Daily Archives: May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May. 10, 2016 |

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A new version of a congressional bill to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt crisis may advance next week toward floor action, according to Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah.

After plunking down more than $2.5 billion for drilling rights in U.S. Arctic waters, Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and other companies have quietly relinquished claims they once hoped would net the next big oil discovery.

Amazon will let people post videos to its website and earn money from advertising, royalties and other sources, putting the company in more-direct competition with Google’s YouTube.

A Facebook official says the company has found no evidence to back up allegations that Facebook contractors suppressed stories of interest to conservatives in its “Trending” section.

For about a year, nurses at the Svartedalens retirement home have worked six-hour days on an eight-hour salary. They’re part of an experiment funded by the Swedish government to see if a shorter workday can increase productivity. The conclusion? It does.

A searchable database of more than 200,000 Panamanian shell companies was released online as part of an international journalism group’s effort to reveal the secrets of the offshore financial world.

AP Top Stories

President Obama will travel to Hiroshima this month in the first visit by a sitting American president to the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb.

Thousands of ecstatic North Koreans joined a mass rally and parade on Tuesday as leader Kim Jong Un capped off the consolidation of his power at a ruling party congress at which he formalized its claim to be a nuclear weapons power.

A series of attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure has pushed its output of crude close to a 22-year low, Reuters data shows, putting intense pressure on the country’s finances.

China scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday as a U.S. navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China denounced as an illegal threat to peace which only went to show its defense installations in the area were necessary.

Iran’s army is now equipped with a Russian air defense system after a long and controversial delivery process, Defense Minister General Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying Tuesday.

Six states that allow marijuana use legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws.

According to Israeli security officials, Egypt and Israel are now engaged in an unprecedented collaborative mission to prevent the Sinai Peninsula from becoming the next stronghold of ISIS. “This definitely represents the closest Israel and Egypt have ever cooperated on an intelligence level.”

Climbers are making good progress on Mount Everest and the first group could reach the summit as early as Thursday, following two years of disasters on the world’s highest mountain, a mountaineering official said Tuesday. Nearly 300 foreign climbers and their guides are attempting to reach the 29,035-foot summit.

Taliban insurgents killed at least 15 Afghan policemen when they overran two checkpoints in Helmand province in an attack on Tuesday that sharply increased pressure on the beleaguered provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, officials said.

A strong solar storm impacted Earth from Sunday night into the wee hours of Monday morning, and it produced some incredible auroras for observers with clear skies in high latitudes.

Geraldine Roman on Tuesday celebrated overcoming “bigotry, hatred and discrimination” as results showed she had become the first transgender politician to win a congressional seat in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

An African American officer took the helm of the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, less than two years after police there killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

The American Civil Liberties Union and a gay couple are suing the state of Mississippi over a law to allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage as a reason to deny people services.

Saudi air defense on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, the Arab coalition backing the Yemeni government said, slamming a “dangerous escalation” as peace talks with rebels falter.

BBC

Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared amid rising seas and erosion, Australian researchers say. The missing islands, part of the Solomon Archipelago, were not inhabited by human beings. But six other islands were found to have seen swathes of land turn into sea, destroying entire villages.

Scientists in the US have warned that the shortage of yellow fever vaccines could spark a health security crisis. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease has killed 277 people in Angola since December.

WND

Direct investments from China put over $15 billion into transactions in the U.S. last year, a near-30 percent increase compared to the previous year and a new all-time high. Early indication points to 2016 as yet another record year for Chinese investments.

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns.

The Obama administration is trying to make it easier for ex-convicts to go to college.


Top News – 5/10/2016

THE TRUTH ABOUT MUSLIMS IN OUR GOVERNMENT
People are stunned to learn that the head of the U.S.CIA is a Muslim! Do hope this wakes up some! You mean until it hits you like a ton of bricks read it again, until you understand! We now have a Muslim government. John Brennan, current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia. Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live. Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Thousands of names now on new Panama Papers online database
Fallout from the Panama Papers on Monday cut substantially deeper for those involved when an investigative journalism group launched a new searchable online database that names persons and companies behind hundreds of thousands of offshore accounts — some with the intention of skirting their respective nations’ tax laws.

Analysis: Obama Administration Fighting Netanyahu Via AP Leak
threats and attacks delivered through well placed leaks with the major news outlets, which are intended to foster anxiety in Jerusalem. A case in point is this weekend’s AP story, citing US and other diplomats who say Obama plans to endorse a “tougher tone” against Israel in the upcoming report by the so-called “Quartet” of mediators from the US, the EU, Russia and the UN.

Saudi Arabia to invest in Russia’s Chechnya – Kadyrov
Kadyrov added that, according to Al-Khatib, Russian-Saudi relations are “at an all-time high” and that the kingdom is implementing projects worth $10 billion in Russia.

U.S. warship sails by disputed reef in South China Sea
A U.S. navy warship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. Department of Defense official said, prompting anger in Beijing which denounced the patrol as illegal and a threat to peace and stability.

Teen Hamas terrorist gives up wealth of information
a youth affiliated with Hamas’s military wing was arrested and is now being questioned by authorities. He gave up extensive information about Hamas’s tunnels and their exit points, which are intended to allow fighters to enter Israel. He also spoke of tunnels intended for emergency uses by the Nahba, Hamas’s elite unit.

Scientists monitoring Mt Ruapehu after volcano displays signs of elevated activity
…temperatures in the active volcano’s bubbling Crater Lake rose to the hottest on record. On Saturday, a tourist flight over the Crater Lake observed “vigorous steaming” at the lake and disturbance of the surface itself with “upwelling bubbles.” This sort of activity had not been seen in years…

Obama Has Last Laugh as Iran Deal Lies Revealed Too Late
Like the Biblical serpent in the Garden of Eden, the Obama administration has manipulated the American public into supporting a nuclear deal, possibly against their own best interests, a senior security advisor gloated to The New York Times.

Ladies, Keeping Men Out of Your Bathroom is Jim Crow Style Discrimination
The problem with Lynch’s lawsuit, however, is fundamental to the anti-science claims made by the left. The left, you see, has decided that you can pick whether you are a boy or a girl. Basic biology is out the window in their religious doctrines on sexuality and gender. But the law Lynch is using against North Carolina, Title IX, uses the term “sex” in prohibiting discrimination.

Yellow fever: World on brink of global emergency over deadly outbreak, academics warn
Urgent action is needed to combat a yellow fever epidemic in Africa amid signs it is turning into a global health emergency…academics have warned. With nearly a billion people at risk…in Africa and Latin America and the danger of an outbreak in Asia…a professor in global health law, called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare an emergency saying delays over Ebola had “cost lives”.

Obama administration sues North Carolina over anti-LGBT law
The US Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over its controversial anti-LGBT law, calling it “state-sponsored discrimination”. The law requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate. It also invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.

Chile’s biggest ever ‘red tide’ threatens sea life
Chile’s southern coast has been hit by the biggest ever “red tide” in history. The phenomenon is caused by algae which kills sea life with a toxin that paralyzes the central nervous system. The local fishing economy is struggling to cope, as Laura Westbrook explains.

Germany knife attacker kills man at Grafing station
One man has been killed and three others wounded by a knife-wielding man near Munich, with police investigating a possible Islamist connection. The man attacked four commuters…on Tuesday at Grafing station. One of the victims died of his wounds in hospital. …Some witnesses said he shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) but the motive for the attack is unclear.

South China Sea: US warship sails near disputed reef
A US naval warship has sailed near a contested reef in the South China Sea, in what Washington described as a “freedom of navigation” operation. The ship neared the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, which China controls, on Tuesday, US officials said. China said the move was illegal and “damaged regional peace”.

Masked Palestinian terrorists stab 2 elderly Jewish women in backs in Jerusalem
A peaceful morning stroll by a group of elderly Jewish women on a promenade…quickly devolved into a bloody nightmare, when two young masked Palestinian terrorists stalked and stabbed two of the octogenarians in their backs. At approximately 8:30 a.m., police said that five women, all in their 80s, were walking together…before being abruptly attacked from behind by the suspects.

Cannabis arteritis: Australian diagnosed with marijuana-related disease that can cause loss of limb
An Australian man who smokes up to a gram of cannabis per day has narrowly escaped amputation after becoming the first in the country to be diagnosed with a rare disease linked to cannabis use.

London’s New Muslim Mayor Fears Donald Trump Would Keep Him Out of US
London Mayor-elect Sadiq Khan said he fears he would be unable to visit the United States because he is Muslim if Donald Trump were elected president.

3 college students have been kicked out of school after charges that they lied about being hate-crime victims
Three State University of New York at Albany college students who claimed that they were the victims of a hate crime were punished by the Student Conduct Board for violating the code of conduct, the Times Union reported.

Emails From Hillary Clinton’s IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing
The State Department said today it can’t find Bryan Pagliano’s emails from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior information technology staffer during her tenure there.

Senior Islamic State official in Iraq killed in air strike: Pentagon
An air strike by a U.S.-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State official in Iraq last week, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The strike on May 6 killed Abu Wahib, Islamic State’s chief military official in Anbar province, said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook. The strike was on a vehicle carrying Abu Wahib, also known as Shakir Wahib, and three other Islamic State members near the town of Rutba, Cook said.

Yellow fever: World on brink of global emergency over deadly outbreak, academics warn
Urgent action is needed to combat a yellow fever epidemic in Africa amid signs it is turning into a global health emergency and a severe shortage of the vaccine, academics have warned.

Is Online Free Speech Under Attack?
Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by “new media” have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives.


