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September 6, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist who opposed the feminist movement and campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, died Monday Sept. 5, according to a statement from the Eagle Forum, a group she founded.

President Obama said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the U.S. national anthem before games is both his constitutional right to exercise as well as a stinging symbol to military members and veterans.

President Obama scrapped a meeting with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, in Laos after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden warning against the U.S. interfering in a war on drugs that’s led to the deaths of thousands of suspects.

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, South Korea’s military said, in a show of force timed to the G-20 economic summit in China.

The U.S. Air Force’s program to develop and field a new intercontinental ballistic missile to replace the aging Minuteman III in the nuclear arsenal is now projected to cost at least $85 billion, about 36 percent more than a preliminary estimate by the service.

Astronomers shared a collective sigh of relief last week when a 100-foot asteroid hurtling toward Earth missed by 50,000 miles-just a fifth of the distance to the moon. As comforting as the avoided terrestrial calamity was, what remains disturbing is that no one knew it was coming. The near miss came just days before NASA plans to launch an $800 million probe that will land on a much larger asteroid, a remnant from the beginning of the solar system that should provide clues to Earth’s origins.

A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Construction workers on Saturday placed a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand Tower. The spire adds 160 feet to the 73-story building. That makes it 1,099 feet high.

Oklahoma registered one of its biggest earthquakes Saturday even after state regulators have beefed up limits on disposing oilfield waste and the rate of tremors had started to slow somewhat from unprecedented levels last year. The tremor in central Oklahoma was felt from Texas to Illinois, measuring 5.6 in magnitude and tying a state record set in 2011.

AP Top Stories

Passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ship endured a choppy, stomach-churning ride this weekend as the Bermuda-bound cruise liner steered into Post-Tropical Cyclone Hermine. The 16-deck Anthem is the same ship that suffered damage in February after sailing into hurricane-force winds and 30-foot waves off the coast of North Carolina.

Acknowledging the scars of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has a “moral obligation” to help Laos, this isolated Southeast Asian nation, heal and vowed to reinvigorate relations with a country with rising strategic importance to the U.S.

Illegal hunting in Democratic Republic of Congo has wiped out 70 percent of Eastern gorillas in the past two decades and pushed the world’s biggest primate close to extinction, a Red List of endangered species showed on Sunday.

At least 35 people were killed on Sunday when a bus collided with a fuel tanker and burst into flames in southern Afghanistan, in the latest road accident in the war-torn country.

A gigantic wooden replica of London’s 1666 skyline has been burned in the River Thames to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The event, which took place on Sunday as part of the London’s Burning festival, involved a 394-foot-long sculpture being set alight and floated down the Thames on an enormous barge.

Top diplomats from the United States and Russia on Monday failed to reach a deal to ease fighting in Syria, US officials said, after government troops encircled rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed by police or vigilantes in the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte ramps up his campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte has publicly named hundreds of politicians, military and police personnel, and other influential people allegedly involved in the drug trade and has ordered them to surrender or be hunted down.

Despite formidable opposition across the political spectrum, President Barack Obama is using his final months in office to fight for congressional approval of a 12-nation free trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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China has warned that anyone advocating Hong Kong’s independence could be punished. The stern message came after young pro-democracy activists won seats on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo).

Hurricane Newton has made landfall in western Mexico near the popular tourist resort of Cabo San Lucas.

Twin bomb blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul have killed at least 24 people and injured 91 others near the defense ministry, officials said.

At least 40 people have been killed in bombings in mainly government-held areas of Syria, state media report.

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Federal officials in New York are investigating an emergency alert system after a mistakenly truncated message about storm system Hermine wrongly advised TV watchers on Long Island of an ordered evacuation, authorities said Sunday.

Amid the disclosure this week that the Obama administration has allowed Iran to continue secret efforts to enrich uranium and stockpile the heavy water needed to produce a plutonium nuclear weapon, a leading expert on the Iranian nuclear program remains concerned that Tehran could build a deliverable atomic bomb now.

SC – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating threats made against Jewish and Muslim students at Byrnes High School.


Top News – 9/6/2016

New York City September 19th, 2016
The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis. The arch will stand in Manhattan, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West.

Strong aftershocks rattle East Coast
More strong aftershocks have rattled the East Coast with a 5.7 tremor among the shakes in the early hours of the morning.

Hillary Has Second Coughing Spell of Day During In-Flight Presser Read more: Hillary Has Second Coughing Spell of Day During In-Flight Presser
It was the second time Monday that Clinton had a coughing spell, having coughed her way through two minutes of a campaign speech in Cleveland earlier. But the cough has been a point of speculation among some of Clinton’s critics who say it points to evidence she is in poor health.

God’s Solution to the ‘Nones’ Who Have Left the Faith
What is God’s solution to this growing problem of religious “nones”? It can be summed up in three words: truth, encounter, and consistency.

For First Time EVER, Undeniable Evidence of Jewish Temple Discovered
An incredible new discovery at the Temple Mount has produced the first-ever physical and archaeological evidence that the Jewish Second Temple stood on the Mount 2,000 years ago, upsetting Arab claims, increasingly endorsed by the international community, that the Temples never existed.

CNN Poll: Trump Closes 11-Point Gap, Leads Clinton Nationally By Two Points
A new CNN poll shows Republican Donald Trump has closed an 11-point gap with Democrat Hillary Clinton and leads her nationally in the race for the White House by two points.

Clinton Turned Away High-Level Chinese Defector to Assist Beijing Leaders
Hillary Clinton turned away a high-ranking Chinese defector who sought political asylum after the communist police chief sought refuge in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China four years ago. Critics say Clinton’s handling of the defection of Wang Lijun, a close aide to a regional Communist Party leader, was a blunder and lost opportunity for U.S. intelligence to gain secrets about the leaders of America’s emerging Asian adversary.

Hurricane Newton makes landfall in Mexico
Hurricane Newton packing 90-mile (145-kilometer) per hour winds made landfall near the Los Cabos resort area of Mexico’s west coast on Tuesday where thousands of tourists and locals are hunkered down, US forecasters said.

Homeland Security boss’ love-in with Hamas front group
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the annual convention of a Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood front group Saturday night in Chicago that, thanks to the Obama administration, its struggle for full acceptance in America “is one you will win.”

Athens won’t get EU rescue loans after breaking reform promise
Athens has reportedly managed to implement only two out of 15 reforms previously agreed with its international creditors. Moreover, the country has slowed down the privatization process of its public assets.

Subterranean cemetery ‘city’ being constructed in Jerusalem
According to Jewish tradition, being buried in Jerusalem has a special significance: Those buried in the capital are believed to be the first to reach the Temple Mount with the resurrection of the dead with the coming of the Messiah. This has put a premium on burial space, so a new solution has been initiated.

Small quake strikes west Alabama
The earthquake, which struck at 3:28 a.m., was centered about 12.4 miles south of Aliceville, according to the Survey. It was estimated as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 3.5 miles, which is relatively small.

