include Kindle devices: The base model is down to $59.99 and several others are discounted as well (including the Paperwhite). As for books, try Faith Speaking Understanding by Kevin Vanhoozer ($2.99) Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards ($2.99), or Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy ($0.99).

The Ology

The Ology is a neat new resource for kids from Marty Machowski. It is on sale this week at Westminster Books. It is also available at Amazon.

Single You Will Be the Married You

“Joining a gym won’t instantly transform your physique. Starting a blog won’t immediately make you a good writer. Purchasing a piano won’t make you a musician. The same principle is true for marriage. Getting married will not make you a good spouse or a better person.” Indeed.

Her Heart So Kind and So Weary

Barry York wrote a sweet tribute to his mother.

Five Attractions of Passive Sanctification

“Passive sanctification is an error that has stalked and hurt the Christian church and many Christian lives through the years. The basic idea is that personal holiness is achieved without any personal activity, without any physical effort.” David Murray shows why this is attractive.

This Day in 1885. The martyrdom of two Christians in Africa inspired James Hannington to offer himself as a missionary 130 years ago today. *

The Reformation & the Rediscovery of Christian Assurance

Assurance is such a powerful and important doctrine.

How Confidence Makes Us Kind

“How do we engage the culture with convictional kindness? How do we remain compassionate and loving, even in the face of intense opposition and hostility? If we’re going to be obedient in this, we must have confidence.”


The Daily Discovery (October 21, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Church is Not a Drive-Through Restaurant – “Paul describes the unity and diversity of gifts in the body of Christ by saying: ‘Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good’ (1 Cor. 12:4–7). All of us are gifted from the same Spirit; all of us are called to serve in the power of the same Lord; all of us are called to be active by the same God; all of us have gifts to serve the common good. As Paul goes on to say to the Corinthians, ‘all were made to drink of one Spirit’ (v. 13).”

Dawkins’ Mind Is Closed – “During the interview, Dawkins was asked ‘whether the atheist leader would ever change his mind about God, he said that he’s open to the idea. ‘Just show me some evidence and I’ll change,’ Dawkins said.’ Well, Dawkins has been shown overwhelming evidence by many people through books, discussions, a radio debate with my friend Dr. Andy McIntosh, and so on! In fact, God tells us that people like Richard Dawkins are without excuse (Romans 1:20). Dawkins reminds me of the Pharisees in John 9. After Jesus had healed the man blind from birth, the Pharisees questioned the man and his parents, and even with the evidence glaring at them, they refused to believe.”

Ben Carson and the Religious Test for Public Office – “Ben Carson doesn’t think a Muslim should be president and despite widespread criticism he hasn’t backed down. The controversy over Carson’s commentsencapsulates the ambiguity of our country’s relationship to religion — a relationship that goes back to the Founding Fathers and the writing of the Constitution. It’s clear that by not having an established national church, the earliest Americans did not want to impose a religious test for public office. No one would be automatically disqualified due to religious reasons.”

How to Know the Will of God – “We are going to look at the first two verses in Romans 12 and talk about the will of God, what it means, how to find it, and what it means to have your mind renewed to find it. As you know, chapter 12 follows the first eleven chapters. And it begins with a glorious ‘therefore’ (‘I appeal to you therefore’). The wonders that he is calling us into in walking with Christ in a renewed way are built on massive theology in chapters 1-11. It doesn’t get any bigger than Romans 1-11. It doesn’t get any deeper than Romans 1-11. And this is what it was all building towards: new minds discerning the will of God and lives of worship.”

14 Reasons to Memorize an Entire Book of the Bible – “I recently spent about 16 months memorizing 1 Corinthians and then recited it as a sermon to my church. I want that text in my blood. Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way regarding both why and how to memorize an entire book of the Bible. Today I unpack the rationale for memorizing Scripture, and tomorrow I’ll provide a method I’ve found helpful for memorizing God’s Word. Here are 14 reasons to memorize a whole book of the Bible…”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – The First False Convert


VIDEOS:

Damnable beliefs.

Synergism: The Weak Jesus of Catholicism and Evangelicalism


“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus.  It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur



Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Top Headlines

Church Attack Routs Thousands of Indonesian Christians

Family Uses Cancelled Wedding as Opportunity to Serve the Homeless

Actor Kelsey Grammer Makes Bold Statement with Anti-abortion Shirt

Elderly Christian Nurse Cries out to God and is Saved from Islamic Terrorist Attack

‘Black Jesus’ TV Show Outrages Christians Nationwide

Christian Choir Ordered to Stop Singing and Called a ‘Nuisance’ by Neighborhood

Assyrian Christian Refugees Pursued to Sweden and Threatened by Islamic Militants

Republican Candidates Appeal to Religious Conservatives

Illinois School Sparks Controversy by Making Students Learn Muslim Vocabulary Words

Ben Carson Says He Believes God Created the Earth but Does Not Know When

Opinion

Ben Carson Wouldn’t Vote for Muslim President Because He Takes Religion Seriously

Planned Parenthood Changes Its Plans, But We Do not

Lindsay Lohan for President?

Autism and Human Dignity

How to Fail until You Succeed


10/21/15 Why Could We Not Cast It Out?

By Chuck Lawless on Oct 21, 2015 01:00 am

READING: Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  They were Jesus’ disciples, but they could not cast out a demon. A hurting, desperate father brought his possessed son to the disciples, and the combined texts of the three gospel readings today speak of the tragedy: “I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him” (Matt. 17:16); “so I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t” (Mark 9:18); “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t” (Luke 9:40).

Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus’ words about why they could not cast out the demon. They had too little faith (Matt. 17:20), and they weren’t praying (Mark 9:29). Apparently, they had some faith they could cast out a demon, but that faith also apparently didn’t necessitate prayer. It’s quite likely they simply assumed that because they had previously been victorious in days gone by (Mark 6:12-13), they would necessarily be victorious this day, too. That is, they were banking on today’s victory on the basis of yesterday’s power. 

And, as they learned, that’s a bad way to do ministry.

ACTION STEPS: Take up your cross today. Seek God today. Don’t assume victory this day just because you had victory yesterday.

PRAYER: “Father, thank You for a new day. Lead me in Your power today.”


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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October 21, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Representative Paul Ryan said he’ll run for U.S. House speaker if Republicans unify behind him and accede to his other demands but is meeting early resistance from the conservative faction that drove John Boehner from the job.

After a year suffering the economic consequences of the oil price slump, OPEC is finally on the cusp of choking off growth in U.S. crude output. The nation’s production is almost back down to the level pumped in November 2014, when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries switched its strategy to focus on battering competitors and reclaiming market share.

Wages are still stagnant, yet employers have found something else to help attract and retain employees: health-care benefits. A good insurance plan has become a more vital tool than ever for hiring, according to a recent survey from the Society of Human Resources.

Russia beat Saudi Arabia to become the biggest seller of crude to China for the second time this year in the race to supply the world’s biggest energy consumer. Asia’s largest economy bought a record 4.04 million metric tons of crude from Russia, or about 988,000 barrels a day, in September.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in his first official foreign visit since the civil war erupted in 2011, underscoring the growing Russian role in the four-year conflict.

AP Top Stories

China’s consul general in the Philippines’ second biggest city was wounded and two of his staff members were killed on Wednesday during a lunchtime gun attack at a restaurant, police said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked uproar in Israel on Wednesday for suggesting that a World War II-era Palestinian leader convinced the Nazis to adopt their Final Solution to exterminate European Jews.

America’s most famous ship is celebrating yet another birthday in Boston, as the iconic USS Constitution turns 218 years old today.

Canada’s prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he told US President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and his ex-wife Elena on Tuesday announced they had reached a deal to settle their divorce, which had been dubbed the costliest break-up of all time. In May 2014, a Swiss court awarded Elena Rybolovlev over $4.2 billion– the equivalent of half his fortune, in their divorce, which at the time was dubbed the divorce of the century.

A Syrian town captured from Islamic State by Kurdish-led forces in June joined the Kurdish-led political order in northern Syria on Wednesday, officials said, a move likely to deepen Turkish concerns about the Kurds’ expanding role just over the border.

Some Edward Snowden leaks have revealed that the NSA and other intelligence agencies can break encryption barriers for mass surveillance purposes. It has been theorized that a flaw in encryption used by many Internet services lets the spy agency decrypt HTTPS, SSH, and VPN traffic, and a new paper seems to prove that. Indeed, a massive effort comparable to the attempts of breaking the German Enigma coding machine during the World War II seems to have given the NSA the tools required to break trillions of secure connections.

Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed a glittering state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in a visit to Britain focused on business deals and stronger trade ties.

