Daily Archives: September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Investors nursing wounds after the worst selloff in three months for equity and debt markets got another stress to ponder after concerns over Hillary Clinton’s health flared anew.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart repeated his call for a “serious discussion” about raising interest rates at the U.S. central bank’s meeting later this month, even after some recent disappointing economic indicators.

Samsung Electronics lost $22 billion of market value over two days as investors factor in a bigger hit to its bottom line from widening bans and warnings on its Note 7 smartphones.

Elon Musk unveiled a new version of Tesla Motors Inc. ‘s Autopilot software on Sunday, saying its emphasis on radar over cameras to guide semi-autonomous cars might have saved the life of a driver in May.

Lawyers who defend companies in product liability cases are celebrating an unusual order by a federal judge in Columbus, Georgia. In it, he told attorneys for the other side-the ones who represent injured consumers-that he was going to crack down on frivolous claims, and that the penalty could come from their wallet.

AP Top Stories

A man charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man in Sydney was inspired by the Islamic State group, police said Sunday.

At least 13 people were killed and 203 injured in northwest Tanzania when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, local authorities told AFP.

Eight youths left FARC rebel camps in Colombia on Saturday, as the insurgents began relocating children and teenagers as part of a historic peace agreement, the Red Cross said Saturday.

Saudi authorities deployed drones to watch over nearly 2 million pilgrims as they descended Mount Arafat on Sunday and entered the haj’s final stages, part of stepped-up efforts to avoid a repeat of last year’s crush amid an escalating war of words with Iran.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners.

Turkey’s military said Sunday that its warplanes killed 20 Islamic State group fighters in an attack on targets in northern Syria, while Turkey’s president renewed a pledge to destroy the group.

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, has been released from a Washington mental hospital for good, more than 35 years after the shooting.

Floods have damaged tens of thousands of buildings in northeastern North Korea after the worst downpour there for decades, state media said on Sunday, urging all soldiers and civilians to join a drive to help victims.

Native Americans protesting construction of a North Dakota oil pipeline near land they consider sacred on Saturday quietly celebrated the U.S. government’s decision to pause construction on federally owned land, and vowed to press for a full halt to the project.

Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions on Saturday after fire from its war-torn neighbour hit the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights earlier in the day, the military said.

The European Union will more than double emergency aid to Greece in order to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the country for months. Some 115 million euros ($129 million) in emergency support is being provided by the EU, in addition to 83 million euros earlier this year.

The Iraqi Army is preparing to close in on the northern city of Mosul, which has been under the fierce occupation of the Islamic State since July 2014. With a population once thought to reach nearly 2 million people, Mosul is the largest city ISIS holds, and the battle for it will be one of the largest ever against the armed group.

BBC

Five new pieces of debris that could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found in Madagascar. Two fragments appear to show burn marks, which if confirmed would be the first time such marks have been found.

A 95-year-old former SS medic has gone on trial in Germany, after his mass murder trial was postponed three times for health reasons. Hubert Zafke is accused of assisting in the killing of 3,681 people at the Auschwitz death camp.

Supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage.

The Colombian rebel group, the Farc, has handed over a first group of child soldiers as part of a peace accord signed with the government last month. The International Red Cross said the eight children would be given mental and physical examinations before being taken to temporary reception centers.

More than 13,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers have launched a massive class action in Australia’s federal court demanding compensation for the effects of Australia’s worst oil spill.

Three miners who have been trapped in an abandoned gold mine in the South African city of Johannesburg since Wednesday have emerged alive. The men fled the scene as soon as they came out fearing they would be arrested for illegal mining, police said. Others though remain trapped.

WND

Holidaymakers were forced to endure a terrifying two-hour flight alongside a migrant who repeatedly screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘death is coming’ – as it emerged the UK Home Office is using budget airlines to deport illegal immigrants.

Days before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror group Al Qaeda has released a video referring to the day as a “slap” to the U.S. and calling on jihadis to carry out more attacks on U.S. soil.


 What if Hillary Has a Serious Medical Condition?

If however Hillary has a major medical condition, then she will have betrayed the Democratic Party, putting the election at risk by securing the nomination under false pretenses. Such a revelation would be explosive.

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Video: Mysterious Piece of Metal Appears to Fall Out of Hillary’s Pant Leg As She Collapses

At that moment a piece of metal appears to fall out of her right pant leg, making a distinct sound, and landing somewhere on the street.

A third handler grabs her left arm and they all three hoist her into the van as other members of her team surround her, seemingly attempting to block her from camera view. But the damage is already done.

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Pastors could face jail over anti-discrimination law – Todd Starnes

“Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,” the document states. “All persons, regardless of gender identity, shall have the right to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation.”

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The Briefing 09-12-16

Terrorism and the reality of evil: 9/11 and the American mind

A terror cell of Islamic women in Paris: The threat of terrorism expands and still shocks

Inter-planetary Panspermia? A scientist argues for his own “improved” idea of Intelligent Design

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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

HomelessJust like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate. (Read More….)


Top News – 9/12/2016

Oil falls as U.S. drills more
Oil fell for a second trading day in a row on Monday, after speculators cut their bullish bets by the most in three months last week and U.S. crude drillers added more rigs for a tenth week running.

Senator holding up Israel defense deal, insisting on role for Congress
“I’m offended that the administration would try to take over the appropriations process,” Graham, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on the foreign affairs budget, told The Washington Post over the weekend. “We can’t have the executive branch dictating what the legislative branch will do for a decade based on an agreement we are not a party to.”

Magnitude-5.3 earthquake jolts southeastern S. Korea: meteorological agency
SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted the country’s southwestern region, South Korea’s meteorological agency said Monday. Busan Regional Meteorological Administration pinpointed the epicenter of the quake at 8 kilometers south of Gyeongju, some 371 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The quake was felt throughout Gyeongsang Province.

High Court scolds government for not upholding Western Wall deal
A Monday hearing on a 2013 petition against the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Office served as a forum for the High Court of Justice to scold the government for not upholding its deals…

Russia Flexes Military Might In Massive Military Exercise Involving 12,500 Troops In Crimea
The display of military might took place in Crimea on Friday as Russia showcased its ground, marine and air forces in the biggest exercises held on the strategic peninsula since its 2014 annexation from Ukraine. The drills involved 12,500 troops, fighter jets and anti-aircraft missiles, and happened at the Opuk training range on the Black Sea coast.

The worst condition Hillary Clinton suffers from isn’t pneumonia, it’s dishonesty
This display of infirmity came at the very worst moment possible: a ceremony to commemorate the victims of 9/11. America feels vulnerable, it needs direction and strength. The sight of Mrs Clinton’s fall suggests that she isn’t physically capable of providing either.

Pope Francis to address gathering of world’s wealthiest and most famous
Pope Francis will give an address to their inaugural gathering of the world’s top 500 CEOs and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. The unprecedented meeting will take place in Rome and the Vatican on December 2-3. The two-day conference will be capped by an address from the Holy Father, Time announced Tuesday.

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of US military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners.

Scientists find DNA of bacterium behind London’s Great Plague
This is the first time that plague DNA from 17th-century Britain has been pinpointed and marks a breakthrough in Great Plague research. The 1665 outbreak was Britain’s last major bubonic plague outbreak and claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 Londoners.

Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown
Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities on Sunday after removing their elected mayors over suspected links to militants… Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse demonstrators outside local government buildings in Suruc on the Syrian border as new administrators took over, security sources said. There were smaller protests elsewhere in the town.

Calm before storm? Pressure mounts as MSM admits Clinton’s health is ‘campaign issue’
Hillary Clinton’s admission that she has pneumonia after allegedly becoming “overheated” at a 9/11 event has even some in MSM acknowledging that the issue of the Democratic candidate’s health can no longer be ignored, as her tour has been put on hold.

Mexico Helping Unvetted African Migrants to U.S. Border, Many From Al-Shabaab Terror Hotbed
Hundreds of African asylum seekers have flooded Mexican border cities with the U.S. in an effort to get to California and Texas to obtain U.S. asylum — many of the unvetted migrants are from the terror hotbed of Somalia. Rather than having to hide along the way, the African migrants have been getting a special permit from Mexico that gives them a free pass to the U.S. border.

US military: Iranian behavior getting worse in Persian Gulf
Iran has stepped up its harassment of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, angering the U.S. military and members of Congress. Since the international nuclear deal with Iran was implemented in early January, the number of incidents involving U.S. and Iranian ships in the Gulf has approximately doubled.

Clinton cancels California trip after pneumonia diagnosis
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has cancelled a campaign trip to California after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Mrs Clinton was taken ill on Sunday at a 9/11 memorial ceremony and was seen stumbling as she left the event early. The candidate’s team initially said she was “overheated”, later revealing she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia.

Mexicans march for gay marriage after opponents rally
Supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage. Demonstrators carried banners saying “I respect your family, respect mine.” The cardinal of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, denied the Catholic church was behind the protests in cities across the country.

Senator holding up Israel defense deal, insisting on role for Congress
Senator Lindsey Graham is holding up the conclusion of a critical, decade-long defense deal between the US and Israel…that would increase US aid …next year by over $300 million… Graham’s effort is an intentional finger in the eye to the Obama administration, which has spent over a year negotiating a complex memorandum of understanding with Israel that will…increase US defense aid…from $3.1 billion to $3.3 billion a year in 2018.

Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities
Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.

NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse
The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.

Florida “earthquakes” actually Navy’s 10,000-pound bombs
Another apparent earthquake off Florida’s Atlantic coast has been attributed to the U.S. Navy testing the seaworthiness of a new vessel. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the Navy conducted a shock trial Sept. 4 on the USS Milwaukee off the Volusia and Flagler county coastlines.

Hillary Reportedly Rushed Out Of 9/11 Memorial After Suffering ‘Medical Episode’
Hillary Clinton reportedly suffered some sort of “medical episode” at Sunday’s 15th anniversary of 9/11 memorial service. According to Fox News’ Rick Leventhal, the Democratic presidential nominee was escorted from the memorial ahead of schedule and fainted on the way to her van.

Salt Cave Collapses Near Lot’s Wife in Sodom — Family Escapes
An avalanche of rocks caused the collapse of at least one of the salt caves around the area of Sodom, near the site where the formation known as Lot’s Wife stands, as the Sabbath drew to a close on Saturday. The caves are located along the Israeli shoreline of the southern end of the Dead Sea.

Huge 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Pacific island
A MASSIVE 5.1 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea.

Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of Macedonia’s capital on Sunday, injuring at least 30 people and causing minor damage to buildings, authorities said.

5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Northern Tanzania, Killing at Least 11
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has left at least 11 dead in the Lake Victoria region of northern Tanzania on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, the country’s president, John Magufuli, said that many had been killed by the quake that struck at 3:27 p.m. local time.


Top Headlines – 9/12/2016

Mahmoud Abbas: It’s Israel that’s ‘carrying out ethnic cleansing’

Netanyahu says Palestinians want a state without Jews

Israeli officials not invited to UN Middle East peace seminar

Report: Netanyahu and Erdogan will meet

Israel targets Syrian artillery after projectile lands in Golan Heights

At least 90 killed in Syria, including 28 children, after ceasefire plan announced

Syrian rebels give cautious backing to ceasefire deal

Hezbollah backs Syria ceasefire

Iran welcomes Syria ceasefire

New tricks make ISIS, once easily tracked, a sophisticated opponent

‘Homeland’ for Christians in Middle East pushed to protect them from ISIS genocide campaign

Libyan troops recapture key oil terminals from militia

At least 21 civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen

Rubio demands documents from Obama proving Iran money was not ‘ransom’

Drones keep watch as pilgrims move to haj’s final stages

Passengers terrified on easyJet flight as deported migrant screams ‘death is coming’ 17 times

Teen suspected of plotting ‘imminent’ attack on Paris, report says

France foiling terror plots ‘daily’ – Prime Minister Manuel Valls

France’s premier warns of new attacks, 15,000 people on police radar

France must ‘pre-emptively’ detain all suspected terrorists, says Nicolas Sarkozy

US response to 9/11 increased the global terror threat – Hollande

On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Al Qaeda threatens more attacks

15 years later, Americans feel more vulnerable to terrorism

Fifteen years after 9/11, the next president will face greater risks and a weaker military to combat them

Clinton has health ‘episode’ at 9/11 memorial, doctor says she has pneumonia

Doctors: Pneumonia is serious but Clinton should bounce back

Clinton ‘overheated’ on coolest day, just 75 degrees, breezy

Clinton’s stumble brings health, age into campaign limelight

Trump silent on Clinton health scare, but has long pushed idea she’s not well enough

Hillary’s media is torching its standards to cover the election

CIA Director John Brennan warns of Russian hacking

Putin playing Trump as ‘unwitting agent,’ former CIA chief says

Russia flexes muscles with large military drills in Crimea

China-Russia Launch South China Sea Naval Wargames

North Korea ready for another nuclear test any time: South Korea

South Korea prepares for ‘worst case scenario’ with North Korea

North Korea nuclear test: South would reduce Pyongyang ‘to ashes’

North Korea says sanctions push after nuclear test ‘laughable’

Mexico Helping Unvetted African Migrants to U.S. Border, Many From Al-Shabaab Terror Hotbed

More Anti-Government Protests Coming In Venezuela; Turning Point Can Be ‘Explosive’

Asia markets tumble as traders get jitters over the Fed’s next move

Florida “earthquakes” actually Navy’s 10,000-pound bombs

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Skopje, Macedonia

Fresh earthquake activity in Katla volcano

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Typhoon Meranti to intensify before striking Taiwan Wednesday

Tropical Storm Orlene forms in the East Pacific, likely to become hurricane

Washington’s decision on Louisiana Flood recovery: Timing is a concern

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Scientists find DNA of bacterium behind London’s Great Plague

Ecstasy making a comeback as purity rises in MDMA form, experts warn

Mexicans march for gay marriage, day after opponents rally

Prominent LGBTI Australians call for same-sex marriage plebiscite to be scrapped

Religious shift on same-sex marriage: Anglicans should vote ‘according to conscience’

Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities

New York City is Sinking Leaving Experts Scrambling For Solutions

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:33 AM PDT

New York City was proactive on tackling climate change risks long before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the boroughs in autumn 2012. Former Mayor Michael…

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U.S. Special Forces No Longer Welcomed In Philippines

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:29 AM PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate…

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Hillary Health ‘CONSPIRACY’ Goes ‘Mainstream’ – Who’s Laughing now?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:25 AM PDT

In the blink of an eye Sunday, the attitude about Hillary Clinton’s health among the nation’s “mainstream” media went from dismissing them as nutty “conspiracy…

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Why did Hillary hug a child while suffering from pneumonia?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:22 AM PDT

Here is a very logical question to be asking today. Why is Hillary Clinton embracing a young child after leaving her daughter’s apartment – despite…

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Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Southeastern South Korea

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 08:01 AM PDT

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted the country’s southwestern region, South Korea’s meteorological agency said Monday. Busan Regional Meteorological Administration pinpointed the epicenter…

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Meteor spotted over North Carolina In Broad Daylight

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:56 AM PDT

A fireball shooting over northeast North Carolina was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers, according to a nonprofit organization and local news reports. Just before sunset…

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DIVERSE PLACES: USGS urges Kansans to prepare for earthquakes like Californians

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:48 AM PDT

Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever still has people talking. Saturday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused only minor damage in Kansas, but officials with the US Geological Survey…

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Are you ready for the Legalization of Incest, Necrophilia, Pedophilia, Zoophilia and More?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:40 AM PDT

(By Bethany Blankley) By destroying the institution of marriage, the “gay rights” LBGQTI movement made possible the extension of similar “legal rights” for other “lifestyle…

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College to investigate vandalism of 9/11 memorial

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:30 AM PDT

Occidental College is investigating reports of vandalism to a 9/11 memorial on its Eagle Rock campus. The memorial, consisting of 2,997 tiny American flags, was…

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ISIS female fighters vow to attack West…

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:26 AM PDT

White Widow Sally Jones is heading up a secret army of female jihadis hellbent on launching a wave of suicide attacks in the West –…

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Cops using artificial intelligence to stop crimes Before they happen…

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:23 AM PDT

Cops are already using computers to stop crimes before they happen, academics have warned. In a major piece of research called “Artificial Intelligence and life…

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DEVELOPING: Stock Selloff Resumes Amid Concerns About Tighter Monetary Policy

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:49 AM PDT

Looks like it will be another brutal day on Wallstreet as Stocks, bonds and oil prices continued to fall Monday amid concerns about tighter monetary…

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DEVELOPING: Global Sell Off Threatens to Spiral as Central Banks Prepare to Wean Off Stimulus

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:43 AM PDT

Treasuries erased losses while U.S. equity futures pared a decline as the biggest selloff for U.S. assets since June eased before a Federal Reserve official…

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Life-threatening disease could alter US election

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:38 AM PDT

Could the US Elections be in jeopardy? Pneumonia, the disease that Hillary Clinton is suffering from in the middle of her election campaign, can become…

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Tom Brokaw: Hillary Needs to ‘go to a Hospital and see a Neurologist’

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:33 AM PDT

The acclaimed American journalist who has long supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has called on the media to treat Donald Trump’s candidacy as a threat…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Ready for Another Nuclear Test Any Time

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:24 AM PDT

North Korea is ready to conduct an additional nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Monday, three days after the reclusive…

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Russia and China to conduct joint military exercises in South China Sea

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:14 AM PDT

Russia and China plan to conduct joint naval drills Monday through Sept. 19 in the South China Sea — the first time any country has…

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US and Japan scramble for ‘Strongest’ Sanctions Against N.Korea Yet

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Washington and Tokyo are seeking “the strongest possible” measures against North Korea after its latest and most powerful nuclear test, a top US envoy said…

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Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:07 AM PDT

When you think of vaccines, you probably don’t get an image of Roundup going into your bloodstream. However, a discovery is revealing that Glyphosate, the…

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China’s Next Territorial Claim May be Hawaii and Almost the Entire Pacific Ocean

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:03 AM PDT

China’s territorial claims may be expanding in the near future. The never ending ups and downs of what is quickly becoming the hottest geostrategic flashpoint…

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Escaping the Last-Days Delusion That’s Seeping Into the Church

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 04:56 AM PDT

(By F. Dean. Hackett) It was the perfect setting—that would soon become the perfect storm. She had a perfect marriage. Truly, they never fought or…

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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 04:53 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very…

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China Arrests Catholic Bishop Appointed by the Vatican

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:31 PM PDT

China’s Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn’t been approved by Chinese officials….

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FBI Arrests Kentucky Woman for Allegedly Promoting ISIS-Inspired Attacks

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:23 PM PDT

Just days before the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, federal authorities have arrested a Kentucky woman who allegedly advocated online for terrorist…

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Rare Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Skopje, Macedonia

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:18 PM PDT

A rare 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Skopje, Macedonia on September 11th causing Loud booms, destroyed cars, ceilings collapsed and supermarket damages being reported. The…

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Another state issues transgender rules for churches

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:11 PM PDT

It looks like “Transgender Rules” for churches are now spreading to other states. President Obama’s transgender agenda has taken huge leaps forward in the last…

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On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Al Qaeda threatens more attacks

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:05 PM PDT

Days before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror group Al Qaeda has released a video referring to the day as a “slap”…

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Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 01:48 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton falling ill Sunday morning at a memorial service on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will catapult questions about her health…

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DEVELOPING: Dozens of birds fall from sky in Boston, dead from unknown cause

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 01:43 PM PDT

Dozens of birds have mysteriously fallen out of the sky in Boston, prompting health officials to launch an investigation. A total of 47 grackles rained…

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Frontrunning: September 12

  • Selloff gathers pace as stimulus pullback fears deepen (Read More)
  • Clinton’s bout of pneumonia raises worries for Democrats (Read More)
  • Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is Losing Out to Rivals (Read More)
  • OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, implying larger 2017 surplus (Read More)
  • Oil falls as U.S. drills more (Read More)
  • Bridgewater Said to Get $22.5 Billion in New Money Since 2015 (Read More)
  • North Korea ready for another nuclear test any time (Read More)
  • China Rethinks Its Alliance With Reeling Venezuela (Read More)
  • Florida Tests Divergent Strategies of Clinton, Trump (Read More)
  • Italy to cut growth forecasts – economy minister tells paper (Read More)
  • HSBC Banking Vice Chairman Spencer Lake Leaves Firm After Decade (Read More)
  • Hanjin ship unloads in U.S. as fresh funds pledged (Read More)
  • Brexit Banks Risk Finding No Offices If Quitting London for EU (Read More)
  • Six shot, one dead, at Alabama rally: media reports (Read More)
  • New Tricks Make ISIS, Once Easily Tracked, a Sophisticated Opponent (Read More)

Random Good Things For Edification

What does being a husband mean?
Things you should know about male headship.
Things you should know about female submission.
Biblical modesty for women.
What about the long ending of the Gospel of Mark — does it belong?
Good reviews of two Ben Hur movies — 1959 and 2016.  Much of what the review says about the 1959 version I had also seen problematic.
 A biblical defense of discernment ministries.