Singapore Zika cases hit 275; new potential cluster at Bishan found
17 new cases of locally transmitted were confirmed on Tuesday (Sep 6), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 275.

Massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Russia
The earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Commander Islands, just off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, on Tuesday. The epicenter was shallow – just 8 miles below the surface.

Angela Merkel’s CDU suffers Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania poll blow
Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state. The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took just under 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD’s 30%. The German chancellor’s CDU was backed by only 19% of voters, its worst ever result in the state.

80 Percent Captured at Border Set Free in U.S., Says Agent
Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza…president of the National Border Patrol Council, Local 2455, appeared on Fox News Channel…to discuss border security and the need for building a wall. “Eight out of ten people that are caught entering our country illegally…are allowed to stay in the United States,” Garza explained. “Unfortunately…we are trying to do our jobs as best we can with the very limited resources that we have.”

‘Hezbollah, Syrian army preparing large operation near Israel border’
Troops loyal to the Syrian regime along with Hezbollah fighters have allegedly been finalizing plans to launch a large-scale operation against Syrian opposition forces near the border with Israel, according to Iranian media. “The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters have been working on a joint plan to end militancy in Southern Syria, particularly near the Golan Heights,” Iran’s Fars news agency quoted unnamed military sources as saying Monday.

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum, dies at 92
Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, died Monday at her St. Louis home at the age of 92.

MSNBC Cuts Live Coverage As Hillary Has “One Of The Worst Coughing Fits Ever” – Blames ‘Seasonal Allergies’
Unfortunately for Hillary, her earlier coughing fit was not a lone wolf attack. Right in the middle of her “Russia-Trump Conspiracy” lecture to reporters aboard her plan, she was forced to cut short her story by another “seasonal allergy” attack (odd aboard was is likely a heavily filtered air cabin), retreating to the safety of the front seats withe the reappearance of her African American ‘handler’ once again. Upon her return she explained that “we went back and checked and this happens to me every Labor day.” Which seems odd… one assumes that any ill-timed meeting of world-leaders will have to take place in a hermetically-sealed room from now on…

Philippines leader curses Obama; White House cancels meeting
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte tore into President Obama with an obscenity on Monday, and later the White House canceled a scheduled meeting with Duterte.

Abbas accepts Russia plan to meet Netanyahu: envoy
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has agreed on a Russian proposal for him to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a new peace push, an official said Monday. Netanyahu has said he is open to such a meeting together with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

World Israel maintains wary eye on Syria as conflict turns to ‘balagan’
The Syrian conflict is entering a highly unpredictable phase, the former head of the Israeli domestic security agency said on Monday, adding that the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah posed a growing threat to Israel despite losing many fighters.


Top Headlines – 9/6/2016

Abbas accepts Russia plan to meet Netanyahu: envoy

Netanyahu considering offer of talks with Palestinian president in Moscow

Dutch ex-PM: ‘War criminal’ Netanyahu should be tried in Hague

Israeli groups seeks referendum on disputed territories

Japan and Israel upgrade relations as Arab oil influence wanes

‘Iran, aided by proxy terrorist groups, biggest existential threat to Israel’

‘ISIS kilometers away from Israel’s northern border’

Israel maintains wary eye on Syria as conflict turns to ‘balagan’

Dozens killed in explosions targeting government-held Syrian cities

Syria conflict: IS claims wave of bombings that kills dozens

Obama, Putin meet on sidelines of G20, vow to keep working toward Syria deal

Obama, Putin meet on sidelines of G20, vow to keep working toward Syria dealRussia Urges US to Help Stop Syria Rebel Attacks

Syria war: IS ‘loses control along Turkey border’

Up to 40% of asylum seekers in Switzerland ‘disappear’

Angela Merkel admits immigration policy hurt party in elections

Iran’s Khamenei blasts Saudi management of holy sites

Khamenei: Muslims should reconsider letting Saudis run Mecca pilgrimage

2015 Hajj stampede: Iran leader says Saudis ‘murdered’ pilgrims

Britain names ambassador to Iran as relations improve

Terrorist massacre of Pakistani Christian village thwarted

Brazil: Police use tear gas at anti-Temer protest

U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections

Obama scraps meeting with Philippine leader who called him ‘son of whore’

Obama defends Kaepernick’s national anthem protest

Obama: Kaepernick’s protest ‘a tough thing’ for military community

Clinton’s Christian faith, once a political weapon, all but absent from campaign

Hillary blames lengthy coughing fit on ‘Trump allergy’

Hillary Clinton: Timing of Russian hack is aimed at helping Trump

Clinton Says Trump Created ‘Diplomatic Incident’ With Mexico Trip

Clinton calls Trump’s Mexico trip ’embarrassing

UN human rights chief condemns Western populist politician ‘demagogues’

North Dakota pipeline protest turns violent after cultural sites destroyed

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign oil pact, may limit output in future

Global stocks push higher as oil takes wild ride

A cashless society? Some retailers turn noses up at currency

SpaceX’s Explosion Reverberates Across Space, Satellite and Telecom Industries

Israeli Government Has Stake in, Capability of Creating ‘Blue and White’ Communications Satellites, Says Space Industry Source in Wake of Amos 6 Explosion

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles as G20 leaders meet in China

Abe “Strongly Protests” After North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch Into Japan’s Air Defense Zone

UN Security Council to Discuss North Korea Missile Launches

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Opotiki, New Zealand

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Alofi, Niue

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Newton to unleash flooding and mudslides on Baja California, northern Mexico

Floods, landslides caused by a tropical depression wreak havoc on Mexico’s Acapulco resort

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds

Freaking out about Zika virus? West Nile is the real killer

Drug Linked to Ohio Overdoses Can Kill in Doses Smaller than a Snowflake

Revolution against ‘rich parasites’ at utopian Burning Man Festival as ‘hooligans’ attack luxury camp

Violent crimes against women in England and Wales reach record high

Finland: Church won’t allow pastors to officiate gay weddings


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  • Apple’s New iPhones Arrive, as Glow Fades (Read More)
  • Philippines scrambles to soothe tensions after insult to Obama (Read More)
  • Read More: Nine weeks out, a near even race (Read More)
  • More Records Releases Loom for Hillary Clinton (Read More)
  • Clinton rejects Mexico invitation after Trump’s diplomatic ruckus (Read More)
  • Behind the 1MDB Scandal: Banks That Missed Clues and Bowed to Pressure (Read More)
  • Turkish air strikes hit 12 targets in north Iraq: military (Read More)
  • Hanjin Shipping parent raising funds to unload stranded cargo (Read More)
  • Junk Debt Getting Crowded (Read More)
  • Ailes hires Hollywood libel lawyer to take on New York magazine (Read More)
  • Japan’s Central Bank Should Wait for the Fed, Abe Advisor Says (Read More)
  • Bayer sweetens Monsanto bid as talks enter final stretch (Read More)
  • China Is About to Get Serious With Bad Debt (Read More)
  • Enbridge to Buy Spectra Energy in $28 Billion Deal (Read More)
  • Libor Surge Reverberates All the Way to China’s Currency Market (Read More)
  • California Court Case Opens Door for Pension Benefit Reductions (Read More)
  • SpaceX Blast Threatens to Leave NASA in a Bind (Read More)
  • China’s pension funds under pressure with rising payments: Xinhua (Read More)
  • Obama says North Korea sanctions must be implemented after missiles fired (Read More)

The Briefing 09-06-16

Labor Day report: An alarming number of American men neither working nor seeking work

Universal Basic Income? How theology intersects work, dignity, and the economy

How should evangelicals remember Mother Teresa, declared a saint by the Catholic church on Sunday?

