Daily Archives: February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Feb. 23, 2016

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The Obama administration aims to send Congress its long-awaited plan for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay by Tuesday, to meet a deadline imposed by lawmakers after months of delay.

The limited cease-fire due to start in Syria this week drew expressions of skepticism, predictions of intensified Islamist violence and hope that desperately needed humanitarian aid will make it to ravaged areas.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for talks this week as each country accuses the other of escalating military tensions in the western Pacific.

Prosecutors across the U.S. have asked Apple Inc. to unlock iPhones at least nine times since Oct. 8, as a battle pitting security versus civil liberties plays out in a California terrorism case.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in January to the second-highest pace since early 2007, indicating the industry will keep prospering. Closings, which usually take place a month or two after a contract is signed, advanced 0.4 percent to a 5.47 million annual rate.

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North Korea warned on Tuesday of harsh retaliation against South Korea and its ally the United States, which are preparing for annual joint military exercises next month amid heightened tensions following the North’s nuclear test and rocket launch.

China’s ambassador to South Korea warned Tuesday that the planned deployment of a US missile defense system in the country could damage Beijing-Seoul ties, possibly irreparably.

Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday the state has the power to block any debt offerings by financially distressed school districts, including the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS), which has been dependent on borrowing to fund operations.

For years they were the highly-advanced aircraft without a mission, decried by critics as having been built from more than $80 billion in taxpayer dollars for an enemy that doesn’t exist. But now, more than a decade after the first jets went operational, the next-generation stealth F-22 Raptors are… still looking for that enemy, and settling for bombing militants in Syria and Iraq in the meantime.

Israeli soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of Palestinian attack, the military said on Tuesday.

A suspected car thief has been pictured on CCTV ordering food at a McDonald’s drive-through. Essex Police have issued an image of a man ordering from a blue Audi A3 with cloned plates at a McDonald’s in Basildon. One pedestrian was almost run over by the vehicle. Two men got out of the car and ran off. “Officers did manage to get the car back.”

Cambodia health officials on Monday were screening hundreds of villagers for HIV after 14 locals tested positive for the virus, sparking fears of a fresh outbreak.

Tensions have increased significantly along the Demilitarized Zone since North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, a North Korean military official told The Associated Press on Monday, adding that while he could not comment on operational details, “the reality is that it is touch and go.”

Lumber Liquidators’ stock plunged Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company’s laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted.

Branches of at least three Russian banks have been attacked during a spate of weekend violence across Ukraine that coincided with the second anniversary of the ouster of Kiev’s Moscow-backed leadership.

At 106 years old, she’s seen more than a dozen presidents come and go, but Virginia McLaurin says she can finally die happy after meeting President Barack Obama.

BBC

The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday.

Mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a huge half-year net loss of $5.67bn and warned that weak commodity prices will continue.

Islamist militias in Libya have lost two major areas in the eastern city of Benghazi, military sources and residents have told the BBC.

WND

Khalil Abu-Rayyan is a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights, Michigan, man who gets excited by thoughts of beheading Americans, burning people alive and throwing homosexuals off of tall buildings. Beyond these fantasies, he’d actually made plans to shoot up a church full of Christians in Detroit, according to court records documenting his Internet conversations with an undercover FBI agent. He chose this church because it was large – up to 6,000 members – and he knew it would be an easy target. “A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

Fox to develop Muslim sitcom to fight Islamophobia.

A number of published reports on Monday extolled the claim by the Centers for Disease Control that there has been a huge drop in cases of human papillomavirus since a few years back when the government, and private for-profit companies that make the medicine, started aggressively pushing vaccinations for all young girls – and even boys.

A sequel to “Star Wars” may arrive sooner than anyone expects, as China funnels vast resources into an outer space program that may stoke new tensions with the United States. The country plans to launch more than 20 space missions in 2016, making the year ahead the busiest ever for the nation’s rapidly growing space program.


Top News – 2/23/2016

World Medical Association to revise ‘Hippocratic Oath”
The WMA says that the ethical obligations of doctors may need to be redrafted to reflect social changes. “In recent decades, respect for patient self-determination has been established as one of the most important principles of medical ethics,” says the WMA.

IVF an “evolutionary experiment” – genetics expert
Heart and artery malfunction was reported “very convincingly” in the assisted reproduction children, including those with brothers and sisters who were conceived naturally, Dr Gagneux said.

Expert: U.S. military could topple like Jenga blocks
An expert on military preparedness says the United States armed forces could topple like a Jenga block tower if President Obama’s social agenda is allowed to continue.

Obama plan to shut Guantanamo names no sites to replace Cuba-based prison – report
President Barack Obama is expected to submit a plan to Congress outlining steps to close Guantanamo Bay. His long-awaited blueprint reportedly does not name specific locations that could replace the US prison in Cuba, however. The administration is going to submit the Pentagon-drafted plan on Tuesday, meeting a congressionally-mandated February 23 deadline.

Senate Republicans Plan to Follow Joe Biden’s Advice on the Supreme Court Vacancy
Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush’s judicial picks from a confirmation vote. Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called on the Senate to follow what he dubbed “the Biden Rules.”

WEATHER ALERT: Britain set for HEAVY SNOW TODAY in worst cold snap for a YEAR
ARCTIC gales, snow and freezing rain is sweeping Britain today with the entire country facing the worst winter blast for at least a year.