A team of shipwreck explorers has discovered a mid-19th century sunken steamship, believed to be the oldest of its kind ever found in Lake Ontario, one of its members said on Tuesday.

Iran will not give up its stockpile of enriched uranium or repurpose the heavy water nuclear reactor at Arak until the issue of possible military dimensions (PMDs) to its disputed nuclear program is solved, its top leader said on Wednesday.

The US military has deployed a dozen A-10 ground-attack planes to the air base at Incirlik in southern Turkey, a US official said Tuesday.

Oil prices fell to three-week lows on Wednesday after a big build in U.S. crude inventories fed concerns that demand may not be enough to absorb one of the largest global surpluses in modern times.

A perfect storm of rising rents, student loan debt and a genuine fear of investing have driven the retirement age for new college graduates up to 75,

BBC

Two Chinese diplomats have been killed and a third wounded after a woman opened fire at a restaurant in the central Philippine city of Cebu.

Tents have been torched at a transit camp in Slovenia, allegedly by migrants angry at how they are being treated. They torched the tents at the camp in Brezice to protest at the slow process of registering them and moving them to the Austrian border, witnesses said.

WND

On Sunday in Twin Falls, Idaho, more than 100 people marched through town with signs and U.S. flags, protesting refugee resettlement in their town and demanding that a local community college shut down its resettlement office.

In St. Cloud, Minnesota, a group of concerned citizens became visibly upset at a townhall last Tuesday when Gov. Mark Dayton announced that anyone who is not comfortable with that state’s growing diversity, including its expanding Somali refugee population, “should find another state” because Minnesota’s economy “cannot expand based on white, B+, native-born citizens. We don’t have enough.”

A senator in Ireland has taken the culture war to a new level, saying to fellow politicos they ought to let “gay” cousins marry since they can’t have kids, anyway.


Top Headlines – 10/21/2015

Mystery deaths spread fear of Ebola relapses
Doctors and health officials in Sierra Leone told Reuters that a handful of mystery deaths among discharged patients may also be types of Ebola relapses, stirring fear that the deadly virus may last far longer than previously thought in the body, causing other potentially lethal complications.

A Request to Pope Francis to Return Temple Menorah And Other Temple Vessels Hidden in the Vatican
Three years ago we sent a letter to the former Pope , Benedict XVI. In this letter we requested him to return all of the articles that the Romans robbed from the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem, especially the golden seven-branched candelabra Temple Menorah. The Romans brought the Temple Menorah along with the other temple vessels to Rome.

Iraq’s ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes
Iraq’s ruling alliance and powerful Shi’ite militias have urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to request Russian air strikes on Islamic State militants, who control large parts of the country, members of the coalition and militias told Reuters.

IBEX sheds new light on solar system boundary
“For a Small Explorer, the scientific output has been tremendous,” said Eric Christian, IBEX mission scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “These 14 new papers seven years after launch show just how exciting a mission this is.”

Controversial study claims 99.9 percent chance of major Los Angeles earthquake in 3 years
Angelenos live under constant threat of a major earthquake, but a controversial new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory puts a number on that threat. The scientific paper claims there is a 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake between magnitude 5 and 6.3 in less than three years.

At Kremlin, Assad discusses military support for Syria with Putin
Russian leader says positive developments on military front in Syria would provide basis for long-term political solution.

With Obama’s new plan for Syrian rebels, new worries
Obama’s plan to directly arm rebels fighting inside Syria is raising concern from Congress and intelligence officials over whether it provides enough safeguards to prevent the weapons falling into the wrong hands.

‘Palestinian mufti convinced Hitler to massacre Europe’s Jews,’ Netanyahu says
In a speech to delegates at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the premier claimed that Hitler’s original intentions were solely to expel the Jews.

Swarm of quakes continues to circle East Bay
In the last week, hundreds of small earthquakes, and a few not-so-small, have hit in along the Calaveras Fault centered in San Ramon. Seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley say these are not foreshocks or aftershocks for a bigger quake. They call it a swarm.

5.5 earthquake shakes Japan’s Fukushima & Miyagi regions
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has hit near the Fukushima prefecture in Japan, with residents of some 10 other prefectures feeling the tremor.

Major earthquake in South Pacific does not pose tsunami threat
The South Pacific nation of Vanuatu was shaken Wednesday by a magnitude-7.3 earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Global stocks slip as earnings, China weakness weigh
European stocks fell on Wednesday, dragged lower by negative third quarter earnings reports and the biggest fall in Chinese stocks in over a month. British publisher Pearson (PSON.L) slumped 13 percent…financials were hit as Swedish banks missed earnings expectations and Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) announced plans to raise 6 billion Swiss francs ($6.29 billion)capital after missing expectations also.

Jordan plays host to Israel hate fest
The Jordanian lawyers union held a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians on Tuesday in what could have easily been termed an Israel hate fest. The lawyers drew blue stars of David on the ground in the hallways and stairs of Amman’s courthouse, so that all those coming and going could have there chance to sully the Jewish symbol.

Netanyahu causes uproar by blaming Palestinians for Holocaust
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked uproar in Israel on Wednesday for suggesting that a World War II-era Palestinian leader convinced the Nazis to adopt their Final Solution to exterminate European Jews. Holocaust experts slammed Netanyahu’s comments as historically inaccurate and serving the interests of Holocaust deniers by lessening the responsibility of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

Taliban seize British stronghold in Helmand as security unravels
A former British stronghold in Helmand has fallen to the Taliban just 12 months after UK combat troops left the province and civilians are fleeing… fearing insurgents will soon move on the town. The heavy fighting north west of Lashkar Gah…comes days before the first anniversary of Britain’s withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan.

Russia shrugs off US anxiety over military satellite
A Russian military satellite which parked itself between two US Intelsat satellites did not put them at risk, a Russian space expert says. Ivan Moiseyev, head of Russia’s Space Policy Institute, said he understood US concerns about the Luch relay satellite’s manoeuvres. “But the possibility of a collision or some kind of interference is extremely small,” he was quoted as saying.

Canada to withdraw fighter jets from Syria and Iraq strikes
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal Party to victory in the polls. As part of his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016.

Xi Jinping to seal Hinkley Point nuclear power deal in UK
China’s leader is expected to put the seal later on its contribution to what will be the first UK nuclear power plant to be built in a generation. The plant could be opened by 2025 at Hinkley Point, in Somerset, with China likely to cover about 30% of the cost. President Xi Jinping is meeting Prime Minister David Cameron later, on the second day of his UK state visit.

At Kremlin, Assad discusses military support for Syria with Putin
Syrian President Bashar Assad thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his military support during a visit to Moscow, according to a transcript of their meeting published on the Kremlin website. At the meeting, Putin said Russia was also ready to help with a political solution in Syria, and would work closely on that with other world powers who want a peaceful solution to Syria’s prolonged conflict.

Paul Ryan tells House Republicans he’s willing to run, if conditions are met
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) moved closer to the House speakership Tuesday, telling fellow Republicans that he would consider taking the job if he could be assured that the caucus would unite behind him.

What Netanyahu needs to know: What exactly will the U.S. do when Iran violates the nuclear deal?
When President Obama meets in Washington November 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imagine Netanyahu’s main concern will be to find out exactly what the U.S. means by “infringement” as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. What exactly will the U.S. do when, not if, Iran violates the deal? What if Israel and the U.S. disagree as to whether there has been a violation?

Questions, answers on cluster of quakes near San Francisco
A swarm of small earthquakes has been rattling an area east of San Francisco, with more than 200 recorded since last week. All the quakes were centered around the city of San Ramon on either the Calaveras Fault or offshoots of it. The largest struck Monday and was logged as a magnitude-3.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No injuries or major damage have been reported.

Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader
Russian air strikes in Syria’s Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign enemies, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.

Arabs’ draft UNESCO resolution on Al-Aqsa draws Israel ire
A group of Arab states has angered Israel by submitting a draft resolution to the UN cultural body stating that Jerusalem’s Western Wall — the holiest site at which Jews can pray — is an “integral part” of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.


Top Headlines – 10/21/2015

Abbas to call for protection of Palestinians at UN Human Rights Council session

Israel’s ‘harsh responses’ to Palestinian violence won’t bring peace, Ban says

Netanyahu to Ban: Abbas has joined ISIS and Hamas

UNESCO chief, Washington bash draft text claiming Western Wall is a Muslim Holy site

UNESCO: Protection of Jerusalem’s holy sites shouldn’t be taken hostage

Kerry extends possibility of meeting Netanyahu in Mideast, rather than Germany

MDA update: 10 Israelis killed, 112 hurt in past three weeks of terror wave

Dutch victim of East Talpiot attack: I yelled ‘Jesus, save me!’