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Clown Sightings Spreading To Other States In America

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:36 AM PDT

Remember the recent clown sightings reported in South Carolina and the reports of children being lured into the woods by them? Now it appears that these…

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Will Obama’s Betrayal of Israel Bring America Down?

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:29 AM PDT

(By Dr. Jim Garlow) Why should Donald Trump—or any American presidential candidate—care about one tiny nation halfway around the world? After all, there are approximately 200…

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Hobby Lobby Founder Warns “We’re One Judge Away From Losing Religious Liberty in America”

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:18 AM PDT

(Reported By Bob Eschliman) David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby knows a thing or two about the threats facing Americans’ freedom of religion….

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Mysterious Light Draws Thrill Seekers to Forest In Michigan

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:15 AM PDT

A mysterious light in Michigan is continuing to draw the curious “I can see it right now!” Bob Anderson said excitedly, staring into the trees. It…

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Falling Revenues Pressuring Investment Banks

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:09 AM PDT

The world’s biggest investment banks saw combined revenues sink by 15 per cent in the first half of this year, the most since the aftermath…

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Obama coming For Internet, Warns It Cannot Be Used As “Wild, Wild West”!

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:06 AM PDT

President Barack Obama called for a series of international agreements to regulate activity on the Internet, citing his preference not to start an arms race…

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Hillary Clinton Coughing Fits Continue

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:02 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton caught a case of dry mouth on Monday afternoon that caused her to choke and cough through the first few minutes of her…

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Unexplained event occurs in the Earth’s stratosphere for first time since records began

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:50 PM PDT

In the 1960s, scientists coined the term ‘quasi-biennial oscillation’ to describe a predictable aspect of the Earth’s wind pattern which repeats itself over a roughly…

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Jamal Bryant’s AME Church Joins Colin Kaepernick’s Protest by Sitting During National Anthem

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:34 PM PDT

Pastor Jamal Bryant is going above and beyond to show his support for NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by not only wearing his jersey during a…

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Texas Boy Running Late to School Stops for Pledge and Prayer

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:29 PM PDT

A little boy proved you can never be too busy to honor God or your country. Kindergartener Royce Thompson of Santa Fe, Texas was running…

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Openly Gay U.S. Soccer Star Kneels During National Anthem, Praises Colin Kaepernick and ‘Everything He’s Standing For’

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:25 PM PDT

Move over Kaepernick you’ve got some company! U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign’s game against the…

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France May Follow Britain Out Of The European Union

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:08 PM PDT

France could follow Britain out of the European Union after Marine Le Pen promised a similar referendum if she is elected president. The leader of…

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Rabbi Claims Trump Will Be American “Messiah”

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 04:03 PM PDT

Here we go again with these alleged “Prophecies” regarding Donald Trump. Now we can add another one to the long list! According to a new…

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Philippines’ Duterte Calls Obama ‘Son of a Whore’

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 03:52 PM PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a “son of a whore” on Monday as he vowed not to be lectured by the US leader…

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What Happens When TV and Internet Preachers Are Silenced?

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 03:48 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) As I am writing this, we have an entire slew of TV Preachers to choose from today and an array of sources…

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Netanyahu May Meet Abbas in a Meeting Hosted by… Putin

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 12:27 PM PDT

Well, wouldn’t this be an interesting meeting that may take place? According to reports coming out of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is…

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Hotel Reportedly Removes Bibles From Rooms After Atheist Complaint

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 12:19 PM PDT

An atheist organization that has asked private hotels and publicly funded university-owned hotels to remove Bibles from their guest rooms has reportedly convinced the Thunderbird…

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Will September 30th Bring The Beginning Of The End For Free Speech On The Internet?

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 12:09 PM PDT

The initial move toward the worldwide suppression of free speech on the Internet will happen at midnight on September 30th, when the Obama Administration surrenders…

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Atheists Target Children in New Evolution-Promoting Book

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:57 AM PDT

An evolution-propagandizing illustrated children’s book is drawing praise from the secular community and currently ranks as a best seller on Amazon.com. “Annabelle & Aiden: The…

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President Obama defends Kaepernick national anthem protest…

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:50 AM PDT

Is anyone really shocked that the President of the Us Barack Obama on Monday defended San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to…

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Cameraman ordered to cut feed of black church Trump praise…

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:46 AM PDT

A shocking example of anti-Trump media censorship was caught on tape when Reuters ordered its cameraman to cut live footage of Trump receiving praise from…

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ISIS Warns Hundreds of jihadis Have Snuck in to Attack Europe…

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:41 AM PDT

A new report is indicating that ISIS supporters have gloated about sleeper cells nestled in Europe which are poised to carry out horror attacks on…

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BREAKING – High Priest is Chosen by Sanhedrin, Temple Service Could Be One Week Away

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:37 AM PDT

Acceleration towards Revelation Chapter Eleven may have just taken place as reports indicate that a significant step was recently taken towards reinstating the Temple service…

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Why Russia Anti-Terrorism Law Has Christians Facing Arrest

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:33 AM PDT

Is America ready for true persecution against Christianity? The Russian government is starting to round up and arrest Christian leaders following the passing of a…

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What Does the Jewish Calendar Reveal About the Coming of the Messiah?

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:30 AM PDT

(By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)  A new movement marking the growing ways many Christians are moving closer to their Biblical roots is calling for Christians to…

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Earthquake Shakes Up Alabama-Mississippi State Line

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:26 AM PDT

A small earthquake has been reported shaking up the residents on the Mississippi-Alabama state line early Monday (Sept. 5), the United States Geological Survey reported….

