Daily Archives: December 20, 2015

December 19-20, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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'Star Wars' can launch spiritual talks, 'Bible Answer Man' urges

‘Star Wars’ can launch spiritual talks, ‘Bible Answer Man’ urges

Posted on December 19, 2015 by Christian Examiner

Christian radio host and author Hank Hanegraaff says discerning Christians who enjoy the Star Wars movies can use the newest film as a way to discuss spiritual matters with their friends.

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Religious Colleges in 20 States Granted Transgender Student Waivers Based on Title IX

Religious Colleges in 20 States Granted Transgender Student Waivers Based on Title IX

Posted on December 19, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Nearly three dozen religious colleges and universities in 20 states received federal waivers that allow those institutions to not accommodate transgender students in admissions, housing and campus life, according to a report LGBT rights group obtained by Associated Press.

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Kentucky School Scrubs Charlie Brown Christmas of Christianity

Kentucky School Scrubs Charlie Brown Christmas of Christianity

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Tru News

Thursday’s theatrical performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at W.R. Castle Elementary School scrubbed the biblical verses from the play.

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Minnesota School Holiday Concert Includes Chants Of ‘Allahu Akbar’

Minnesota School Holiday Concert Includes Chants Of ‘Allahu Akbar’

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Tru News

Parents at a Minnesota school are upset with decision to have students sing a Ramadan song that includes the words ‘Allahu akbar’ during a holiday concert.

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Exclusive Interview: Kirk Cameron Opens Up About Faith, Family, and How Christians Can Keep 'Christ' In 'Christmas'

Exclusive Interview: Kirk Cameron Opens Up About Faith, Family, and How Christians Can Keep ‘Christ’ In ‘Christmas’

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Gospel Herald

In an exclusive interview with the Gospel Herald, Kirk Cameron opens up about family, faith, and how Christians can best keep “Christ” in “Christmas”.

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52-Year-Old ‘Transgender’ Man Leaves Wife, Seven Children to Live as Six-Year-Old Girl   Dec 14, 2015 08:17 am

Paul Wolschtt-compressedTORONTO – A 52-year-old Canadian father who left his wife and seven children to live as a six-year-old girl now spends his time wearing children’s dresses and playing with the youngest grandchildren of his adopted parents. Paul Wolschtt is a Toronto man who believes he is female. Six years ago, when he was 46 years old, he decided to leave his wife and seven…

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‘I Didn’t Look and I Didn’t Care’: Satanic Temple Leader Blogs Her Thanksgiving Day Abortion   Dec 16, 2015 08:08 am

Satanic Temple Twitter-compressedPhoto Credit: Twitter DETROIT, Mich. — The leader of the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple recently blogged about her medical abortion, which she carried out on Thanksgiving Day. “I had a Thanksgiving abortion,” wrote Jex Blackmore on her blog “UnMother.” “This was good because I don’t care much for the holiday and was provided ample time off from life…

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Wheaton College Professor Comes Out Wearing Hijab, Quotes ‘Pope Francis’: ‘We All Worship Same God’   Dec 14, 2015 09:59 am

Hawkins-compressed (1)Photo Credit: Facebook WHEATON, Ill. — A professor at a prominent Christian university in Illinois posted photos of herself wearing an Islamic hijab this past week, stating that she was doing so to show solidarity with Muslims. Larycia Hawkins is an associate political science director at Wheaton College, one of the most renown Christian schools in the world….

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North Korea Sentences Canadian Pastor to Hard Labor for Life   Dec 16, 2015 07:55 am

Lim-compressed(Reuters) — North Korea’s highest court has sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labor for life for subversion, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday. Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, has been held by North Korea since February. He had appeared on North Korean state media…

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Muslim Woman Sworn in as New York Judge While Taking Oath on Koran   Dec 15, 2015 08:34 am

Diallo-compressedNEW YORK — A Muslim woman was recently sworn in as a judge in New York City, choosing to take her oath on the Koran instead of the Bible. After being elected to the position last month, Carolyn Walker-Diallo was sworn in last Thursday as a civil judge for the 7th Municipal District at Brooklyn Borough Hall. She wore a hijab as she repeated her oath with one…

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Ohio AG: Aborted Babies from Planned Parenthood ‘Steam-Cooked,’ Burned and Thrown Into Garbage Dump   Dec 12, 2015 01:11 pm

Stericycle DenverCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Aborted babies from three Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio were either “steam-cooked” or incinerated and then sent to landfills, the pro-life state attorney general announced on Friday. “Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine…

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Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor Who Declared ‘We All Worship Same God’   Dec 16, 2015 08:09 am

Hawkins-compressed (1)WHEATON, Ill. — A prominent Christian-identified university in Illinois has suspended an associate political science director after she posted photos of herself wearing an Islamic hijab this past week, stating that she was doing so to show solidarity with Muslims. “Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s…

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Wheaton Students Demand Reinstatement of Hijab-Wearing Professor Who Declared ‘We All Worship Same God’   Dec 18, 2015 08:28 am

Hawkins ProtestWHEATON, Ill. — A number of students from a prominent Christian-identified university are demanding that school officials reinstate an associate political science director who posted photos of herself wearing an Islamic hijab, stating that she was doing so to show solidarity with Muslims. As previously reported, Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of…

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‘About Jesus’? Hillsong ‘Sells Out’ Advertised Xmas Services With Dancing Elves, Santa, Mini-Skirt Flappers   Dec 18, 2015 11:40 am

Hillsong Carols-compressedPhoto Credit: Twitter LONDON — Hillsong London’s two advertised Xmas services that are said to be all “about Jesus,” but feature clips of Santa Claus, dancing elves, mini-skirt-wearing flappers and other concerning aspects, have both sold out. “#HillsongCarols is now at capacity for both services at 3pm & 7:30pm,” the congregation posted on Dec. 9. “There…

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Judge Rules Lawsuit Filed by Chief Fired Over Book Calling Homosexuality ‘Perversion’ May Proceed   Dec 18, 2015 08:27 am

CochranATLANTA — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a Georgia fire chief who was fired earlier this year over a self-published book that included a paragraph citing homosexuality among other sexual behaviors that are a perversion of God’s design may move forward. As previously reported, Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired last year after being suspended for…

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The Messianic Impulse – Hal Lindsey

By Hal Lindsey

Human beings are always searching for a messiah. They have an inner sense that someone’s coming, someone who will change everything. They’re looking for a person who will transcend politics, entertainment, or whatever made him or her famous, and become the thing that fills the void deep in every human soul.

In politics, the tendency crosses party lines. Eight years ago, some Democrats saw Barrack Obama in a messianic light. In the “American Prospect,” Ezra Klein wrote, “He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.”

That was Obama the candidate. No one talks about Obama the President in quite the same terms.

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The Daily Discovery (December 19-20, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 050 – Judge Not>: A Chat w/ Todd Friel – “On today’s show Landon and Nate interview the host of Wretched Radio and TV, Todd Friel, about his new book Judge NotHow a Lack of Discernment Led to Drunken Pastors, Peanut Butter Armpits, & The Fall of a Nation.”

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener – “How to listen to a sermon? you may think. What a silly subject. After all, it would be pointless to write on ‘how to watch TV.’ And listening to a sermon is even easier than watching TV, since I don’t have to deal with the remote control. It’s a passive activity, something preached to me, not something I actively do.”

5 Errors to Drop From Your Christmas Sermon – “This might seem obvious but bears repeating because it happens so often. The massive annual proliferation of Christmas cards, nativity scenes, and TV specials perpetuates these added details and gives the impression that they are facts.”

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? – “A statement made by a professor at a leading evangelical college has become a flashpoint in a controversy that really matters. In explaining why she intended to wear a traditional Muslim hijab over the holiday season in order to symbolize solidarity with her Muslim neighbors, the professor asserted that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Is this true?”

Did the Human Brain Evolve the Ability to Evolve? – “Chimpanzees, living in the 2037 world imagined by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, have been reclassified as Homo and granted full rights as persons. An evolutionary worldview—the belief that humans and chimps are close cousins evolved from a common ancestor—is the basis of this fiction. Yet even in that fictional future, as now, chimps and humans differ radically in behavior and intelligence. If chimps and humans share a common ancestor, how did humans get their bigger, better brains? Enquiring evolutionary minds want to know!”


SERMON:

Paul Washer – “Come To Me” Isaiah 55


VIDEOS:

Voddie Baucham on CNN

Subtle as a Gun.


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

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This ‘n’ That

  • Ah, Wheaton College, thanks for demonstrating that you are absolutely undeserving of being called a Christian university.
  • I can’t…I don’t…forget it, I have no words.
  • Hey, good news for all you hipster, not-even-close-to-being-Reformed-even-though-you-like-to-say-you-are-“Christians”! Mark Driscoll is starting a new church! Break out the Mickey Mouse T-shirts!
  • A “daily conversation with the Virgin Mary,” huh? That sounds…creepy.
  • Don’t forget to tune into Grace Community Church’s Christmas concert this weekend!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • And His name shall be called.
  • Son of the Most High.
  • At the risk of dating myself, I grew up in the days of the Claymation Christmas special. For the record, claymation creeps me out. A lot. But I do like this clip of the Carol of the Bells.
  • WWJD?” must still be a thing.
  • Aside from making me a bit twitchy with his use of the phrase “you’ve got,” this article written last year by Tim Challies is a good reminder that we must be careful what we share online.