Top Headlines – 5/10/2016

  • World stock markets rise while yen falls back (Read More)
  • Yen Falls a Second Day as Japan Reiterates Ability to Intervene (Read More)
  • Say goodbye to OPEC, Russia’s Sechin says (Read More)
  • European Stocks Buoyed by Banks (Read More)
  • Fed’s Dudley: More Reserve Currencies Would Make for Stronger Financial SystemRead More
  • Dead-of-Night Reversal Puts Brazil Impeachment Back on Track (Read More)
  • The Recession’s Economic Trauma Has Left Enduring Scars (Read More)
  • China angered by U.S. navy patrol in South China Sea (Read More)
  • FDA Seeks to Redefine ‘Healthy’ (Read More)
  • Pro-Clinton Super-PAC to Start Anti-Trump Ad Barrage Before June 8 (Read More)
  • Saudi Aramco to press ahead with oil expansion (Read More)
  • The World’s Most Extreme Speculative Mania Unravels in China (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse Posts Loss as CEO Signals Cost-Cuts Progress (Read More)
  • Record-Breaking Container Ship Ends Brief U.S. Service (Read More)
  • China Railway Materials says company will try to pay debts in time  (Read More)
  • Berlin opens way to Greek debt relief talks (Read More)

Egypt pledges to uphold Palestinian cause at UN

Canada: Israel’s Peace Partners are Terrorists

Ahead of vote by her Methodist church, Clinton slams Israel boycott

Global surveys find Israel high on happiness and life-satisfaction rankings – despite threats all around

US expresses ‘deep concern’ at Palestinian envoy comparing IDF to Nazis

US announces $50 million aid program for Gaza Strip

In Israel, most Jews don’t see West Bank rule as ‘occupation,’ most Arabs do

Two elderly women hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack

PA media presents ‘proof’ of ‘Israeli incitement’

Bin Laden’s son urges jihadis in Syria to unite to free Palestine

Report: ISIS planning to attack Israel from Sinai

Iran denies testing missiles that can reach Israel

Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat

Russia’s show of military might: Annual Victory Day parade through Moscow’s Red Square, in pictures

Report: Russia establishes military base in Palmyra, after driving ISIS out of the city

ISIS claims female Russian spy infiltrated terror network

Airstrike Kills a Top ISIS Commander in Iraq, Pentagon Says

Syria Government Extends Cease-Fire in Aleppo

Gaziantep: home to Isis killers, sex traders… and a quest to rebuild Syria

EU-Turkey deal: It is ‘cruel’ of Europe to close its borders to Syrian refugees, Erdogan says

Despair in Turkish town hit by war

Iraq’s Kurds urge Jews, other religious minorities to come, practice faith

U.S. Role in Afghanistan Turns to Combat Again, With a Tragic Error

Army waives grooming rules for Sikh recruit from California

Saudi Minister Has Task of Easing Dependence on Oil

Catastrophe Is the New Normal for Venezuelans

Chaos in Brazil as Dilma Rousseff impeachment vote ‘anulled’

Cameron on ‘Brexit’: ‘Isolationism has never served this country well’

How Brexit could lead to other EU countries following the UK out

Greece’s creditors consider debt relief

Greece will be ‘failed state’ without debt relief

Who rules the world? America is no longer the obvious answer

20 Percent of Born Again Christians Will Not Vote in November Election, Poll Finds

Emails From Hillary Clinton’s IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing

Philippines’ likely president Duterte vows to be ‘dictator’ against evil

US sends warship near Chinese-claimed island in South China Sea

In Pyongyang, the calm before the sanctions storm?

North Korea says to push nuclear program, defying U.N. sanctions

Cern’s Large Hadron Collider back in action after weasel incident

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Sangay volcano in Ecuado erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,500ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados Del Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

It’s not about to blow, but magma is moving under Mount St. Helens

Deaths reported after multiple tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Nebraska

Northwestern US: Temperatures to soar to record-challenging levels by late week

Audit rips $25M US-funded climate change program in Guatemala

Yellow fever: World on brink of global emergency over deadly outbreak, academics warn

Teenage girl dies five days after receiving HPV vaccine jab

Conn. pregnant woman with Zika wants to keep baby: ‘It’s what God has given me’

Justice Department, North Carolina file dueling lawsuits over bathroom law

Britain’s ‘oldest ever defendant’ aged 101 appears in court charged with child sex attacks

Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped

CharismaMag Exposes NOLR’s Charismatic Trojan Horse Agenda

The Eldership Cookbook – The Deception of ‘Leadership’ in the Religious System

The House built on Sand – Rabbinic Judaism and the Oral Law

How The Modern Day Church Was Seduced By The Roman Catholic System

Jack Schaap, FBC Hammond Sued For Investment Fraud

Spirit of Error Blog – Brain Stopper No. 5: Bill Johnson’s Book Ban

Salvation Army bans Duggar cult’s ‘retreat’ that promoted arranged marriages for teens

United Methodist minister marries male partner in defiance of church

Out of the Shadows: Wicca Grows in Austin and Beyond

London elects Sadiq Khan, first Muslim mayor

London’s Iconic Red Buses to Declare ‘Glory to Allah’

Muslims in the UK top 3 million, some parts of London almost 50% Muslim

First Muslim Miss USA Rima Fakih converts to Christianity


May 10, 2016
No true friend of liberty can support either Clinton or Trump
ALAN KEYES — When, after consulting with his good buddy Bill Clinton, Donald Trump decided to enter the GOP primary process, some people had a hard time taking it seriously… (more)

May 9, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — A magazine called the Economist has an “intelligence unit” that has named a Donald J. Trump presidency as one of the top 10 greatest risks to global stability. Communist China and jihadi terrorism also made the list, but somehow the Obama administration and the Russian government were left off. Though flawed, the effort by the media to identify security risks is a good one. It is the big issue of our time…. (more)

May 9, 2016
LLOYD MARCUS — Rush Limbaugh said someone he thought was his friend texted the following during Cruz’s speech suspending his campaign. “Thank God Cruz is done! I couldn’t be happier. Listening to his sap makes me sick.” Rush said the text made him furious. Here is the line in Cruz’s speech that ticked off Rush’s once assumed friend…. (more)

May 9, 2016
PATRICK GARRY, RA ANALYST — As reflected by the dramatic growth of government into new spheres of social and economic life during periods of “progressive” governance, progressives believe in government as the principal occupation and identity of America… (more)

May 8, 2016

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It’s been my great good fortune to know many patriotic Americans, a goodly number but by no means all of them conservatives, who are now supporters of Donald Trump. Similarly, many of my friends and allies in the conservative movement are immovably #NeverTrump… (more)


May 8, 2016
RUDY TAKALA — Hillary Clinton isn’t likely to be indicted over accusations that she mishandled classified information, according to a former Justice Department official. But that doesn’t mean she should be celebrating…. (more)

May 8, 2016
NEWSMAX — A federal judge has okayed depositions of eight people about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state – – and the Democratic presidential front-runner could ultimately be grilled as well, a Judicial Watch official tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

May 8, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Alabama’s controversial Chief Justice, Roy Moore, was suspended without pay Friday and faces potential removal from office for violating judicial ethics by blocking the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage…. (more)

May 8, 2016
NEWSMAX — The Army’s active force has shrunk to its lowest level since before World War II, Army Times reported Saturday. According to the military’s headcount by the Defense Manpower Data Center, nearly 2,600 soldiers left active duty in March without being replaced, the news outlet reports, adding that during the past year, the size of the active forced has been reduced by 16,548 soldiers…. (more)

May 8, 2016
BOB UNRUH — North Korea, one of the world’s worst oppressors of Christians, is suspected of invading China to kill a Chinese pastor who had been known to help refugees who fled the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un, according to an international ministry…. (more)

May 7, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump drove a wedge further between himself and top Republican leaders – – from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush, to Sen. Lindsey Graham – – for refusing to support him…. (more)

May 7, 2016
NEWSMAX — Tom DeLay has written off both presumptive presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – – telling Newsmax TV that the next commander in chief will have “no integrity.”… (more)

May 7, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — A federal judge in San Diego has decided to put off until after the November presidential election a civil trial involving “Trump University.” Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is a defendant in the suit. By the court’s decision, Trump dodges a bullet: the case had been slated for trial this summer – – around the time of the GOP convention in July – – and could, at the very least, have been a major distraction from the campaign…. (more)

May 7, 2016

LEO HOHMANN — The United States recently saw its first Muslim-majority city council elected in Hamtramck, Michigan. But voters in Britain’s capital and largest city just delivered an even bigger prize to Islam…. (more)


May 7, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rima Fakih, believed to be the first Muslim woman to be crowned Miss USA, has reportedly converted to Christianity. Ms. Fakih, a Lebanese-American who won Miss USA in 2010, converted last month in anticipation of her marriage to Wassim Salibi, a Christian music producer, Christian Today reported…. (more)

May 7, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, is highlighted in a recent piece by the New York Times which quotes Rhodes as admitting the Obama administration lied to the American people, Congress, and our allies in how they “spun” the Iran deal… (more)

May 7, 2016
BOB UNRUH — Talk-radio host Michael Savage recently warned his listeners that President Obama could “crash” the economy “on his way out the door.” But there are indications the disintegration already has begun…. (more)

May 7, 2016
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of the international aid organization, Samaritan’s Purse, took to Facebook Friday to issue a strong condemnation against President Obama’s plans to declare a national monument in New York City in recognition of the “gay”-rights struggle…. (more)

May 6, 2016

NEWSMAX — House Speaker Paul Ryan took the extraordinary step of saying he isn’t ready to support Donald Trump, and Trump fired right back, igniting a spat that pits one of the nation’s most popular and prominent Republicans against his party’s presumptive nominee…. (more)


May 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Paul Ryan dropped a bombshell on the Republican Party Thursday, refusing to endorse Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. The shock announcement escalated the House speaker’s fight with the New York businessman over the direction of the GOP, deepening the rift between traditional, Reaganite conservatives and the surging, populist movement led by the presumptive nominee…. (more)

May 6, 2016
BYRON YORK — Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highest-ranking official, stunned the political world Thursday when he announced he does not now support his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and might not ever do so…. (more)