Ban to Rivlin: If we don’t act fast, dynamics on the ground may only get worse

Gaza front ‘under control,’ Netanyahu says at border

IDF targets Gaza terror cell behind recent sniper attacks

Israel arrests Hamas co-founder, accusing him of inciting recent violence

Official Palestinian Paper Promotes Gruesome Blood Worship

‘I want to stab a Jew,’ young girl tells her teacher father

Jordan plays host to Israel hate fest

Hundreds in Prague protest terror wave in Israel

Purported CIA email hacker pushed for ‘Free Palestine,’ praised Allah on Twitter

Israel, US resume defense aid talks halted over Iran deal

What Netanyahu needs to know: What exactly will the U.S. do when Iran violates the nuclear deal?

‘Assad doesn’t have to leave tomorrow, can be part of transitional process’ – US State Department

Turkey ready to accept six-month transition period for Syria’s Assad

U.S. general wins assurance Iraq will not seek Russia air strikes

Pro-government source: Three Russians killed in Syria

ISIS Terrorist Abandons Jihad After Witnessing ‘Love of Christians’ at Jordanian Refugee Camp, Aid Group Says

‘New Jungle’ grows: Shocking images show migrant camp in French port city, mayor calls on army

Slovenia to ask EU for police back-up to cope with influx of migrants

Assyrian Christian Refugees Pursued to Sweden and Threatened by Islamic Militants

Christian Churches Demolished in Indonesia to Appease Mob of Enraged Muslims

New report finds Mideast Christians may disappear in less than a generation

Trump: Revoke Passports For Those Who Go To Fight For ISIS, Would ‘Look At Closing Certain Mosques’

Canada election: New PM Justin Trudeau expected to halt combat missions against Isis and welcome more refugees

Canada Has a New Government, and Some Nasty Old Problems

Saudi urges Iran to stop ‘meddling’ in neighbourhood

Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll at least 2,177

Texas teen arrested over clock is moving to Qatar with his family

Putin: 20 terror plots foiled in Russia this year

Russia builds massive Arctic military base

Russia shrugs off US anxiety over military satellite

Republicans warn Obama not to veto defense policy bill in time of critical global threats

Biden contradicts Clinton account of bin Laden raid – and his own

Paul Ryan Says He’ll Run for Speaker, but Only on His Terms

Reid offers surprise support for Ryan as speaker

Paul Ryan’s new partner: Obama

OPEC is About to Crush the U.S. Oil Boom

A new breed of ‘wealth therapists’ is here to help the super rich

Rich Americans got a lot richer last year

China Calls for New Global Reserve Currency to Replace Dollar

Government takes family’s land near Area 51

Fright night flyby: Skyscraper-sized asteroid will pass Earth on Halloween

Major 7.3 earthquake hits off Vanuatu, no tsunami warning

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Drake Passage

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 35,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 28,000ft

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sinabung volano in Indonesia erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

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

Tropical Storm Koppu to Lash Philippines Through Midweek Before Targeting Taiwan

Olaf strengthens to major hurricane, still far offshore

Tropical Depression Forms off Mexican Coast

Australia PM adviser says climate change is ‘UN-led ruse to establish new world order’

New MK Cohen-Paran: Israel must take part in global action plan on climate change

This robot uses artificial brain cells to navigate like a human

Ray Kurzweil’s Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s

‘Your Genome Isn’t Really Secret,’ Says Google Ventures’s Bill Maris

Genetically-engineered, extra-muscular dogs created by Chinese scientists

Ebola worst infectious disease in world, says Ulster Hospital medic

Will California Governor Jerry Brown Sign Bill Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion?

Man Charged With Killing 7 in 2 States Says He Heard Devil

England: Some Churches May Open Only on ‘Festival’ Days

Pope Francis Says the Bible Is a ‘Highly Dangerous Book’

Warrant Out For His Arrest, Ron Luce Appears On TBN’s ‘Praise The Lord’

Christian Football Player Shot Dead by Pastor Who Allegedly Got His Wife Pregnant

Hillsong Sodomites Now Accommodated in Los Angeles

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Frontrunning: October 21

  • Global Stock Markets Edge Higher Though Global Growth Concerns Weigh (Read More)
  • Nikkei up 1.9% because Japan export growth slows sharply, raising fears of recession (Read More)
  • Saudis Risk Draining Financial Assets in 5 Years, IMF Says (Read More)
  • Syria’s Assad flies to Moscow to thank Russia’s Putin for air strikes (Read More)
  • US Prosecutor Preet Bharara Probing Daily Fantasy-Sports Business (Read More)
  • Syrian army denies Russian ground forces fighting in Syria (Read More)
  • OPEC Is About to Crush the U.S. Oil Boom (Read More)
  • J.P. Morgan Near Deal to Sell Majority of Highbridge Private Equity Business (Read More)
  • Paul Ryan’s Demands for House Speaker Race Meet Early Resistance (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse Drops as Investors Question Strategy’s Targets (Read More)
  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: 30% of Our Trips Take Place in China (Read More)
  • The 401(k) Crisis Is Getting Worse (Read More)
  • Brazil Impeachment Papers About to Drop as Crisis Hits New Stage (Read More)
  • U.S., Russia Reach Agreement on Syrian Flights (Read More)
  • Iran top leader Khamenei approves nuclear deal: official website (Read More)
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  • Biden offers new account of his advice to Obama on bin Laden raid (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Trudeau made Prime Minister in election that reveals radical worldview shift in Canada

Canada’s new leader to pull planes from anti-Islamic State coalition, Washington Post (DeNeen L. Brown)

A New Trudeau Era in Canada, New York Times (Editorial Board)

In Unpredictable Canadian Elections, Plurality Is More Important Than Popularity, New York Times (Jim Dwyer)

2) Paul Ryan’s candidacy for Speaker of House will test ability of Republicans to unify

Paul Ryan tells House Republicans he’s willing to run, if conditions are met, Washington Post (Mike DeBonis and Robert Costa)

3) Surge of cannabis industry in Colorado illustrates success in mainstreaming marijuana

Marijuana industry drives Denver metro area’s real estate recovery, Denver Post (Emily Rusch)

As GOP candidates debate economy, Colorado pot offers opportunity, Denver Post (Joey Bunch)

Mother of all highs, The Economist

 

In other news…

Rick Pitino has to go as details of Louisville sex parties emerge, USA Today (Nancy Armour)

In Defense of Christendom, The Wall Street Journal (Bret Stephens)

Ancient crystals might rewrite Earth’s early history, The Washington Post (Rachel Feltman)
Beijing Reaches for Military Upper Hand in Asia, Wall Street Journal (Andrew Browne)
Moral Equivalence in the Middle East, National Review (Victor Davis Hanson)
Is It Possible to Speak about Culture?, National Review (Kevin D. Williamson)
Bernie Sanders’ Debt To Religious Freedom, The Federalist (David Marcus)

Daily Digest

October 21, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1808

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Ryan’s Conditions for Speaker Run

By Nate Jackson

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Paul Ryan said Tuesday he’s willing to take a shot at being House speaker, but only under certain conditions. “If I can truly be a unifying figure, then I will gladly serve,” Ryan said. “I’ll be happy to stay where I am at the Ways and Means Committee.” Not only are other Republicans drafting Ryan to run for speaker, but he has repeatedly insisted he doesn’t want the job. “This is not a job I’ve ever wanted,” he told reporters after a meeting with Republicans, yet he “came to the conclusion that this is a very dire moment.” That position as the reluctant warrior likely means he’ll be able to secure at least some of the concessions he seeks.

First, Ryan aims to delegate some of the traditional traveling and fundraising duties of the speaker to someone else. John Boehner spends about 200 days on the road every year. But Ryan has a young family back home in Wisconsin, and he isn’t going to sacrifice them on the altar of politics. (Would that more men were willing to be husbands and fathers first.)

Second, and far more significant, Ryan wants unity among Republicans — support from the Republican Study Committee, the Freedom Caucus, the moderate Tuesday Group, and so on. Members have until Friday to decide whether they’re willing to put aside their quarrels and rally behind him, or whether he should leave the job nobody wants to someone else.