How Christmas solves the prophetic puzzle:


 Weekend A La Carte (December 19)

Daily Christian News Information Kindle DealsAgain, Kindle deals are a bit sparse today, but here’s what I tracked down: The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur ($2.99); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel Akin ($2.99) (this is usually $30); HCSB Study Bible ($2.99).

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Al Moher: “Hard times come with hard questions, and our cultural context exerts enormous pressure on Christians to affirm common ground at the expense of theological differences. But the cost of getting this question wrong is the loss of the Gospel.”

Must Christians Believe in the Virgin Birth?

Also from Dr. Mohler is an answer to this all-important question.

Teen Mania: Why We’re Shutting Down

Teen Mania is shutting down. Here’s the story.

The Changing Face of Bible Translation

With new technology comes new advances in Bible translation.

Why Every Kid in America Learns to Play the Recorder

And in Canada too. There are some great examples in there of people playing it right.

Tomorrow in 1899. 116 years ago tomorrow, preacher and evangelist D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was born. *

Think on These Things

We’ve released another Visual Theology infographic, this one on a favorite Scripture passage.

Stop Sending Missionaries

Quite right: “To be sure, the workers are few, and the harvest is great. But that does not mean that more workers are necessarily better.”

Mommie Dearest

With the Vatican announcing they are proceeding with making Mother Teresa a saint, it’s good to go back and read what Christopher Hitchens wrote about her.

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Your Pastor

Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week!


Links I like (weekend edition)

News: Orthodox Rabbis Say Christianity is God’s Plan, Vatican Says Stop Evangelizing Jews

Well, this is interesting:

In separating Jews and Christians, God was not separating enemies but partners with significant theological differences, the rabbis wrote. “Both Jews and Christians have a common covenantal mission to perfect the world under the sovereignty of the Almighty, so that all humanity will call on His name and abominations will be removed from the earth.”

A week later, the Vatican honored the Nostra Aetete anniversary by releasing its own statement, this time saying that Catholics should not evangelize Jews—at least in an organized way.

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

Christopher Ash:

The authority of the preacher doesn’t come from his office (pastor, minister, or whatever) or his powerful personality. It is entirely a delegated authority. When he says what Scripture says, he speaks with authority; when he does not, he has no authority. A friend once said to me that when his pastor preached, he would have his Bible open and ask, “Where did he get that from?” It’s a good question. If I can see he got it from the passage, I should bow and repent and believe; if not, I shouldn’t.

What’s Wrong with Wheaton?

Dan Darling:

If Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), if God has “in these days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:12) and if “no one who denies the Son has the father,” then faithful Christians can’t conflate the Muslim conception of the divine with the Triune God of the Bible. Faithful Muslims not only reject the idea of the Trinity and the divinity of Christ, they are abhorred by it. To conflate the two religions is disrespectful to both Islam and to Christianity, says Thabiti Anyabwile, a former Muslim and author of The Gospel for Muslims. So while Islam and Christianity share some mutual characteristics, such as monotheism, at the most basic level, it is incorrect to say we “worship the same God.” As Trevin Wax says, “God is not God apart from Jesus.”

50 famous quotations (and what was really said)

This is interesting.

Are SBC Churches Unknowingly Funding a Cult?

This is a good discussion on the SBC This Week podcast to listen in on, regardless of denominational affiliation.

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Michael Kruger:

Well, its that time of year.  Christmas is almost a week away and we are already seeing various media channels releasing stories, articles, and documentaries on Jesus.  And when the dust settles, they all make the same point: the real Jesus is a lot different than you think.… This Christmas it is happening again with an article by Valerie Tarico, “Here are Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed.”  But she takes things even further than most other Christmas articles on Jesus.  Rather than suggesting Jesus is different than we think, she is arguing that Jesus never existed at all.


Jesus And Allah: Do Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God?

Not only does Islam deny the deity of Christ and reduce him to an inferior precursor of Mohammad, it denies that he died on the cross—Muslims hold either the swoon theory or assert the Simon the Cyrene was crucified in Jesus’ place. Therefore, they deny the resurrection. In other words, as we consider the basic articles of the holy catholic (universal) faith as summarized in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (381) and the Apostles’ Creed, Islam rejects the core message of the Christian faith.

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Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

I believe there are good reasons for viewing this film. We can certainly respect its artistic and entertainment value. Galactic battle scenes and human drama are entertaining. But also, by seeing this movie, Christians can sharpen their understanding of both contemporary culture and their appreciation of the Christian faith, allowing them to see in antithetical clarity both the Christian message and the message of Star Wars in order to present the gospel in a fresh way for our time.

From Berean Research:

YodaPeter Jones of Truthxcange examines the pagan worldview entrenched in Star Wars. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars saga, wanted to “produce a children’s fairy tale set in outer space as a ‘teaching tool’ for the re-creation of ‘the classic cosmic mysteries,’” says Jones. Lucas succeeded, big time. There’s no denying that his New Age worldview, which is decidedly pagan, has been embraced by many fans of the hit series. As a result of the film makers’ brilliant marketing strategy, most people in America have heard of Yoda, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’d have to be living on another planet far, far away not to have heard the phrase “may the Force be with you!” Try as they might, parents know that it is almost impossible to shield their kids from the Star Wars marketing machine.

So with all this in mind, how should those with a Christian worldview handle Star Wars? Dr. Jones offers some excellent advice.

Star Wars and the Ancient Religion


Are We Missing Something About Christmas?

On Christmas, most of us will gather with family or friends, exchange presents, watch kids tear through wrapped boxes in record time, and eat way too much food. Others will be faced with loneliness, health or financial issues, a broken family, and some will consider suicide. But it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” […]

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Can Hobby Lobby Buy the Bible? Article in the Atlantic

In just the past six years, the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby have amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical antiquities. Why?

In the January/February issue of The Atlantic is a provocative piece by Joel Baden and Candida Moss entitled, “Can Hobby Lobby Buy the Bible?” Without further comment, here’s the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/can-hobby-lobby-buy-the-bible/419088/


Rick Warren And The Purpose Driven Plan To Destroy The Church Of Jesus Christ

In the past ten years a large percentage of churches in America, and in other countries have changed from a traditional New Testament church model to a contemporary Purpose Driven model, many with sorrowful results

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,” Ephesians 3:10 (KJV)

Contrary to Purpose Driven Church propaganda, millions have been leaving their churches after the change occurred. It is important that every church member know if their church is targeted for a Purpose Driven Church takeover. Initially, a small clique of church staff, possibly including the pastor or a new pastor, plans the change without telling the rest of the church membership.

Church Transitions, an associate of Saddleback Church in California, trains the clique initiating the change in eight published steps. The church membership is not to be informed of the transition until the fourth step. After the sixth step in the process of change, if there are some in the church who voice concerns, the following is suggested:

  1. Identify those who are resisting the changes;
  2. Assess the effectiveness of their opposition;
  3. Befriend those who are undecided about the changes;
  4. Marginalize more persistent resisters;
  5. Vilify those who stay and fight; and
  6. Establish new rules that will silence all resistance.

This means the church membership is not told until it is too late to make a difference. In other words, the church is stolen. Then the members either accept the changes, or leave the church, which they may have served and given to build. Dr. Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life” has boasted: “When you reveal the vision to the church, the old pillars are going to leave. But let them leave… they only hold things up.”

The Purpose Driven Deception – Exposing Rick Warren’s New World Order Agenda

Rick Warren is right in one way. It is the senior members of the church who do indeed hold a church up and keep it from falling into apostasy. While some PDC initiators may not implement the full PDC format, generally, these are the signs that your church is targeted for a Purpose Driven Church format:

  • Change in music to a contemporary rock style.
  • Removal of hymn books; eliminating the choir.
  • Replacement of organ and piano with heavy metal instruments.
  • Repetitive singing of praise lyrics.
  • Dressing down to casual and informal attire.
  • Eliminating of business meetings, church committees, council of elders, board of deacons, etc.
  • The pastor, or a new leader with a few assistants, usually four, takes charge of all church business.
  • A repetitive 40-day Purpose Driven Church study program stressing psychological relationships with each other, the community, or the world, begins.
  • Funded budgeted programs are abandoned, or ignored, with ambiguous financial reports made.
  • Sunday morning, evening, and/or Wednesday prayer meetings are changed to other times; some may even be eliminated.
  • Sunday School teachers are moved to different classes, or replaced by new teachers more sympathetic with the changes being implemented.
  • The name “Sunday School” is dropped and classes are given new names.
  • Crosses and other traditional Christian symbols may be moved from both the inside and outside of the church buildings. The pulpit may also be removed.
  • In accordance with Dr. Warren’s instructions, new version Bibles are used; or only verses flashed on a screen are referenced during regular services.
  • Purpose Driven Church films, purchased from Saddleback, precede or are used during regular services.
  • The decor, including the carpets, may be changed to eliminate any resemblance to the former church.
  • The word “church” is often taken from the name of the church, and the church may be called a “campus”. Denominational names may also be removed.
  • An emphasis on more fun and party sessions for the youth.
  • Elimination of altar calls or salvation invitations at the close of the services.
  • The elimination of such words as “unsaved”, “lost”, “sin”, “Hell”, “Heaven” and other Gospel verities from the pastor’s messages.
  • The reclassification of the saved and lost to the “churched” and the “unchurched”.
  • The marginalizing, or ostracizing, of all who are not avid promoters of the new Purpose Driven Program.
  • Closed meetings between the pastor or chosen staff members without any reports made to the general membership.
  • Open hostility to members who do not openly embrace the new program, or who may have left for another church.