May 6, 2016
GARTH KANT — Life is imitating art in American politics. Quintus: “People should know when they are conquered.” Maximus: “Would you, Quintus? Would I?” That fictional exchange from the film “Gladiator” reflects the real-life question of the day in Washington: Will those who dislike Donald Trump accept his victory as the GOP presidential nominee and support him, or field a third-party candidate of their own?… (more)

May 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Wall Street Journal claimed Thursday that Ben Carson said Donald Trump is considering picking a Democratic running mate. Yet the story as it appeared originally never showed the retired neurosurgeon saying this…. (more)

May 6, 2016
ASSOCIATED PRESS — The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday. The person insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation…. (more)

May 5, 2016

BARBWIRE — It is altogether fitting that Donald Trump became the all-but-certain presidential nominee of the Republican Party on the same day that he cited the ridiculous allegations of the National Enquirer that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, had involvement in the assassination of JFK…. (more)


Cell Phone Addiction: 15 Numbers That Show The Ridiculous Obsession Americans Have With Their Phones

Cell Phone Addiction - Public DomainHave you ever had a family gathering, a social function or a business meeting ruined by someone that was obsessed with checking their cell phone?  I see this wherever I go, and it is one of the reasons why I don’t like to leave the house much.  No matter who is around and no matter how important what they are supposed to be doing may be, many Americans feel a deep, dark compulsion to constantly check their smartphones.  As you will see below, the average user checks his or her phone 35 times a day, but of course there are some people that are well into the triple digits.  Cell phone addiction is very real, and that is why there are actually rehab programs for this sort of thing.  Unfortunately, we simply can’t put the entire country into rehab, and this problem just keeps getting worse with each passing year. (Read More…)


All Of A Sudden, Fish Are Dying By The MILLIONS All Over The Planet

Fish Deaths - Public DomainWhy are millions upon millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world?  It is certainly not unusual for fish and other inhabitants of our oceans to die.  This happens all the time.  But over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet.  As you will see below, many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish.  In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has already gotten to the level where it has started to become a major national crisis.  People see their coastlines absolutely buried in dead sea creatures, and they are starting to freak out. (Read More….)


Shirley Dobson Passes Prayer Mantle to Anne Graham Lotz?

Anne Graham Lotz is now the next Chairman of the National Day Of Prayer, having received a ” Prayer Mantle of Leadership” from her predecessor, Shirley Dobson. An interesting choice of words, “Prayer Mantle.”  We Christians tend to use a lot of words that can leave those who don’t share our faith scratching their heads. […]

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New Chicago Schools Bathroom Policy Proves Liberals’ Extreme Agenda

In a piece I posted earlier this week entitled, Small Acts of Cowardice are Destroying Our Culture, I stated the following: David French of National Review reminds us of the sad truth that “cultures are won and lost through tiny victories and defeats, and for a generation, the vast majority of then victories have gone to the left.” […]

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Popular Charismatic Worship Artist, Kari Jobe, Teaching Dangerous Theology

After reading Jeff Maples’ blogpost over at Pulpit & Pen you will wonder why Kari Jobe was invited to lead worship for Women of Faith, an event that draws thousands of women. When you read the lyrics to some of Jobe’s songs, you’ll realize that the words are blasphemous….and you’ll want to repent if you ever uttered those […]

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Hillsong exposing their Chrislamic, Roman Catholic agenda

Terry Crist, senior Pastor of City of Grace as well as the Chair of the Governor’s Council of Faith and Community Partnerships in AZ, shares Hillsong’s agenda in a must watch video.  Following is an excerpt from the transcript: Isaiah 52, verse 8 says, ‘when the Watchman sing together, then they shall see eye to […]

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Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture

David French of National Review reminds us of the sad truth that “cultures are won and lost through tiny victories and defeats, and for a generation, the vast majority of then victories have gone to the left.” Conservatives didn’t fight back says French.  Instead “‘reasonable’ people made the easy choice to go with the flow of […]

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The National (Take A Verse Out Of Context) Day of Prayer

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen tackles the 2 Chronicles 7:14 controversy.  According to Ahlheim, this verse is ripped out of context and applied to Christians living in America because God refers to “my people.” “We wield it as a promise,” says Ahlheim, “imbue with perceived power, and expect from it a divinely-induced revival.”  Exactly. […]

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Connecting the NAR dots: Gumbel, Brodersen and the Neo-Calvary emergence

Yes, London is the hot spot for next week’s big gathering of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) leaders, peddling their latest “words from God” and visions from the realms of glory. Before you say “ho hum, another heretic convention,” let me point out what makes it newsworthy. These are the false teachers now being embraced […]

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He Who Fails History 101 Will Retake the Course

In 2008, we were told that the potentially catastrophic problem of the “too big to fail” banks would be brought under control. But instead they have grown 37% since that last recession. Currently, these five largest banks account for 42% of all loans in the US, and the six largest banks control 67% of all banking assets.

And they are not going conservative, in spite of all the warning signs all around us. Indeed, they are taking more speculative risks than ever, counting on the central banks (led by the Fed) to continue bailing them out with more Quantitative Easing. And they continue to manipulate (suppress) the gold market – which is “the canary in the coal mine” (the barometer of the coming financial implosion).

And it isn’t just US banks that are engaged in this type of behavior. As Zero Hedge recently detailed, German banking giant Deutsche Bank has more exposure to derivatives than any of the American banks listed above. Deutsche has a total derivative exposure that amounts to €55 trillion or just about $75 trillion. That’s about 100 times greater than the €522 billion in deposits the bank has. It is also five times greater than the entire GDP of Europe and approximately equal to the GDP of the entire world. It is no secret in the entire financial world that Deutsche Bank is in serious trouble – right now! Will the present German refugee crisis and resultant political upheaval trigger big problems in the German banking sector? We shall see!

When one or more of these big banks implode (à la Lehman Bros.) it will take down the entire world financial system in a domino-type collapse that will happen in a matter of a few days. Is this what the Establishment powers-that-be see coming, and why they are trying to trigger a major war in the Middle East or Eastern Europe – as a diversion and excuse for the collapse? This writer wonders.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2015)


Signs of the End: 5 of 5

The final event in which Gods interjects directly into the affairs of fallen man, is what we know as the Second Coming. The reason we call it the Second Coming is that this will be the second time Christ physically returns to the earth. This is opposed to the Rapture of the Church, where we believers are physically caught up to meet Christ in the air and go back with Him to the Father’s house for a period of time. No, when Christ comes at the Second Coming, there will be no mistaking it for He will return and the whole of creation will serve as a witness. The sky will split open, and the armies of heaven will follow Him, making the grandest procession a king had or will ever make.

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Ignorance in the Church

During the Tribulation period, multitudes (perhaps billions) will follow the Antichrist, take the mark of the beast and spend eternity in the lake of fire. Some of this will happen because pastors have stood in the pulpits and never expounded on the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). It would probably be wrong to say that they are faithful watchmen.

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London’s Iconic Red Buses To Declare ‘Glory To Allah’

Britain’s largest Islamic charity says it wants to “break down barriers” and portray Islam positively by launching a new advertising campaign which will slap the phrase “glory to Allah” on the side of London buses.

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Facebook Suppressed Conservatives, Pushed Black Lives Matters

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.

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Anne Graham Lotz Next Chairman of Nat’l Day of Prayer Task Force; Warns God ‘Backing Away’ From America

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, is set to step into the role of chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and has warned that God is “backing away” from America.

“For the past three years I have felt a compelling urgency to pray,” Lotz said in a statement. “As a result my organization, AnGeL Ministries, has offered five worldwide prayer initiatives that have drawn tens of thousands into prayer.

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He’s on a Roll…


If Death Is Gain, Should We Pray for Healing? — Desiring God

Last year I was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called B-cell follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Basically, it turns lymph nodes into malignant tumors. There are several types of lymphoma, together making it the seventh most common cancer diagnosis for adults in the United States. My wife and I were relieved, to a small degree,…

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Three Lies About Forgiveness — J.D. GREEAR | PASTOR, AUTHOR, THEOLOGIAN

A few years ago I read a fascinating book called The Bishop of Rwanda, by John Rucyahana. He talked about the horrible genocides in Rwanda, and the aftermath of the civil wars there. He said that the genocides were, obviously, horrendous, but it was the lingering bitterness and hatred afterwards that was the most difficult.…

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Driving out discontentment — Southern Blog

I have found many pastoral counseling issues can be diagnosed with one all too common malady: many people wish they were someone else. They want someone else’s job, money, home, car, spouse, or family. They long for easier lives. They believe if they just had (fill in the blank) they would have purpose and meaning…

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European Suicide, Spiritual and Physical

We’ve already witnessed the spiritual demise of Europe. Can its physical demise be far behind? Listen Now | Download

The Daily Discovery (May 10, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:

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Unqualified, Not Unworthy – “‘Unqualified.’ That was John MacArthur’s one-word assessment of Steven Furtick during a Q&A session at the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference. It’s also the title of Furtick’s latest book. Furtick credits that brief appraisal of his ministry as the inspiration for writing: ‘Unqualified. . . . Unqualified? That word started the wheels spinning in my head. . . . Yes, I struggle with my temper, with my focus, with my motives, with my eating habits, with my prayer life, with my state of mind. And that list doesn’t even scratch the surface. I know my weaknesses and faults better than anyone. I don’t need to listen to an online interview to feel disqualified. Hardly a day goes by that I’m not seized by the sensation that I have no business doing what I’m doing. That I’m in over my head. That I don’t deserve any of my blessings or opportunities. Am I unqualified? This book is the answer to that question.’  Furtick’s certainly asking the right question. But the answer doesn’t lie in chronicling one’s own journey of self-discovery and self-evaluation. Pastoral qualifications aren’t a mystery—they’ve been clearly and definitively spelled out in Scripture.”