Republican unity has been particularly hard to come by over the last few years, as most agree on what to oppose but not how to oppose it. Those intraparty fights often resulted in self-inflicted defeats, and, eventually, frustration boiled over and conservatives forced Boehner’s resignation. We believe that’s a good thing, but Republicans need someone around whom they can rally. Ryan could very well be that guy.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some reservations about his conditions. For example, National Review’s Elaina Plott reports, “[A]mong Ryan’s terms was the repeal of the Motion to Vacate the Chair, which Thomas Jefferson authored and which gives House members the power to oust a sitting Speaker. It was the piece of parliamentary procedure used to dethrone John Boehner just last month, and based on conversations with two Freedom Caucus members, could prove Ryan’s most difficult obstacle to gaining their support.”

Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt adds, “What Ryan wants is to change the rule that allows for a GOP minority to team up with Democrats to dethrone a speaker. In exchange, he is offering to democratize some parts of House procedure, which meets some demands of the holdouts who decry the heavy-handed tactics of the current regime.”

It’s understandable that Ryan isn’t keen to take a job he never wanted only to have Republicans draw their knives on him after a move some don’t like. That said, it’s also a considerable red flag for conservatives who’ve learned not to trust leadership. We’ll see if Republicans or Ryan concede on this one.

Ryan is a good man and a good conservative on most issues. Time will tell if he’s asking too much to do a job Republicans need him to do. But it’s hard to deny his reasoning isn’t motivated by love of family and country first.

He closed his remarks by saying, “I consider whether to do this with reluctance. And I mean that in the most personal of ways.

“Like many of you, Janna and I have children who are in the formative, foundational years of their lives. I genuinely worry about the consequences that my agreeing to serve will have on them. Will they experience the viciousness and incivility that we all face on a daily basis?

“But my greatest worry is the consequence of not stepping up. Of some day having my own kids ask me, ‘When the stakes were so high, why didn’t you do all you could? Why didn’t you stand and fight for my future when you had the chance?’

“None of us wants to hear that question. And none of us should ever have to.”

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The Only Half-Decent Democrat Candidate Drops Out

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Webb announces he’s dropping out. Photo courtesy Jim Webb, Facebook

Presidential candidate Jim Webb has left the Democrat primary race, and maybe the Democrat Party. On Tuesday, Webb stood before a group of reporters with his wife at his side and said he is dropping out of the Democrat primary because his views are opposed to the “nominating base” of the party that really should be renamed the Party of Marx. Now, he’s mulling running for the White House as an independent candidate. The Democrat Party “is filled with millions of dedicated, hardworking Americans, but its hierarchy is not comfortable with many of the policies that I have laid forth,” Webb said. “And quite frankly, I’m not comfortable with many of theirs.”

Webb has what other Democrat candidates lack: Character and the integrity not to play identity politics. When asked during last week’s Democrat debate who was their greatest enemy, the rest of the candidates named some fellow Americans with whom they disagreed; Webb, who was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam, said his was the foreign combatant who threw a grenade at him.

Ever since Webb announced his candidacy amidst the tumult of the Independence Day weekend, his campaign has struggled with polling numbers of about 1%. Webb attributes this to the atmosphere created by the Democrat elite, who are more willing to embrace socialists than decorated veterans, who chase lobbyists for the green industry rather than listen to the voices in “West Baltimore and the Appalachian mountains.” Indeed, Ronald Reagan’s former Navy secretary could borrow his old boss’s famous line: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the party left me.”

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‘Assault Weapon’ Bans Are a Step Closer to Supreme Court

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling on gun restrictions in Connecticut and New York — including the latter’s SAFE Act — ultimately delivering a victory to the liberal leadership of both states. There were just a few exceptions. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, “The court … found New York’s requirement that only seven bullets can be loaded into a 10-round magazine is unconstitutional, upholding a previous court ruling.” Meanwhile, “In Connecticut, the court ruled against a provision that prohibits the ownership of a non-semiautomatic Remington 7615.” The measures otherwise remain intact. The leftist fanfare may be temporary, however. The constitutionality over so-called assault weapon bans, which the courts have interpreted in conflicting ways, will eventually have to be taken up by the Supreme Court. But the final arbiter should think carefully before undermining the Rule of Law.

To justify its ruling, the appeals court alarmingly determined, “When used, [‘assault’] weapons tend to result in more numerous wounds, more serious wounds, and more victims. These weapons are disproportionately used in crime, and particularly in criminal mass shootings. They are also disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers.” The extent to which leftists are willing to distort the facts is breathtaking. As we recently documented, rifles of any type accounted for just 248 murders in 2014. You’re likelier to die from contact with a fist or foot. But even if rifles did account for most murders, this isn’t about “wounds, more serious wounds, and more victims.” It’s about enumerated rights. And magistrates are taking the nation on a dangerous path by making it up as they go along. The Supreme Court will soon face its most crucial decision yet. Buckle up.

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The Wages of Clinton’s Hypocrisy

She’ll run on her legacy, Hillary Clinton told us. Just look at her record. Oh, we have, and it’s in tatters. Clinton has pointed to her supposed legacy of helping women and children as proof that she would be a good leader of this country. And to that end, she vowed to attack the gender pay gap, which she and other Democrats regularly over-inflate. (It’s generally not inequality of pay, it’s inequality of time in the workforce. But facts don’t matter to the Left when they’ve got a “war on women” to yammer about.) Yet hypocrisy also abounds. According to data at the Office of Personnel Management, the State Department during Clinton’s leadership paid male civilian employees, on average, $16,416 more per year than it did women. This was at a time when the gender pay gap across the federal government was only $7,911 for civilian employees. Clinton must have been too busy deleting emails to worry about petty things like the “progressive” ideal of equality. Dig further into Clinton’s salary policies and you’ll find wage inequality as part of Clinton’s modus operandi. When she was a senator, women employees received 72 cents on every male employee’s dollar. Even in her current campaign, women earn 88 cents for every dollar a male staffer earns. Clinton is not a champion for women when she can’t even practice what she preaches.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “Democrat politicians are simply America’s equivalent to drug lords. They get richer and more powerful coaxing Americans — particularly our weakest and most at-risk communities — into welfare-state oblivion. Forbes recently estimated the net worth of 20 of the current presidential candidates. Third wealthiest is Hillary Clinton at an estimated $45 million. Only Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina are wealthier. But Trump’s money and Fiorina’s money come from business. How did Clinton, who introduced herself in the Democratic debate as the granddaughter of a factory worker, accumulate this massive wealth? Did she start a business? Build a company? Invent something? No; these are the huge dividends of political power and influence. All projections show growing federal budget deficits, growing debt, and mind-boggling red ink as result of entitlement programs that cannot be sustained. Does our nation have to formally crash and burn in order to wake us up? The question now is whether Republicans can produce a strong enough leader to counter the power and destructiveness of the Democrat welfare-state drug lords.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.” —Henry George (1839-1897)

Help wanted: “I sent [Vladimir Putin] a message Thursday and asked him if he wanted a copy of our map so he could bomb accurately in Syria, and then on Friday, the Russian embassy … in Washington called down and told me they would like very much to have the map. So in the future, if Russia doesn’t bomb the right places, you’ll know it’s not Putin’s fault but it’s my fault.” —Jimmy Carter (Obama administration policy is to not help the Russians.)

Not exactly: “Now listen, we got an awful lot of things done. If you look at the four and a half years or almost five years that I’ve been speaker, we protected 99 percent of the American people from an increase in our taxes. … There’s a lot that we can point to.” —John Boehner

Alpha Jackass: “Trey Gowdy is a creation of the Koch Brothers and the whole climate denial industry. This [Benghazi] committee was nothing but a creation of Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers.” —James Carville

Village Idiots: “The core of the NRA’s support comes from white, rural and relatively less educated voters. This demographic is currently influential in politics but clearly on the wane. … [W]hites, who comprise 63 percent of the population today, won’t be in the majority for long. Racial minorities are soon to be a majority, and they are the nation’s strongest supporters of strict gun laws.” —UCLA professor Adam Winkler in a Washington Post piece titled, “The NRA will fall. It’s inevitable.”