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September 5, 2016
ALAN KEYES — When people apply Christ’s injunction to “seek first the kingdom of God and His justice” (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31), they often construe it without regard for the context. So they reason as if His words are meant to establish temporal priority (do this first, then that, then that, etc., in sequence). However, considered in its entirety, this is plainly not the case. For Christ goes on to say “and all other things will be added unto you.” Simply put, everything else is fitly taken care of once you tend to God’s rule…. (more)

September 5, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — The lack of coverage in 2008 of the embarrassing facts in Barack Obama’s background, especially his deep personal relationship with a Communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, stands as a sensational example of how dishonest the national media can be when they are determined to elect somebody. If Obama’s opponent, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), had been linked to a Nazi or a Klansman, the press would have jumped on the story, with endless follow-ups…. (more)


September 5, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton’s Christianity, which she wielded as a political weapon in her 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, largely has been missing in this year’s election. She hasn’t hidden her Methodist upbringing, but scholars say it’s not front and center. And where in the past she used it as a window into her character, this year she’s deployed it as a debate tactic to push criminal justice reform and other policy goals…. (more)

September 5, 2016

WORLDNETDAILY — As the Department of Homeland Security contemplates taking possibly unconstitutional power over the U.S. election system due to the threat of hackers, citizens should consider the fact that the agency itself was the victim of a major cyber intrusion that stole sensitive personal information of thousands of its employees, contends a former DHS officer…. (more)


September 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — The Mexican border might be getting a lot of the attention because of Donald Trump’s wall proposal, but terrorism threats coming to and from Canada can be a cause of concern as well…. (more)

September 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — Santa Clara Police Officers Association, whose union members largely volunteer to work Levi Stadium security detail during events, have threatened “choosing not to work” San Francisco 49ers home games “if the 49ers organization fails to take action to stop” his “inappropriate workplace behavior,” the police union told the 49ers organization in a letter Friday, citing a “hostile work environment.”… (more)

September 4, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Deliberately sidestepping Congress, President Obama formally entered the U.S. into an international climate-change agreement Saturday with China and dozens of other nations to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In a ceremony in Hangzhou, China, Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deposited each country’s official “instrument of acceptance” with U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to join the agreement…. (more)

September 4, 2016

NEW YORK POST — If President Barack Obama was hoping for a graceful start to his final trip to Asia as commander in chief, this wasn’t it. A confrontation between a White House aide and a Chinese official, and other diplomatic dust-ups were out in the open from the moment Air Force One landed in Hangzhou, site of an economic summit…. (more)


September 4, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — As David and Rich have already noted, the FBI-302 report of the interview of Hillary Clinton, along with the other notes of investigation released today, make for mind boggling reading. Most bracing is the fact that Mrs. Clinton had her server wiped clean sometime between March 25 and 31, 2015, only three weeks after the New York Times on March 3 broke the story of the server system’s existence…. (more)

September 4, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Reading the Washington Examiner’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview, a phrase came to mind again and again …”I am just a caveman.”… (more)

September 3, 2016
NEWSMAX — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is holding a seven percentage-point lead over GOP nominee Donald Trump in a new survey. It also reveals that supporters of both nominees are more motivated by fear that the other side will win the race, rather than because they are excited about their own candidate…. (more)

September 3, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton didn’t know how secret information got to be classified, she told the FBI in her interview earlier this summer, according to documents released Friday – – showing a striking lack of awareness for someone at the highest reaches of government…. (more)

September 3, 2016
NEWSMAX — Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville says the Republican Party is killing itself with its embrace of Donald Trump and stands to lose an “entire generation” of voters…. (more)

September 3, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Apple’s App Store appears to be protecting Hillary Clinton from political satire games while allowing titles like “Punch Trump” onto the digital retail platform…. (more)

September 3, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Black Lives Matter movement has been feted repeatedly at the White House and honored at the Democratic National Convention. Hillary Clinton has incorporated its claims about racist, homicidal cops into her presidential campaign pitch…. (more)

September 3, 2016
WESTERN JOURNALISM — A new poll undercuts one of the foundational principles of the Black Lives Matter movement, which views police as antagonists of black Americans. The Aug. 31 Marquette University Law School poll found that while there were differences in how whites and non-whites view police, majorities in both demographic groups support law enforcement…. (more)

September 3, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The U.S. Army has confirmed that the first female to try out for the 75th Ranger Regiment has failed. Military officials said Thursday that an unnamed non-commissioned officer attempted to joint the special operations force on June 16. The soldier was unable to complete Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 (RASP 2) in its entirety…. (more)

September 3, 2016
BOB UNRUH — Australian officials have confirmed that a 4-year-old child is going through a sex-change procedure despite the warning last month by the American College of Pediatrics that even treatments, much less surgical intervention, can cause sterility and are based on “unscientific gender ideology” that violate “the long-standing ethical principle of ‘First do no harm.'”… (more)

September 2, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The national debt hit $19.5 trillion for the first time ever this week, a little more than seven months after it hit the $19 trillion mark. The debt clocked in at $19.51 trillion at the end of Wednesday, the Treasury Department reported Thursday afternoon. Precise debt figures on any given day are released on the following business day…. (more)

September 2, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The hosts of “CBS This Morning” peppered Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., with questions Thursday morning about Hillary Clinton’s lack of press availability, prompting the Democratic nominee’s running mate to hint her campaign will be more open with reporters in the near future…. (more)

September 2, 2016

BREITBART — In his message for the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” Thursday, Pope Francis said that human-induced global warming, as well as a loss of biodiversity are “sins” against God, which must be atoned for by planting trees, avoiding the use of plastic and paper and “separating refuse.”… (more)


September 2, 2016
WESLEY PRUDEN — Marketing is mostly hype. You’re not supposed to believe much of it, and nobody plays the hype game better than the occasional intelligent professional athlete. Even some of the dumb ones are pretty good at it…. (more)

September 2, 2016
BILL FEDERER — Imperial Japan’s emperor claimed to be an incarnate divinity who was to be obeyed completely. It was forbidden for his subjects to criticize him. The Japanese empire he inherited grew into one of the largest maritime empires in history, becoming the third largest naval power and having the ninth largest economy in the world…. (more)

September 2, 2016
FOX NEWS — An American college student who disappeared in China 12 years ago and was believed to have died was in fact kidnapped and forced to work as Kim Jong Un’s personal tutor in Pyongyang, where he remains to this day, according to a South Korean activist organization…. (more)

September 1, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Kristen Welker informed viewers of the NBC Nightly News that an “undocumented worker” was at fault in a terrible bus crash in Louisiana on August 28 that killed two people and injured 41 others. It is typical of the media to use that phrase when referring to illegal aliens. It is how the media try to condition people to accept their presence in the United States. After all, if these people are “workers,” they can’t be such terrible people. On the other hand, the word “alien” implies something foreign to the United States…. (more)

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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FMR SECRET SERVICE OFFICER DECLARES: “HILLARY WAS THE CHIEF HAMMER RIPPING PEOPLE APART

 

Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare has come to life in this exclusive interview with her former Secret Service Officer, Gary Byrne. For the first time on the Next News Network he reveals the inside story of the filthy truth she doesn’t want you to know, that he witnessed first hand while assigned to the Oval Office as her protection detail. The media is censoring this truth – please share.

The Fraud Of Full Employment

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The official unemployment rate is a baloney number. It doesn’t actually measure all of the unemployed. Those who are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits are simply treated as if they no longer exist for instance. This is millions of Americans. Very likely these unemployed “ghosts” are your neighbors. Or maybe even you.

The official unemployment rate is deceptive – as IBD says in the attached article.

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The Libertarians have become the moderate, middle way party

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As we say all the time we have no horse in the presidential race, or any political race. Not even a Libertarian horse even though it is obvious to anyone who has read us for any period of time that we have a libertarian (please note the small “l”) disposition. Free markets, free minds, sound money, respect, tolerance, entrepreneurialism, and a complete disdain for the crony capitalist, state centered, highly political system that has been erected in America are the things (more or less) that drive us.