Christians Who Don’t Tip – “We’ve all heard this scenario: A waiter comes back to his table to settle the bill and clean up, exhausted from his busy Saturday night shift. He grabs the leather holder and opens it up to find, in place of a tip, a tract that tells him of the worthlessness of money and his dire need for Jesus Christ. I have to admit, I’ve never been a waiter, but I have friends in food service who have all experienced this phenomenon. Now, our immediate reaction might be varied. Some might agree with this practice, signifying it with a hearty ‘Amen!’ Others, however, might respond in disgust. What, dare I ask, would Jesus do?”

Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ – “Sometimes I get well into a new book and suddenly find myself wondering, ‘Why on earth have I never read a book on this topic before?’ This was exactly the case with Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ by Andy Naselli and J.D.Crowley. How is it that I’ve read so many hundreds of books, but have never read one on conscience? Whatever the answer, I am very thankful that I read this one. I benefitted tremendously from doing so. Is this subject worthy of a whole book (granted that it is a fairly short one)? Yes, by my judgment. Naselli and Crowley say…”

Faithful Evangelism Begins With Clear Sight – “It is one of the most staggering and gripping narratives in the Bible. The prophet Isaiah is allowed to see a vision of God’s holiness that leads him to pronounce judgment upon himself and then concludes with him going to tell other people about this unfathomably holy God and their substantial lack of holiness. What is particularly instructive is the connection between his cleansing and his commissioning. When he realized what he had been cleansed from then he was more apt to embrace who he was cleansed for. Let’s be honest, one of the reasons why we sputter in evangelism is a truncated view of God’s holiness. Isaiah saw this and he was focused on his mission.”

The One Area of Diversity That Doesn’t Count – Evangelical Christians have been making the same point for so long, we are running out of ways to say it. We’ve tried the following phrases/statements: The intolerance of tolerance. There is a lack of diversity in the push for diversity. Those complaining the loudest about discrimination, are often the most discriminatory. Liberals are not really liberals, but simply want one view. Those pushing for all view to be treated fairly, are not treating all views fairly. The supposed quest for equality, is really a quest to privilege a certain viewpoint. And on and on we could go. The basic point is this. In the modern liberal push for diversity there is one enormous category missing: intellectual/religious/ideological diversity.


SERMON:

Tom Buck – 2 Timothy 2:7


VIDEOS:

Stopped by the Police at Clemson University – Part 1

Preaching on Newport Beach


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


A La Carte (May 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include Not a Chance by R.C. Sproul ($1.99); Grant Me Wisdom by Matthew Henry ($2.99); Encountering the Manuscripts by Phillip Comfort ($0.99); Onward by Russell Moore ($4.99).

Just a final reminder that Westminster Books has discounted my book Do More Better; the price gets better still if you buy 5 or more copies.

Logos users will want to check out the May monthly sale, and especially the IVP Bible Dictionary series at 33% off and other IVP deals.

An Open Letter to Someone Having an Affair

Brad Hambrick pens a letter to someone having an affair. “An affair is a relationship built on deceit and artificially fueled by the passion-allegiance of a shared secret and not having to bear the weight of day-to-day life. The story line of ‘forbidden love’ evaporates as soon as there are ‘shared responsibilities’ and no ‘them’ to keep ‘us’ apart.”

Walking Through a Graceless Door

“For centuries the Roman Catholic Church has had Jubilee years. It is a quick way to get many people to Rome. Boost the economy, give exorbitant amount of money to the church and sustain them for decades to come.” As it happens, 2016 is a Jubilee year.

The Coyote and Rightly Assessing Social Media Influence

Mike Leake helps put things in perspective. “As I scroll through my Twitter feed I’m thinking a bit about the coyote. Social media has the capacity to create a bit of coyote in all of us. It’s easy to overestimate our influence. The whole machine is designed to place us at the center of our own little universe. Twitter is especially prone to this.”

Donald Trump’s Feud With Evangelical Leader

This is what Mike referenced in the article (above) with Trump calling out Russell Moore: Trump tweeted “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”

Questions Before You Lead a Meeting

“I want to grow in my ability to lead meetings – to run better meetings, and serve those I am meeting with. Here is my game plan for preparing for meetings that are productive and an encouragement to all who attend.”

This Day in 1886. 130 years ago today, Karl Barth was born. * (You may be interested in D.A. Carson’s Evangelical assessment of Barth.)

Supporting White Christians When They Attempt to Work for Racial Justice

I appreciate this from Jemar Tisby: “Even though ethnic minorities call for white, evangelical Christians to speak up and be allies for racial justice, their sincere attempts to do so often get the side-eye.”

How Much It Costs To Give Birth

This should be a simple question, right? How much will it cost to give birth in this hospital? But no, it turns out very difficult to find answers.

Flashback → Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us

I will still write this at some point. “I have had far more ideas rejected than accepted. Books on simplicity, the environment, evangelism, pornography and probably many more besides have received the trademark ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ There is one that haunts me: Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us.”

Stott

Possessions are only the traveling luggage of time; they are not the stuff eternity. It would be sensible therefore to travel light. —John Stott


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Blogs

Keith Getty’s Work-Life Balance | Warren Cole Smith, The Aquila Report
Here’s an instructive insight into the Gettys attempts to preserve their marriage:

“Kristyn and I, we’ve actually never had a night apart. We’ve been married 11 1/2 years. Never had a night apart, but we can do that because we work together. … Rooms, cars, and elevators, you can’t be alone with a man or woman in the room. They have to reorganize all the cab schedules and all those kinds of things, drive schedules. It becomes a nightmare for the operational people, but it’s just a rule. The organizations who host us have to respect that.”

Say Hard Things | Marshall Segal, Desiring God
“When was the last time someone told you you were wrong? If you can’t remember, you may have reason to be concerned.”

When You Don’t Love Your Job | Bethany Jenkins, TGC
Hating your job? Read this:

“Right now, I don’t love my work, and I don’t know why. It could be that I need ‘a Sabbath Year’ rest from working for 17 straight years at intense jobs or from trying to balance two jobs and time- consuming side projects for the last seven years. Or it could be that I need to change the work I’m doing. To process these questions, I’m looking at my work through three different lenses-heart, community, and world.”

Defusing Preacher Landmines | Peter Mead, Biblical Preaching
“Being aware of the dangers is a very significant first step.  But what else can we do once we identify the dangers in our path?  Here are seven quick suggestions to help clear the way in our ministry…”

7 practical things that make my preaching ineffective | Adrian Reynolds, The Proclamation Trust
“I spent a little time reflecting on 7 practical things that make me ineffective as a preacher. I realise that this kind of post rather lays my own heart bare. Nevertheless, it’s worth posting because we need to be honest about what holds us back. ”

Unity in Multi-Categorical Diversity in the Church | Nick Batzig, Reformation21 Blog
“As I survey the landscape of the church in our day, I see four categories–in addition to ethnicity and spiritual giftedness–where there is a need for greater unity among the diversity of members in the church…”

The One Area of Diversity That Doesn’t Count | Michael J. Kruger, Canon Fodder
“In the modern liberal push for diversity there is one enormous category missing: intellectual/religious/ideological diversity.”

Duty of Parents to Children – John Bunyan | Prince on Preaching
“Below is some excellent Christian advice from Bunyan about parenting. I have added the headings and changed some paragraph divisions but the rest is Bunyan’s writing.”

Four Things Christian Leaders Can Learn from Ted Cruz’s Interpersonal Failures | Ed Stetzer, The Exchange
“Let’s learn from Cruz’s relational challenges and avoid our own. I promise you, this is a needed lesson in many Christian leadership contexts.”

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Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters by Joshua Harris ($1.99)


Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99)


The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99)


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3 Reasons Why Exercise is Good for Your Soul

Michael Kelley:

And as I’ve thought about that fact more and more, I’ve come to think that exercise is not only good for the body; for the Christian, it’s also good for the soul. And here are 3 reasons why.

Trump-splaining Evangelicalism

Denny Burk:

I think this is a more revealing moment than some realize. It would be one thing for Trump to disagree with Moore. That would be totally fine and appropriate. But Trump does more than that here. Trump criticizes Moore not for bad views but for being a bad evangelical!

The problem with this is obvious. Do Americans really want a president who thinks it a part of his job description to pontificate about who is and isn’t a good evangelical? Or a good Catholic? Or a good Muslim? Or a good Jew? This is totally outside the norms and traditions of the presidency.

Does the church in the UK have a future?

Tim Chester:

In the last 35 years the number of people attending church in the UK each Sunday has halved – from over five million to less than three million, from 11 percent of the population to five percent. Last year, Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, claimed the Church of England was on the brink of extinction.

Does the church in the UK have a future? Maybe that makes you doubt your faith. Is God real when so many people ignore him?

Can healthy be small?

Ed Stetzer:

Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones.

While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for success, size is not necessarily the best measurement for church health.

Ballet, Barbie, and My Body

Charlotte Donlon:

The messages our culture and media communicate to me are just as loud. According to cultural preferences, I’m way off the mark. Thin is beautiful. Fat is ugly. Thin equals success. Fat equals failure. The thin women usually get the guys and the happy endings. (So the super-thin actors usually get the roles for the thin women who get the guys and the happy endings.) There are some exceptions. Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. And Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. According to their writing and acting and interviews, they don’t seem concerned and obsessed with body image issues. They don’t seem to expect every female to fit into a size 0 dress on the red carpet (where a size 6 is considered plus-size).

An Open Letter to Someone Having an Affair

Brad Hambrick:

Friend,

I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter. I can only imagine that it is hard for you to believe that anyone can understand what you’re going through. You are making some of the hardest decisions of your life in the name of love and, no matter what you do, people you love are going to be hurt deeply. That would leave most people feeling both trapped and highly defensive.

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Obama Admin Reduces Troop Numbers To Pre-World War 2 Numbers

Posted: 10 May 2016 07:19 AM PDT

The number of active-duty soldiers in the Army is the lowest its been since before World War II.  The Army Times reports that the number…

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Philippines Transgender Politician Celebrates Historic Win

Posted: 10 May 2016 07:09 AM PDT

Geraldine Roman on Tuesday celebrated overcoming “bigotry, hatred and discrimination” as results showed she had become the first transgender politician to win a congressional seat…

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Fifth of World’s Plants Are Under Threat

Posted: 10 May 2016 07:04 AM PDT

A fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom….