The BIG Lie: “[I]f you look at the history of school shootings … it’s an overwhelmingly American phenomenon. To the extent that anything like this happens anywhere else in the world, it appears to happen as a reflection of something going on [in the U.S.]; it appears to have spread from America.” —author Malcolm Gladwell

And last… “Bernie Sanders spent most of the day at the grocery store in a rant over the unfairness of stocking 1% milk.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

The Middle Class - Public DomainWe just got more evidence that the middle class in America is dying.  According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year.  Let that number sink in for a moment.  You can’t support a middle class family in America today on just $2,500 a month – especially after taxes are taken out.  And yet more than half of all workers in this country make less than that each month.  In order to have a thriving middle class, you have got to have an economy that produces lots of middle class jobs, and that simply is not happening in America today. (Read More…)


20 Reasons Why All The People That Quit Prepping After September Are Dead Wrong

Wrong Way - Public DomainMillions of Americans were gearing up for some huge event to happen in September, but the world didn’t end and now many of them have given up entirely on prepping.  Of course the truth is that some absolutely earth-shattering events did take place last month, but because September did not play out exactly as some were anticipating, a lot of people feel very let down.  My contacts in the emergency food industry tell me that sales have dropped off dramatically, and yesterday I was told by someone that I trust that the same is true for those that sell precious metals.  But this should not be happening.  What we witnessed in August and September was just the warm up act, and all of the numbers are absolutely screaming at us that we are right on track for a major global crisis.  In this article I am going to focus on economic and financial issues, but there are so many other things going on around the planet right now that threaten to throw our world into turmoil.  Anyone that thinks that it is safe to “relax” now is simply not paying attention.  The following are 20 reasons why all the people that quit prepping after September are dead wrong… (Read More….)


Europe Gets The Next Wave Of Muslim Migrants And It’s All Men

Every minute of every day, 2.1 Muslim migrants legally enter our borders and are given legal immigrant status by the Obama administration.  Thats’ 3,024 Muslims every 24 hours.

Last month, the world watched in opened mouth horror as wave after wave of Muslim migrants entered illegally over the borders of Hungary, Poland, Germany, Spain and Italy. NTEB correctly told you that a minute fraction of these people were actual Syrian refugees, with the majority of them being male, Jihadi militants connected with Al Qaeda and ISIS. As further proof, now comes the latest video of the jihadi march to Austria, which you see in the video below. Hopefully the Austrian government will have the good sense to have the Austrian army waiting there on the border to greet them.

It has only been 6 weeks since the invasions began, and already the devastating effects are being seen and felt. Germany has become a garbage pail of filth and disease as the teeming hordes of angry jihadis choke the German streets, demanding benefits. In Poland, angry citizens betrayed by their own government demand an end to this illegal immigration. In Calais, France, home to what is now Europe’s largest refugee camp, Muslims stormed the Channel Tunnel and shut down train service. All this started, you will recall, with Pope Francis ordering all Catholic in Europe to “take in and shelter Muslim migrants”. But they have saved the best for America.

In 2013 alone, 117,423 migrants from Muslim-majority countries were permanently resettled within the United States— having been given lawful permanent resident status. Additionally in 2013, the United States voluntarily admitted an extra 122,921 temporary migrants from Muslim countries as foreign students and foreign workers as well as 39,932 refugees and asylees from Muslim countries.

What will Muslim migrants in America be like? Something a whole lot like this:

This is why Hungary erected a  massive border fence and kicked these jihadis out of their country. Obama on the other hand is bussing them in at the rate of over 3,000 per day.

Every minute of every day, 2.1 Muslim migrants legally enter our borders and are given legal immigrant status by the Obama administration.  Thats’ 3,024 Muslims every 24 hours. An estimated 40% of all these “migrants” have terror ties with ISIS and Al Qaeda. This is a form of Islamic jihad known as Hijrah, where Muslims travel to non-Muslim nations and take it over by swelling the their ranks. Once it reaches a critical mass it cannot be stopped. They don’t need terror weapons, they just breed until there are more of them then there are of us. Muslims never, ever assimilate into the nations in which they live. They take it over and conquer their host country for Allah.

What you see happening right now in Europe is what will be happening in America within the next 12-18 months. If you can speak Arabic, thank a Democrat.


How the Left Has Sabotaged Marriage and Family

CommunismWhy would the Communist party USA be thrilled when the Supreme Court discovered a new right to same-sex marriage in the U.S. Constitution? And why are communists bent on pushing the LGBT agenda? According to Paul Kengor of The Daily Signal: “Communist Party USA and its publication, People’s World—successor to the Soviet-funded and directed Daily Worker—were thrilled with what Anthony Kennedy and friends had done.” This was no surprise to Kengor who studies communism for a living.

He continues:

For communists, this was a stunning victory, the securing of a long-elusive effort to vanquish the fixed marriage model set forth long ago by nature and the Creator. Indeed, if you thought the White House seemed eager to hoist the rainbow colors, you should have seen the American Communist Party.

In fact, the party of the red flag had been waving the rainbow flag before June 26, 2015. Communist Party USA has been pumping the full “LGBT” agenda for several years now.

How the Left Has Sabotaged Marriage and Family


Obama Signs ‘Memorandum Of Understanding’ With Putin As Russian Jets Buzz US Pilots

U.S. pilots have been told not to react to aggressive Russia military aircraft flying above Syria, according to a U.S. official.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Russia is having it’s way in the Middle East, acting at will with impunity. As Putin pretends to be bombing ISIS, what is actually happening is that he is shoring  up Assad’s power base in Syria. Obama’s reaction to all this? As Commander-in-chief, he has signed off on a “no-response” protocol that causes American pilots to not react, even as they are buzzed by SU-24’s at extremely close range. The same nations that allowed Hitler to take Poland and Czechoslovakia are allowing Putin to take Ukraine and Syria. If you’ll check your calendar, you will see it’s 1938. Welcome to peace in our time. 

It comes after recent reports that Russian jets had flown so close to U.S. planes that pilots were able to see each other. But the official, who is said to be familiar with the incident, told CNN that pilots have been instructed to proceed with normal aviation safety procedures.

The official said Russian planes had flown extremely close to U.S. planes twice in the past two weeks – one flew within 500ft and another, on Thursday, came within 1,500 feet of two U.S. jets. However, there was no suggestion of hostile intent or action in either incident.

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America is getting used to this view which has become the new normal.

And today, the United States and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding that includes steps their pilots should take in order to avoid inadvertent clashes in the air over Syria as the two countries conduct separate bombing campaigns.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters: ‘With today’s signatures, the memorandum of understanding is now in effect.

‘That was signed a short time ago, earlier today.’

But he said the full text of the memo would not be released at Russia’s request, but said it included specific protocols for air crews to follow, plus the creation of a ground communications link between the two sides in the event that air communications fail.

Cook said the memo calls for aircraft to maintain a safe distance, but he declined to be more specific about whether the protocols included specific distances.

He added that the agreement included coalition aircrafts. Coalition members include Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

‘The fact that we have had to resort to a memorandum of understanding gives you an indication of our concern about Russia’s activities but (also) our willingness to work with the Russians when it’s in our own interest,’ Cook added.

The U.S. State Department said the agreement is only about keeping pilots safe. Spokesman John Kirby said: ‘It’s not a treaty of cooperation or anything like that … It doesn’t connote cooperation or coordination or joint targeting.’

The issue of aircraft safety started after Russia started bombing targets in Syria last month. Moscow claims it is attacking Islamic State, but many of its air strikes have hit territory held by other rebel groups fighting against Russia’s Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon said U.S.-led coalition aircrafts bombing Islamic State in Syria were re-routed at least once to avoid a close encounter with Russian planes.

‘The U.S. and Russia will form a working group to discuss any implementation issues that follow,’ Cook said, during a press briefing. Meanwhile, Moscow confirmed it had received the memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents from the U.S. military.

According to Ria-Novosti, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said: ‘The memorandum contains a number of rules and restrictions aimed at preventing incidents between American and Russian plans.’

Russia had asked for ‘deconfliction’ talks with the United States after Moscow began bombing Syria on September 30. source


Jimmy Carter Gave Putin Secret Maps Of ISIS Locations For Better Bombing

Former President Jimmy Carter said recently that he provided maps of Islamic State positions in Syria to the Russian embassy in Washington, a move apparently at odds with the Obama administration’s official policy of not cooperating with Russia in the Syrian war.

Carter said on Sunday in Georgia that he knows Russian President Vladimir Putin “fairly well” because they “have a common interest in fly fishing.” When he met with Putin in April along with other global leaders to discuss the crises in Syria and Ukraine, the Russian president gave him an email address so the two could discuss his “fly fishing experiences, particularly in Russia,” Carter said.

The civil war in Syria, where U.S. officials say Russia has bombed rebels and CIA-backed groups rather than the Islamic State terrorist group, has also been a topic of conversation between the two. Carter said he sent maps of the Islamic State’s locations in Syria, produced by the Carter Center, to the Russian embassy so Moscow could improve the accuracy of its strikes.

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Carter has previously expressed support for Russia and its actions in Ukraine, where Moscow has supported separatists with weapons and troops against Ukrainian forces backed by the United States.