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From An Industrial Economy To A Paper Economy – The Stunning Decline Of Manufacturing In America

Industrial - Public DomainWhy does it seem like almost everything is made in China these days?  Yesterday I was looking at some pencils that we had laying around the house and I noticed that they had been manufactured in China.  I remarked to my wife that it was such a shame that they don’t make pencils in the United States anymore.  At another point during the day, I turned over my television remote and I noticed that it also had “Made In China” engraved on it.  It is still Labor Day as I write this article, and so I think that it is quite appropriate to write about our transition from an industrial economy to a paper economy today.  Since the year 2000, the United States has lost five million manufacturing jobs even though our population has grown substantially since that time.  Manufacturing in America is in a state of stunning decline, our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted, and our formerly great manufacturing cities are in an advanced state of decay.  We consume far more wealth than we produce, and the only way that we are able to do this is by taking on massive amounts of debt.  But is our debt-based paper economy sustainable in the long run? (Read More….)

The Clinton Conspiracy Against America

Their plot against America is a threat to the republic

There have been calls to shut down the Clinton Foundation. But the Clinton Foundation is not a building or a letterhead. It is the permanent Clinton regime. If Hillary wins, it becomes the government.

It can’t be dismantled without breaking up the Clinton Network. Criminal conspiracies aren’t shut down by closing a front group. The only way to end the Clinton Conspiracy is to indict and imprison the key players in this plot against America. As long as this rogue government exists, it is a threat to the republic.

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Iranian Ayatollah: The ‘Hidden Imam’ Will Come To Earth In A Vessel ‘Like A Spaceship’

TEL AVIV – An Iranian Grand Ayatollah recently said that the Mahdi – the Shi’ite version of the messiah – will arrive in a “super-modern vessel like a spaceship” and that until that time there will be no “peace, security, or decency” on earth.

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ELCA Releases Supplemental Resources To Aid Clergy in Homosexual Marriage Services

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), rightly claimed by many to be neither Evangelical or Lutheran, has released a resource guide to aid clergy with the performance of liturgy in the “marriage” of sodomites.

You can see the entire document here.

A press release at ELCA’s website states:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has developed supplemental resources for use within the Evangelical Lutheran Worship marriage service. The liturgical resources were developed based on action by the ELCA Church Council to implement recommendations from the “Ministry to and with Same-gender Couples and Their Families” working group.

The apostate denomination, that claims the slogan, “God’s Work, Our Hands,” and is now in communion with the Vatican, fully affirms homosexuality, and accepts them into their congregation as “needed members with gifts.” Rev. Kevin Strickland, ELCA executive for worship says “These supplemental resources have been created to offer more inclusivity in language, pastoral care, and openness for all persons who seek to be married within this church.” The ELCA adopted a resolution in 2009 resolving to find ways for “committed” sodomites to serve as leaders in the church (page 22).

Preceding many of the great judgments of God throughout biblical history, you will find sexual immorality among the people. God destroyed entire cities (Genesis 18:16-19:29) because his creation practiced these things that are detestable to him. Scripture is undeniably clear the homosexuality is an abomination to God, and in no way does he approve of it (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, etc.). Further, Scripture is exceedingly clear that those who practice sodomy will not see the kingdom of God.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The council states on page 2 that “The new challenges to long-held understandings regarding homosexuality led many to consider again the meaning and application of Scripture as well as the Lutheran theological heritage.” In other words, the intention is to twist and reinterpret Scriptures to sick and perverted desires of the flesh.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Romans 1:26-28

It is very clear that the ELCA does not know God or even know who he is. There is no acknowledgment of Christ, and no desire to walk in the light of his truth. These wicked people who rationalize their sin are ignorant and unstable, and do this to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

Lord have mercy on our souls.

Source: ELCA Releases Supplemental Resources To Aid Clergy in Homosexual Marriage Services

 

“Mother Teresa” Declared a Saint by “Pope Francis” After Being Credited With Miracles in Death

Christian News Network has a quote from Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries that some folks will find hard to believe.  Nevertheless, what Gendron says is true:

Mother Teresa did not believe or proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.  She encouraged Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists to be better Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. She never pointed people to Christ as the only savior, mediator and redeemer. Instead she taught a bizarre ‘pseudo-pantheism’ in which she believed Jesus was present in everyone.

In her piece for Christian News, Heather Clark reveals a whole lot more about the controversial Catholic nun:

Mother TeresaAgnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as “Mother Teresa,” was declared a venerated saint on Sunday after she met the Vatican’s requirement of being credited with the purported healing of two people through what Roman Catholics believe is her intercession in death.

“[A]fter due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint, and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church,” Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, declared at the Vatican before an estimated crowd of 120,000 people on Sunday.

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Take a look at CRN’s research paper on Roman Catholicism

 

How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70 Percent of US Appeals Courts

According to Philip Wegmann of The Daily Signal:

JudgingOn the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.

That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar.

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent.

Outside of legal circles the transformation of the influential federal appeals courts has gone largely unnoticed, though.

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Rick Warren exposes his totalitarian roots? (Part 2: Fascism)

FASCIST IDEOLOGY DISGUISED AS CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

We previously put up an article by Pulpit & Pen where they managed to get footage (thanks to Brannon Howse), of Rick Warren talking how the growth of his church was inspired by the philosophies and practices of English Communists.

Rick Warren exposes his totalitarian roots? (Part 1)

Sadly, Rick Warren rejects the notions of Christian leadership, structure and accountability, belittling the office of “pastor” and replacing this with ‘visionary leadership’. Warren essentially invented his own religion with his take on Christian ideas, which is why he is known as a central guru in his Purpose Driven Life (PDL) Movement. In turn, the biggest churches in the world are governed by fascist ideology and methods. These churches are about :

  1. gaining recruits not making disciples of Jesus;
  2. creating recruits that follow the leaders vision not disciples that follow Jesus and his teachings;
  3. producing visionary leaders not pastors to…

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Rick Warren exposes his totalitarian roots? (Part 1: Communism)

Want to know why cults like Phil Pringle’s C3 “church” and Brian Houston’s Hillsong “church” have their annual vision day campaigns? Well the ApostisLexicon call this type of annual event a ‘reichspar’ (for short):

Reichsparteitag (abr. reichspar) – an annual rally for a type of “church movement” (a nuremberg) that is a large propaganda event that encourage people to get behind their leader/führer’s vision. These events may be called Vision Sundays, Vision Builders, Vision Casting day, etc. Film or other forms of media may be used to commemorate these annual events. These events try to convince people that their leader is set apart because God gave them a vision; filter members who are either for them or against them; and to manipulate people into pledging their loyalty to the vision and cause of the “pastor”.

An informal reichsparteitag can also be a sermon, session, service or segment where the speaker preaches about…

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Some hard truths about Mother Teresa

Tomorrow, Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis will canonize Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu AKA “Mother” Teresa of Albania, the Catholic Church officially from then on recognizing her as a “saint.”