China Removing Thousands From Homes to Hunt for Aliens
In what would make for a decent episode of The X-Files, the Chinese government is forcing more than 9,000 residents from their homes in order to better search for alien life in the cosmos.

Slovenian army to help police control migrant inflow on border
The Slovenian army will be sent to guard the border with Croatia and help police control the flow of migrants into the country under legislation passed by parliament late on Monday. The act giving the army the power to control the migrant flow was passed by 69 votes to five, parliamentary speaker Milan Brglez said.

Attacks on Christians in U.S. double in 3 years
The new report, titled “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” reveals a list that admittedly is not exhaustive but still totals 1,285 cases at the start of this year. “hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters.”

Light earthquake, 4.7 mag has occurred near Al Hoceima in Morocco
A light earthquake with magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 61 kilometers (38 miles) from Al Hoceima in Morocco. The 4.7-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 10:12:33 / 10:12 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Syrian govt. accepts halt to ‘combat operations’ in line with U.S.-Russian plan
The Syrian government said on Tuesday it accepted a halt to “combat operations” that does not include the Islamic State group, the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, or groups connected to it, in line with a U.S.-Russian plan.

Earthquake Felt In Oklahoma City Metro Area
Oklahoma – A 3.5-magnitude earthquake rattled residents in the Oklahoma City metro area Monday night. The earthquake happened at 8:35 p.m.

Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into the ocean: Nasa reports huge explosion of seven meter space rock over the Atlantic
A huge fireball crashed into the Atlantic earlier this month – and went almost unseen. The event took place on February 6 at 14:00 UTC when a meteor exploded in the air 620 miles (1,000km) off the coast of Brazil. It released energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, which is the same as the energy used in the first atomic weapon that leveled Hiroshima in 1945.

Islamic State ‘releases Assyrian Christian hostages’
Islamic State (IS) militants have released the last of more than 200 Assyrian Christians they kidnapped in north-eastern Syria a year ago. Some 42 captives were freed on Monday morning, following mediation by the Assyrian Church, activists said. One Assyrian group said IS had demanded an $18m (£13m) ransom.

Syria conflict: Warring parties accept US-Russia truce plan
The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday. The government said it would halt “combat operations” in line with the plan announced by the US and Russia. But the opposition said its acceptance depended on government forces ending sieges and air strikes of civilians.

Canadian Parliament overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS motion
Canada’s Parliament passed a motion formally condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The motion passed Monday in a 229-51 vote, CIJ News reported. Introduced last week by members of the opposition Conservative Party, the motion won support from the ruling Liberal Party as well.

Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards planning attack on Saudi airliner in Southeast Asia
A terrorist plot to hijack or bomb a Saudi Arabian passenger plane in Southeast Asia has reached an “advanced stage” of implementation, the Manila Times reported on Sunday. The news outlet cited “a reliable airport source,” that warned of the threat of a terrorist attack that would be carried out somewhere in Southeast Asia after Iran warned of “divine revenge” against Saudi Arabia following the kingdom’s execution of the Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr last month.

Afghan army abandons three bases in Helmand province
In an apparent bid to bolster security in other parts of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Afghan army abandoned a number of its bases in two hard-fought districts over the weekend, according to a report from the Afghan news outlet TOLO News.

Obama Cracks Joke About Scalia’s Death
During his National Governors Association speech Monday, President Obama joked there was a lot to get done during his final days in office, including “appointing judges.”

Islamic State rigs currency rates in Mosul to prop up finances
Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are manipulating the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Iraqi dinars to squeeze money out of local people as coalition bombers attack the group’s finances.

China signals no South China Sea backdown as foreign minister goes to U.S.
China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from U.S. deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, striking a combative tone ahead of a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the United States this week.

Iranian media outlets add to bounty for killing Britain’s Rushdie
Iranian state-run media outlets have added $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie imposed in 1989 over the publishing of his book “The Satanic Verses”.

The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election
Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them.


Top Headlines – 2/23/2016

Report: Military Intelligence chief says without peace process, terror wave will grow

IDF chief orders off-duty soldiers to leave base with guns following deadly stabbing

Ya’alon: Israel preparing for possibility of war with Hamas

Israeli professor apologizes for saying judges should be hanged for Palestinian suffering

London Underground trains splashed with anti-Israel ads for Israel Apartheid Week

A new geopolitical bloc is born: Israel, Greece and Cyprus

Wikileaks: NSA bugged Netanyahu-Berlusconi meeting on US-Israel relations

Veteran nuclear expert: Iran deal could make things worse

UN warns of nuclear material falling into terrorist hands

Suicide bomber kills 14 at Afghan clinic

NATO wants Afghan forces to do less defending, more attacking

Lebanon’s Hariri urges Saudi king not to abandon country

Egypt tightens security coordination with Hezbollah amid Syrian civil war

Syria ‘reduced to ruins,’ with civilians paying the biggest price, says UN human rights panel

U.S. Scrambles to Contain Growing ISIS Threat in Libya

ISIS Releases 43 Assyrian Hostages From Raqqa After Ransom Payments

IS Gets Millions in Ransom for Abducted Christians

The Latest: Turkey: Ground troops in Syria ‘not on agenda’