What you can do to stop it:

If your church is in the initial stages of change (music or the first 40-day program), your church could be saved by talking with other church members, and with activist intervention by 10-20 percent of the membership. If nothing is done at this early stage, then by the time the program advances to step four, there is little that can be done except look for another church. Your church has been stolen and become a Purpose Driven entity in association with Saddleback Church of Orange County or Willow Creek of Chicago.

You must educate yourself, and others, so that you can mobilize the membership to effectively resist. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7.

The Purpose Driven Church books and most of the programs are published by Rupert Murdoch, who owns 175 newspapers worldwide, and a large percentage of the television and communications industry. He also owns several magazines, some of which have been classified as pornographic.

Billions of dollars pour into the Purpose Driven Church movement. Dr. Warren has stated he intends to send one billion Christians into the world to bring in the “Kingdom of Heaven”. The entire movement appears cultish. Don’t be fooled by the Saddleback Website. You don’t catch many fish unless you have a look-alike bait!

Copied from printed pamphlet from: Southwest Radio Church Ministries, Box 100, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008, 1-800-652-1144, http://www.swrc.com 25 for $10 – 100 for $20 For more-in-depth information: “The Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church”, by N.W. Hutchings – 1 copy for your gift of $15.

Additional source – Perfect Peace Plan


Wheaton, Islam, Christianity and Truth

The ongoing saga of the hijab-wearing Wheaton College professor is not likely to go away anytime soon. Indeed, it seems to be escalating, with various sides becoming polarised on all this. The prof has now been suspended by the Christian liberal arts college for her remarks that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. For background on this, see my original write-up about this story: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/12/14/20417/

Wheaton obviously felt the pressure from many concerned Christians and decided this could not go on, so a suspension was announced – not of course for wearing the hijab but for her theologically worrying remarks. That she could equate the god of the Koran with the God of the Bible has many people quite shocked.

Simply put, Islam absolutely rejects the notion that Jesus is the Son of God whereas this is the very heart of biblical Christianity. If the claims of the New Testament are true, then the Koran cannot be. But I have looked at this issue in more detail in earlier articles. See these two especially:

http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2007/08/16/what-to-make-of-allah/
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2007/08/19/no-we-do-not-worship-the-same-god/

And it is not just the denial of who Jesus is that is so problematic; the very character of God as found in the Bible bears little resemblance to the Koranic deity. As I concluded my first article mentioned above:

In sum, the Muslim must cower in fear before an inscrutable, harsh and remote deity. In Christianity, the believer is invited to run into the outstretched arms, and nail-pierced hands, of a loving saviour. The two could not be more different. So no, Allah is not the God of the Bible, and yes, it does matter how we describe and understand God.

Professor Hawkins appealed to Pope Francis in her original remarks, saying he was quite happy with the claim that we all worship the same God. Well I am certainly not happy with that claim. Sadly others have defended the pope – not unexpectedly, other Catholics.

One Protestant prolifer who I have long admired for his stance for life converted to Catholicism some years ago, and he too is now supporting the Pope on this. I refer to Francis Beckwith, who I often quote on the life issues. But as a Catholic, he is now bound to agree with the Pope, at least on things spoken ex cathedra.

As a Protestant I of course am not bound to any man, but to the Word of God. And in this case, the Bible – and the Koran – should both be more than sufficient to dispel this unhelpful and even dangerous idea that we worship the same God.

I could take some here time critiquing Beckwith, but others have already jumped into the debate, so let me simply utilise their remarks. Al Mohler had a very good piece on all this, so let me cite some of his recent remarks:

In making her claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, the professor claimed the authority of Pope Francis, and since Vatican II the Roman Catholic Church has become ever more explicit in its teaching that salvation can come without a conscious and explicit faith in Christ. This is simply not an option for evangelical Christians committed to the authority of Scripture alone and to the Gospel as defined in the New Testament.
Francis J. Beckwith, a leading Catholic apologist and philosopher, defended the claim that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. At one point, Beckwith argued that two people could have differing knowledge of Thomas Jefferson while knowing the same Thomas Jefferson as the third President of the United States. He continued: “In the same way, Abraham and Moses did not believe that God is a Trinity, but St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Billy Graham do. Does that mean that Augustine, Aquinas, and Graham do not worship the same God as Abraham and Moses? Again, of course not.”
But this line of argument evades the entire structure of promise and fulfillment that links the Old Testament and the New Testament. Abraham and Moses could not have defined the doctrine of the Trinity while they were on earth, but they believed that God would be faithful to all of his promises, and those promises were fulfilled only and fulfilled perfectly in Christ. And, going back to John 8:56-58, Jesus said: “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad … Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Evangelical Christians understand that, theologically, there is a genetic link between Judaism and Christianity. That is why Christians must always be humbled by the fact that we have been grafted onto the promises first made to Israel. In terms of both history and theology, there is no genetic link between Christianity and Islam. The Qur’an claims that to confess Jesus Christ as the divine Son and the second person of the Trinity is to commit blasphemy against Allah.
Hard times come with hard questions, and our cultural context exerts enormous pressure on Christians to affirm common ground at the expense of theological differences. But the cost of getting this question wrong is the loss of the Gospel. Christians affirm the image of God in every single human being and we must obey Christ as we love all people everywhere as our neighbor. Love of neighbor also demands that we tell our neighbor the truth concerning Christ as the only way to truly know the Father.
We must also understand that the most basic issue is the one Jesus answered with absolute clarity. One cannot deny the Son and truly worship the Father. There is no question that the Muslim is our neighbor, but there is no way to remain faithful to Scripture and the gospel and then claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

wheaton 2Yes quite right. The authority of Scripture is at stake here, but more importantly, the very heart of the Christian Gospel. Truth matters, and in the interests of just getting along with people of other faith traditions, we dare not abandon truth for a mushy and harmful ecumenicism.

And if the Wheaton professor is well off track here, sadly too are some rather clueless students at this institution. A photo of some Wheaton students protesting her suspension tells us all we need to know about how dumbed down some Christian students can be.

One held a banner demanding “academic freedom”. Um, earth calling student: yes, academic freedom, properly understood, is important. And the truth claims of Islam or any other non-Christian religion or philosophy would of course be carefully covered at a place like Wheaton.

But that is not the point here of course. The point is a prof who teaches at Wheaton saying things which are simply not true biblically speaking, and which go against the very core beleifs of the institution itself. Indeed, Wheaton had to put out a press release saying this very thing: http://www.wheaton.edu/Media-Center/Media-Relations/Statements/Wheaton-College-Statement-Regarding-Christian-Engagement-with-Muslim-Neighbors

Another poster really took the cake however: “Articulate love not hate”. Oh puh-leeese! This is the sort of mindless moonbattery we expect angry atheists to produce at a wild demo at say UCLA-Berkeley, or some such hotspot of radicalism. But at a Christian college?

No it is not hate to stand for biblical orthodoxy. No it is not unloving to affirm, even at great cost, the central tenets of Christian faith. No it is not unchristian to stand up for the very centre of New Testament truth. But it is unloving to allow falsehoods to go unchallenged, to allow cluelessness about Islam to go unchecked.

Ignorance of what Islam is really all about harms us all, just as ignorance of what Christianity is all about harms all believers. We must know what our faith teaches, and we must know what Islam teaches. And the two certainly are not compatible.

Indeed, on a related front, this was just sent to me: “The former Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday (17 November) criticised sections of the media for ‘dehumanising’ Islamic State. Instead, journalists should ‘attempt to understand our enemies’, Dr Rowan Williams, now Master of Magdalene College Cambridge, said, giving the 2015 Orwell Lecture at University College London last night.”

Um, here we go again, another clueless Christian leader displaying an appalling ignorance of what Islam is about. He might as well have said last century that we should be more understanding of Hitler, and should stop ‘dehumanising’ the Nazis. This sort of cluelessness only helps those who want to kill us.