ROME — This Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa as a saint, one of the highest honors in the Roman Catholic Church. Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for the ceremony to a woman who lived her life dedicated to the poorest of the poor. (CBS News)

The scene will be quite the spectacle, and since world attention will once again be on Rome, the Vatican, the Pope, and Catholicism, it seems to be a good time to remind folks that Catholicism is not Christianity. All born-again believers in Jesus Christ are saints already (1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 2:19), because Jesus declares us so and not because a Church declared us so. Finally, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu AKA “Mother” Teresa, who died in 1997, is almost certainly in hell.

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Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was a Roman Catholic nun who labored throughout the twentieth century ostensibly for the poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, and set her sphere in the middle of the poorest neighborhood in the poorest city of one of the poorest nations, Calcutta, India offering aid to those in direst poverty at the end s of their life. She won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979, and some have even nominated her name on lists of the twentieth century’s greatest person. And now, the richest and world’s only absolute monarchy wielding the most absolute power will proffer the highest prize to one of its members, canonization.

In the Catholic Church (both Latin and Eastern Churches), the act of canonization is reserved to the Holy See and occurs at the conclusion of a long process requiring extensive proof that the person proposed for canonization lived and died in such an exemplary and holy way that he or she is worthy to be recognized as a saint. The Church’s official recognition of sanctity implies that the persons are now in heavenly glory, that they may be publicly invoked and mentioned officially in the liturgy of the Church, most especially in the Litany of the Saints, (Source)

Put another way, as the Catholic Encyclopedia says,

The Catholic Church canonizes or beatifies only those whose lives have been marked by the exercise of heroic virtue, and only after this has been proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments. The chief difference, however, lies in the meaning of the term canonization, the Church seeing in the saints nothing more than friends and servants of God whose holy lives have made them worthy of His special love. … Catholics … honour the saints because of the Divine supernatural gifts which have earned them eternal life,

It also must include proof that the Catholic person being considered for canonization had performed at least two miracles.

The question remains, from a born-again, Christian point of view, during her long tenure through the twentieth century, was Agnes Bojaxhiu–

–a spiritual help to the lost and dying poor of Calcutta?
–a temporal help to the impoverished and ill of Calcutta?

Spiritually, Agnes Bojaxhiu was Catholic, a Catholic’s Catholic. John MacArthur and his family met her in Calcutta, and MacArthur said of the visit,

Mother Teresa was very true to her Catholic faith. I was – my family and I went to visit her when we were in Calcutta. We gave her a copy of the book The Gospel According To Jesus, and it was an interesting occasion. She’s a very gracious woman, very strong, very gracious little four-foot lady. And the kids wanted to give her this book and so they did, and she said she would read it, but Mother Teresa was very, very true to her Catholic faith. She’s a very true Catholic. She understood Catholicism very well. In the front of a Bible which she autographed, she wrote, “May you enter into the heart of Jesus through the Virgin Mary,” and signed her name. So she believed that salvation is by virtue of Mary.  And that’s very true of the Catholic faith.

More specifically, Agnes Bojaxhiu did not believe in the exclusivity of the Gospel,

If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are.  What God is in your mind you must accept. (Source)

In one of her more strange quotes, Agnes said, “If I ever become a Saint–I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ I will continually be absent from Heaven–to light the light of those in darkness on earth,” she said, according to Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, whose author described it as her “mission statement.” (source) This demonstrates a dramatic misunderstanding of who Jesus is in His sovereignty, and of our human destiny as one of only two places after death, heaven and hell.

Even more specifically, in a speech she delivered to the Worldwide Retreat For Priests in October of 1984 she made the following quotes:

a) “At the word of a priest, that little piece of bread becomes the body of Christ, the Bread of Life.”
b) “Without a priest, without Jesus going with them, our sisters couldn’t go anywhere.”
c) “When the priest is there, then can we have our altar and our tabernacle and our Jesus. Only the priests put Jesus there for us. … Jesus wants to go there, but we cannot bring him unless you first give him to us. This is why I love priests so much. We could never be what we are and do the things we do without you priests who first bring Jesus to us.”
d) “Mary … is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus.”The Myth of Mother Teresa.

In just these four quotes we get a glimpse of beliefs that contradict so many gospel truths. We see a belief in transubstantiation (that the bread of communion actually becomes the body of Christ) and her belief that Christ is present in this bread. We also see her belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a mediator between God and ourselves (see Catholic Catechism, paragraph #969, #1172 and #494) and as such, plays a role in our salvation.

Even liberal NPR notes that the Catholics hold an unusual stance regarding mediation of mere humans in heaven for other humans on earth, as you see in the pull quote below.
No other Christian denomination posits this notion of an individual in heaven mediating between God and humanity. NPR

As Agnes worked with the poor, she had an extraordinarily rich opportunity to offer spiritual hope and peace to those trapped in filth, poverty, and hopelessness. Sadly, she did not believe in evangelizing.

We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. (ibid)

So you see, the spiritual help of this woman whom the world and the Catholics love, was no help at all.

Temporally, her health aid to the sick and dying of Calcutta is also under scrutiny. Though she did dedicate herself to the poor and did help many people, her approach did not help many others.

But another volunteer, Hemley Gonzalez, said the charity sometimes added to the misery. Gonzalez now runs his own aid group in Kolkata but spent two months in 2008 working with Mother Teresa’s organization. “I saw nuns washing needles with tap water and reusing them on patients, I saw facilities without doctors or nurses on staff. I saw volunteers like myself without any medical training being put in situations that were very difficult,” Gonzalez said. Today, Gonzalez pushes for better care and greater financial transparency at Mother Teresa’s charity.

This author at Patheos, who uses very harsh language regarding the five-foot missionary to the poor, accused Agnes of medical malpractice and quotes

Dr. Aroup Chatterjee, a London-based physician, and author of “Mother Teresa: The Untold Story,” which gives extensive evidence that the Missionaries of Charity ran inadequate facilities and often offered little comfort to those it was trying to help. Dr. Chatterjee said he found a “cult of suffering” in homes run by Mother Teresa’s organization, with children tied to beds and little to comfort dying patients but aspirin.

The pagans will do what pagans will do. They cannot please God with their works, and though they may try to fool man, in the end quite often their sins, errors, or even their malpractice comes out. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 5:12,

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?

And “Mother” Teresa, Pope Francis and those Catholic Cardinals and Bishops involved in the process to investigate her position her as a saint, are most assuredly outside the church. However, it is good to remember that appearances are deceiving, and “Mother” Teresa’s life is an example of such a deception. Works will not earn you heaven. Man’s applause and regard will not earn you heaven. Longevity in your designated charity will not earn you heaven.

What will earn you heaven? Nothing. Nothing except the God-given gift of the ability to respond to Jesus Christ, His atoning work on the cross, and His resurrection. (Romans 9:16, Acts 13:48).

As the celebration of Mother Teresa AKA Agnes Bojaxhiu erupts in Rome, many will be attracted by her life-long work with the poor and the RCC’s teaching that works are part of our salvation. Many might become interested in what the Catholic Church teaches. Its undeniable attraction of pomp, the steady hand of a ‘Father’ on earth in the form of the Pope, (literally, Latin: papa, childhood word for father), the ceremonies and glitter, and the possibility of being worshiped as a Saint will attract the weak and unstable. (2 Peter 3:16).