New US-Russia plan sets Syria cease-fire for Saturday

UN chief welcomes Syria ceasefire deal as ‘signal of hope’

Syrian rebels see flaws in U.S.-Russian truce plan

Syria: Assad regime kills so many detainees it amounts to ‘extermination’ of civilian population, UN says

Syria: Violence and refugee plight worsening despite diplomatic deals

Across Europe, gay migrants face abuse in asylum shelters

Almost 90,000 dangerous illegal immigrants go free

Largest ever US-South Korea military drill planned as a ‘warning to Pyongyang’

China’s Island Radar Bigger Threat Than Missiles, CSIS Says

Drone users face jail time, fines if they don’t register

Woman killed boyfriend for spending too much time on Facebook

Sculpture moved after texters kept bumping into it

FBI boss to Apple backers: ‘Stop saying the world is ending’

Common software would have allowed FBI to unlock San Bernardino shooter’s phone

CIA leaker: Clinton ‘given a pass’ for emails

Nevada GOP to report caucus results with smartphones

The Obama Administration Wants To Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote In The Upcoming Election

Cruz fires top staffer for promoting false story about Rubio and the Bible

The worst may finally be over for stocks

The U.S. States Where Recession Is Already a Reality

Pound hits lowest level against dollar since 2009

Mars in three days? NASA touts new propulsion system

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gyamotang, China

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after ‘strongest ever’ cyclone

Snowstorm to disrupt travel in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan

India caste unrest: Ten million without water in Delhi

Black water pouring out of Texas town’s faucets

Our heroin, opioid epidemic is a national emergency, Washington needs to treat it like one

Cuba deploys army in effort to avoid Zika virus

Mexico plays down Zika threat after infected woman gives birth to healthy child

Doctor Uses Christianity to Defend Performing Abortions

Nebraska students reject Chick-fil-A proposal over CEO’s marriage views

Student’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ poster in New York courthouse ignites controversy

Georgia Supreme Court hears KKK bid to ‘Adopt-A-Highway’

Duggars Silent as More Sexual Abuse Allegations Roll in Against Bill Gothard

Cruz fires spokesman after he posted a video claiming Rubio mocked the Bible

Why No Born Again Christian Will Sit on the Supreme Court

Sanders: Pope Francis is a socialist like me

Socialism and the delusion of rich people as your enemy

Giant Virgin Mary statue to be erected near her Turkish abode

Influential Pentecostal Church Leader T.L. Lowrey Dies at 87


The Briefing 

1) Pope’s recent advice to follow “conscience” in contraception and LGBT issues deeply flawed 

Francis Says Contraception Can Be Used to Slow Zika, New York Times (Simon Romero and Jim Yardley)

Pope Francis Says Contraception Can Be Acceptable in Regions Hit by Zika Virus, Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca)

2) Younger Americans more accepting of LGBT lifestyles, but Christians bound by the Word of God

Va. House vote hints at a generational divide on gay rights, Washington Post (Jenna Portnoy)

3) Same-sex ex-couple’s custody case a tragic picture of the insanity of the sexual revolution

Same-sex ex-couple’s custody case to proceed, Associated Press as in the Louisville Courier-Journal (Bruce Schreiner)

In other news…


Frontrunning: February 23

  • Risk rally fades as stocks, oil slip back into the red (Read More)
  • Syrian govt. accepts halt to ‘combat operations’ in line with U.S.-Russian plan (Read More)
  • Earliest Chinese Data Signal Slowdown Hasn’t Bottomed Out Yet (Read More)
  • The Trickle of U.S. Oil Exports Is Already Shifting Global Power (Read More)
  • Greek police remove migrants from Macedonian border as more land in Piraeus (Read More)
  • Clinton, Sanders race takes on angrier tone after Nevada (Read More)
  • London Whale’ Breaks Silence (Read More)
  • Once more, Vienna ranked world’s nicest city and Baghdad worst (Read More)
  • Why Oil Producers Will Be Over a Barrel for a Long Time Yet (Read More)
  • Hunt for foreign assets pits Japan Inc vs China  (Read More)
  • Uber Says Driver Suspected of Killing Six Had Clean Record and 4.7 Rating (Read More)
  • British business bosses say exit from EU would hit economy and jobs (Read More)
  • Ticket to a Tax Audit: $1 Million (Read More)
  • BlackRock Warns Bond Traders They’re Underestimating the Fed (Read More)
  • Suffering Miners Narrow Down (Read More)
  • Home Depot Profit Tops Estimates as Housing Gains Spur Sales (Read More)
  • Robots Are Reading Trader Chats to Stop Next Wave of Bank Fines (Read More)
  • Apple, FBI Wage War of Words (Read More)

Recession 2016: In Some States, A Very Deep Economic Downturn Has Already Arrived

Recession 2016 - Public DomainDid you know that there are some U.S. states that have already officially fallen into recession?  Economic activity all over the planet is in the process of slowing down, and there are some areas of the country that are really starting to feel the pain.  In particular, any state that is heavily dependent on the energy industry is hurting right now.  During the years immediately following the last recession, the energy industry was the primary engine for the growth of good paying jobs in America, but now that process is completely reversing.  All over the U.S. energy companies are going under, and thousands upon thousands of good jobs are being lost. (Read More….)