The Wheaton prof may have good intentions to ‘show solidarity’ with Muslims. But doing this by mangling Christian truth and undermining basic biblical teaching is not the way to proceed. That in fact makes everything much worse. I hope that Wheaton will stand strong and resist the rather thoughtless critics.

Truth matters, and the gospel matters. We dare not short-change either one.

http://www.albertmohler.com/2015/12/18/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god/
http://christiannews.net/2015/12/18/wheaton-students-demand-reinstatement-of-hijab-wearing-professor-who-declared-we-all-worship-same-god/
http://www.lapidomedia.com/understand-isis-rowan-williams-journalists


W4YW: Get More Sleep, Encouraging Others, & the Male/Female Brain

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

Articles of the Week

“The View” Shows Us 3 Ways to Approach Religion, Trevin Wax. We can only assume that Wax had his ear to the ground on this one because he’s an avid watcher of ABC’s (Emmy Award winning) talk show. But Wax is right: this little interaction serves as a good snapshot of the various ways we can approach religion. And all of it prompted by an interestingly evangelistic atheist billboard.

I Read the Bible and Feel Nothing. What Should I Do? John Piper. We’ve all been there: we open up our Bible, dutifully read what should be enriching, encouraging, and exciting…and are left cold. So what do we do when Bible reading becomes stale? Piper has wise words for those moments when the Greatest Story Ever Told becomes just another story.

Three Ways to Encourage People in a World of Negativity, Chris Martin. The world often seems like a negative place. Conflict garners headlines, so the news seems like one extended battle. Christmas is a time to be with family, but if we’re honest, that’s not always the most lovey-dovey place, either. And if you spend any significant time on social media, it’s easy to get sucked into a vortex of negativity (some might call it the captivity of negativity…not us…but some). So what’s a body to do? How can we cultivate a counter-cultural ethos of encouragement in the midst of negativity? Martin has three helpful tips.

There Is No Difference Between Male and Female Brains, Jessica Hamzelou. The interpretive applications of this study could go any number of directions. But this was simply too interesting not to share. We’re all used to hearing (and making) blanket statements about the way men’s and women’s minds work—usually by placing them on opposite ends of a spectrum. And while men and women are, in fact, quite distinct, the differences don’t arise from the gray stuff between our ears.

7 Ways to Love God by Getting More Sleep, Joe Carter. Chances are you already know that you should be getting more sleep than you are. You might even acknowledge that bad sleep habits are bad stewardship of what God has given you. So let’s move beyond the obvious and ask: what can we do about it? In certain seasons of life (say, with little tikes in the house), running on sleep-empty is unavoidable. But for all of us, there are some changes we can make to give our bodies the sleep they need. Carter’s list will have some new ones for you.

On The Lighter Side

Monkey Sees a Magic Trick. Watch. Laugh. Repeat.

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


Lay Aside the Weight of Slander

Lay Aside the Weight of SlanderGod hates slander (Proverbs 6:16, 19). It is evil. That’s why Paul lists it as a behavior of those who hate God (Romans 1:30) and why James calls it demonic behavior (James 3:15–16).

Slander occurs whenever someone says something untrue about someone else that results, intentionally or unintentionally, in damaging that someone else’s reputation. And when it occurs, it becomes a divisive, discouraging, and confusing weight that often affects numerous people — sometimes many, many people.

Because of its poisonous power, it is one of the adversary’s chief strategies to divide relationships and deter and derail the mission of the church. We must be on our guard against this closely clinging sin and frequently lay it aside (Hebrews 12:1).

The Subtlety of Slander

Sometimes saying something untrue and damaging about someone is bold and blunt. But often slander is insidiously subtle, especially since we have heard slander all our lives in almost every context and grown accustomed to it. This means we must heighten our sensitivity to it and lower our tolerance of it.

Slander can wear a hundred masks. I’ll mention a few common ones.

Sometimes we pass along slanderous information that seems almost like harmless hearsay, yet the effect it has on our listeners is to leave them with an unfairly negative perception of another. Sometimes we embellish with information or tone a negative report about someone in order to enhance our listener’s perception of ourselves.

Sometimes we have a very real concern about someone, but we share it with someone who cannot benefit from or help with the concern. We do this because we simply want our listeners to think worse of a particular person. Or if we share a concern with an appropriate person, we can sometimes indulge our speculations or presumptions, mixing them almost imperceptibly with facts for our listeners, distorting the concern in order to sway an outcome in a direction we desire.

The net effect of all forms of slander is to unjustly devalue another person’s reputation.

Slander Is Stealing

This devaluing is at the heart of what makes slander evil. The Bible tells us, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). In this context, a good name represents a person’s character, which is the most valuable thing about their identity. A good name is who we are in the minds of others. And since relationships trade in the currency of trust, a reputation is a very precious asset.

So whenever we handle a person’s name — who they are in the minds of others — we are stewarding a treasure that belongs to them. If we damage a person’s reputation unjustly, we are stealing their good name; we are vandalizing their character. This causes very real, sometimes long-lasting damage to people, because restoring a devalued name is very difficult. Who knows what love, joy, counsel, comfort, and opportunities we take from people if we care for their name carelessly?

God knows. And he hates it. God hates when we speak evil of his name (Exodus 20:7) and when we speak evil of others (Titus 3:2). He will hold us accountable for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36). This is great incentive for us to “put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Peter 2:1).

Fight Slander First in Yourself

The foremost slanderer we must silence is the one inside us. Full of malignant pride, our sin natures are not interested in truth, but in self-glory. So they seek to manipulate others through slander (or flattery) for our own selfish benefit.

Sin (and therefore our demonic harassers) seizes on a concern for or an offense we’ve received from another and seeks to distort it into thinking evil of that person.

Thinking evil of another is assigning imagined or exaggerated negative qualities to them that don’t exist. Often this begins as private fantasies where we nurture our concerns or offense by imagining ourselves justified in our righteousness and others condemned in their evil. But in truth, all we’re doing is passing our own evil thoughts on to imaginations disguised as other people. That’s our sin nature’s slanderer talking. We are fools to listen to it.

And when our slander spills out from ourselves to others — and it will if we don’t catch it soon enough — it is both selfishly indulgent and cowardly.

Slander is indulgent because often what we really seek is the self-flattery buzz of our listener approving and admiring us more than the one we are slandering. We are robbing another’s reputation to get the drug of self-flattery.

Slander is cowardly because it’s a way of nurturing a concern or an offense and gaining sympathizers without doing the courageous work of bringing it directly to the source of our concern or offense. Our rationalizations for this can be countless, but essentially we don’t have the guts to deal with it head-on. This means our character is in serious question, since we are willing to vandalize another’s character to gain allies.

We must grow ruthless in ignoring and silencing our slandering sin natures.

Helping Each Other Fight Slander

When someone slanders another to us, we must remember that we are not mainly fighting flesh and blood, but spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). Satan knows that slander deadens and splits churches, poisons friendships, and fractures families. He knows slander quenches the Holy Spirit, kills love, short-circuits spiritual renewal, undermines trust, and sucks the courage out of the saints. So our goal, particularly in the context of the church, is to help each other shed demonic weights and avoid satanic stumbling blocks.

So how do we do this? The best way is to become people who are not safe to slander around. We must ask each other questions like:

  • Have you shared your concern with this person directly? I’d be willing to go with you to talk to him.
  • Just to be clear, is this information I should know? Do you want me to help you pursue reconciliation?
  • Are you doing everything you possibly can to put away “all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander?” (Ephesians 4:31)
  • How can I help you guard this person’s reputation like a treasure? (Proverbs 22:1)

In other words, friends don’t let friends slander. Friends don’t let friends act like God-haters (Romans 1:30). The more we love people, the more we hate slander, because a slanderer hates his victims (Proverbs 26:28).

Let us remember that we are stewards of the treasure of each other’s good names. Let us resolve to avoid sharing information that is unnecessarily damaging to another person’s reputation and to repent to everyone affected if we do. Let us seek to silence the sin nature slanderer within and graciously give and receive others’ help when one of us slips, perhaps unaware, into slander. Let us do damage to Satan’s forces by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

Let us lay aside the destructive sin-weight of slander.

A Word About Slander and Abusive Situations

There are times when it is necessary and not slanderous to discuss or share information that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Remember, slander is untrue damaging information. But sometimes a person’s real sins are of such a nature that they must become public for the sake of justice and individual safety. Here are just a few sample scenarios:

  • Reporting confirmed, documented sin and abuse to appropriate people in positions of authority who can do something about it.
  • Participating as an appropriate person in spiritual, and in some cases civil, authority in an investigation such as a report of someone’s sinful, perhaps abusive, behavior with the intent of either confronting that person or clearing their good name.
  • Discreetly, and without unnecessary details, informing others of another’s confirmed sinful or abusive behavior because, without this knowledge, someone might suffer real harm.
  • Seeking pastoral counsel regarding how to navigate a complex and ambiguous situation, doing everything you can do to guard the reputation of a person in question from unnecessary damage.