This ‘n’ That

  • The fire and brimstone preacher who succeeded.
  • The pope has declared Mother Theresa a saint; however, true Christians are all reckoned as saints at salvation. In light of this recent announcement by the Roman Catholic Church, it might be helpful to examine some hard truths about Mother Theresa.
  • FDA says we don’t need antibacterial soap. I wholeheartedly disagree.
  • On a somewhat related note, this is kind of fascinating (if it’s legitimate); however, I’d argue this offers reason why we should be working to develop new and stronger antibiotics, not reason to stop prescribing antibiotics altogether.
  • Why was this removed in the first place?
  • Can we please stop using the word “incarnational” to describe ministry, evangelism, or, well, anything other than the incarnation of Christ?
  • I’m interested in reading this work on the Socinian controversy.
  • Oh, Apple, don’t you know that we don’t handle change well?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Perry Noble plans to return to ministry “in some capacity.”
  • Stop being judgmental by telling me not to be judgmental. Or something like that.

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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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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The Obama legacy: An economy choking on red tape

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Obama does not get business. He is a product of prep-school and then found his way into Columbia and Harvard. Then he became a “community organizer” in the Saul Alinsky tradition in Chicago. Then he became a politician. He hasn’t spent any time in the world in which most Americans live.

Indeed Obama has been downright hostile to commerce and the private sector since the beginning of his presidency. Remember the “you didn’t build that

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“People have had enough of being sneered at by out of touch political ‘elites.’ ” -Nigel Farage on the “deporables” statement (VIDEO)

The political class loathes a large part of this country. Now it’s official.

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Clinton’s “Basket of deplorables” video for your review

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It is an interesting choice of words as it is clear the context is that this “basket (as in refuse) of deploreables” means “less than human.” For all the grief Trump has rightly gotten for some of his incendiary statements Hillary seems to be weighing into some troubling territory here.

She might as well have just said;

“Look, we live in the big cities on the East and West Coasts.

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0.45% Of Obama’s 11,491 Syrian Refugees Are Christians, The Rest Are All Unvetted Hardcore Muslims

With three weeks of the fiscal year to go, the Obama administration has exceeded its Syrian refugee admission target by 15 percent, with 11,491 resettled in the United States as of the beginning of this week.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I remember well how shocked and outraged people were when Obama announced that he wanted to import “10,000 refugees” in 2016. Well guess what? He didn’t import 10,000, he brought in well more than that and still have another 3 months to go in his term. He just might hit 20,000 before it’s all said and done. And official figures show he is not interested in bringing in Syrian Christian refugees, only Sunni Muslims. Allahu Akbar, America….

Since President Obama’s goal of 10,000 Syrian refugee admissions in FY 2016 was achieved on August 29, the number continues to pick up steadily. August ended with a new monthly record of 3,189 Syrian refugee arrivals, and a further 751 have been ushered in so far in September: 749 Sunni Muslims; two Catholic Christians.

State Department Refugee Processing Center data show that of the now total 11,491 arrivals this fiscal year, the vast majority – 11,300, or 98.33 percent – are Sunnis.

Just 54 of the 11,491 – 0.46 percent – are Christians. They comprise 14 Catholics, six Orthodox, four Protestants, one Greek Orthodox, plus 29 refugees identifying themselves simply as “Christian” rather than by denomination or sect.

Obama: US Must Accept Syrian Refugees

The remaining 137 are made of up of 20 Shi’a Muslims, 90 refugees described simply as Muslims, 17 Yazidis, four Jehovah’s Witnesses, five refugees identified as “other religion,” and one as having “no religion.”

Millions of Syrians of all religious persuasions have fled the civil war that has ravaged their country since mid-2011. At the start of the conflict an estimated 74 percent of Syrians were Sunni and an estimated 10 percent were Christians.

Since the civil war began, the U.S. has admitted a total of 13,364 Syrian refugees, of whom 13,019 (97.4 percent) are Sunnis and 102 (0.7 percent) are Christians.

The remainder include Shi’a Muslims (33), other Muslims (150), Yazidis (18), Jehovah’s Witnesses (12), Zoroastrians (6), refugees self-reported as having “no religion” (8), refugees identifying themselves as “other religion” (11), atheists (3) and Baha’i (2).

Obama marks Muslim holiday with call to accept more Muslim refugees

President Obama marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Monday with a call for the U.S. to welcome refugees and immigrants.

“We are reminded of the millions of refugees around the globe who are spending this sacred holiday separated from their families, unsure of their future, but still hoping for a brighter tomorrow,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “And as a nation, we remain committed to welcoming the stranger with empathy and an open heart — from the refugee who flees war-torn lands to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life.”

The administration earlier this month reached its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Mr. Obama’s quota was opposed by lawmakers in both parties of Congress and many governors, amid concerns over terrorism.

Source: 0.45% Of Obama’s 11,491 Syrian Refugees Are Christians, The Rest Are All Unvetted Hardcore Muslims

“I Am Against You”

Go to any well-attended church today in the West and chances are good you will hear a constant, continuing message which is entirely positive with nothing negative. You will hear good words, nice words, pleasing words, feel-good words and soothing words.

You will likely not hear anything to make you feel uncomfortable or unhappy or cause you to squirm in your seat. None of this is all that surprising however if we have managed to turn the gospel into being all about us – instead of a holy and righteous God with whom we have to do.

Who wants to hear anything negative when we think the gospel is about me, me, me? So our gospel message becomes one exclusively about God being for us, liking us, cheering us on, supporting us, and so on. He becomes our biggest fan – our cheer squad.

Now, does God love us and want the best for us? Yes of course. But when you take some biblical truths while ignoring other biblical truths you end up with half-truths at best and false teaching or heresy at worst. That God is for us is true, but it is also true that at times God is against us. When we find this in the Bible we had better pay careful attention.

“I Am Against You.” There are many frightening words in Scripture, and this is certainly one of them. No one wants to be in a situation where God is against you. Yet that happens often, especially in regards to nations, but also to individuals. As I have been reading through the prophets again of late, I have noticed this phrase regularly appearing.

Consider how we find this phrase used in the prophetic books. Often it is used in relation to pagan nations. Here are a few such examples:

-Jeremiah 50:31 “See, I am against you, you arrogant one,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, “for your day has come, the time for you to be punished.” (Speaking of Babylon)

-Jeremiah 51:25 “I am against you, you destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,” declares the Lord. “I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain.” (Babylon)

-Ezekiel 26:3 therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.

-Ezekiel 28:22 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘I am against you, Sidon, and among you I will display my glory. You will know that I am the Lord, when I inflict punishment on you and within you am proved to be holy’.”

-Ezekiel 29:3 Speak to him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you great monster lying among your streams. You say, “The Nile belongs to me; I made it for myself.”’

-Ezekiel 38:3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.

-Nahum 2:13 “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.” (Ninevah)

But also, and even more frightening, are the times when this phrase is used by Yahweh against his own covenant people. Consider these passages for example:

-Jeremiah 21:13 I am against you, Jerusalem, you who live above this valley on the rocky plateau, declares the Lord— you who say, “Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?”