Survey: You’ll Never Guess What Americans Are Most Afraid Of…

Americans are more afraid of their own corrupt government than ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE including death, rape, murder, nuclear war, pandemics, terrorism, zombies, and even clowns.

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February 22, 2016
MARK LEVIN — A little while back, I argued that Marco Rubio’s tactics in attacking Ted Cruz’s Senate record on immigration and national defense, among other things, were Alinskyite. They were and still are simply and demonstrably dishonest. Yet he persists, knowing full well that by the time the truth catches up with him, if ever, the damage will have been done…. (more)


February 22, 2016
MICHAEL HARRINGTON — I am Michael Harrington and I do numbers. I really love numbers. Therefore I always know a bit behind the scenes more than most. Oh and did I say I love politics? This breakdown shows how it is likely if there was no Democrats voting in S. Carolina that Ted Cruz would have won the Primary…. (more)

February 22, 2016
LAS VEGAS SUN — After a virtual tie for second place in South Carolina, the message from Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to his Nevada supporters Sunday was clear: Don’t surrender…. (more)


February 22, 2016
RENEWAMERICA — Sunday evening in Las Vegas, Glenn Beck put together a rally of enthusiastic supporters of Ted Cruz in the lead-up to Nevada’s Tuesday primary. Click here to watch a video…. (more)

February 22, 2016
JOHN FUND — In his victory speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump vowed to sweep the twelve primaries held on Super Tuesday, March 1, and implied the race would then be over: “Let’s put this thing away!” He also belittled rivals who claimed that as the field shrinks, they will be able to close on Trump and deny him the nomination…. (more)


February 21, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — The father of 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says they both get “energized” by political attacks, and he believes motivated Christian voters will be the deciding factor in this campaign…. (more)

February 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio denied a report on Sunday that a high-profile endorsement by former Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney is on the horizon…. (more)

February 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was remembered Saturday as a man who loved God, country and family at a funeral Mass capping two days of mourning for a jurist who left a long and sometimes provocative legacy on the nation…. (more)


February 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has upended all the rules of modern campaigning, won Saturday’s South Carolina primary in a decisive fashion that shrinks the prospects of his Republican presidential rivals to stop his march to the nomination…. (more)

February 21, 2016
ANDY WOODS — I had originally intended to write a series of posts explaining why Republican voters should select Ted Cruz in the upcoming primaries and reject Donald Trump. My working title for the series was going to be “Why We Must Choose Cruz and Dump Trump.”… (more)

February 21, 2016
PAT BOONE — Today, I announce I’m suspending my campaign for president of the United States. I choose this day because I love my country, and this is the best way I can manifest my deep devotion to her…. (more)

February 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — On the second day of the Iraq War in 2003, Donald Trump said that the effort begun by President George W. Bush appeared to be “a tremendous success from a military standpoint.”… (more)

February 21, 2016
WEEKLY STANDARD — The most unpopular part of Obamacare now has a champion in the Republican presidential field. Via the Right Scoop, Donald Trump was asked on Thursday night by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “If…there’s no mandate for everybody to have insurance, what’s to – -why would an insurance company not have a preexisting – -insure somebody with a preexisting condition?”… (more)

February 21, 2016
TOWNHALL — Statement one: Within the last week, Donald Trump has attacked President Bush for failing to prevent 9/11, accused the Bush administration of intentionally lying the nation into war, and is now flat-out endorsing the central pillar of Obamacare – – a law he claims to oppose…. (more)

February 21, 2016
THE HILL — Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Friday criticized Donald Trump for his comments in support of ObamaCare’s individual mandate…. (more)

February 21, 2016
THE RIGHT SCOOP — Donald Trump was on CNN tonight and told Anderson Cooper, when asked about the Obamacare mandate, that he liked the mandate. Really, he said that…. (more)

February 21, 2016
DAILY WIRE — Thursday night, real estate mogul Donald Trump continued to expose his liberal colors as he expressed his support for the Obamacare mandate. During the CNN town hall, Trump was asked why an insurance company would want to cover people with pre-existing conditions if there were no individual mandate…. (more)

February 20, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — One topic of conversation in the Republican race for the White House has been whether President Obama has been incompetent or actually knows what he’s doing. On the matter of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare, self-declared socialist Professor Gerald Friedman seems to agree with conservatives that it can’t and won’t work…. (more)

February 20, 2016
FORBES, SEPT. 28, 2015 — It suffices to say that Donald Trump has been all over the place on health care reform. Last month, at the first Republican presidential debate, Trump argued that socialized medicine in Scotland “works incredibly well.” At the same time, Trump has said that Obamacare has “gotta go” and that he would “repeal and replace [it] with something terrific.”… (more)


February 20, 2016
MARK SHEPARD — The importance of the Republican primary cannot be overstated. I say this as someone who came very close to running against Bernie Sanders when he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006. I have personally seen and battled against his ideas and influence in four elections, winning an underdog primary, followed by two terms in the Vermont Senate, and then running against a national-GOP-backed candidate in a congressional primary…. (more)


February 20, 2016
BREITBART — In an exclusive Q&A with Breitbart News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane provides never-before-heard details about the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration fight that are likely to shake up an already tumultuous presidential race…. (more)

February 20, 2016
NRA — If Barack Obama and those like him fail in their goal of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” it will be in large part because of United States Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia. Sadly, Justice Scalia passed away over the weekend…. (more)