Jesus’s instructions in Matthew 18:15–17 must guide us in such difficult cases. And Jesus expects us to behave circumspectly in them, always seeking to preserve others’ reputations as much as possible, knowing that gossip and slander are always temptations crouching at our doors.

In an age of social media, that lacks the functional information-spreading restraints of past eras, let us be all the more slow to post (“slow to speak” — James 1:19) analysis, speculation, and commentary on information about another person or group, even if it has become public in our slander-saturated culture, that might eventually prove slanderous. All the serious biblical warnings about slander still apply, which should make us all, especially those of us with “platforms,” tremble.



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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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


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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December 19-20, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 12/20/2015

Is Obama driving millennials toward hopelessness?
Today’s young adults are much less likely to believe in the American Dream than were young adults in 1986, and analysts have attributed this surge in pessimism to factors such as wage stagnation, mounting college debt and the economic damage caused by the Great Recession.

Syria war: Third of rebels share IS aims, report claims
About a third of rebel groups in Syria – some 100,000 fighters – share the ideology of so-called Islamic State (IS), new research suggests. The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, linked to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, said defeating IS militarily “would not end global jihadism”. That would require an “intellectual and theological defeat” of its ideology.

China landslide: 22 buildings collapse in Shenzhen industrial park
Some 22 buildings have collapsed in a landslide at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries, the local government said. No fatalities have been reported. Shenzhen’s fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people. At least 22 remain missing.

Bomb found on Air France flight headed to Paris
A bomb was found on board an Air France flight heading to Paris on Sunday after a suspicious device was discovered in one of the plane’s toilets. Air France Flight 463 was flying from Port Louis, Mauritius toward Paris, France, when it made an emergency landing in Mombasa, Kenya, according to the Kenya Airports Authority.

China complains about U.S. plane straying into disputed airspace
China is once again complaining that the United States violated its sovereign territory by coming near artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Iraqi soldiers may have been hit by coalition friendly fire
The U.S.-led coalition will investigate after the Iraqi military said its forces suffered casualties from friendly fire during airstrikes on ISIS positions. The coalition, which offered condolences for “the unfortunate loss of life” of Iraqis on the front lines, said the strikes took place Friday near Falluja.

Turkey’s Erdogan meets Hamas leader Meshaal in Istanbul
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift.

Longest-serving Lebanese prisoner in Israel killed in Syria
Samir Kantar, a Lebanese who was convicted of executing one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history and spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison, has been killed in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a residential building near the Syrian capital, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group said Sunday.

“Most Liberal” US College Unleashes Demands For “Deconstructing The White Supremacist, Capitalist System”
The manifesto for the micro-aggressives has been unleashed on an unknowing “safe-space”-seeking, politically-corrected, American public. Students at no lesser liberalist college than Oberlin, Ohio, have released 14 pages of full social-justice-warrior-tard warning that they are “not polite requests, but concrete and unmalleable demands.”

Fierce fighting in northern Yemen kills at least 75
Fierce fighting and airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition pounded northern Yemen on Saturday, as the two main parties in the country’s conflict continued to violate a ceasefire agreement and undermine already tenuous peace talks in Switzerland.


Top Headlines – 12/20/2015

Israel to ease its blockade of Gaza, reports Turkish newspaper

Face-saving formula on Gaza blockade could allow Israel-Turkey normalization

Hamas leader meets Turkish president amid talk of Jerusalem-Ankara detente

62 Kurdish militants, two soldiers killed in fighting across southeast Turkey

Russia wants to maintain ties with Turkish people, Turkish leadership “not eternal” -Putin

Report: Putin says Russia ready to use ‘more military means’ in Syria if need be

U.N. endorses Syria peace plan in rare show of unity among big powers

Germany says obstacles remain for Syria after UN backs peace process

Five years later: How the US and EU failed the Arab Spring

Pentagon chief visits French carrier to show joint resolve against ISIS

Syria war: Report claims ‘third of rebels share IS aims’

Islamic State denounces Saudi Arabia’s anti-ISIS coalition

Pakistan Taliban reject ISIS leader’s claim to be ‘caliph’

Iraqi forces ask residents of IS-controlled Ramadi to leave city within 72 hours

Iraqi soldiers may have been hit by coalition friendly fire

Pentagon chief: Iraqi strike may be ‘mistake’ by 2 sides

‘Only so much bombing you can do,’ says Obama, vowing not to fade in final year

Obama sends message of tolerance after meeting California shooting victims

Obama Administration and UN Announce Global Police Force to Fight ‘Extremism’ In U.S.

Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

State Dept. issues ‘urgent’ message to Americans about possible terror attack in Pakistan capital

US citizens in Tunisia warned by embassy of potential terror attacks

Fierce fighting in northern Yemen kills at least 75

Bomb found on Air France flight headed to Paris

Air France flight makes emergency landing in Kenya after bomb scare: police

Plane evacuated at Mexico City airport due to bomb threat

U.S. Bomber Mistakenly Flew Near Disputed Island in South China Sea

China urges U.S. to stop ‘provocative actions’ after B-52 flights

Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future

Falling oil prices raise fears about economy

Trump Predicts U.S. Economic ‘Bubble’ Could Soon Burst

CERN Physicists Might Have Discovered A New Fundamental Particle

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Cikamurang, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Biri, Philippines

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

3.1 Earthquake Strikes near San Ramon, California

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 11,000ft

70s in D.C. around Christmas? It’s looking likely – and it would crush records

Iranian schools close under blanket of smog in Tehran

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit ‘Alarming’ New Record in U.S., CDC Says

Armed gang using gay dating app Grindr to target and rob men in London


Top News – 12/19/2015

In Barack Obama’s America, ISIS Wins and Americans Die
So last night Barack Obama says he has not watched enough cable television to know that Americans were upset about Paris and California. Consider that for a minute. Maybe the Democrats who whisper that he has Aspergers are right. The President did not watch enough television to understand that people were upset.

U.N. endorses Syria peace plan in rare show of unity among big powers
The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter million lives. The resolution gives a U.N. blessing to a plan negotiated previously in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections.

Turkish official: Deal with Israel ‘close’
Turkey and Israel are “close” to an agreement on a deal to normalize ties after positive progress was made on Ankara’s key demands in closed-door negotiations, a Turkish official said on Friday,

Putin says easy to work both with Assad and US on Syria conflict
“Regarding the Syrian crisis, we find it easy to work both with President Assad and the American side. I have recently spoken about this with (US) President (Barack) Obama, and with our friends from Saudi Arabia, and from other Arab nations,” Putin said.

INCOMING SOLAR STORM CLOUDS
A pair of CMEs billowed away from the sun on Dec 16th. NOAA forecasters say that both are likely to hit Earth on Dec. 18th and 19th. These are relatively minor storm clouds. Nevertheless, the double blow could spark G2-class geomagnetic storms over the weekend.

Students Sing “Allah Akbar” at Holiday Concert
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a Ramadan song – at least in Blaine, Minnesota. There was a big controversy after Thursday’s holiday concert at the local high school – when the teenagers belted out a praise song to Allah. I’m sure a number of Lutherans along with other Protestant parents spewed their egg nog when they heard their offspring singing, “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar.”

Did you feel Friday’s quake?
Did you feel the earthquake today? The one that happened in Lake Ontario?

Earthquake strikes near popular tourist destination of Vanuatu
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. This quake occurred on December 19, 2015, 02:10:53 UTC.

Moderate quake hits parts of Uttarakhand
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Uttarakhand in the wee hours today. Epicentred in the India-Nepal border region, the earthquake occurred at 3.47 am, the MeT department here said.

Scientists Ponder How to Create Artificial Intelligence That Won’t Destroy Us
…Scientists, recognizing their work is breaking out of the research lab and into the real world, grappled during a daylong summit on Dec. 10 in Montreal with such ethical issues as how to prevent computers that are smarter than humans from putting people out of work, adding complications to legal proceedings, or, even worse, seeking to harm society.

Gay couples could soon have children with traits of BOTH fathers: ‘Multiplex parenting’ could allow up to 32 people to contribute to child
Scientific advances will soon allow children to have any number of parents, legal experts warn. The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study. In theory, any number of parents from three upwards – of either sex – could contribute DNA to create a baby.

Massive spending bill and tax plan passes US Congress
US congressional leaders have passed a $1.1 trillion (£730 billion) spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown. The massive bill includes both Republican-backed initiatives and Democratic priorities. The spending bill, passed in combination with a tax plan, easily made it through the House and Senate.

Migrant crisis: EU needs ‘massive’ resettlement programme
The head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has urged European leaders to set up a “massive” refugee resettlement programme. Antonio Guterres said moves to speed up the processing of asylum seekers in Greece was welcome but “not enough”. He was speaking as a new UN report warned that the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide would “far surpass” a record 60 million this year.

China pollution: Factories closed by Beijing smog
Cars were forced off the road and factories closed in Beijing on Saturday after the city was once again blanketed by hazardous smog. The government issued a level-four red alert on Friday – the most serious of a four-tier warning system. The alert, the second in as many weeks, means schools have to close and half the vehicles banned.