-Ezekiel 13:8 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (false prophets)

-Ezekiel 21:2-3 “Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary. Prophesy against the land of Israel and say to her: ‘This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked’.”

jesus-8But I can hear the protests already: “Ah yes, but that is the Old Testament. God was mean and judgmental and not very loving back then, but we live in New Testament times where we have a loving and compassionate and kind Jesus. Jesus would never be against anyone.”

Um, no. One cannot read the Bible carefully and ever come away with that greatly distorted notion. God has not changed, and he is the same God in both Testaments. He was a loving and gracious God yet a holy and just God in the Old Testament, and he still is in the New.

Nothing has changed. Indeed, where did we ever get this image of Jesus as some pacifist hippy who would never harm a fly? Certainly not from the Bible! This was the Jesus who deliberately formed a whip and used it, while knocking over tables and expressing his holy anger at a sinful people who claimed to be his own.

What, Jesus angry? Um, yep. Jesus is fully God, so all the attributes of God we read about in the Old Testament we fully find in Jesus. As we read in Psalm 7:11 for example, “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” This is true of Jesus in NT times as well.

Simply consider the letters to the seven churches (not pagan nations) as found in Revelation 2-3. All seven churches get a stern warning about various things, five of the seven are rebuked, and five of the seven are told to repent. And three of the seven are specifically told that Christ has something against them:

-Revelation 2:4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. (Ephesus)

-Revelation 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. (Pergamum)

-Revelation 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. (Thyatira)

Hmm, Jesus has things against his people. He is not always all for them, he is not always happy clappy and cheery about his people and how they are getting on. All the churches are warned, most are rebuked and told to repent, and some are told that Christ has something against them.

This is not the happy go lucky sentimental syrupy Jesus that we hear about so often in most of our churches today. This is a Jesus who is fully holy, who is fully just, who does not and cannot tolerate sin, and who will act to preserve his glory when his people get it wrong.

He does not sit in heaven smiling a lot, winking at our sin, and pretending he does not care about our rebellion and disobedience. He takes it 100 per cent seriously, and so should we. Sure, there is wonderful grace and mercy to those who do acknowledge their sin, repent, and turn from it.

That is the greatest news we can ever hear – both for the sinner in need of salvation, and for the child of God who needs to get back into right relationship with Christ. No greater news exists than that. Our God is gracious, he is loving, he is ready to forgive. He does want to be for us.

But all this makes no sense whatsoever without first speaking about his holiness, his purity, his anger with evil, his judgement, and his willingness to act against sin. So yes, let us rejoice in a God who forgives and who shows mercy. But that is only understandable when we first speak about our condition, our sin, our rebellion, and our need of a saviour.

And also of our need of a heavenly father who disciplines and chastises his children. He would not be a loving father if he did not do this as we read about in Hebrews 12:3-11. So yes, God can and does often have things against us. Thankfully if we come to Christ the penalty for our sin has been placed on him, and we can know peace with God and reconciliation via the Son.

But let us always keep in front of us the whole Christ, not a partial Christ. Not a Christ made in our own image or to our own liking. Only the full, biblical Christ will do. And that is a Christ who is for people at times, but who is also against people at other times.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

It’s that time again, but you may ask why we apologists report about the false teaching and false teachers — TO EXPOSE THE WOLVES!
The Polemics Report has coined some terms to describe new heresies.  Some are just new “technical” words for well-know heresies (such as Word of Faith), but I found these to be worthwhile:
Theoerosism — “erotic love for God.”
Vinism — Gay theology
The “Code” used by Steven Furtick and his goat-pen, Elevation Church.  I wonder if they even know what the Bible is?  H/T to one of my readers for pointing me to this article.
You can’t make this stuff up.  Be sure to read all the way through to see even the stuff about Lisa Bevere.
The Pope continually proves he has no clue about the Christian faith or the things of God, as he kowtows to all the LEFTIST ideology.  There is no evidence than man can do anything to change our climate, yet he has bought into all the leftist talking points and has declared it a sin against God.  If you aren’t an environmentalist, you are sinning according to him.  The Pope teaches the social gospel on top of the heretical Catholic doctrines.  Of course promoting all the LEFTIST ideologies just helps promote the one-world religion.
Mother Teresa is now a Catholic saint — but was she a saved Christian?  Sadly, the answer has to be, “no.”
Listen to false teacher Ed Young talk about how you need to tithe.  I’m still trying to find where he gets his support without twisting Scripture.
Andy Stanley — Again.  He really needs to get another job.  Here is another excellent review of this sermon.
A troubling situation developing with the joining of two cultic groups.
I’ve previously addressed the fact that Jeremiah 29:11 does not apply to the Christian, rather it was about Israel and only Israel.  Many people have discounted my article because I’m not a lettered theologian.  Okay, so let’s hear Gregory Kouki say pretty much the same thing I’ve said and perhaps people will finally accept the truth.
More proof that the “Church by the Glades” is nothing more than a goat-pen full of self-worshipping goats.
More proof that the ELCA denomination is totally apostate.
Just a reminder that there is a good site exposing the dangerous false teachings of “Adventures in Missions” and “The World Race,” as well as the leader Seth Barnes.  If you’re like me and never heard of this stuff before, get the word out to those who need to know.
The Seventh-day Adventists don’t like the idea of hell, so they’ve erased it from their “Bible.
Skip Moen, one of the movers and shakers of the Hebrews Roots Movement, denies the Trinity.
A good article about what has happened to the Church since the “emergent” movement began, which just added to the already corrupt social gospel.  He even names some of the vicious wolves.
It’s a nightmare — Perry Noble says he’s coming back to being a vicious wolf!  (I disagree that he is an “alcoholic” or suffers from “alcoholism” — this malady was invented to take responsibility away from the individual by calling it an illness.  The Bible calls it drunkenness.)

Terrified Democrats Plan Emergency Meeting To Discuss Who Will Replace Ailing, Failing Hillary

Cokie Roberts: Dems “Nervously Beginning to Whisper” About Hillary Replacement; Floats Biden as Possibility

Breitbart reports:

Monday on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts offered her thoughts on the apparent health issues regarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and how the party could be looking to handle things if a replacement is needed for Clinton.

According to Roberts, there was already conversation within the party about such a possibility.

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Dems nervous, looking at possibility of Hillary dropping out, discussing replacements

Now, the whispers are picking up steam – and they’re no longer the subject of bogus social media posts. Real “journalists” and Democrat operatives are admitting that, behind the scenes, the party is in panic mode. They’re very concerned about the possibility that Hillary will call it quits, and they’re actively discussing possible replacements.

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Dick Morris: Hillary Could Be Replaced by Biden

She won’t withdraw unless he has to. But anxious Democrats will be so worried if she fails to be able to campaign and her health escalates as an issue that they might bring unbearable pressure on her to step aside.

If that happened, the Party rules state that the Democratic National Committee — two from each state — would be empowered to nominate a new presidential candidate.

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HILLARY HEALTH ‘CONSPIRACY’ GOES ‘MAINSTREAM’ – Joseph Farah

In the blink of an eye Sunday, the attitude about Hillary Clinton’s health among the nation’s “mainstream” media went from dismissing them as nutty “conspiracy theories” to genuine concern, if not panic.