“I sent Putin a message Thursday and asked him if he wanted a copy of our map so he could bomb accurately in Syria, and then on Friday, the Russian embassy in Atlanta—I mean in Washington, called down and told me they would like very much to have the map,” Carter said at his Sunday school class in Georgia, according to a video of his remarks first aired by NBC News. “So in the future, if Russia doesn’t bomb the right places, you’ll know it’s not Putin’s fault but it’s my fault,” he added as the audience laughed.

Obama administration officials have publicly said the United States will not collaborate with Russia as long as it targets U.S.-backed rebels in an effort to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally of Moscow. The administration has said Assad must eventually step down as part of efforts to seek a political resolution to the Syrian war. “We are not prepared to cooperate on strategy which, as we explained, is flawed, tragically flawed, on the Russians’ part,” said Ash Carter, U.S. defense secretary, earlier this month.

However, Carter appears to have reached out to Putin on his own initiative and urged him to find common ground with the United States by only targeting the Islamic State in Syria.

Cmdr. Elissa Smith, spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, declined to comment about whether the Pentagon was aware of Carter’s correspondence with Putin.

“I can’t speak to whether anyone in the Pentagon was aware the Carter Center provided maps to the Russia Embassy,” she said in an email.

Carter has previously expressed support for Russia and its actions in Ukraine, where Moscow has supported separatists with weapons and troops against Ukrainian forces backed by the United States. After meeting with Putin earlier this year, Carter said Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine was “inevitable” and was what residents wanted—a stance that conflicts with most international observers who have said that Russia illegally invaded Crimea and held an illegitimate referendum.

He also said last year that the United States should not impose more sanctions on Russia and that he believed “Putin is not going to use military force” in eastern Ukraine. “I don’t think there is anything we can do that is going to deter Putin,” he said at the time.

Russia is currently supporting Iran and its regional militias with airstrikes as the pro-Assad forces prepare an offensive on the major Syrian city of Aleppo. The Islamic State is reported to have benefited from the Russian strikes on rebels as the terrorist group moved in from the north to gain more territory.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the United States had signed an agreement with Russia in an attempt to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace, where American planes are also bombing Islamic State positions.

Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement that the memorandum with Russia “does not establish zones of cooperation, intelligence sharing, or any sharing of target information in Syria” and does “not constitute U.S. cooperation or support for Russia’s policy or actions in Syria.” source


El Niño fueling most extreme tropical cyclone season on record in Northern Hemisphere

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:56 AM PDT

In modern records, the Northern Hemisphere has never had as many super intense storms as 2015. An incredible 21 category four or five tropical cyclones have formed in the Northern Hemisphere in 2015, shattering the record of 18 set in 2004. Records for these storms date back to about 1980. Prior to that, tropical cyclone data is less reliable. These 21 category four or five storms are comprised of both high-end hurricanes and super typhoons, which share the same characteristics, but are called different things. They are the fiercest storms that form on the planet.

The amount and degree of storminess may come as a surprise, since the tropical Atlantic Ocean has produced below normal activity this year. But tropical activity in the tropical Pacific has been super-charged, fueled by the record-challenging El Niño event, which has boosted ocean temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific. FULL REPORT

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Strong Indications Of World War 3 Between The U.S. And China

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:51 AM PDT

As the U.S. gears up to send naval vessels within 12 miles of the ‘made by China’ artificial islands to exercise freedom of navigation, there are strong indications that World War 3 between China and the United States is inevitable. Washington’s massive military presence in Asia played a key role in the prosperity and stability in the region, and Beijing was one of the beneficiaries. China has warned that it was ready to use military force if the U.S. violates its territorial waters. It would be the culmination of the Chinese and U.S. political, diplomatic, and military maneuvers over the last year.

China has claimed full sovereignty over vast swathes of the South China Sea, built artificial islands, and established military facilities. It underscores how quickly and dramatically the military balance has shifted in Asia-Pacific. So, why are experts worried about a potential World War 3? China’s defense budget has increased at an average of 11% since 1996, narrowing the military gap with the United States. Harvard scholar Graham Allison says that its China’s defense spending has tripled and its economy has grown 10 times (in dollar terms after taking into account the strengthening of yuan) in the last ten years. FULL REPORT

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Canada to withdraw fighter jets from Syria and Iraq strikes

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:46 AM PDT

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal Party to victory in the polls. As part of his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016. He has not yet given a timescale Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power in Monday’s election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.

Mr Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In his first telephone conversation with the US president as Canada’s prime minister-designate, Mr Trudeau informed Barack Obama that he would make good on his election promise to withdraw the fighter jets. “I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada has a role to play in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State), but he (Barack Obama) understands the commitments I’ve made around ending the combat mission,” he told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday. FULL REPORT

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German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:42 AM PDT

The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government’s decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East. PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, almost fizzled out earlier this year when its leader resigned after a photo was published of him posing as Hitler.

But it has swelled again as Germany implements Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to accept a tide of refugees that could exceed a million this year, as she argues that Germany can not only cope but, with its aging population, will benefit in the long term. Police declined to estimate the number of protesters but media put it at 15-20,000, somewhat below a peak of around 25,000 in January. Around 14,000 counter-demonstrators urged people to welcome refugees rather than whip up opposition. FULL REPORT

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What It Looks Like When Muslims Begin To Take Over Their Host Nation

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:37 AM PDT

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN MUSLIMS TAKE OVER A HOST NATIONS CITY, AND IT WILL SOON HAPPEN HERE IN AMERICA

“And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.” Qu’ran 17:16

My dad’s people arrived as immigrants here in 1723 from Holland, my mom’s dad arrived here on Ellis Island from Scotland in 1923. In both cases, they blended into American life and did their level best to be law-abiding citizens, pay their taxes, and raise their children. While maintaining their pride in their birth countries, they assimilated into their newly-adopted homeland and eventually became Americans. That’s what nearly all immigrants from other lands do when they arrive here, with the exception of a lone, single group who do not assimilate into their host country. And who might that be? The Muslims.

When Muslims arrive in a new land, in America and elsewhere, they are small in number and they keep to themselves. But as their numbers grow, they begin to make demands in their towns and cities that local customs change to accommodate their Islamic beliefs. They will protest and demand that restaurants stop serving bacon, they will run “street patrols” like they do in England harassing and attacking local women not wearing the Muslim hajib. At first, they are merely an annoyance, until their numbers grow, then they become a threatening mob capable of great destruction. The people of Luton in England have had their entire town taken from them by Muslim immigrants. FULL REPORT

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Why Christians Absolutely Should Not Celebrate Halloween

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:33 AM PDT

(Jamie Morgan) Many Christians celebrate Halloween. Some churches and pastors even do. I recently saw a church advertising they were having a Zombie Run. Seriously? God’s House? This pastor does not celebrate Halloween and neither does her church. In a spirit of full disclosure, when I was a brand-new believer, I allowed my son to go trick-or-treating. Part of the reason was because my husband was not yet saved and insisted we do. The other part was because I didn’t see the harm in it. After all, many Christians I respected did it, so as a new Christian I justified that it must be OK. Right? Wrong! As I grew closer to the Lord and gained more knowledge of His Word, I began to feel convicted about Halloween. I had thoughts like:

  • God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
  • The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
  • I had been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?
  • Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?”
  • Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
  • Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
  • What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?
  • The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate … Touch no unclean thing …” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
  • My extended family thinks it’s ridiculous that we not allow our son to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
  • If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
  • Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.

So as a new believer, saved only two years, I responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of displeasing the Lord and put a stop to Halloween. And as a pastor, after observing firsthand the amount of destruction that the enemy brings into peoples’ lives when they give him a foothold, I am even more convinced I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy and on this evil holiday. FULL REPORT

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Mosques May Be Closed To Prevent Extremism In The UK

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new proposal Monday to counter extremism in the United Kingdom that includes an idea to close certain Mosques. The controversial plan is meant to work against all forms of extremism but focuses primarily on radical Islamists. Cameron said the fight against  terrorism might be the “defining one of this century,” and he outlines a number of proposals to help prevent young British citizens from joining extremist organizations.

“Islamist extremists don’t just threaten our security, they jeopardize all that we’ve built together – our successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy,” Cameron wrote on his Facebook page. “While Islamist extremists in no way represent the true spirit of Islam, we cannot ignore the fact that they attempt to justify their views and actions through Islamic scripture and theology.” One point in the 40-page plan sets out to “restrict access to premises which are repeatedly used to support extremism,” which may include mosques. FULL REPORT

 

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I’m Sounding the Alarm, Will You Gather?