February 20, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES — There is a reason Republican senators are so adamant in their refusal to let President Obama appoint a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering figure in conservative jurisprudence. An Obama appointment would be the most consequential ideological shift on the court since 1991, creating a liberal majority that would almost certainly reshape American law and American life…. (more)

February 19, 2016
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — Let’s understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin (“Nino”) Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony – – brazenly, embarrassingly so…. (more)

February 19, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — As the nation pays its respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday, friends and admirers say they will remember his combination of gregarious charm and matchless intellect that conservatives revered and many liberals couldn’t help but respect…. (more)

Daily Digest

February 23, 2016

THE FOUNDATION

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges.” —Alexander Hamilton, 1775

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Democrat Double Standards

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To paraphrase William Shakespeare, the villany Democrats teach, Republicans will execute, and it shall go hard but they will better the instruction. It wasn’t so long ago that the power was flipped in the Senate.

George W. Bush controlled the White House and Democrats controlled the upper chamber from 2001 to 2003. Bush nominated 32 judges during that time. Not one of them even made it to the Judiciary Committee for a hearing. In 2005, Democrats — including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton — filibustered the nomination of Samuel Alito. That same quintet is now leading the chorus calling for the Republican-controlled Senate to do its “constitutional duties” and rubber stamp whomever Obama nominates.

When Bush had a year and six months left in his last term, Sen. Chuck Schumer said unless something extraordinary happened, the Senate shouldn’t approve any Bush nominee. Going back to the last few weeks of George H.W Bush’s administration, Biden said Bush shouldn’t nominate anyone until after the 1992 presidential election was completed — the same thing Republicans are saying to Obama. But now that he’s co-captain in the Oval Office, Biden conveniently insists that “lengthy speech on the Senate floor about a hypothetical vacancy on the Supreme Court” … “is not an accurate description of my views on the subject.”

When members of the current administration occupied seats in the Senate, its views on the Senate’s role in the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice was robust. After all, the Senate offers its consent and advice, per the Constitution. But the Democrats’ interpretation of the Constitution changes with the political winds.

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FBI Had a Way to Circumvent Farook’s Passcode

Amidst the FBI’s demands that Apple create software to break the security the tech company engineered into the iPhone, the underreported fact is that the government bungled its initial attempts to access the cell phone the San Bernardino County Health Department gave to eventual terrorist Syed Farook. The first mistake was the county didn’t set up the phone so that it had administrative access over the device. If it had taken that preemptive step, investigators could have easily gathered everything the phone could provide.

The second mistake was hours after the shooting when San Bernardino, working with the FBI, reset the phone’s iCloud password, allowing investigators to see the data the phone was automatically backing up to a remote location on Apple’s servers. Problem was, the last time the phone updated to iCloud was on Oct. 19 — weeks before the Dec. 2 shooting. There was information still on the phone. Investigators [could have teased that information from the phone by turning on the phone’s automatic updates, going to a location frequented by Farook and the device would have automatically sent information to iCloud. Voilà! With the recent information in the cloud, then investigators could have reset Farook’s iCloud password. Instead, the government is trying to force Apple to destroy the security protocols it has built into its current devices because a series of government mistakes.

“Do we have freedom of speech, or freedom to speak only what law-enforcement can monitor?” wrote National Review’s Andrew McCarthy. “Does the Fourth Amendment guarantee freedom from unreasonable searches, or afford only whatever expectation of privacy the government, not the society, decides is reasonable — and cabined by what the government is technologically capable of searching?” What the FBI misses is that our rights are given by the Creator, not an incompetent mid-level bureaucrat.

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Who Loses VA Musical Chairs? Vets Do.

Instead of firing misbehaving administrators, the Department of Veterans Affairs simply shuffled the bureaucrats off to another VA hospital in another state. After crunching the data, the Daily Caller found that almost 100 VA administrators worked in at least three states over the last eight years — often at the cost of pay bumps and hefty relocation fees. When it comes to doctors or pharmacists, some of whom ran afoul with disciplinary or licensing issues, the VA simply played bureaucratic musical chairs, shuffling about 600 VA employees across the country. “Whatever the reasons,” wrote Luke Rosiak, investigative journalist for The Caller, “Secretary Bob McDonald, who promised a transformation of the VA when he took over in 2014, is trying to fix past mistakes by moving around the same people who oversaw them, not bringing in new leaders.” Recently, the Deputy Secretary for the VA Sloan Gibson said he stood by his decision to fire a VA medical center director in Albany, despite the decision being reversed by the department’s Merit Systems Protection Board. The bureaucracy in the state-run health care system is entrenched, protecting its own at the expense of those it is supposed to serve — veterans.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Nevada’s High Stakes Caucus

By Nate Jackson

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Today’s Nevada caucuses are likely to be a rough repeat of South Carolina’s primary Saturday. In a state famous for gambling, casino mogul Donald Trump will win, followed by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz duking it out for second place. John Kasich and Ben Carson will follow with a distant fourth and fifth. Trump’s business connections to the state in addition to his overall draw are likely going to be too much for any of the competitors to overcome.