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Report: Dem Operatives Expect ‘Emergency Meeting’ to ‘CONSIDER’ Replacing Hillary

OK, at what point did it feel like real life became a House of Cards episode?

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So, if Hillary is replaced, who steps in? Biden? Kaine? Someone else?

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According to the DNC’s bylaws and charter, the DNC would have the responsibility of picking a replacement.

Mark it down, tonight the last vestiges of the facade of Hillary Clinton was torn away completely and forever more. Her “fainting spell”, which was actually a Parkinson’s Disease “freeze” episode, combined with the admitted pneumonia she has also been hiding, has exposed Hiding Hillary for the lying fraud she truly is. This woman is weak, sickly and not only not fit to be president, she is unfit to be a nominee running for president. The Democrats see the handwriting on the wall, and they are besides themselves with fear and trepidation. There can only be one solution – Hillary must go. But how? DNC rules cannot force her to step down.

Clarification from dem operatives @HillaryClinton pneumonia: Expect emergency DNC meeting to CONSIDER replacement. #HillarysHealth

— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 11, 2016

Even though Bernie Sanders did not assign his delegates to Clinton at the Democratic National Convention and he had the second-highest number of delegates in the Democratic party, the nomination would not automatically pass over to him if she dropped out. The nomination also wouldn’t automatically pass to the vice presidential running mate either.

According to the DNC’s bylaws and charter, the DNC would have the responsibility of picking a replacement. Exactly how this would be done is not spelled out, except that the members of the national committee would choose who fills the vacancy. The rules do not require that any kind of special consideration be given to Tim Kaine or Bernie Sanders. However, if someone besides Kaine were picked to replace Clinton, Kaine would remain in the VP spot.

Hillary Clinton and the Parkinson’s Disease “Freeze” from a different angle:

The possibilities of who will replace Clinton would likely be either Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders, although with how crazy this election cycle has been, someone else could certainly be considered. Joe Biden was the top politician rumored to be a pick to replace Clinton back when there were concerns that she might be indicted, so he would likely still be a top choice. But there would also be a lot of damage done against Sanders’ supporters if Biden were picked over their favorite. Sanders supporters would be sure to launch a massive campaign to convince the DNC to pick him, and it wouldn’t be a tough sell considering how well he did in both the primaries and polling against Donald Trump. But considering how the DNC felt about Sanders, as revealed in emails leaked by Wikileaks, there would likely be many people in the DNC who wouldn’t want to pick him.

Top dem: “we can make contingencies, argue, plead with @HillaryClinton, but DNC bylaws are clear her nominee status now totally up to her.”

— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 12, 2016

But according to DNC bylaws, she cannot be forced to drop out, and therein lies the heart of the problem. She has proven herself time and again to lie, lie and even lie about lying. So counting on her to “do the right thing” and step aside will not ever happen. The Clintons are not known for doing the right thing, ever. But now that the world has seen how shaky her health really is, she is unelectable.

What to do?

It is going to get insane from here on in, even crazier than anything that has happened up to this point and that’s saying a lot. There will be multiple power struggles coming up and expect people to not only get hurt, expect some new members in the Clinton Dead Pool as well.

All bets are off….Donald, you better keep that bulletproof vest on.

Source: Terrified Democrats Plan Emergency Meeting To Discuss Who Will Replace Ailing, Failing Hillary

Priscilla Shirer & Women’s Bible “Mis-studies”: When Your Church Doesn’t Care About Your Soul (Or The Scripture)

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen warns of the abominable teaching that’s coming to a church near you — perhaps even the church you attend!  “This is a reminder about the danger of Shirer,” says Ahlheim.  “It does not take much discernment to recognize her as a false teacher with toxic teaching. If Christ’s presentation of the antithetical “two paths” is correct (Matthew 7:13) – and, OF COURSE, it is – Shirer’s anti-orthodox, anti-Biblical teaching falls on that undesirable, though emotionally appealing, wide path. She promotes a contemplative, emotions-based, mystical form of faith that is completely foreign to ‘the faith once for all delivered to the saints.’”  (Jude 3)

Priscilla Shirer promotes extra-biblical revelation.  In other words, she teaches that God speaks to believers personally, privately and specifically.  So, with this in mind let’s listen to what Bud Ahlheim has to say on the controversial teaching that believers have an inner ability to hear God’s voice that has become so popular among charismatics.

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Resources on the Hyper Grace Error

Biblical truths must always be reaffirmed and re-stated for the simple reason that anti-biblical falsehoods and errors always keep emerging. Since Scriptural truths are constantly being perverted and distorted, there is an ongoing need to refute the errors while affirming biblical orthodoxy.

One such error which has become rather popular of late is what is known as the hyper grace gospel, or the free grace movement. Sometimes it is cast in terms of refuting “lordship salvation” or “works-based salvation”. As with most theological errors, there is an amount of truth involved, but it is mixed with enough falsehood to make it a dangerous doctrine.

And with all biblical truths, there is a fair bit of nuance and complexity involved. Various issues need to be discussed, and discussed carefully. For some background on all this, I have already penned 22 articles on the hyper grace error where you will find much more detail: billmuehlenberg.com/category/theology/the-hyper-grace-message/

hyper-grace-2In this case the truth about grace and our free salvation in Christ are confused and twisted enough to cause us some real problems. Yes we are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) and that is what we refer to as justification. But the rest of the Christian life is one in which we are “saved unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10). That is called sanctification. The two must always go together, or there is no real salvation.

The main problem of the hyper grace camp is to either confuse these two separate but related aspects of biblical conversion, or to emphasise the first while downplaying the second, thus ending up with a distorted gospel. But again, I explain all this in great detail in the other articles, so please go there for much more on this.

Here I simply want to draw your attention to some very helpful resources on all this. And by resources I basically mean books. Of course the entire five hundred-year long tradition of Protestant soteriology can be drawn upon here, including that of the Puritans, and so on, but I want to narrow things down here.

I want to simply mention four authors, three of whom have written specifically on the hyper grace teachings. The first did not write directly to this particular teaching, but his words in general certainly touch upon this whole issue. I refer to martyred German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who famously spoke about “cheap grace”.

He wrote about this often in his famous 1937 work, The Cost of Discipleship. Let me just offer a few quick quotes from it:

-“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace.”
-“Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.”
-“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
-“The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ. Such a man knows that the call to discipleship is a gift of grace, and that the call is inseparable from the grace. But those who try to use this grace as a dispensation from following Christ are simply deceiving themselves.”

But this debate has certainly heated up more recently, especially with folks like Zane Hodges (d. 2008) of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and others were the main promoters of a free grace theology, and deniers of what was referred to as lordship Salvation.