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 06:26 AM PDT

“Blow a trumpet…gather the people…gather My godly ones to Me…at whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Joel 2: 15-16; Psalms 50:5; Nehemiah 4:20)

(Dutch Sheets)I stopped hosting conferences several years ago. Why? The lack of true kingdom fruit they produced, as well as distaste for the primary motives—promoting ministries, raising money and entertaining the church—saddened and disappointed me. I grew tired of competing for attendees, sometimes even with friends, and decided I would no longer play the game. I actually told the Lord I wouldn’t convene any others unless I became 1000% certain He had birthed the cause and the message.

In hindsight, if the state of our nation—including the church—is the verdict, few, if any, of the hundreds of conferences that have occurred over the last decade have made any real difference. According to the leading research, we’re down to 1% of America’s youth and young adults that hold a biblical worldview—a belief that the Bible is the absolute and final authority for all of life. Aborting sixty million babies is yawned at and selling their body parts is now old news. So is the redefinition of marriage. America is broken beyond human repair. Apart from the greatest revival in the history of America—maybe the world—we’ve lost the war for the soul of a nation. 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


Resource Links

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Herescope: Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015

An Eyewitness Account

http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/10/parliament-of-worlds-religions-2015.html

By Lanette Irwin
Participants lined up nearly a quarter mile to hear speakers
at the World Parliament of Religions on opening day.

The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held October 15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They estimated over fourteen thousand people attended this New Age (now called “interfaith”) convention at the cost of $500/person. This convention was well advertised for over a year.

Many booths from differing faiths, political interfaith organizations, and seminaries were anxiously handing out their free literature and books to attendee’s as they walked through.

As we made our way through the halls we saw Buddhist/ Hindu shrines and rooms filled with chanters. Tables were selling their t-shirts, books, sandalwood meditation beads, jewelry and pictures of the Dali Lama.

We were subjected to a constant hum of a drum and high pitched sounds ringing throughout the building, with signs hanging overhead that read “The earth is one we are one with the earth.”

Environmental issues were a big topic because they believe we are part of the earth, and if the earth is sick we cannot heal the world.

There were Indians dressed in their headdresses and clothing, seiks, Buddhist monks, Catholic priests, Jewish rabbis and, yes, Christians alike, jamming through halls to attend sessions. Media with their cameras conducted interviews, spiritual dancers in the background chanted, while late speakers were running up escalators to indoctrinate the masses. Most of the participants and speakers were women.

Many of us have read books, or articles about the New Age movement; however, the focus of the New Age has mostly been covert via networking, infiltration, and spiritual indoctrination, especially so far as their goal of uniting the world under a one world religion and one world government.

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org//programs/educating-religious-leaders-23

The Parliament of the World’s Religions has an agenda and they are now very open about it. It is now an outright attack on the Christian church and the Word of God. They have decided they cannot have unity at all cost so they are trying something else: changing the doctrine of the simple Gospel of Jesus and Who He is. I was handed a booklet titled Global Ethic: A Call to our Guiding Institutions that stated: “The Parliament of the world’s religion seeks to promote interreligious harmony, rather than unity.” (p.1)

They are not afraid to say that “an orthodox Bible believing Christian does not fit in our world nor will they be tolerated.” It was in our face. This Parliament is a sort of coming out of the closet for them, as was the Parliament’s in the past such as the one in 2009.

One of the signs that hung in the hall said, “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” Still another displayed, “We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.” So the truth of the Word is not on their agenda. It is seen as unorthodox and mean-spirited. For example, note the phrase in blue below:

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/salt-lake-2015/compassion-parliament

I attended several sessions to get a grasp on the coming agenda of attacks on the Bible-believing church. I attended these sessions reluctantly, biting my tongue, but I noticed several phrases repeated over and over – to the point I stopped attending the third day as I could recite the chant by heart!

The Christian view of “salvation” has the inclusion/exclusion message of “we are in – they are not.” The interfaith movement cites this as an evil. In other words, to say Salvation is by Christ alone, and there is a Hell and there is a Heaven is not accepting of other faiths. It is exclusive, unaccepting of other religions, especially because they believe “God accepts all, God is in all.” The Christian orthodox view of Heaven and Hell will no longer be tolerated as they says it divides humanity.

This was the topic discussed by Rev. Kristen Largen, editor of A Journal of Theology and dean and professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She cited her new book about to come out that What Christians Can Learn from Buddhism: Rethinking Salvation.

“We must not have a you aren’t/we are mentality,” she believes. We must rethink this concept of salvation, which is seen as unloving, not really biblical. When advocating her 2013 book Finding God among Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Systematic Theology the review says that “she confronts Christian misconceptions and problematic issues of other traditions.” So our ideas that other religions such as Hindu or Islam is labeled a “misconception.” But I noticed that she cited Scripture to support her false beliefs and opinions. She said, “There is no definitive doctrine established by the Christian church that mandates one specific explanation of how Jesus saves.” (This is complete heresy!)

Rev. Largen went on to say that “there are many different theories about that and the church endorses all of them.” She said, “The doctrine of the trinity has been established but not the doctrine of salvation…. We must rethink, reimagine the doctrine of salvation and it is quite consistent with the Christian tradition of salvation not a violation of it.” She said “Salvation has three aspects 1. A person in need 2. A problematic situation 3. A solution to that situation, and one who provides it. Beyond this, much is up for grabs.” She ended up with saying that “the doctrine of the church is called apokatastasis, better known as the doctrine of universal salvation; that everyone is saved, regardless.” In short. universalism. As a side note she did mention Emergent leader Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, another who more or less teaches the Bible is not relevant for today’s society and also redefines Salvation and Hell.

Another session I attended called “Religious Extremism: Effective Responses From Mainstream Religious Communities” with three scholars: Shanta Premawardhana, president of SCUPE; Dr. George Zachariah, co-presenter; and Salih Sayigan, Department of Theology, Georgetown University, who admits he is Christian and said, “Every religion has extremes, but exclusiveness leads to violence when we say you get to go to Heaven and you end in Hell then we have a problem when you exclude you sow seeds of extremism. When you say this is God’s way you create a political environment.” Next, Sayigan gave another example: “Excluding gays from your board your church that is exclusion.” And if you believe you have absolute truth this is said to create blind allegiance.

These three said, as had the other speakers, that “we are all members of the same family, we all belong to God.” A Hindu stood up from the audience dressed in his orange clothes, looking so timid and shy, but went into a rage yelling about evil Christians leaving pamphlets on the temple steps. He said “Christians told me I was worshiping demons! How dare they!” The speakers nodded their heads, agreeing this was wrong and unacceptable. They then went on to redefine Jihad as they see it. The real Jihad is “a good dad, a good husband.” In essence, as long as there are those who define and have a theology based on the old patriarchal “Christian” perspective, the earth cannot heal and the violence will continue. We as Christians are now responsible for all evil in the world. They believe this.

Building a New Age/New World Order

I attended a session on Saturday, called “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice of Interreligious Dialog.” They advocated their journal, Journal of Interreligious Insight. Again I heard the same rhetoric of exclusion/inclusion and noticed that “compassion” was the key buzz word. One young man stood up and angrily said “I get tired of Christians citing from the Bible. I will not go to Heaven if I don’t see the Gospel as they see it.” Some girl in a weak voice cited a Scripture about Heaven, several clapped, and the young man sat down next to her, smiling. She was praised for her insight by the panel of speakers! I guess he felt relieved he got to say his peace, and of course the speakers agreed.

In essence they believe the old patriarchy is not for today. Our values must change if we are going to heal. New values are the child of the older patriarchy. For example, fairness is good but we need a new fairness. They admit there will be a backlash for which they are ready to defend.

Walking the labyrinth at the Parliament

The following is an example of books the emergent interfaith movement are reading:

Thriving in the Crosscurrent:
Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change 
by Jim Kenney
Posted by: DailyOM
The 21st century is experiencing a rare global revolution. Are you prepared to ride the new cultural wave? Thriving in the Crosscurrent says that despite the overwhelming doomsday speak, it’s not the end of the world, but the birthing pains of a new one! Like two massive ocean waves colliding, one on the ascent and the other falling, societal paradigms are on the brink of a world-wide transformation! With the use of this two-wave sea change model, a tool for evaluating human cultural evolution, thriving in the Crosscurrent demonstrates the causes of our impending revolution and shares an optimistic forecast through the turbulence. 
With in-depth scholarly research, cultural expert Jim Kenney offers detailed descriptions of the groups that make up our current global consciousness. From “yeasayers” such as Catalysts, Actives, and Creatives to “naysayers”, including Militants, Buccaneers and Unexamined Lifers, this book explores the current and emerging beliefs of society. Kenney makes known what is required for the yeasayers to be effective. “The good news” Kenney states, “it’s a smaller percentage than you might think.” 
Excerpt: 
Well I guess as Christians we are the small percentage! 