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Cataclysmic mass die-offs continue in Chile: Millions of prawns and hundred cormorants found dead in Chile

Posted: 10 May 2016 07:01 AM PDT

The ongoing cataclysmic marine mass die-offs along coastal Chile are growing in intensity after beachgoers discovered millions of prawns and hundred cormorants dead on different…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Russian S-300 anti-missiles finally deployed in Iran

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:55 AM PDT

Iran has deployed Russian-supplied S-300 air defense systems at one of its military bases, the country’s defense minister announced. This apparently finalizes an almost decade-long…

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Tiny Implant In Forehead Eliminates Migraine Headaches

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:51 AM PDT

A pea-sized device that produces weak pulses of electricity is being tested as a treatment for migraine. The StimRelieve Halo system consists of a tiny…

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Government Insider insist there is a “UFO Cover-Up” Happening

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:45 AM PDT

About six months ago, our board at UFODATA was privileged to welcome Christopher Mellon as the newest member of our team. Chris spent nearly twenty…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Temporary Tattoo Could Replace Your Credit Card

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:38 AM PDT

If you’ve ever been to a music festival, sports stadium or any other crowded event, you may have been concerned about carrying a purse or…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Mastercard and Visa look to Face Recognition and Fingerprint Payment Methods

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:32 AM PDT

Making a payment using a part of your body is no longer science fiction. These are exciting days in the world of biometrics and payments….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

10 Alleged Discoveries That Suggest Giants Existed

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:26 AM PDT

Stories of giants are littered throughout mythology and folklore. Almost every culture and society has tales of gigantic people who once roamed the Earth. However,…

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The Great Rapture Debate

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:20 AM PDT

(JL Robb) “There is no rapture,” the forty-something woman in the next booth said, speaking to someone I could not see but knew it was…

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Court orders dad to start treating his 11-year-old daughter as a boy

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:14 AM PDT

Faced with two estranged parents in utter disagreement about their daughter’s wish to be a boy, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has appointed the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

U.S. Warship Challenges China’s Claims in South China Sea

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:10 AM PDT

The U.S. Navy sent its third warship in less than seven months into China-claimed waters of the South China Sea as tensions rise ahead of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

West Virginia HS Revival Deemed ‘Unconstitutional’

Posted: 10 May 2016 06:04 AM PDT

Mingo County Schools has changed school policies regarding student religious groups after activities led by evangelist Matt Hartley at Mingo Central High School (MCHS) were…

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Now feds want to hack your computer

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:59 AM PDT

In the ultimate “Big Brother” move, federal officials are considering a change in the rules regarding criminal investigations so that they could “remotely hack into…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

‘Drag Queen’ Ambrosia Starling Among Activists Pushing for Removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:54 AM PDT

A male entertainer who presents himself as a woman is cited as being among those pushing for the removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore,…

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Will the United Methodists Unravel Over LGBT Inclusion?

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:48 AM PDT

The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. Beginning Tuesday (May…

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Pat Robertson: ‘We’re Going to Destroy Any Semblance of Christian Morality That Exists in Our Country’

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:40 AM PDT

Pat Robertson, host of the “700 Club,” said Thursday that the recent movement to force public schools and buildings to allow transgender people to use…

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States Can’t ‘Insist’ a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:34 AM PDT

The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders — men who think they are women and women who think they are men —…

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Militias beginning to rise in America

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:30 AM PDT

joseph Rice’s manner is a long way from militia stereotypes. The Patriot Movement leader does not present as a crazed gun nut, nor as a…

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DEVELOPING: Russia To Test Unstoppable ‘Satan 2’ Missile…Capable Of Wiping Out a Nation

Posted: 10 May 2016 05:26 AM PDT

Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could destroy a whole country in seconds. The “Satan 2” missile is…

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Man faces hate crime charge in Scotland over dog’s ‘Nazi salute’

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:53 PM PDT

A man has been arrested over an online video that reportedly shows a dog making a Nazi salute. The 28-year-old, from Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire,…

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Ex-Atheist Shares 3 Ways to Win Unbelievers to Christ

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:32 PM PDT

Every day people from around the world message me with questions about life, theology, God and more. Inevitably, the No. 1 question I get is,…

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Teacher banned from high school classroom for saying 2 words

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:26 PM PDT

The Lehi community is rallying behind a science teacher who spent more than three decades teaching at Lehi High School before being banned for using…

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Five Solomon Islands Disappear Into the Pacific Ocean

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:22 PM PDT

Five of the Solomon Islands have submerged underwater and six more have experienced a dramatic reduction in shoreline due to man-made climate change, according to…

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Fireballs explode in the sky of Turkey and Georgia

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:18 PM PDT

Two fireballs were seen exploding in the sky of Şanlıurfa, Turkey and Georgia, USA. Loud explosion booms reported in Turkey. And the videos are awesome!…

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New drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:14 PM PDT

Authorities say a new and powerful street drug has made its way to the United States from Canada. The new drug, known as W-18, is…

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ACLU Sues Mississippi to Overturn Religious Freedom Law

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:09 PM PDT

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state to overturn a law that protects the religious freedoms of workers who object to…

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Mysterious recurring noises annoy residents of Salford, Manchester, UK

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:59 PM PDT

What are these mysterious recurring noises annoying residents of Salford, a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester The unexplained noises are loud, grating clanks lasting for…

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Facebook Censoring Pro-Donald Trump Posts?

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:55 PM PDT

After it was revealed that Facebook is deliberately blocking conservative news sites from appearing in the social media giant’s ‘trending’ section, it now appears as…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Woman Captures Stairway To Heaven In Skies Above Lancashire

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:51 PM PDT

Trisha Hawke, 44, had just dropped her nine-year-old daughter off at school when she spotted the unusual sight in the clouds over Accrington, Lancashire. The…

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Deaths reported after multiple tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:41 PM PDT

At least two people were killed after multiple tornadoes touched down Monday across Oklahoma. The emergency director in Garvin County, Oklahoma, Bud Ramming, said a…

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Scientists monitoring Mt Ruapehu after volcano displays signs of elevated activity

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:34 PM PDT

An aerial observation was being conducted over Mt Ruapehu yesterday after temperatures in the active volcano’s bubbling Crater Lake rose to the hottest on record….

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Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for opposition to gay marriage licenses

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:24 PM PDT

A senior judge has been suspended over he told local judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. Roy Moore, Chief Justice in Alabama’s…

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 Christians Struggle to Convince Jews of Their Support for Israel
 North Carolina Faces Loss of Funding over Transgender Bathroom Bill
 Franklin Graham Slams NYC Mayor for Chick-fil-A Boycott
 7-Year-Old Christian Girl with No Hands Wins Penmanship Contest
 Women Face the Draft after Lawmaker’s Protest Amendment Backfires
 Christian and Muslim Faith Leaders Unite to Help the Poor
 20 Percent of Born Again Christians Will Not Vote in November Election, Poll Finds
 Bibles Smuggled into North Africa to Meet Growing Need of Church
 Christian Colleges Targeted for Gender Views
 Rick Warren: God Made Man First to Reveal Man’s Need for Woman

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 Registering Women for the Draft: A Charade, Not a Necessity
 Should Christians Give Up on Public Schools?
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 10 Reasons Why the Conservative Movement Seems to be Failing
 Harriet Tubman, on the Money: Resisting Evil, Trusting God


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 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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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Is the Lord’s Return Imminent? – The Master’s Seminary

Christ could come at any moment. I believe that with all my heart—not because of what I read in the newspapers, but because of what I read in Scripture.

From the very earliest days of the church, the apostles and first-generation Christians nurtured an earnest expectation and fervent hope that Christ might suddenly return at any time to gather His church to heaven. James, writing what was probably the earliest of the New Testament epistles, expressly told his readers that the Lord’s return was imminent:

Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! (5:7–9).

Peter echoed that same expectation when he wrote, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” (1 Pet 4:7). The writer of Hebrews cited the imminent return of Christ as a reason to remain faithful: “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:24–25). He wrote, “Yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry” (v. 37).

And the apostle John made the most confident pronouncement of all: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). When John recorded his vision in the book of Revelation, he prefaced it by saying these things “must shortly take place” (Rev 1:1).

The New Testament writers often wrote of Christ’s “appearing,” and they never failed to convey the sense that this could happen imminently. “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28; cf. 3:2; Col 3:4; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Pet 5:4).

All those texts suggest that in the early church expectation of Christ’s imminent return ran high. A solid conviction that Christ could return at any time permeates the whole NT.

When the apostle Paul described the Lord’s coming for the church, he used personal pronouns that show he clearly was convinced he himself might be among those who would be caught up alive to meet the Lord: “We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord . . . . we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess 4:15, 17). He obviously looked for Christ to return in his lifetime.

He furthermore made it plain that a watchful, hopeful expectancy about Christ’s Second Coming is one of the godly attitudes divine grace teaches all believers:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11–13).

How Could Christ’s Coming Have Been Imminent in the Early Church?

Some argue that Christ’s coming could not possibly have been imminent for the early church, given the obvious fact that two thousand years later, He has still not returned.

Skeptics often ridicule Christianity or challenge the inerrancy of Scripture on that very ground. After all, the verses cited at the beginning of this chapter do prove that James, Peter, John, Paul, and the writer of Hebrews all believed Christ’s return was very near—”at the door” (Jas 5:9); “at hand” (Phil 4:5;
1 Pet 4:7); “approaching” (Heb 10:25); “com[ing] quickly” (Rev 3:11; 22:7).

How can it be, then, that two thousand years later Christ still has not returned? Could the apostles have been in error about the timing? That is precisely what some skeptics claim.