In our estimation, Trump continues to win for two reasons. First (and most important), as we’ve been saying all along, Trump’s card is the ace of anger affirmation. He’s tapping into an entirely justified swell of frustration among voters created by Barack Obama and left insufficiently addressed by the GOP establishment. Trump gives voice to politically incorrect things voters only wish they could say with impunity. He’ll make great deals. He’ll knock heads together. He’ll upend Washington, DC. He’ll make America great again. What’s not to like?

A lot, actually. A constantly self-contradicting narcissistic liberal with New York values is not the answer to our nation’s questions or problems. And among numerous profanity-laden tirades, we’ve been told to “burn in hell with [our] 30 pieces of silver” for saying so. True story — that’s an actual quote. What can we say? We’re going to stand for our constitutional principles, even if people wish us eternal damnation for it.

Second, Trump is leading because of the still-large and divided field of opponents. The GOP presidential race began with a staggering 17 candidates, and five yet remain. Only one of them gets 24/7 media coverage. Trump’s appeal runs deep (though not wide), leaving the rest of the field to divide up two-thirds of the votes. Two-thirds wins unless it’s divided.

And boy are Trump’s opponents divided. The latest spat involves one of Cruz’s top aides posting a video of Rubio making comments about the Bible with a (deliberate) mis-transcription of his remarks at the bottom. The details of the embarrassing episode are hardly the point. It’s the fact that the incessant fratricidal infighting has gotten this ridiculous. At this point, the infighting is self-perpetuating, and it leaves Kasich and Carson an opening to stay in the race when neither of them should.

Cruz and Rubio are both outstanding conservatives, and if this cycle hadn’t been turned on its head with Trump’s antics, they might be jostling for first place, not second. Instead, they’re only hurting each other, and the end result might be a party led by a man who thinks its last president was a war criminal. That may be what Republicans deserve, but our nation needs better.

What are we fighting for? We ask that question in more than one sense — both “why” we’re fighting and “what” we’re aiming to achieve.

Limited-government constitutional conservatism is the best — indeed, the only — way to make American great again. We must get back to being governed by Rule of Law, and thus enjoying the fruits of real Liberty. Rubio and Cruz are each able to carry that torch. Trump simply won’t, no matter how many are willing to roll the dice on him. Unless the two senators pick up their game, Trump will continue to collect all the chips.

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Stephen Moore: “When I was a smart-aleck college student, I had a sign on my dorm-room door that read: ‘Reality is for those who can’t handle drugs.’ Maybe the 2016 version should go like this: ‘Bernie Sanders and socialism are for those who can’t handle reality.’ Socialism’s comeback is mystifying to most clear-thinking people. Do people who support Sanders and socialism walk around with shutters over their eyes so they don’t have to observe the reality of what is happening in the world around them? The remarkable thing about the rise of Bernie Sanders is that his popularity runs in the counter-direction to how socialism is actually working. … Economic freedom is, of course, the opposite of socialism. Nations that are economically free have freer trade, smaller welfare states, lower taxes, a lighter hand with regulation, private ownership of the means of production and the rule of law. Countries that are economically free have five times the per capita average annual income ($55,000) of countries that are the least free ($9,000). Not only that, economic freedom is also highly correlated with better education, improved health and a cleaner environment. The poor do better in nations that are economically free and worse in Bernie Sanders land. In short, countries that are economically free are healthy, wealthy and wise. This reality seems to be lost on those high on the drug of socialism.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” —Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Upright: “We have a constitutional guarantee against unreasonable searches — generally, searches without warrants based on probable cause. … Our rights pre-exist and are independent of law enforcement’s capacity to intrude on them. It is law enforcement’s burden to evolve technological surveillance capabilities that can be deployed in a manner consistent with our rights; our rights are not burdened by the confines of law enforcement’s capabilities. The point of the Constitution is to limit government’s ability to intrude on liberty, not to limit the scope of liberty to government’s capacity for intrusion.” —Andrew McCarthy

Belly laugh of the week: “Bernie Sanders won 47 percent on Saturday. I haven’t seen the figure ’47 percent’ get this much bad press since Mitt Romney’s comments to donors.” —Jim Geraghty

The BIG Lie: “I do not believe in regulation for regulation’s sake, contrary to rumor. This idea that somehow I get a kick out of big government is just not the case.” —Barack Obama

Rules are for the little people: “[Hillary Clinton], a high ranking official who should know better, [was] completely given a pass, and almost an apologetic pass. So how should us regular citizens feel, especially with heightened concerns about national security?” —Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer jailed for exposing classified intel

Village Idiots: “[Y]ou know that I know that you know that the system is rigged! For too long we’ve given our votes to corporate puppets. Sold the okie doke. … That’s why I am officially endorsing my brother, Bernie Sanders.” —director Spike Lee (“It’s the 75-year-old white man in Congress for 30 years who understands the hardships young blacks face today.” —Stephen Miller)

And last… “If Biden can get away with pointing to a comprehensive videotaped speech and saying ‘I didn’t say that’ we really are in a post-factual age.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

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'Risen' outperforms horror film in 'good vs. evil' battle

‘Risen’ outperforms horror film in ‘good vs. evil’ battle

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Christian Examiner

The faith-based film Risen outperformed expectations and opened in the Top 3 at the box office over the weekend, even beating a new horror film in what observers had labeled a good vs. evil movie battle.

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3 Steps for Fighting the Accuser

3 Steps for Fighting the Accuser

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Crosswalk

There is a reason so many Christian men and women hang on to the guilt of their sin even though they know about God’s total forgiveness.