Because this teaching spread far and had some harmful influences, John MacArthur penned two whole volumes to deal with the lordship salvation debate, easy believism, and the free grace teachers. The first one, The Gospel According to Jesus, appeared in 1988. Again, just a few quick quotes here (but the book is filled with many memorable and helpful quotes:

-“Jesus is both Savior and Lord (Luke 2:11), and no true believer would ever dispute that. . . . [Yet some] are putting forth the teaching that it is possible to reject Christ as Lord yet receive him as Savior.”
-“Prior to this century, no serious theologian would have entertained the notion that it is possible to be saved yet see nothing of the outworking of regeneration in one’s lifestyle or behavior.”
-“God’s grace is not a static attribute whereby He passively accepts hardened, unrepentant sinners. Grace does not change a person’s standing before God yet leave His character untouched. . . . Grace is the power of God to fulfill our New Covenant duties (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:19), however inconsistently we obey at times. Clearly, grace does not grant permission to live in the flesh; it supplies power to live in the Spirit. Faith, like grace, is not static. Saving faith is more than just understanding the facts and mentally acquiescing. It is inseparable from repentance, surrender, and a supernatural longing to obey.”

Five years later the controversy was still raging, so he penned another volume to more fully explain these vital matters: Faith Works. Here are a few selections from that book:

-“The gospel call to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sin and yield to Christ’s authority. . . . Surrender to Jesus’ lordship is not an addendum to the biblical terms of salvation; the summons to submission is at the heart of the gospel invitation throughout Scripture. Those who criticize lordship salvation like to level the charge that we teach a system of works-based righteousness. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
-“Repentance is not incidental to the gospel. What is the gospel, after all, but a call to repentance (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30)? In other words, it demands that sinners make a change—stop going one way and turn around to go the other (1 Thessalonians 1:9)”
-“It cannot be overemphasized that works play no role in gaining salvation. But good works have everything to do with living out salvation. No good works can earn salvation, but many good works result from genuine salvation. Good works are not necessary to become a disciple, but good works are the necessary marks of all true disciples. God has, after all, ordained that we should walk in them.”

Michael Brown has more recently also penned two books on this, especially given the popularity of Singaporean mega-church pastor Joseph Prince and his teachings on this. A few quotes from his very important 2014 volume, Hyper-Grace:

-“This is what can happen when we preach grace without truth, and I’m afraid that many modern grace teachers, in their zeal to safeguard the glories of grace, preach their message without fundamental aspects of biblical truth. These would include: 1) God requires holy living from His people; 2) Our sins do have an impact on our relationship with God; 3) You can preach grace and preach against sin at the same time; 4) There is much in the Old Testament that remains of foundational relevance to believers under grace. (And much more.)”
-“God loves us more than we can possibly imagine, and because sin is so destructive, when we become insensitive to the Lord and get caught up in disobedience, His Spirit makes us aware of our sin and makes us uncomfortable in it – praise God for that! – calling us to turn away from that sin and turn back to him. That is God’s grace at work.”
-“The modern grace teachers focus all their attention on the scriptures that speak of our past sanctification while overlooking (or misinterpreting) the scriptures that speak of our ongoing, progressive sanctification, as well as our final sanctification.”

He followed this up this year with The Grace Controversy. It too has plenty of quotable items:

– “Hyper-grace teachers reject the concept of “positional righteousness” or “personal holiness,” claiming that if our righteousness or holiness is positional, it is not real. But this is a false and unbiblical dichotomy. Spiritual realities are real, but they are not yet fully realized while we live in this body. We have one foot in this world and one foot in the world to come. We have died to sin, yet we still fight a battle with sin.”
-“Our lives are still marked by divine commandments: Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15, 23), and John wrote that “this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). As we spend time in God’s presence in union with Jesus, we find that it is our heart’s desire to keep the commandments of God. After all, they are the way of life!”

Finally, just months ago Wayne Grudem released “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel. Let me offer a few quotes from this volume as well:

-“The problem comes when the Free Grace movement understands “alone,” in the phrase “justified by faith alone,” in a novel way. Protestants generally have taken “alone” to mean that nothing else helps or nothing else contributes in our obtaining justification from God. Our faith is the only thing that God requires of us. . . . But Free Grace proponents have gone beyond the claim that God asks of us nothing more than faith when he justifies us. They have made an additional claim: that faith occurs by itself when a person is justified, in the sense that no other human actions necessarily accompany faith (such as repentance from sin or doing good works after we are justified.”
-“The Free Grace movement preaches a weakened gospel because it avoids any call to people to repent of their sins. This is no minor matter, because repentance from sin is such an important part of the gospel in many New Testament summaries and presentations that it cannot be omitted without grave consequences in the lives of people who hear such a weakened message.”

Hopefully these quotes will whet your appetite enough so that you get these books and read them fully. They are all quite important volumes which deal with some very important gospel issues. For ease of reference, I again present these five books which are well worth mastering if you want to be up on, and be able to refute, the hyper grace errors:

Brown, Michael, The Grace Controversy. Charisma House, 2016.
Brown, Michael, Hyper-Grace. Charisma House, 2014.
Grudem, Wayne, “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel. Crossway, 2016.
MacArthur, John, Faith Works. Word, 1993.
MacArthur, John, The Gospel According to Jesus. Zondervan, 1988.

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The Modern Gospel is Selling Us Short – And Sending People To Hell

Plenty of concerned Christian leaders, – men such as Leonard Ravenhill, Ray Comfort and Paul Washer – have long noted how the gospel presentation so many evangelicals offer today is a far cry from that which is found in the Bible. Our offers of the gospel tend to differ markedly from that of Jesus and the early disciples.

Today we speak about accepting Christ or asking him into our heart or having a personal relationship with Jesus. These phrases and concepts have some truth to them, but they are often far too lean and vacuous to do much good – they certainly do not summarise the biblical call for faith, repentance and a life surrendered to Christ.

We have watered down the gospel message, in other words, and therefore the way we present it to sinners is watered down as well. So we are selling people short, and worse yet, we may be misleading many into thinking they are part of Christ’s Kingdom when in fact they are not.

gospel-6Too often a once-off altar call is seen as the be all and end all of Christian salvation. But an emotional reaction decades ago is not what biblical conversion is all about. A changed life is. Too often folks will sing a dozen choruses of “Just As I Am” and leave a gospel meeting just as they were.

As mentioned, many concerned Christians have challenged the modern gospel understanding and gospel presentation. For example, I have spoken elsewhere about the important 1970 book by Walter Chantry, Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? See here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/09/14/carnal-christians/

Today I want to run with a few more Christian leaders who have spoken to this. One of them died over 50 years ago and one of them wrote a piece on this topic just today. The former is the great A. W. Tozer. He of course constantly spoke about the God-centred biblical gospel as opposed to the man-centred modern gospel.