China accuses US of B-52 ‘provocation’ over Spratly Islands
China has accused the US of “serious provocation” after it flew B-52 bombers near one of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Chinese military personnel were put on “high alert” during the incident on 10 December, and issued warnings to leave. The Pentagon said it was looking into the complaint.

Turkey fires back at Iraq over troops, says Iraq undermines global ISIS fight
Turkey accused Iraq on Friday of undermining the global fight against Islamic State militants by taking its complaint about the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq to the United Nations Security Council. The 15-member council met on the issue on Friday at the request of Iraq and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari who asked the body to adopt a resolution demanding Turkey withdraw its troops immediately.

Sanders regains access to voter files after bitter fight over data breach
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders regained access to crucial voter files on Friday after taking the Democratic National Committee to court and accusing party leaders of trying to undermine his White House bid and help rival Hillary Clinton.

Ancient Sword ‘Could Prove Romans Discovered America Before Columbus’
An ancient sword found in water near Oak Island in Nova Scotia offers proof the Romans found America, a researcher has claimed. If true, the sword – found by fishermen in shallow waters – would rewrite history, with Roman explorers having found America a millennia before Columbus.

Khomeini grandson gets cautious election blessing from the top
A grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is expected to seek election early next year to the body that chooses Iran’s supreme leader and is said to have the cautious blessing of the incumbent, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in W.Bank, Gaza unrest
Two Palestinian drivers Friday tried but failed to run down Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, with one attacker shot dead and the other wounded, Israeli officials said.

German-made submarine heads to Israel for delivery
The latest German-built Dolphin-class submarine INS Rahav is en route to Haifa to be delivered to the Israeli Navy. INS Rahav, given the Hebrew name for Greek god of the seas Poseidon, is one of the Israeli Defense Force’s most expensive weapons. The vessel’s voyage to Haifa comes roughly a decade after the Israeli government placed the order to German defense contractor Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft.

Israel’s Fruitful Week in Science and Its Secret to Success
For a country the size of New Jersey that seems to always be on the verge of war, it is unlikely that Israel would be one of the world’s science superpowers. But somehow, the State of Israel defeats all odds.


Top Headlines – 12/19/2015

Hamas seeking to orchestrate suicide bombings, PA says

Hamas vows to repeat success of Schalit swap and free more Palestinian prisoners

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in W.Bank, Gaza unrest

Rocket from Gaza hits open area in Israel

Israel’s Fruitful Week in Science and Its Secret to Success

Tehran contest offers $50,000 prize for best Holocaust cartoon

‘Israel, Iran have fastest growing defense budgets in Middle East’

Iran ready to ship 9 tonnes of enriched uranium to Russia

Israel: Iran has withdrawn most of its Revolutionary Guards from Syria

Report: IDF Clearing Forest to Create Exposed Cliffs for Monitoring Lebanese Border

Israel and Turkey reach ‘understanding’ on restoring ties

Obama urges Turkey’s Erdogan to withdraw troops from Iraq

Turkey fires back at Iraq over troops, says Iraq undermines global ISIS fight

No sign of peace for Turkey’s Kurds after Erdogan victory

Is Russia gearing up for war with Turkey?

UN endorses Syria peace plan, but resolution does not address Assad’s fate

As UN Endorses Syria Plan, Obama Says Assad Will Probably Have to Go

Obama says Syria’s Assad has lost legitimacy, needs to leave

Libya militia chases away US troops

African Union readies 5,000 peacekeepers for Burundi crisis

Feds can’t say whereabouts of those whose visas were revoked over terror threat

Saudi official: Arab culture ‘immersed in hatred’

College Professor, Students Sport Yellow Jewish Stars to ‘Protest Islamophobia’

Obama urges Americans remain vigilant against homegrown threats

Welcome to Europe! Soros Adding Fuel to the Fire of EU’s Refugee Crisis

Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year

California governor declares San Bernardino in state of emergency after attack

Washington state high school student arrested after threatening school shooting

Obama Poised to Tighten Gun Laws After Holidays

DNC penalizes Sanders campaign for improper access of Clinton voter data

Bernie Sanders’ campaign sues DNC: ‘They are not going to sabotage our campaign,’ Sanders’ team says after taking Clinton data

Sanders regains access to voter files after bitter fight over data breach

Jeb Bush Funded by George Soros’s Chinese Business Partner

Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion Spending Measure

Congressional spending bill includes $3.1 billion in foreign aid to Israel

Dow drops more than 350, stocks lower for week as oil slides

Apple crashes into bear market: $160B gone!

China’s Renminbi Declines After Being Named a Global Currency, Posing Challenges

Ukraine Defaults on $3 Billion Bond to Russia

EU Backs Visa-Free Access for Ukraine, Georgia

Large asteroid to pass by earth on Christmas eve

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Achham, Nepal

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Central America

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

‘World’s finest chef’ who cooked for Paris climate conference fined for damaging the environment

Doomsday Arctic seed vault to receive two deposits in 2016

New York Bills Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Allow Euthanizing Patients Without Consent

New ‘super condom’ will fight HIV and increase sexual pleasure, scientists claim

Methodist Minister: I Help Women Get Abortions at Planned Parenthood Because I’m a Christian

Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality

Religious colleges seek waivers on transgender students

Why Tel Aviv is Hollywood’s New Billion-Dollar Sin City

Prince Charles Warns Christianity May Be Erased From Birth Land Within 5 Years


Trump Predicts U.S. Economic ‘Bubble’ Could Soon Burst

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There is more economic nastiness out there right now than many in this country think. We’ve had a massive papering over of a very tenuous economy during the Obama years. Now the Fed has moved to slightly raise rates (seems reasonable to us, but we’d prefer that the market set all rates of interest) while much of the rest of the world is slowing – again. China, Brazil, much of Europe, many if not most the commodity driven developing countries,

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Iran to Ship Enriched Uranium to Russia Within Days

Iran to Ship Enriched Uranium to Russia Within Days

Posted on December 20, 2015 by Tru News

Iran will export most of its enriched uranium to Russia in the coming days as it rushes to implement a nuclear deal and secure relief from sanctions

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U.S. Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion Omnibus Budget Bill 65-33

U.S. Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion Omnibus Budget Bill 65-33

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Tru News

Brushing aside concerns about deepening the budget deficit, U.S. lawmakers approved $1.8 trillion worth of federal spending and tax breaks on Friday

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Global Stocks Fall on Global Growth Worries, Dollar Slips

Global Stocks Fall on Global Growth Worries, Dollar Slips

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Tru News

Global equity markets fell sharply on Friday as slumping oil prices raised concerns about slower growth, while the dollar slipped against the yen

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CISA Is Now The Law: How Congress Quietly Passed The Second Patriot Act (Tucked into Ryan’s Omnibus bill)

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It’s been a war of attrition waged against those for those of us fighting the expansion of government on the Internet. (And everywhere else really.) We fight, try to raise awareness, shine a light on efforts to erode the 4th Amendment, but the government was always pretty sure it would eventually get what it wanted. Sooner or later there’d be another terrorist attack which raised the fear level. Sprinkle in a little pre-holiday checkoutitis and, viola! CISA.

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Are we feeling the first winds of the next large economic storm right now?

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Many think that junk bonds now are similar in some respects to the subprime housing debt bulge of a few years ago. (Junk by definition is subprime.) It is possible that the distressed bond market which is seeing challenges currently indicates serious challenges to come in the short term for the economy in general.

Junk bonds are highly exposed to economic trouble (they are distressed debt) and the market is large.

Think of them as a bluff on the economic sea which feels the effects of an approaching storm first in a similar way to how no doc mortgages were the first to be buffeted in 2006/2007.

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Weekend Snapshot

Dec. 19, 2015
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
George Will: Another False ‘Turning Point’ on Climate
Thomas Sowell: Attacking the Truth
Victor Davis Hanson: Families of Terrorists See No Evil, Speak No Evil
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Quote of the Week

“In May 1945, Aneurin Bevan, a leading light among British socialists, said: ‘This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.’ Genius was not required. Socialism — command-and-control government of the sort that climate fine-tuners recommend for the entire planet — soon accomplished this marvel, with coal rationed and the price of fish soaring.” —George Will


Los Angeles school board relocating students plagued by methane gas leak

Posted: 20 Dec 2015 06:57 AM PST

A total of 1,900 Students from the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California will be relocating from an apparent gas leak that has sparked hundreds of illness complaints and evacuations. According to reports, The LA school board declared an emergency and authorized relocating students from Porter Ranch Community School and Castlebay Lane Charter School. The move is set to take place after winter break and could last until June.