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33 Powerful Truths in the Face of Cancer

33 Powerful Truths in the Face of Cancer

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Crosswalk

If you’ve had personal experience with cancer, you understand how cruel it can be. But here’s Truth that rises stronger and stands powerfully in the face of fear…

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Pastors Praise Tullian Tchividjian for 'Honesty, Humility and Repentance'

Pastors Praise Tullian Tchividjian for ‘Honesty, Humility and Repentance’

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Christian Post

Tullian Tchividjian is being praised by a number of pastors for his &honesty, humility, and repentance& as he continues his recovery from a cheating scandal that shook his ministry.

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America Under A Strong Delusion

Recently, I have reluctantly come to the realization that Americans, with very few exceptions, are really not interested in facts or logic. We are living among a generation where facts no longer seem to matter.

The truth of the matter is that America is finally under the judgment of God. Our nation has been given over to what it wants. America is under a deluding influence.

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Azusa Now, Catholics and…Greg Laurie?

There’s an interesting connection between NAR/Latter Rain leader Lou Engle, his Azusa Now unity movement and Greg Laurie’s Harvest America. First, the event itself: “Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote to the terrific division in our day? […]

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“Together 2016”: Denominations link arms with Chrislebrities to erase doctrinal divisions

Doctrinal distinctives? Divisions? Not any more. Several major denominations will be blended up smoother than a Vitamix cocktail in a few weeks. This summer, a “Next Great Awakening” is bringing Assemblies of God Supt. George O. Wood and Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd together to link arms in spiritual unity with the Pentecostal Charismatic […]

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Gladiator-style takedown of demonic forces…naming names, Part 2

By Marsha West It really doesn’t matter whether or not people believe in angels and demons. And it doesn’t matter if skeptics think those who do are wingnuts. The fact remains that a large number of educated, intelligent people believe in supernatural beings such as angels, demons, spirit guides, fairies, ghosts, poltergeists and whatnot. It’s […]

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This week’s Look.It.Up. Question:

NEW! BEREANS: CAN WOLVES BE CHRISTIANS? Jesus warned us of false teachers and “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Yet many will scold you for warning about the likes of known false teachers (whom we are to mark and avoid), claiming that these teachers are Christian. Opinions are plentiful, but what does God’s Word say? Look.It.Up. Guidelines: […]

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The cult of women’s self-esteem

Self-esteem is not a biblical concept.  In fact, selfism was birthed in humanistic philosophy and psychology.  Before we get to Dalrock’s piece, let’s hear what the Bible says: Many define self-esteem as “feelings of worth based on their skills, accomplishments, status, financial resources, or appearance.” This kind of self-esteem can lead a person to feel […]

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Looking at HGTV’s Fixer Upper Joanna Gaines’ testimony: Christianity, or Prosperity Gospel?

Elizabeth Prata of The End Time is to be commended for tackling such a controversial topic as this one will surely be.  Full disclosure: My husband and I are fans of Fixer Upper and regularly watch the show.  So when I came across Elizabeth’s blog post, my first thought was, “Uh-oh.”  Nevertheless, I felt I should […]

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I Used to Be Transgender. Here’s My Take on Kids Who Think They Are Transgender.

By Walt Heyer When a 9-year-old boy who identifies as Stormi, a transgender girl, started selling Girl Scout cookies, one neighbor was not amused, according to Buzzfeed. The neighbor rebuffed him, reportedly saying, “Nobody wants to buy Girl Scout cookies from a boy in a dress.” The neighbor is being called transphobic—but perhaps the neighbor thought […]

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Pope Francis calls Donald Trump “not Christian” over wall stance

Ironically this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  Many Protestants believe that Pope Francis isn’t a true Christian either. Why?  Because he teaches a false gospel. (See our White Paper on the RCC). That aside, the Pope of Rome has no business injecting his personal views into  American politics the way […]

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Pastor sleeps outside because his church pushes gays in the cold

Aren’t pastors supposed to preach the Word, in and out of season? Or should they leverage the season to preach in favor of normalizing the sins Jesus died to forgive?  It’s all mixed up. Michigan news outlets are cheering on a local pastor for taking a stand against his mean denomination in this one-sided report: […]

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Goddess Worship in America and How It’s Affecting the Church

Lighthouse Trails is offering a new booklet tract by Maria Kneas and John Lanagan.  The booklet reveals the little known fact that full-blown Goddess worship developed in the 1950s. Goddess worship is embraced by the world of the occult.  Witchcraft, radical feminism and even some liberal churches is steeped in goddess worship. The occult world holds to […]

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A La Carte (February 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include Onward by Russell Moore ($2.99); Understanding Baptism by Bobby Jamieson ($2.99); The Absurdity of Unbelief by Jeffrey Johnson ($0.99); Evangelical Feminism by Wayne Grudem ($2.99). Also the volumes of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary are on sale for $4.99 each: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus & Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua-Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Job, Psalms-Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah & Lamentations, Ezekiel & Daniel, The Minor Prophets.

People who use the Logos ecosystem may be interested in several Cruciform Press bundles that are deeply discounted. Also, they have just begun a sale on Wipf & Stock resources which may be of special interest to pastors, students, and scholars.