What shall we make of such skeptical allegations? Does the passing of two thousand years indeed prove that Christ’s coming was not imminent in the early church era, and that the apostles were mistaken?

Certainly not. Remember the clear statement of Christ in Matt 24:42: “You do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” The exact time remains hidden from us, as it was from the apostles. But Christ could nonetheless come at any time. The Judge is still at the door. The day is still at hand. There are no other events that must occur on the prophetic calendar before Christ comes to meet us in the air. He could come at any moment. And it is in that sense that Christ’s coming is imminent.

In the very same sense, His coming was imminent even in the days of the early church.

I suppose it is also possible that Christ could delay his coming another two thousand years or longer. Given the rapid decline of society, I do not see how that is possible, but neither did the apostles when they surveyed the state of the world in their time. He still could delay His coming. That is why Christ taught us to be prepared, whether He comes immediately or delays longer than we think possible (cf. Matt 24:42–25:12).

In any case, the passing of two thousand years is no reproach whatsoever against the faithfulness of God or the trustworthiness of His Word. This is precisely the point Peter made when he anticipated the scoffers who would arise, mocking the promise of Christ’s return (2 Pet 3:3-4). Peter’s reply to those scoffers? “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (v. 8).

The amount of earthly time that passes is of no consequence. It is certainly irrelevant from God’s timeless point of view. A moment is like many eons in His mind, and eons pass like moments. He is not bound by time as we are, and no amount of time can ever nullify His faithfulness. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (v. 9).

In other words, the real reason for the Lord’s delay is not that He is negligent or careless in fulfilling his promises, but simply because He is longsuffering and kind, delaying Christ’s coming and the wrath that will accompany it while he calls out people to salvation. And Christ will not return before the merciful
purposes of God are complete. Far from suggesting apathy or neglect on God’s part, the long delay before Christ’s appearing simply underscores the remarkable depth of His nearly inexhaustible mercy and longsuffering.

And therefore the fact that two-thousand years have elapsed is utterly irrelevant to the doctrine of Christ’s imminent return. Christ’s coming is still imminent. It could occur at any moment. The command to be ready and watchful is as applicable to us as it was to the early church. In fact, the return of Christ should be an even more urgent issue for us, because it is drawing nearer with the passing of each day.

We still do not know when Christ is coming, but we do know that we are two thousand years closer to that event than James was in those earliest days of the Christian era, when the Holy Spirit moved him to warn the church that the coming of the Lord was at hand and the Judge was already standing at the door.

Today’s post was adapted from Dr. MacArthur’s MSJ article entitled “Is Christ’s Return Imminent?” Click here to read the full article.

 

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Bethel Music – Unfruitful Works of Darkness – Pulpit & Pen

If you’ve followed Pulpit & Pen, you know we’ve covered the contemporary Christian music movement and have written about several of its mainstream figures, including Kari Jobe and Hillsong. It’s no secret we believe that the relentless promotion of much of this flesh-feeding ecstatic music does no good for the edification of the body of Christ. But perhaps one of the most deceitfully nefarious organizations pumping out poisonous exhaust is Bethel Music.

According to Wikipedia, Bethel Music is a collection artists based out of the worship ministry at Bethel Church in Redding, California. Some of its artists include Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Amanda Cook, William Matthews, Kristene DiMarco (of Jesus Culture, also out of Bethel Church), and quite a few others.

Bethel Music is known for its popular songs, such as This Is Amazing Grace and We Will Not Be Shaken, that are played throughout churches of all breeds on Sunday mornings. Of course, some of their music may appear to be just fine on the surface, but is this just a deceptive bait to reel you in? For even Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and he’s always looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). This is why we must be sober-minded and alert, and always on the watch for his deceptions.

Bethel Music unashamedly promotes false doctrine. Let’s be clear, all of the music that comes from this church are designed to draw people in and promote the message of Bethel Church. Under the leadership of Bill Johnson, the church promotes a message that is anti-gospel and cultish. Bethel is a New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) church that promotes nefarious theologies such as  Word of Faith, Dominionism, Latter Rain, and Joel’s Army. Below is a video of Bethel Church practicing what they call a “fire tunnel,” in which people will quickly pass through the tunnel while others supposedly speak blessings and healings on the participants.

The NAR is a movement that elevates experience above doctrinal truth. Often times you will see many with contradictory beliefs about the basic tenets of Christianity come together in prayer and worship. Bethel’s pastor, Bill Johnson, who was labeled an Apostle by C. Peter Wagner, advocates for less Scriptural knowledge and promotes extra-biblical experiences as security for your relationship with God. He says in his book When Heaven Invades Earth:

Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us has a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know (Johnson, p. 76)

This is clearly a denial of the sufficiency of Scripture, and a promotion of extra-biblical revelation. It’s no wonder that most of their music is shallow and insipid. Johnson was also instrumental in bringing false prophet Todd Bentley back into the mainstream. Bentley, who claims to raise people from the dead, is a false teacher that promotes Word of Faith theology and performs false signs and wonders.

But if that isn’t enough, Bethel Church recently hosted false prophet Heidi Baker, to impart demons and cast spells in front of their congregation.

This is purely demonic witchcraft, and there is absolutely nothing Christian about this.

The New Apostolic Reformation is the driving force behind modern worship. They use a deceptive tactic that mixes a little bit of truth with error which gives their music the appearance of holiness. But the fact is much of the music that comes out of this demonic center of darkness is designed to empty your mind by the use of repetitive lyrics, sensual music and a fleshly experience that puts you in a state of hypnotic trance. An example of this would be Jesus Culture’s song, Fill Me Up, that repeats this phrases over and over, inviting an altered state of mind, and opening one’s self up to suggestion. John MacArthur says of this kind of music, “This is paganism. This is the Kundalini cult…This is what Hindus do.”

…I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. – 1 Corinthians 14:15

Besides the bad theology in much of the music’s lyrics, the bigger problem lies in the music itself. There is no question that Bethel Music exists to make money, and to promote their ideology, false signs and wonders, and the so-called ministry of their leaders. But the music they put out that has the appearance of holiness only serves to attract people to the blatantly unholy. Most people just assume that because Bethel Music and Jesus Culture are labeled “Christian music,” that it’s fine, but it isn’t. The music serves to marginalize God from true worship in truth and spirit (John 4:24), and promotes the singers, or even music itself as the object(s) of worship.

This is mainstream contemporary Christian music. It feeds the flesh and weakens our mission (Galatians 5:16). Bethel music, in its insatiable lust for more followers, is seeking to devour anyone who has itching ears (2 Tim 4:3). We are commanded in Scripture to avoid these false teachers, these workers of darkness who produce bad fruits, to have absolutely nothing to do with them, rather expose them (Eph 5:11). Christians need to turn from their fleshly desires of unholy worship and focus on that which is acceptable in the eyes of God, and what brings Him alone glory.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

[Contributed by Jeff Maples]

Source: Bethel Music – Unfruitful Works of Darkness

What sins are we to turn from, there are so many of them? – Monergism.com Blog

Visitor: What sins are we to turn from there are so many of them?

Response:  Thanks for your inquiry.  As for what sins to turn from, fist and foremost, by grace, you must turn from trusting in your own righteousness and turn to trusting in Christ and and His righteousness alone.  That means salvation comes to those who are stripped of all self-sufficiency and trust only in the sufficiency of Christ to save them.  This is the basis or foundation for repenting of all other sin because, in it, one recognizes that all repentance is impossible apart from Christ and the Spirit working repentance in them.  Once a person, through the illumination of the Spirit, realizes that they have zero ability to repent on their own, that they are without strength, impotent of themselves to repent, then and only then do they begin to faithfully understand Christ’s salvation as revealed in the Scriptures.  We must first lose all hope in ourselves THEN when our hope is in Christ all things are possible. The new birth means God’s seed abides in a person and obeying God’s commands are no longer burdensome (1 John 5:2-4).

With this in mind, I recommend the following helpful meditation by J. C. Ryle:

5 Marks of Repentance

Repentance is a thorough change of person’s natural heart, upon the subject of sin. We are all born in sin. We naturally love sin. We take to sin, as soon as we can act and think—just as the bird takes to flying, and the fish takes to swimming. There never was a child that required schooling or education in order to learn deceitfulness, selfishness, passion, self-will, gluttony, pride and foolishness. These things are not picked up from bad companions, or gradually learned by a long course of tedious instruction. They spring up of themselves, even when boys and girls are brought up alone. The seeds of them are evidently the natural product of the heart. The aptitude of all children to these evil things is an unanswerable proof of the corruption and fall of man. Now when this heart of ours is changed by the Holy Spirit, when this natural love of sin is cast out, then takes place that change which the Word of God calls “repentance.” The person in whom the change is created is said to “repent.” They may be called, in one word, a repentant person.

But I dare not leave the subject here. It deserves a closer and more searching investigation. It is not safe to deal in general statements, when doctrines of this kind are handled. I will try to take repentance to pieces, and dissect and analyze it before your eyes. I will show you the parts and portions of which repentance is made up. I will endeavor to set before you something of the experience of every truly repentant person.

1) True Repentance Begins with a Knowledge of Sin

True repentance begins with a knowledge of sin. The eyes of the repentant person are opened. They see with dismay and confusion the length and breadth of God’s holy law, and the extent, the enormous extent, of their own transgressions. They discover, to their surprise, that in thinking themselves a “good sort of person,” and a person with a “good heart,” they have been under a huge delusion. They find out that, in reality, they are wicked, and guilty, and corrupt, and evil in God’s sight. Their pride breaks down. Their high thoughts melt away. They see that they are a great sinner. This is the first step in true repentance.

2) True Repentance Produces Sorrow for Sin

True repentance goes on to work sorrow for sin. The heart of a repentant person is touched with deep remorse because of their past transgressions. They are cut to the heart to think that they have lived so madly and so wickedly. They mourn over time wasted, over talents misspent, over God dishonored, over their own soul being injured. The remembrance of these things is grievous to them. The burden of these things is sometimes almost intolerable. When a person sorrows like this, you have the second step in true repentance.