A staff report cited disruption from absenteeism, visits to the health office and student transfers to other schools. The leak was discovered back in October from an underground well in the vicinity, sending huge amounts of methane into the air, tinged with a foul-smelling chemical. Javier Mendoza, a spokesman for the gas company, told the Los Angeles Times more than 4,500 have asked about temporary housing and about 1,800 have already moved. The LA County Department of Public health determined shortly after that the leak is mostly methane and does not pose a risk to public health. However, residents in the area have reported nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, vomiting and other symptoms. Source

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BREAKING NEWS – Bomb Discovered On Air France Flight headed to Paris

Posted: 20 Dec 2015 06:45 AM PST

According to reports from the Guardian, An Air France plane destined for Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Mombasa after a bomb was found in the jet’s lavatory.  Flight AF463, with 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board, had left Mauritius at 9pm local time (1700 GMT) on Saturday and was due to arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle at 5.50am (0450 GMT).

Reports indicate that After the suspicious device was discovered, the plane landed at Moi international airport in Mombasa before 1am. Air France and the Kenyan police both said investigators were working to confirm whether the package was a bomb. The official report indicates that a spokesman for the airline said: “We are still awaiting the end of the investigation by the Kenyan authorities to see if it was a bomb.” Source

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Is Missouri Being Prepared For a Major Terrorist Attack in the Future?

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 08:04 PM PST

If you live in Missouri and follow End Time Headlines you know by now how we have been keeping you up to date with a series of alarming events that have happened in your state. The series of alarming events began with with the FBI launching investigations into countless stolen propane tanks and mass cell phone purchases by Middle Eastern men in different locations in Missouri, and then we learned that back in October of this year a man who was hunting in the Mark Twain National Forest, just 30 minutes from Lebanon,MO was about to set up camp when he discovered a huge cache of “extremely volatile” explosives, which police described to be of a style “that could not be purchased for recreational use.” This suggests that the extensive supply was all homemade pipe bombs or other IEDs, created and collected with a specific plan in mind. The stock was so dangerous that it couldn’t be safely detonated without the help of  the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s EOD Unit, and the Waynesville Rural Fire Department,KY3 reported.

We then broke the story of a group of men asking about the Bagnell Dam. revealing that the Middle Eastern men were asking questions about the dam. They wanted to know if they could rent a boat and tour the dam. When we put this together with the other information we have gathered such as the recent report of Bulk Electronic Purchases By Middle Eastern Men Reported In Arkansas.  The report revealed that 2,000 Xbox 360 Kinect sensors were purchased by Two middle eastern men who went through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma and purchased over $40,000 worth of these xbox accessories from video game stores. Now we have learned that Missouri officials are alarmed by A recent purchase of a large amount of slingshot ammo, similar to BB pellets, and a large amount of replacement box cutter blades purchased at a Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Don’t forget BB’s can be used as shrapnel in a bomb such as we saw used in the Boston Bombings in which authorities discovered similar materials for deadly weapons when detonated!  We now have a pretty solid reason to be concerned in Missouri.  Keep in mind that the White House recently warned that the Islamic State terrorists are a different sort of threat than Al-Qaeda, seeking to inspire small attacks around the world rather than big spectacular operations and “crowdsourcing” terrorism via social media, FBI director James Comey said. Let’s continue to keep Missouri in our prayers as well as our Nation in the coming Months as we need to remain vigilant and alert of our surroundings.

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Trump Predicts Economic ‘Bubble’ Could Soon Burst

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 07:32 PM PST

What does Donald Trump know about the economy that we don’t? Does he see an economic collapse on the horizon? According to Bloomberg  Donald Trump spoke at a recent rally and said “Remember the word bubble? You heard it here first,”. Trump made this statement in front of about 1,200 people at a rally Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He reportedly went on to say “I don’t want to sound rude, but I hope if it explodes, it’s going to be now, rather than two months into another administration.” 

This assessment was made following the unemployment rate on the decline, the Federal Reserve on Dec. 16 raising its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2006, and after deciding the U.S. economy is now performing well enough that it could make the move.“We could be on a bubble and that bubble could crash and it’s not going to be a pretty picture,” said Trump. SOURCE

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Homeland Security Helicopter Seen flying over Michigan County Taking Photos

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 07:19 PM PST

If you noticed a low flying helicopter hovering over the city of Huron County, MI Friday it belonged to the Department of Homeland Security according to Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson “We had several inquiries about the helicopter and who it belonged to,” Hanson said on Friday. According to local affiliate  in Michigan Hanson said he called the Aviation Unit in Detroit to gather more information as to why the helicopter was in the area and what its purpose was.

Hanson stated “I wasn’t satisfied with their answer to say the least, but I was told (the helicopter) was taking photos,” he explained. “I made them well aware that people are concerned, especially with what’s going on in the media.” Of course par the usual, The sheriff said he was never made aware, or given any notice, the helicopter would be in the area taking photos. Why this was happening or the intent was never made clear as The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately provide a comment to the Tribune. SOURCE

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Prince Charles Warns Christianity May Be Erased From Mideast Within 5 Years

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 07:02 PM PST

Matthew 10:22 – And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Prince Charles is sounding the alarm about persecution of believers in the Middle East as he has recently come out and warned that Christianity might be entirely erased from the land of its birth in the Middle East within five years.  Charles stated that “Their suffering is symptomatic of a very real crisis which threatens the very existence of Christianity in the land of its birth,” Prince Charles made this statement at the Archbishop House in central London according to reports on Thursday. Prince Charles went on to say  “In fact according to Aid to the Church in Need, which is a truly remarkable organization, Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq within five years unless emergency help is provided on a greatly increased scale at an international level,”  “This affects us all, consequently the greatest challenge we face is how to ensure the spiritual and cultural heritage of Christianity in the Middle East is preserved for future generations.”

We have seen the flood of media reports of Christians being heavily targeted by the Islamic State terror group across Iraq and Syria in the past two years, and have seen their numbers drop significantly. This isn’t the first time Prince Charles has spoken out against persecution of believers in Christ in the Mideast. He also spoken out on the persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East on a number of other occasions, including back in December 2013 when he said that the situation has reached a “crisis” point. SOURCE

 

 

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6 Presidential Candidates Pledge to Support Bill to Protect Gay Marriage Opponents

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 06:49 PM PST

According to a new report from the Christian Post Six Republican presidential candidates signed a pledge to support a federal bill meant to protect the rights of gay marriage opponents. This Bill is known as the First Amendment Defense Act, the proposed legislation is designed to protect critics of gay marriage from facing legal action for their views.  Sources indicate that Conservative groups including the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and the Family Research Council affiliate FRC Action created a pledge for candidates to support. The pledge reads “If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President,”

Conservative group the American Principles Project recently announced that six Republican hopefuls have signed on to their request to sign FADA if elected and to push for its passage. These six Republicans are Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. This leaves out GOP candidates Donald Trump, former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky who all have expressed support for FADA but did not sign the pledge.  SOURCE

 

 

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Obama takes credit for Defeating Ebola, Bin Laden, Peace in Iran and the List Goes On!

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 06:34 PM PST

President Obama has claimed credit for “stamping out” Ebola. According to WND In his last press conference of 2015 held on Friday, Obama stated that his leadership, his diplomacy, and most important his belief in climate change all helped craft the Paris climate agreement, and these same leadership qualities stamped out Ebola. It’s amazing how this guy wants to take credit for anything successful such as the removal of Osama Bin Laden but always casts the blame on someone else when things go south!

Obama went on to say  “When I went to Copenhagen, I essentially engaged in 24 hours of diplomacy to salvage from a pretty chaotic process,” he stated. “This would not have happened without American leadership. And, by the way, the same is true for the Iran nuclear deal. The same is true for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The same is true for stamping out Ebola – something, you guys may recall from last year, which was the potential end of the world. So once again Mr. Obama comes to the rescue for America and the World. SOURCE

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Mother Saves Infant After Hearing Voice in her head say “RUN”!

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:37 PM PST

Did the voice of God save Tanya Tyler and her child from death? According to reports She is credited for saving her kid’s life when she was simply doing chores in her house when she said a thought ran into her head. according to reports Tyler told KREM2 “As I was setting the laundry down, I actually heard in my mind, like instinctively, maybe, ‘RUN,’ ” Tyler said. ”

Tanya claims she didn’t hear any trees at that time falling, but she turned quickly and grabbed the car carrier with one hand in front of the swing. And as she took one step, she could hear the tree inside the living room!  Her and her child escaped to the kitchen covered in sawdust and insulation from the ceiling. The photos show the severe damage done to the house but the family is just thankful for their lives.

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Strong Magnitude 6.2 earthquake Strikes near Vanuatu islands

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:21 PM PST

According to reports from the USGS a strong magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck north-east of the Vanuatu chain of islands. The Earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometres,

Nearby cities to the impact zone included Isangel, Port-Vila, We, Luganville and Dumbea. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. SOURCE

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Why We Should Be Careful Following Trends

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:13 PM PST

(Written By Phil Cooke) A word needs to be said to pastors, writers, artists and other leaders who jump on the bandwagon of “Christian cultural trends.” I’ve seen it most of my life, and I can tell you it doesn’t help in the court of public witness. I remember in the late ’60s when we got on the “Late Great Planet Earth” trend. The incredible success of that book was followed by a long (I mean really long) line of prophecy copycats, few of which offered anything unique and different.