What Should Evangelicals Make of Karl Barth?

Justin Taylor shares D.A. Carson’s answer to Tony Reinke’s question. (Did you get all that?) “It is sad if knowledgeable pastors don’t make use of Barth, but it is even more sad if they make a wrong use of Barth. Barth has the capacity to say contradictory things without embarrassment.”

Discipleship in Jesus’ Style

Be sure to read this article on the best kind of discipleship. This is a serious, serious challenge to me.

Nothing to Celebrate

Carl Trueman: “The seriousness of a society’s funeral rites speak volumes about the seriousness of a society, for the way we treat the dead is really a function of how we value life.”

Hillary, Bernie, Donald, and Me

John Piper writes about life, dreams, and goals after 70. “At 70, I am energized to dream great things, because this year Hillary turns 69, Bernie turns 75, and Donald turns 70. … They only get to be President of a tiny territory called the U.S.A. I get to be an ambassador of the Sovereign of the universe.”

How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Ed Welch has a short but pointed article on slaying the ugly dragon of pornography.

Gospel-Centered Life Questions

Bob Kellemen is comparing the world’s 8 ultimate life questions to the Bible’s 8 ultimate life questions and seeing that the Bible wins every time.

This Day in 155. 1,861 years ago today, Polycarp, an early church father who was a disciple of the apostle John, was burned at the stake for his faith in Christ. *

iPhone Backdoor Brawl

WORLD has an article telling why Apple’s compliance or non-compliance with an order to unlock an iPhone is such a big deal.

Could We See the End of Malaria?

Is it possible that our generation will see the end of malaria? “The Nobel laureate Baruch Blumberg once estimated that malaria has killed half of the people who have ever lived. In 2015 alone, it killed almost half a million people, 70 percent of which were children. Today, about 3.2 billion people are, according to the World Health Organization, at risk of contracting it, most of whom are children and pregnant women.”

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One word of God can do more than ten thousand words of men to relieve a distressed soul. —John Flavel


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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 In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


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


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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Secularization of the West and the Rise of a New Morality”

This post is the second in a four part series on the relationship between secularization and the sexual revolution. Mohler writes:

“The background to this great intellectual shift is the secularization of Western societies. Modernity has brought many cultural goods, but it has also, as predicted, brought a radical change in the way citizens of Western societies think, feel, relate, and reason. The Enlightenment’s liberation of reason at the expense of revelation was followed by a radical anti-supernaturalism that can scarcely be exaggerated. Looking at Europe and Great Britain, it is clear that the Modern Age has alienated an entire civilization from its Christian roots, along with Christian moral and intellectual commitments. This did not happen all at once, of course, though the change came very quickly in nations such as France and Germany. Scandinavian nations now register almost imperceptible levels of Christian belief. Increasingly, the same is also true of Great Britain. Sociologists now speak openly of the death of Christian Britain—and the evidence of Christian decline is abundant.”

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A Category of People Rightly Not Welcomed in Church

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Contrary to modern evangelicalism’s teaching of toleration and acceptance of all people in the church, the Bible teaches there is actually one category of people who should not be welcomed at all. While many churches seeks to make these people as comfortable in their sin as possible, and use every worldly means to bring them through their wide gate that leads to destruction, Jesus has a warning for such churches in Revelation 2:18-29.

Watch Pastor Jesse Johnson explain three categories of people and why two of them are welcomed in Jesus’ local church, while the other is not until they do one thing:

After watching this message and you’d like more information on how to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ, please read this.

If you need help finding a biblical church home or help understanding the characteristics of a biblical church, please see this page with an included sermon on

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Are You Part of the Hebrew Roots Cult?

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

HRMMost people who know me know that I am a Jewish Christian. When I think of myself, I am Christian – I am a follower of Christ. The fact that I was born a Jew remains until my final breath; I did not cross over some line to become a Christian while leaving my Jewishness behind. It’s quite impossible to do that. I am a Christian who also happens to be an ethnic Jew.

I met another Christian Jewish woman years ago. She attended a Messianic congregation and was shocked and appalled that I did not. I told her that I’ve never felt the Lord urging me to do that. I find it clannish. I don’t want to only worship with other Messianic Jews. I want to worship with the Body of Christ. This woman was not happy with my reasoning, but I felt a conviction about my decision. I…

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False prophets and their destructive heresies

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1 NASB)

False professors and false prophets have one thing in common. They are convinced that the ‘religious paradigm’ they love, cherish, follow, and proclaim is true. Of course, they come to this conclusion through what some of them refer to as their ‘thinkology.’ In other words, what makes it true in their hearts is their own acceptance of it. The deciding or defining standard, which is used by these people, is their own value system. They oppose clear Biblical truth because “they just don’t believe it” while they embrace humanistic forms of Christianity simply because their ‘thinkology ‘ gives them a green light.

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Most Americans Believe in a Creator

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1

The universe reveals a complexity, design, and magnificence that staggers the imagination, and logic shows us that life could not have appeared by some random, spontaneous process. Evidence actually points to a master plan and an intelligent being; such intricate, organized design must have come from a Designer.

The theory of evolution however, has been generally accepted by the scientific community and academia even though it is a stretch to conclude evolution is supported by factual data. They cannot accept the fact the Bible is a key to understanding the earth’s origins and the history of life. The truth is it takes much more…

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