The truth is much more simple and profound. The Lord saves us and the Lord glorifies us.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30).

The simplicity and profundity of the salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ is more than enough for me.
SDG!

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Further reading

How the Catholic Church documented Mother Teresa’s two miracles

Source: Some hard truths about Mother Teresa

U.S. Southern Command warns Sunni extremists infiltrating via Mexico. (Intel report says 30,000+ aliens from “countries of terrorist concern” illegally entered U.S. in 2015 via southern border.)

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Map-US-Mexico-borderMore than 30,000 people from “countries of terrorist concern” illegally entered the United States across the southern border with Mexico in 2015, says a U.S. Southern Command intelligence report.

National security officials in Washington are now increasingly concerned ISIS may be working to get jihadists into the U.S. using Latin American smuggling networks.

“Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease,” reports veteran national security correspondent Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon. “The Command’s J-2 intelligence directorate reported recently in internal channels that ‘special interest aliens’ are working with a known alien smuggling network in Latin America to reach the United States.

Excerpts from Gertz’s article:

  • Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia, a Southcom spokeswoman, did not address the intelligence report directly but said Sunni terrorist infiltration is a security concern,.
  • “Networks that specialize in smuggling…

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Panic Attacks? Here Are Five Perspectives to Help You Endure Them Well

Panic attacks—they are crippling. Your mind spins, your pulse is out-of-control fast, the world fades, and you feel like you are sinking into it. If this is happening to you—I am so very sorry.

I understand that you have likely spent significant time praying and yearning for a remedy. I understand that you cannot envision your life like this—tomorrow or years ahead. And I understand that when you hear the words “worry,” “fear,” or “anxious” from others applied to your brand of panic and anxiety, you often cannot relate to what is said next. I understand that you would stop the panic attacks if you could, that they cannot be resisted like sin can be resisted. And I understand that you have trouble feeling normal.

Yet, this is your normalcy even now. Your goal today is as it has ever been—to be faithful to your God by being a keeper of his Word, and to endure with him, in his presence, until the day he sovereignly brings you relief, whether now or in eternity. Until then, endure well by remembering his Word to you.

Here are five perspectives to help endure panic attacks well.

1. A day with panic is not a bad day.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:26, 28)

If you cannot do everything today that you did yesterday, lament this before the Lord. And then move forward. Even more, move forward as the Psalms do—to praise.


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There is much you can do today. You can praise and honor the Lord God. He is with you. So this day is very precious. If you had a panic attack today and all you can comprehend is recovering, then recover to his glory. Recover in his presence. Ask how you can worship your way through recovery, acknowledging in your heart and to those around you his good works. Or, if you can comprehend doing more, though still not as much as you would like to do, then lament that too. Lament what you cannot do this day, and move forward to praise in what you can do.

There is much joy to find—even if you wish the day could feel different. No day is a throw-away day when you can still praise God in what you think, love, speak, and do. This day may not be your ideal. But this is a beautiful day. This is a good day. Enjoy it as a gift. And every day is new and independent of the last; start anew each day.

2. The resolution is not up to you.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. (Psalm 142:3a)

You do not know the plans God has for your life. Believing that a good day is only one in which you are cured of panic attacks and anxiety is just as unwise and untrue as determining for yourself that panic attacks and anxiety will be with you for the rest of your days. You simply do not know. You do not know what change or progress God might bring.

But when the foundation of your life is God’s sovereignty, you do not need to know. He has a plan. As you continue to be faithful to his Word and ways, he will enable you to fulfill his plan for your life regardless of whether panic attacks and anxiety come along or not.

He is gracious, loving, caring, generous, infinitely thoughtful, and gentle with you. He knows how you feel, truly. Christian, he knows your heart, he sees every longing to honor him still—and that you wonder how this will be possible. Trust his sovereignty; don’t make plans for three or thirty years from now that you do not have enough information to make. Don’t spend your thoughts on what you do not know. Instead, ask God for ways to honor him—ask that you might fulfill every good purpose he has for you. He knows your path—even on the days when you cannot think too deeply, and even concerning the aspects of the future outside of your present comprehension.

3. God protects you.

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Panic attacks and anxiety impact your life in legitimate, practical ways. I understand the barriers before you to overcome—that the grocery store, or the place where you experienced your first panic attack, or that flight to a vacation you want to enjoy, feel out of reach. I understand that taking a step too soon can be unwise, bringing an experience of panic that will then require even more from you as you move forward. Most of all, I understand that what is simple for another person is, for you, completely courageous.

So pray for wisdom to know simply the next step of faithfulness. Don’t concern yourself so much with an end goal, and don’t forget that your anxiety about that next step is often worse than the experience itself. You do not know how you’ll feel then, but you can trust now. Take just that next step and don’t categorically disqualify yourself from any experience in the future. Be patient with your progress.

God is already protecting you. So be wise and prayerful without believing the lie that you are sovereign over your own protection. God leads your progress and your life. On this earth, God will act to protect you as he sees fit; no matter what happens, he will protect you straight into eternity. And he knows your heart and your mind already—and perfectly. So be courageous, prayerful, wise, and patient, even as you have already been.

4. Use this opportunity to examine your life.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24)

When panic attacks and anxiety come, all of life’s concerns and discontents are magnified. Your internal processing is intensified. What comes to mind? This is an opportunity. Use this time to identify what is presently most concerning to your heart in order to grow in holiness and loving obedience before the Lord. The cares of this world are passing away—to which ones do we cling? What sins are we cherishing that we can confess and turn from? What weights can we lay off and entrust to him?

While there is opportunity for self-examination, let it also reach its natural end. This is not to say that there is an end to sin in this life. But this period of life and the reflection it allows can be directed in prayer to the God who leads you on according to his everlastingly good ways. During times of panic and anxiety, we tend to fixate ourselves on finding a cure. The temptation here will be to use opportunities for increased righteousness as a way to be cured, or even to bargain for a cure, instead of as a way to purely honor God.

Your reason to grow in holiness is not for the purpose of ridding yourself of suffering, but simply for the purpose of growing closer to the heart of Christ in what you think, love, say, and do. Once you have confessed your sin and repented, trust in Christ’s forgiveness and move forward from it with him.

5. Peace can dwell even in the midst of panic.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

You will find ways to grow and be stretched in loving obedience to God in the particulars of your panic attacks and anxiety. Through self-examination and receiving God’s forgiveness, and through perspective and holiness in this trial, you will find a renewed experience of peace. Your experience of peace is possible because of the genuine and unalterable peace that you have been given with your God.

Be at peace with how you choose to live amidst panic attacks and anxiety. Feel also your firm, already-accomplished peace with God in Christ. You have this; it cannot leave.