Since that time we’ve had the HUGE trends of gimmicky sermons on sex and marriage, including the sexy marriage retreat phase, the prosperity gospel, the church-bashing trend, the political trend, the boycott businesses that don’t say “Merry Christmas” period and more. (Remember all the Christian “prophetic” warnings about Y2K?) Especially in the Charismatic world, we’re besieged on a regular basis by hysterical “prophetic” announcements about the future of mankind, God’s judgment or the end of the world. The current rage is the “Blood Moons.” Check Amazon.com and you’ll find at least six pages offering Christian books on the “Blood Moons.” Full Report From Church Leaders

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Patriot groups fighting to keep Oregon ranchers out of jail say calling forth ‘Militias’ will be next move

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:08 PM PST

(Written By J.D.Heyes) Patriotic groups and others fighting to keep two Oregon ranchers – a father and son – out of federal prison because they believe the sentences are unconstitutional, have said that they may be forced to call in militias if local and state officials don’t respond to their “redress of grievance” complaint. “I don’t see this deescalating until [their] rights are restored,” one person familiar with the situation and the redress of grievance told Natural News. As Natural News reported exclusively, Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 46, were convicted in 2012 under a federal anti-terrorism statute, of committing arson on federal land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Both were charged in connection with a 2001 fire, and Steven in connection with another fire in 2006.

Though the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 calls for a minimum sentence of five years in prison, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan – now retired – gave them lighter sentences because he did not believe they had exhibited malicious intent. Federal prosecutors appealed Hogan’s three-month sentence for Dwight Hammond, and one-year sentence for Steven Hammond – which both had served – because they were far short of the minimum. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ordered them re-sentenced in October, which they duly were. Full Report From Natural News

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Ron Luce’s Teen Mania Calling it Quits After Financial Collapse

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:02 PM PST

After nearly 30 years in ministry, Teen Mania International, a once popular Evangelical Christian youth organization based in Dallas, Texas, announced Thursday that it will shutter operations amid mounting financial struggles. According to the Christian Post the official statement from Ron Luce was

“Katie and I feel this chapter coming to a close, and are grateful to the Lord for all that He has done through those who have rallied around this vision over the years. Together we have taken many risks, climbed many mountains and slayed many giants!”  posted on the ministry’s website.

Teen Mania was started by Luce in 1986 “to reach and inspire a generation to change the world.” In 1991 it established Acquire the Fire which used high-tech and high-impact worship and teaching seminars to reach teenagers and it attracted millions of followers and money. Documents cited in a Christianity Today report note that Teen Mania recorded $23.1 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2001 and by fiscal year 2007 revenue had jumped to $35.6 million.

A downward spiral began however in 2008 when revenue dipped to $20.1 million after a dissatisfied donor canceled a $6 million pledge according to the report. In October World Magazine reported that the ministry was facing multiple lawsuits, including one from Compassion International which is seeking a $174,124.73 judgment. The ministry had also lost half its independent board members and there was an arrest warrant for Luce for failing to appear at a Colorado state district court proceeding. Full Report From Christian Post

 

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Ex-Defense Chief Hagel Claims White House Attempted To Destroy Him

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 07:53 PM PST

In shocking revelations revealed by NewsMax, President Obama’s former defense secretary Chuck Hagel said he was subjected to backstabbing by those in the White House who sought to tarnish his reputation, even after he agreed to resign.  According to Hagel who said “They already had my resignation, so what was the point of just continuing to try to destroy me?” Hagel revealed this information in a recent interview with Foreign Policy magazine published on Friday.

According to reports Hagel also said he was admonished for describing the Islamic State group as “beyond anything we’ve ever seen” after the jihadists rampaged through large parts of Syria and Iraq last year. The former Defense Chief went on to say “I got accused of trying to hype something, overstate something, and make something more than it was,” Hagel told Foreign Policy.  “I didn’t know all of it, but I knew we were up against something here that we had never seen before. And in many ways, we were not prepared for it.”  According to Hagel President Obama lost international credibility when he decided against attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2013.

 

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200 birds found dead near O’Leary’s Lake in Wisconsin

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 07:37 PM PST

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Wis. — An estimated 200 dead American coots recently have been sighted near Dubuque’s Lock and Dam No. 11 on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Fishermen observed the dead birds near O’Leary’s Lake, located near Eagle Point Road, off of U.S. 61/151. Coots are dark-gray to black in color, with a bright-white bill and forehead. Duck-like in many ways, they are members of the rail family in the same avian order as cranes. “They’re not much good for anything.

Some people eat them,” said Carl Hanson, owner of the Eagle Point fishing barge, who saw the dead birds floating in the water. The deaths aren’t that unusual. This is the seventh time since 2002 that waterfowl die-offs have been documented on the upper Mississippi River, and each time prior, trematodes were responsible, officials said. Trematodes are a parasitic flatworm that spends part of its life inside snails. Waterfowl die from trematodes each year, but in years when snail populations are high, mortality rates of snail eaters — American coots and lesser scaup — increase. The invasive faucet snail is an intermediate host for three types of trematodes. FULL REPORT

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ISIS Operatives used pizza ovens in attempt to smuggle 150 European passports into Turkey

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 07:09 PM PST

According to a report from the World Tribune , A pair of suspected ISIS jihadists reportedly hid 150 European passports in mini-pizza ovens in an attempt to smuggle them into Turkey. According to the information provided One of the suspects was Syrian and the other was Turkish. The suspects were detained after flying in from a European country and are being questioned by police at anti-terrorism headquarters in Istanbul.

According to a Turkish government official the passports were fake, but the Dogan news agency reported that they were originals.  A Turkish journalist posted a photo on Twitter which he says shows the passports police found on the suspects, including German, French, and UK passport covers. The AFP report said police also seized hidden cameras as well as several memory and SIM cards. More at World Tribune

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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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


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.

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Can Hobby Lobby Buy the Bible? Article in the Atlantic

In just the past six years, the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby have amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical antiquities. Why?

Daniel B. Wallace

In the January/February issue of The Atlantic is a provocative piece by Joel Baden and Candida Moss entitled, “Can Hobby Lobby Buy the Bible?” Without further comment, here’s the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/can-hobby-lobby-buy-the-bible/419088/

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Is the text of the Bible we have today different from the originals?

WINTERY KNIGHT

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First, let’s introduce New Testament scholar Daniel B. Wallace:

Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

B.A., Biola University, 1975; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., 1995.

Dr. Wallace influences students across the country through his textbook on intermediate Greek grammar. It has become the standard textbook in the English-speaking world on that subject. He is a member of the Society of New Testament Studies, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society.

[…]He has been a consultant on four different Bible translations.

[…] He works extensively in textual criticism, and has founded The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (csntm.org), an institute with an initial purpose of preserving Scripture by taking digital photographs of all known Greek New Testament manuscripts.

[…]His postdoctoral work…

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J. Warner Wallace podcast: pluralism, relativism and postmodernism at the university

WINTERY KNIGHT

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The latest episode of the Cold Case Christianity podcast is useful to help parents understand what awaits their children at the university.

Details:

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner examines four popular misconceptions and misstatements about the nature of objective truth, tolerance and our over-reliance on science. If there are no objective truths (or they can’t be known) there is little reason to examine the truth about God. We need to get to the truth about truth before we can ever know the truth about anything else.

The MP3 file is here.

Wallace does a lot of speaking on university campuses, so he gets to meet and talk with the college kids. It’s interesting to hear what an evidence-driven cold case homicide detective thinks about the squishy postmodern views of the average college student.

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How important is obeying the words of Christ?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. (James 1:22-24 NASB)

How important is obeying the words of Christ? This is, of course, the essence of Lordship. Jesus Christ is Lord. That is not just a title nor is it something we say to revere him nor is it part of some religious controversy. No, He is Lord over all. He is one in essence with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in the Hypostatic Union of the Holy Trinity. God is Sovereign and because of his role in…

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Peter Wagner: Why God is using the NAR – not Christianity

Al Jazeera once wrote an article exposing the dangerous New Apostolic Reformation cult which the head, C. Peter Wagner, reacted strongly against.

The “Christian” Taliban: refuting the NAR cult

Even though Wagner, insists that the New Apostolic Reformation is not a cult, his philosophy, extra-biblical revelation, anti-Christian behaviour and extremism says likewise. Wagner clearly shows no tolerance towards Christianity when he makes such arrogant,  disdaining and belittling towards churches. And just like all other cults, Wagner is insisting (not through biblical reasoning but through totalitarian reasoning – aka ‘might is right’), the New Apostolic Reformation is the real Christianity.

05_Code-Blue_NAR The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

Wagner here is ruthlessly forcing his false Christianity (what he is calling “God’s prominent new wineskins”) against historic Christianity (which he is calling “old wineskin”), claiming that God is…

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