3) True Repentance Produces Confession of Sin

True repentance proceeds to produce confession of sin. The tongue of a repentant person is loosed. They feel they must speak to that God against whom they have sinned. Something within them tells them they must cry to God, and pray to God, and talk with God, about the state of their own soul.They must pour out their heart, and acknowledge their iniquities, at the throne of grace. They are a heavy burden within them, and they can no longer keep silent. They can keep nothing back. They will not hide anything. They go before God, pleading nothing for themselves, and are willing to say, “I have sinned against heaven and before You—my iniquity is great. God be merciful to me, a sinner!” When a person goes thus to God in confession, you have the third step in true repentance.

4) True Repentance Produces a Breaking Off From Sin

True repentance shows itself in a thorough breaking off from sin. The life of a repentant person is altered. The course of their daily conduct is entirely changed. A new King reigns within their heart. They put off the old man. What God commands they now desire to practice; and what God forbids they now desire to avoid. They strive in all ways to keep clear of sin, to fight with sin, to war with sin, to get the victory over sin. They cease to do evil. They learn to do well. They break off sharply from bad ways and bad companions. They labor, however feebly, to live a new life. When a person does this, you have the fourth step in true repentance.

5) True Repentance Produces a Deep Hatred of Sin

True repentance shows itself by producing in the heart a settled habit of deep hatred of all sin. The mind of a repentant person becomes a mind habitually holy. They abhor that which is evil, and cleaves to that which is good. They delight in the law of God. They come short of their own desires not unfrequently. They find in themselves an evil principle warring against the spirit of God. They find themselves cold when they would be hot; backward when they would be forward; heavy when they would be lively in God’s service. They are deeply conscious of their own infirmities. They groan under a sense of indwelling corruption. But still, for all that, the general bias of their heart is towards God, and away from evil. They can say with David, “I count all Your precepts concerning all things to be right, and I hate every false way” (Psalm. 119:128). When a person can say this, you have the fifth, or crowning step, of true repentance.

Summarizing the 5 Marks of Repentance

True repentance is never alone in the heart of any person. It always has a companion—a blessed companion. It is always accompanied by lively faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Wherever faith is, there is repentance; wherever repentance is, there is always faith. I do not decide which comes first—whether repentance comes before faith, or faith before repentance. But I am bold to say that the two graces are never found separate, one from the other. Just as you cannot have the sun without light, or ice without cold, or fire without heat, or water without moisture—you will never find true faith without true repentance, and you will never find true repentance without lively faith. The two things will always go side by side.

Source: What sins are we to turn from, there are so many of them?

The Way and persecution

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This I command you, that you love one another.
18 “ If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose…

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How May I Know I Am Saved? – Monergism.com Blog

A. W. Pink answers the question this way:

First, by the Word of God having come in divine power to the soul so that my self-complacency is shattered and my self-righteousness is renounced. Second, by the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition. Third, by having had revealed to me the suitability and sufficiency of Christ to meet my desperate case and by a divinely given faith causing me to lay hold of and rest upon Him as my only hope. Fourth, by the marks of the new nature within me – a love for God; an appetite for spiritual things; a longing for holiness; a seeking after conformity to Christ. Fifth, by the resistance which the new nature makes to the old, causing me to hate sin and loathe myself for it. Sixth, by avoiding everything which is condemned by God’s Word and by sincerely repenting of and humbly confessing every transgression. Failure at this point will surely bring a dark cloud over our assurance causing the Spirit to withhold His witness. Seventh, by giving all diligence to cultivate the Christian graces and using all diligence to this end. Thus the knowledge of election is cumulative.”

Visitor: What if someone (not myself) does not find in their life these signs that they are among the elect? Should they then conclude that they are not elect, and despair? After all, if they are not elect they are wasting their time trying to repent, according to this kind of theology. Or should they do what the Bible tells them to do, repent and turn to Christ? Should they believe the truth in it which some seem to deny, that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”, whether or not they exhibit any signs of being elect?

Response: This listing of signs accompanying salvation could also be called “How do I know the Holy Spirit has done a work of grace in my heart?” This is not a post about predestination, as your response seems to imply, but about signs of grace. That is, signs that a work of grace has taken place in ones’ heart. And these signs all point to the work of Christ, not our work.

Lets get specific here. You asked, what if persons do not have these signs, what are they to conclude. Let’s take them one at a time a bit more closely:

1) self-righteousness is shattered. If someone still has confidence in the flesh, i.e.. not glorying in Christ Jesus for their salvation (Phil 3:3), then they simply should not have assurance of salvation. How can the self-righteous be assured of election?

2) the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition. The opposite of this would be persons who do not believe they are guilty or lost. Can such a person be saved? If someone believes they are innocent and without need of Christ, should we assure them of their salvation?

3) That Christ alone is suitable for salvation. If someone does not believe the mercy of Christ alone can save them, should we assure them of salvation? never.

4) That the marks of the new nature i.e.. a desire for Christ exists in the heart. Can we assure someone of salvation who has no desire for Christ?

5) resistance of new nature against old. Should we assure persons who continue unrepentantly in sinful lifestyles without any regard to the commands of Christ. When we sin, and we all do, does the Spirit convict? If not, and the person shows no regard or desire to obey but still loves and continues in their old rebellious lifestyle, should that person have assurance? Not according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 11)

6) avoiding that which is condemned in God’s Word. The opposite would be running to everything God condemns in His word. Should we assure persons who run to sin every time it is presented to them. Or should we assure those who desire to love Christ?

These points are healthy because they take the eyes off of self and show it to be God who does the work of grace in us that we might believe. And faith is not empty. It is a faith that has no confidence in the flesh and glories in Christ Jesus. (see Phil 3) It is a faith which sees itself has having no hope save in the mercy of Christ. It is a faith that sees its own sin and desperate condition apart from Christ. A work of the Holy Spirit alone can produce these things.

If you can show how these qualities can be absent in one whom Christ has done a work of grace in then please do so. When looked at more closely, none of these signs are of self-confidence but rather, confidence in Christ.  These are not signs that we SEEK to exhibit. They are signs that naturally accompany regeneration.

Source: How May I Know I Am Saved?

CharismaMag Exposes NOLR’s Charismatic Trojan Horse Agenda

It has been quite the journey for many of us to leave our Charismatic roots. Sadly, we are becoming more convinced that the Charismatic Movement was a heavily constructed, orchestrated and contrived movement built on the deception of men, namely, the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) movement in the late 1940s.

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.

The article below is from CharismaMag, written by Violet Kitely. Kitely claims she is a “prophetic teacher” and “witnessed the Latter Rain Movement firsthand”. Thus, it is important we see the Charismatic Renewal/Movement through her NOLR eyes.

NAR Trojan Horse

We believe it is worth re-publishing here so people can glean important information about the NOLR and the Charismatic Movement:

  1. The NOLR/NAR is continuing to assault and attack the Pentecostal denominations through duplicitous means. The author…

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10 Strategies for Cultivating Meekness – Unlocking the Bible

In the sermon “Blessed are the Meek,” Pastor Colin Smith defined meekness as, “The means by which God tames the sinful soul by taming the temper, subduing the assertive self, calming the passions, managing the impulses of the heart, and bringing order out of chaos in the soul.”

He compared a man becoming meek to the taming of a wild horse. Man is by nature a wild creature with a short temper, impatient, and self-opinionated.

Without meekness we slide into an internal conflict of soul that manifests itself in anger, frustration, bitterness, resentment, and turmoil. Meekness tames the temper, subdues the self, calms the passions, and brings order out of chaos in the soul. Meekness calms, soothes, and subdues.

How can we become more meek? The next sermon titled “Cultivating Meekness answered this question, and below is an excerpt (you can also watch the video or download a MP3 from the previous link).

Ten Strategies for Cultivating Meekness:

1. Moderate your expectations of others.

God knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:14)

If God remembers the frailty that is mine, I should also remember the frailty of others.

God remembers that we are dust. You should remember that too. It will help you to grow in meekness. It is easy, especially for pastors and leaders to forget this, and assume that all Christians will be deeply committed, ready for sacrifice, engaged with the mission of the church, walking by faith, and living in full obedience to Christ.

When we find that this is not the case, and that there is a great deal of self-interest among many Christians, it’s easy to become disappointed or frustrated. I think every leader experiences this in some way.

I need to remember that every Christian is a sinner in the process of redemption and recovery. If I apply the doctrine of sin correctly, I will moderate my expectations of others, and I will grow in meekness.

2. Find joy in evidences of God’s grace.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

There have been seasons when this verse has been quoted in our home every day: Whatever is good, think about these things. This is huge for overcoming frustration and disappointment, anger, and the promotion of meekness.

Think of a new housing development with 50 homes being built—all at different stages. In some, the walls are up, the roof is on, and you can already imagine what the finished houses will look like. You say, “This is going to be something great.” Other houses are only a hole in the ground surrounded by mud. You wonder, “Will this ever amount to anything?”

Christians are like houses in different stages of development. None of us are yet what we will be, but all of us will one day be complete. Learn to rejoice in every evidence of progress, even if someone’s Christian life is at the very beginning, even if it’s just a big hole. Thank God for that!

Find joy in what God is doing in the lives of others. Learn to admire the grace of God in them. Remember that any faith, hope, or love is a miracle of God’s grace.

3. Remember how much you have been forgiven.

Whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. (2 Peter 1:9)

Peter lists the marks of a growing walk with Jesus Christ. He speaks about love, steadfastness, and self-control, which gets to our theme of meekness—strength under control.

He tells us that a person who does not have this, has “forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” It follows that if you remember how much you have been forgiven, you will grow in meekness. Matthew Henry suggests that we ask this question:

If God should be as angry with me for every provocation as I am with those about me, what would become of me? [3]

He who has been forgiven much, and knows it, loves much. Remember how much you have been forgiven and you will grow in meekness.