Now, you can have this rest—salvific peace with God and experiential peace in your heart and mind—while still going on to experience a panic attack outside of your control. Peace can dwell within that experience, saying, God, my peace is you, and I live in peace before you, though still this panic comes over me. Please do not be discouraged in your faith, as if a panic attack disqualifies you from knowing peace. Endure now and take heart—press on and know confidently that you have the crown of life waiting for you (James 1:12).

God’s presence with you enables you to endure panic attacks well. He is solid, like an unbreakable rod in the center of who you are that connects you to him. Cling to him. Remind yourself, continually if needed, the perspectives he teaches. They will always be there for you; his Word never fails and you have access to him always. Look to him, “to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).

As you do, whether or not your panic attacks and anxiety are removed, so much will be added to you.

Do you have panic attacks? Which of these help you most?

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Bible Versus Psychological Theory

The Bible is God’s written Word–without error and able to transform people. Psychology proposes man-made theories to handle life’s problems. In this provocative article, Julie Ganschow spells out some of the differences and concludes that many people diagnosed with a mental disorder are soul sick, not brain sick. Julie is the director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center. Her article appeared first here and is used with permission.

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In the realm of counseling, there are many standards used to evaluate and determine the health and well-being of a person. Some of the standards are medical ones and can be supported and proven by solid scientific testing.

The case for this is made, for example, when a person is suffering from depression. All medical potentialities must be eliminated from the equation before the psychological diagnosis of “depression” can be applied.

Most of the standards applied to counseling are not built on solid scientific methodology but in reality are pseudo-scientific studies of behavior and mental processes, and the behavior of organisms. The truth about psychology is there is actually little that is scientific about how behaviors and mental processes are conducted, and little that is scientific about the psychological approach to studying organisms.

Serious questions must be raised about the reliability of these standards, for many of them use data reanalysis, (which is often faulty to begin with), field trials, combining data from separate studies, and the use of unpublished data sets. These are all methods used in the pseudo-scientific approach

Psychology Theorizes

Psychology relies upon various theories of personality to help people with the problems of life. Psychologists propose biological theories that suggest genetics are responsible for personality, and promote behavioral theories that suggest personality is a result of interaction between the individual and their environment.

These theories emphasize the influence of the subconscious mind and childhood experiences on personality and they promote humanistic theories that emphasize the importance of free will and individual experience in the development of personality.

The authors of each of these types and sub-types of personality theories have decided what their standard for normal and abnormal are based on their criteria.

What Is Normal?

In our present day, much of what is considered “normal” is based on current social norms. For example, there was a time not too long ago when homosexuality was considered abnormal and those who behaved in this manner were considered mentally ill and deviant. This is no longer the case because the standards for acceptable behavior have changed. Because all their data is subjective–without any hard scientific data–these theories can be changed at any time.

The use of subjective data such as logging of human emotions, feelings, and behavior is not good science. These things are all open to interpretation and the observation will be slanted or colored by the person doing the observing. We apply human logic to what we see and then speculate as to why they are doing what we see them doing.

Furthermore, psychologists believe emotional and behavior problems have either an organic (physical) or an emotional (mental) basis and, as such, are not related to the spirit or spiritual causes.

God’s Absolute Standard

This is why God has imposed His Word as the absolute standard for right and wrong, normal and abnormal. It is the perfect, irrefutable, and unchangeable standard by which mankind can live.

When Jesus was presented with people who were convulsive, violent, and self-destructive, He did not diagnose them as manic depressive or schizophrenic. These people were determined to be in deep spiritual trouble! Jesus did not consult a theory of personality; He knew that the issues of man were spiritual ones and He counseled them accordingly.

The Bible does not present a theory of personality, but it is clear on God’s viewpoint on man. Contrary to humanistic thinking God has an entirely different opinion of us. His Word reveals to us why it is pure foolishness to look at man for the problems we face.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’  Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

The Bible is its own authority, and it always supports itself as being the truth. The Bible gives us numerous insights regarding how intimately God is involved in the emotional and mental life of His people.

Nothing escapes God’s notice—no thought, belief, desire, want, or perceived need—and He is the one who restores us to health and wholeness when we are ill in any way. Most often, people who are diagnosed with some sort of mental disorder are soul sick, not brain sick.

In Conclusion

How do we know right from wrong? The Word of God is our guide, and it lays out clear standards for righteous behavior versus the secular therapist who uses cultural determination as his standard.

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Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Most Misunderstood Parable”

Luke 10:30-37

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by Jeremiah Johnson

While the spiritual significance of God’s Word is lost on the depraved mind, the world is not entirely ignorant of His truth. Some biblical concepts translate to the sinful mind, even if it can’t grasp their full meaning.

The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is one of those concepts that the world embraces in its ignorance. Virtually everyone appreciates the idea of selfless sacrifice for others in need—especially for strangers. In fact the term Good Samaritan has become shorthand to describe those who go out of their way to help others—even with something as simple as changing a tire.

But we need remember that Christ taught in parables to conceal truth from religious hypocrites and unbelievers, and that true meaning is not immediately or obviously perceptible, particularly to the unilluminated mind.

That’s the case with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Christ’s rich, complex illustration is routinely flattened into a simple, heartwarming story about showing kindness to others. Even some in the church see this parable as nothing more than a charge to engage in social projects, charitable works, and political action.

But that’s not the point of this story.

In order to get at the true meaning of the parable of the Good Samaritan, we need to remember another key feature of Christ’s teaching ministry—that all parables are salvation stories. We can’t afford to get caught up in the fictional details of Christ’s parables—compelling as they might be—and miss the profound theological truth He illustrated for His followers.

In the case of this particular parable, all of Christ’s words come in response to a scribe’s question about how he could inherit eternal life (Luke 10:25). The Lord replied by asking the scribe what God’s Word said (v. 26), which prompted the scribe to sum up the entire Law in two commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (v. 27). Christ affirmed the scribe’s response (v. 28), but he was still not satisfied.

Scripture records his self-justifying follow up question: “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). This was a particularly pointed question, as the Jewish religious leaders’ entire system of spiritual elitism rested on their duplicitous definition of who their “neighbors” were.

Through the misinterpretation and misapplication of Scripture, they had constructed a system that afforded them great honor and prestige while also giving them license to openly mistreat, demean, and persecute anyone who did not live up to their standard of righteousness. They had turned the hatred of sinners into a virtue, and instituted a spiritual caste system that slotted the entire nation of Israel under them in religious subjugation. And with his impertinent question, this scribe believed he had cornered Jesus into affirming his spiritual superiority over everyone else.

Of course he hadn’t. Instead, he offered Jesus the perfect opportunity to vividly illustrate the vain hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees, and the spiritual bankruptcy of the system of works-righteousness they presided over.

To hear the rest of the story, and to get at the true intent behind Christ’s familiar parable, you’ll want to listen to John MacArthur’s sermon, “The Most Misunderstood Parable.” Through a careful consideration of the context of Christ’s words, John will help you understand this powerful parable, not as a call to charity and kindness, but as a condemnation of self-righteousness.

Click here to watch or listen to “The Most Misunderstood Parable.”

John MacArthur – The Most Misunderstood Parable


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