In her book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, Diana Butler Bass is endorsed by Brian D. McLaren, Emergent church leader and author of Naked Spirituality. She began a diatribe on why Christianity has failed, why people are leaving the church, and the unfortunate circumstances of people getting hurt. She says there have been great awakenings throughout history and suggest we are in another but “Conventional comforting Christianity has failed. It does not work. For the churches that insist on preaching it, the jig is up. We cannot go back, and we should not want to.” She explains, “Lot’s wife turned into salt when she looked back… and Jesus reminded his followers that no man puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).” (p. 37)

Here is another telling statement from Butler Bass: “A new phenomenon seems to be developing in the west – the possibility of multireligious identity. In the same way that some people are biracial or multiracial, others are describing themselves as multireligious.” (p. 60)

Butler Bass suggests that Robert Wright is more correct when he suggests that God is currently undergoing an “evolution.” (p. 63) She goes on another diatribe that we have misunderstood the Scriptures and who God really is: “Finding one’s self in God is also to find God in one’s self…. The glory of God is the human person fully alive.” What does she recommend for reading? The New Agers favorite Bible, of course, The Message (Eugene Peterson). She also says to practice faith, prayer, yoga, meditation. (p. 188-189)

Butler Bass describes her anticipated new spiritual awakening this way: “I think the awakening might be a little like graduation… faithful people who have – willingly or unwillingly – left the old world for a new one…. The old religious world is failing, but the Spirit is stirring anew…. I imagine Christians carrying high the cross all different varieties with their bibles, prayer books, icons, rosary beads, Jews the Torah, Muslims the Qur’an, Buddhists with their Dharma wheel Is. 2:2-4.” (p. 268)

Example of the books being promoted at the Parliament

Sunday, the 18th session was called “Focus on Climate Change.” It was moderated by Al Gore’s daughter Karenna Gore Schiff. Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and a dozen more interfaith type books, spoke about saving the environment: “We must transform the world and to do what religion has to, to deploy vast numbers of contemplative activists. We are all sister and brothers. The reason there is hate and racism and war is because the human race has not united. The reason that there are so many religions is because everybody’s egos are in the way. If we love God we will love creation. Religion needs to be schools of love.” 

The propaganda pushed at these sessions was love, love, love, but not for the Word of God. Peace, peace, peace, but only after divisive “Christians are put in their place,” wherever that may be. Dialog, dialog, dialog; however, dialog is seen as divisive if you are a dogmatic Bible believing old patriarchal Christian.

So how are they going to bring about this change of doctrine and ring in the new? Well, of course they call it social action. But it is really circles of change, self-help groups, community social action groups, youth groups, college prayer groups, play groups for the kids, drug rehabs, online groups, you name it.

A book titled Moving Toward the Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is promoted by New Age leader Marianne Williamson (A Course in Miracles) on the back jacket cover: “The metaphoric circle is the tipping point into a post-patriarchal era, based on the premise that when a critical number of people change their perceptions and behavior, a new era can begin.” 

The words tipping point are another buzz term they use for winning! (She sure does not know the Lord God because He works in small numbers and wins every time!)

There is a chapter on the great awakening in Butler Bass’s book Christianity after Religion. To paraphrase what she said: “Tuesday night we met in a college dorm calling it Bible study, but it was really church…. We read Call to Commitment. We wanted to be like the book said, combining our newly discovered understanding of ancient Christian theology, practice and liturgy, with our new passions for global community, the environment, and gender equality. Such experiments popped up all over campus….” 

They declared in unison these thoughts: “Earth cannot be changed for the better unless the consciousness of individuals is changed. We pledge to work for such transformation in individual and collective consciousness, for the awakening of our spiritual powers through reflection, meditation, prayer, or positive thinking, for a conversion of the heart.” (p. 14, Karl-Josef Kuschel, Global Ethic: The Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, edited by Hans Küng)

The common theme throughout the conference was Muslims uniting with Jews, Catholics and Christians at all cost. Drop doctrine, drop all differences to join together for the common core of one world religion, and government – and everyone must be engaged in some sort of service to be accountable in healing the earth.  

Love is pushed in all directions and is the end-all statement at all cost. Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love: Reflections of a Course in Miracles (which has sold over three million copies, by the way) is like the textbook for their interfaith movement. In so many articles and leaflets I have read “love” even if it means leaving your faith! Love becomes your highest priority. For all intents and purposes I will call them the “Love Bombers.” It draws the desperate into their web of deceit.

Another doctrine was evident. These people are “feeling oriented.” Everything is based on their feelings: if it feels good, it is God. If it sounds good, it is God. Experiences are held as gospel truth. Their intuition is truth and reality.

The Compassion Games 2015 are linked to the Parliament

Besides the “Love” word we heard the word “compassion” riddled throughout the sessions and over-used in their materials. While these words are not bad words they have become re-defined within the doctrines of this emerging interfaith movement. Unfortunately many mainline churches are pounding the same drumbeat for ecumenical doctrines, and finding fellowship with the world to be very palatable.

Faith traditions united for a program at the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle. Here is a report by Marjorie Cortez, posted Oct 18th, 2015 @ 10:30pm: “But Parliament takes it a step further because of the wide array of faiths represented. You have people who could be in contention with each other who are not. We all seem now to realize as we’re here that we are one humanity and we do believe in one God….”

Several booths at the Parliament


This conference left me sad as I noticed babies, and pregnant new mommies, having chants spoken over their bellies. Old people, hobbling or being wheeled in chairs to the next event, were promised karma and the next life. I never felt so helpless, but I realized this is what the Lord meant the Way is narrow and few will find it. Christians are now seen as mean and unknowledgable, even while warning those to get out of the fire.

May the Lord Himself stifle their efforts and open the ears of those in our path for Jesus Christ. We need to witness now more than ever before, now before the door shuts and their time has run out.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)

Affectionate Action

Unfathomable Grace

Christ looks at his disciples and says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (John‬ ‭14:15-16‬) While a relationship with Jesus is “not based onworks lest any manshould boast,” a sweet experiential relationship withthe Savior involves faith that leads toworks, hearing that leads todoing, and loving that leads to obeying Christ’s commandments. The affection one has forChrist manifestsitself in actions on behalf of Christ.

Perhaps some illustrations will help drive the point home. Consider the soldier who, because of his love forcountry, enlists inthe armed forces and risks his life in defense of his friends. His affection for his nationmanifests itself invaliant, self-sacrificing action.

In like manner, the husband who has true affection for his wife will manifest, prove and show his legitimate affection throughcorresponding actions. Yes, some do stay…

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News groups covering the guilty six of City Harvest Church

This article exists for readers to browse many news outlets around the world covering the story of Kong Hee and his not-so-merry-men convicted of their crimes today in court (21/20/2015.) This list shall grow over time.


From Channel NewsAsia,

Live updates: All 6 accused in City Harvest trial found guilty

“I am satisfied that six accused persons are guilty of all the charges against them,” said Judge See on Wednesday (Oct 21).

SINGAPORE: Six leaders of City Harvest Church have been found guilty of misappropriating S$50 million of church funds and falsifying the church’s accounts to cover up their misdeeds. Judge See Kee Oon released the verdict on Wednesday (Oct 21), and the six have been found guilty of all charges against them.

The six accused – CHC’s founder and senior pastor Kong Hee, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, former church board member and Chairman of CHC’s Investment Committee John Lam…

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The Relationship between Apologetics and Evangelism

Apologetics for the Church

EvangelismThe goal of evangelism is to lead a person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The goal of apologetics should be the same. So what is the difference between the two? In summary, apologetics is a distinct but inseparable part of evangelism.

  1. Evangelism is concerned with the presentation of the gospel, and the methods used to do so. Apologetics is concerned with answering objections to the gospel, clearing away obstacles, and commending the Christian faith as the only legitimate answer to man’s predicament. Imagine an All Wheel Drive car. Usually the front tires do all the work, but when they begin to slip, the rear wheels kick into motion and stabilize the car. When you are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, you are evangelizing. However, when someone raises objections against the Christian faith, apologetics kicks in and answers the objections so that you can return to evangelizing.

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The six [CHC] accused are found guilty of ALL charges against them: Judge See.

Phil Pringle, you have a LOT of explaining to do.


Straits Times reports,

13:06

Happening now: City Harvest trial

The six accused are found guilty of ALL charges against them, says Judge See.
For a recap of the charges each are facing, read: http://str.sg/ZLf8

Source: Straits Times, http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/st-now-news-as-it-happens-oct-21-2015, Accessed 21/10/2015.

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