4. Take time before you form judgments.

Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. (James 1:19)

David says, “I said in my haste all men are liars” (Psalm 116:11). He jumped to conclusions, and this led him to make harsh judgments. In the book of Proverbs we read: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17).

Take time before you form judgments. Spurgeon has a wonderful phrase here: “Little pots soon boil over.”[4] Some people are like that. As soon as they hear some piece of gossip, they boil over with indignation. They make immediate judgments without even knowing if a thing is true.

Don’t be a little pot that soon boils over. Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. Take time before you form judgments.

5. Make friends with meek people.

Make no friendship with a man given to anger…lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. (Proverbs 22:24-25)

If a person is habitually angry, he or she is not the friend for you. Here’s the reason you shouldn’t make friends with an angry man: “Lest you learn his ways.” If you sit over lunch listening to the conversation of a person who is constantly complaining, the habit of their heart will rub off on you.

You may work or even worship beside someone who is habitually angry.  The Bible says, “Don’t choose them as your friend.” Make friends with meek people. Cultivate closeness with people who will help you to be more like Jesus.

6. Take pleasure in the joys of others.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)

I wonder which you think is easier: Rejoicing with those who rejoice, or weeping with those who weep? Pastor Ted Olson, who is such a wonderful example of meekness, has a saying for young pastors that’s useful for all of us: “Irrigate your soul in the joys and sorrows of your people.” Isn’t that beautiful? Water your soul.

I wonder if you will find this true of you: It is often easier to share others people’s sorrows than it is to enter into other people’s joys. Listen to C. H. Spurgeon’s wisdom here:

Sometimes, when I am ill, someone comes in and says, “I have been to see somebody who is worse than you are.” I never get any comfort out of such a remark, and my usual answer is, “You have made me feel worse than I was before by telling me that there is somebody worse even than I am.”

He points out that the great comfort for a meek person is to know that there are others who are doing better:

The meek spirited man is glad to know that other people are happy, and their happiness is his happiness. [5]

Meekness means you are glad for others who have more, as you are sorry for others who have less. Meekness allows you to find joy, not so much in what God has given to you, but in what God has given to others: “I don’t have much money, but at least other people have more! My health is poor, but at least other people are well. My son or daughter is struggling, but at least my friend’s son or daughter is doing well.”

Rejoice with those who rejoice! That’s meekness, and it is only possible by the Spirit of God. Be intentional about rejoicing in the good gifts that God has given to others but not to you.

7. Discern God’s hand in the work of your enemies.

“Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)

Thomas Watson asks, “What made Christ so meek in His sufferings?” His answer is: “He did not look to Judas or Pilate, but at his Father: ‘the cup that the Father has given me’” (18:11).

At one level, you could say that the suffering of Jesus on the cross was a direct result of the decision of Judas to betray him and the judgment of Pilate to condemn him. On the cross, Jesus could have said, “Look what Judas has done to me! Look what Pilate has done to me.”

But Christ did not do that. He looked to his Father: “The cup that the Father has given me.” He discerned the hand of God, even in the work of his enemies.

As long as you see your life as a story of what others have done to you, you will live in disappointment, anger, frustration, and resentment: “Judas and Pilate and all that they have done to me.” You don’t want to live there.

Look at Jesus on the cross. When his enemies have done their worst, they cannot overcome him. See the glory of the Son of God as he says, “Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.” That’s what you want to be like, isn’t it?

8. Walk daily in fellowship with Jesus Christ.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

A yoke joins two animals, so that they can pull the plough together as they walk side-by-side. Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you. Yoke yourself to me. Walk with me, and learn from me. I am meek, and this is how you will find rest for your soul.”

None of us have meekness by nature. It comes from the presence of Jesus Christ in the life of a Christian. And it grows as you imitate the Savior to whom you have bound yourself and with whom you have chosen to walk.

9. Anticipate all that God has promised.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

Inherit is a wonderful word. It speaks of a relationship in which something that belongs to someone else is willed, by their kindness, to you.

When God adopted you into his family, he also placed you in his will. That’s why Peter said, “You have an inheritance. It can never perish. It can never fade, and it is kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4). When God creates a new heaven and a new earth, who will he give it to? The meek.

There are people who have much more than you do, but you can be happy for them. Why? Because all things are yours in Christ Jesus.

10. Ask God to give you meekness.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Then James describes the wisdom God gives: “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits” (James 3:17).

Lord, you said that a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in your sight. Please give me that spirit. Help me to curb this harsh tongue. Keep me from rash judgments, and help me to think the best of others.

Help me to discern your hand working for my good, even when I face great difficulties, opposition and sometimes wounds. Help me to find pleasure in the joy of others. Help me to walk with Jesus Christ, so that a reflection of your meek Son, Jesus Christ, may be formed in me today.

Which of these ten do you need to work on the most in your life?

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Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue [3]

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babypreacherI’ve been laying out my case as to how I believe continuationism is not a non-essential, second-tier doctrinal issue.

As I explained in two previous posts on this subject, see HERE and HERE, continuationism is a disastrous doctrine both in the church and with individuals because it has massive influence upon the way people think about God and practice their Christianity. The majority of the time, their faith and practice is sub-biblical, if at all, and out right frightening and pagan.

In the first post, I explained how that if the Holy Spirit is manifesting Himself among the continuationist believers he will not lead continuationist pastors and their people to embrace theological heresy. With the second post, I pointed out how numerous continuatiionist leaders, preachers, and conference speakers are known for telling grandiose, urban legend-like stories about spiritual encounters they allegedly had with God, angels, traveling to heaven, healing people…

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Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue [2]

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I have taken up explaining why I believe continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue. My previous post introduced my basic thoughts on the matter, but just a quick recap:

Contrary to what is generally agreed upon among garden variety Evangelicals and Christian denominations, I don’t believe continuationism, or charismaticism, or even Pentecostalism for that matter, is merely a quirky, but otherwise acceptable tradition of Christianity. I believe the otherworldly claims of the paranormal, coupled with the bizarre, aberrant behavior inherent with continuationism, are detrimental to core doctrines of Christianity, most significantly, the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

I think we can all agree that if there are any beliefs, doctrines, or even peculiar worship practices that claim to come directly from God via the Holy Spirit, those things are certainly essential, and can hardly be considered non-essential. They strike, as it were, at the very center of…

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Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue

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I am becoming convinced more and more every day that continuationism is not just a non-essential doctrinal issue for Christians.

My thinking about this started shortly after the Strange Fireconference as I engaged continuationist critics on social media. They denounced the conference with such fervent descriptions as hateful, divisive, painting with a broad brush, throwing all the faithful Pentecostal/charismatic people from around the world under a heresy bus.

The strongest antagonist to the conference, Michael Brown, even wrote a 400 plus page book responding to the various talks and lectures presented at Strange Fire. My friend Lyndon and I wrote up a lengthy, chapter-by-chapter review of his book that can be read HERE, if anyone is interested.

Their primary claim was to say the Strange Fire participants wrongly attributed the bizarre, wild-eyed antics and paranormal stories witnessed at a typical health and wealth style mega-church, to faithful continuationists who never…

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Consequences of Triangular Living

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100635Living on the Drama Triangle creates misery and suffering no matter what our primary starting gate position may be (Rescuer, Persecutor, or Victim). The cost is tremendous for all three roles and leads to emotional, mental, and even physical pain. Everyone involved in triangular dynamics ends up hurt and angry at some point; no-one wins. There are characteristics of and consequences to being on the triangle that all three roles bear in common. Let’s talk about a few of them:

Lack of Personal Responsibility

Whenever we fail to take responsibility for ourselves, we end up on the triangle. Not even Rescuers, who pride themselves on being responsible, take responsibility for themselves. They take care of everyone else, but have no idea how to do it for themselves. Not taking responsibility is a key identifying factor in recognizing when we are on the triangle. Persecutors shift responsibility…

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What’s the Difference Between Arminianism, Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism? – Founders

Post by Tom Ascol.

The late Martyn Lloyd-Jones was reported to have said that “the ignorant Arminian doesn’t know the difference between Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism.” Based on the frequency with which the two are often confused I would suggest that the ignorance is not limited to our Arminian friends. While much more could be said, the following summary reveals the basic differences between Arminianism, Calvinism, and hyper-Calvinism.

In one sense, hyper-Calvinism, like Arminianism, is a rationalistic perversion of true Calvinism. Whereas Arminianism undermines divine sovereignty, hyper-Calvinism undermines human responsibility. The irony is that both Arminianism and hyper-Calvinism start from the same, erroneous rationalistic presupposition, namely that human ability and responsibility are coextensive. That is, they must match up exactly or else it is irrational. If a man is to be held responsible for something, then he must have the ability to do it. On the other hand, if a man does not have the ability to perform it, he cannot be obligated to do it.

The Arminian looks at this premise and says, “Agreed! We know that the Bible holds all people responsible to repent and believe [which is true]. Therefore we must conclude that all men have the ability in themselves to repent and believe [which is false, according to the Bible].” Thus, Arminians teach that unconverted people have within themselves the spiritual ability to repent and believe, albeit such ability must be aided by grace.

The hyper-Calvinist takes the same premise (that man’s ability and responsibility are coextensive) and says, “Agreed! We know that the Bible teaches that in and of themselves all men are without spiritual ability to repent and believe [which is true]. Therefore we must conclude that unconverted people are not under obligation to repent and believe the gospel [which is false, according to the Bible].”

In contrast to both of these, the Calvinist looks at the premise and says, “Wrong! While it looks reasonable, it is not biblical. The Bible teaches both that fallen man is without spiritual ability and that he is obligated to repent and believe. Only by the powerful, regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is man given the ability to fulfill his duty to repent and believe.” And though this may seem unreasonable to rationalistic minds, there is no contradiction, and it is precisely the position the Bible teaches. The Calvinist view may appear irrational but in reality is supra-rational—it is revealed.

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