Let me share just one of his writings on this. In the 1964 book That Incredible Christian, we have a collection of his writings, and in it we have chapter 3: “What It Means to Accept Christ”. He reminds us that there is nothing more important than making sure we got this issue right. Here is a part of this vital chapter:

Being spiritually lazy we naturally tend to gravitate toward the easiest way of settling our religious questions for ourselves and others; hence the formula “Accept Christ” has become a panacea of universal application, and I believe it has been fatal to many. Though undoubtedly an occasional serious-minded penitent may find in it all the instruction he needs to bring him into living contact with Christ, I fear that too many seekers use it as a short cut to the Promised Land, only to find that it has led them instead to “a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.”
The trouble is that the whole “Accept Christ” attitude is likely to be wrong. It shows Christ applying to us rather than us to Him. It makes Him stand hat-in-hand awaiting our verdict on Him, instead of our kneeling with troubled hearts awaiting His verdict on us. It may even permit us to accept Christ by an impulse of mind or emotions, painlessly, at no loss to our ego and no inconvenience to our usual way of life.
For this ineffectual manner of dealing with a vital matter we might imagine some parallels; as if, for instance, Israel in Egypt had “accepted” the blood of the Passover but continued to live in bondage, or the prodigal son had “accepted” his father’s forgiveness and stayed on among the swine in the far country. Is it not plain that if accepting Christ is to mean anything there must be moral action that accords with it?
Allowing the expression “Accept Christ” to stand as an honest effort to say in short what could not be so well said any other way, let us see what we mean or should mean when we use it.
To accept Christ is to form an attachment to the Person of our Lord Jesus altogether unique in human experience. The attachment is intellectual, volitional and emotional. The believer is intellectually convinced that Jesus is both Lord and Christ; he has set his will to follow Him at any cost and soon his heart is enjoying the exquisite sweetness of His fellowship.
This attachment is all-inclusive in that it joyfully accepts Christ for all that He is. There is no craven division of offices whereby we may acknowledge His Saviourhood today and withhold decision on His Lordship till tomorrow. The true believer owns Christ as his All in All without reservation. He also includes all of himself, leaving no part of his being unaffected by the revolutionary transaction.
Further, his attachment to Christ is all-exclusive. The Lord becomes to him not one of several rival interests, but the one exclusive attraction forever. He orbits around Christ as the earth around the sun, held in thrall by the magnetism of His love, drawing all his life and light and warmth from Him. In this happy state he is given other interests, it is true, but these are all determined by his relation to his Lord.
That we accept Christ in this all-inclusive, all-exclusive way is a divine imperative. Here faith makes its leap into God through the Person and work of Christ, but it never divides the work from the Person. It never tries to believe on the blood apart from Christ Himself, or the cross or the “finished work.” It believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole Christ without modification or reservation, and thus it receives and enjoys all that He did in His work of redemption, all that He is now doing in heaven for His own and all that He does in and through them.
To accept Christ is to know the meaning of the words “as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). We accept His friends as our friends, His enemies as our enemies, His ways as our ways, His rejection as our rejection, His cross as our cross, His life as our life and His future as our future.
If this is what we mean when we advise the seeker to accept Christ we had better explain it to him. He may get into deep spiritual trouble unless we do.

The brand new article on this comes from Matt Walsh. He speaks about how we can carelessly throw around the phrase, ‘having a personal relationship with Jesus’. For some it can become an excuse for carnality and disobedience, and cover a multitude of sins.

He notes how many offer the biblically false idea that a relationship with Christ precludes having to worry about rules, regulations, obedience, and keeping Christ’s commands. But both always go together. He writes:

No, the Bible never mentions our “personal relationship” explicitly, neither did the Apostles use the catchphrase when they were out converting the masses, but a similar idea was expressed many times in Scripture. In James, for instance: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Or in Jude: “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” Or by Jesus Himself: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Indeed, the entire New Testament is the story of Jesus coming to Earth as a person and sacrificing Himself so that we could have salvation. The Bible tells us of a personal God so desperate to bring us into eternal life that He sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. It’s clear that God wants an intimate connection with us, and that can only begin when we realize our need for Him and develop a deep desire to know and serve Him.
And therein lies the “personal relationship,” if you want to put it that way. Or you could put it as St. Augustine did: “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Maybe we came up with “personal relationship with Jesus” because we’re not as poetic or eloquent as the early Christians. It seems we often look for blander and broader language to convey the same ancient ideas. But however we phrase it, we do in fact need a personal relationship — an intimate connection, a deep bond, a true union — with Jesus. My friend was right about that much, at least.
The problem arises when we think we can have the relationship on our own terms; when we forget who is the master and who is the servant; when we get confused about who is the Father and who is the child; when we emphasize “my” and not “Jesus,” as if we’re the ones calling the shots. Notice that whenever the Bible talks about you and me, it uses terms like children, sheep, disciples, servants. The Lord is the Father, the Shepherd, the Master, the Savior. The relationship — our “personal relationship” — is defined for us, quite helpfully. Our roles are made clear. And we have to fulfill our role or the relationship cannot bear fruit.

He continues:

The fact is, all relationships require loyalty, devotion, honesty, humility, and active participation from both parties. A relationship with an authority figure, like a parent, requires obedience and a humble willingness to follow the rules. Our relationship with God is not an exception to this. It is the absolute prime example. Our relationship with the Divine does not give us a license to do whatever we want. It calls us to do what He wants.

Walsh concludes:

And, ultimately, if we really don’t want Jesus — even if we say we do — we won’t get Him. If we don’t want a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, we won’t have it. We can’t have it. Jesus can’t force us to love Him. If we do love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15), or at least try. The moment we give up trying — the moment we throw away His commandments and try to have a “relationship” without them — is the moment we give up on the relationship completely.

For a long time now evangelicalism has drifted away from the biblical gospel. That can only mean that a lot of people who think they are Christians are not – they have drifted away from God. Only a biblical gospel can save people, not a watered down, man-pleasing gospel.

There is nothing more important that we must get right than how we are made right with God. If we get that wrong, we get everything wrong.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/christians-you-dont-get-to-call-the-shots-in-your-personal-relationship-with-jesus/

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Ray Comfort: Why I Don’t Pray The Sinner’s Prayer With People

Ray Comfort is known for his expertise in evangelism, yet he does not believe in leading converts through “the sinner’s prayer.”

Comfort is no stranger to methods of evangelism. You might know him best from his role of co-host on the show “The Way of the Master,” but he is also the founder of Living Waters ministry and author of over 80 books.

The following short clip answers the question why he doesn’t believe in leading people through the sinner’s prayer. To illustrate this point, Comfort gives the analogy of a husband who has cheated on his wife and comes to ask forgiveness.

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The Wrong Use of Freedom

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Mr. Kaepernick, please adjust your ways! We all know the truth; many men and women have lived, fought, and died for this liberty you possess. Yes, you have the freedom to protest. You have the liberty to sit during the National Anthem while others are standing, respecting, and honoring. You are correct; no one can deny your position as a citizen of the United States of America. You are free to disrespect your fathers, fellow citizens, fallen heroes, living servants, country, and yourself. But Mr. Kaepernick, why would you continue to so foolishly abuse your liberty? Why would you use your freedom so poorly?

Mr. Christian, please adjust your ways! You too have been loved by a Savior who has lived, fought, and died for the liberty you possess. And no one can deny the freedom purchased for you by Jesus Christ. You are secure in him. You are a citizen of the…

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U.S. Civil Rights Commission chairman says religious liberty is just “intolerance”

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The Washington Times reports on a story that shows what Democrats really think about the moral standards described in Judeo-Christian religious texts.

Excerpt:

The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said that “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have become merely “code words” for intolerance, “Christian supremacy” and committing every form of identity-politics sin, and thus they must yield before anti-discrimination laws.

The remarks, released Thursday in a report on “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” is the latest example of an increasingly hostile reception in liberal circles to one of the six specified rights at the core of the First Amendment — the “free exercise” of religion.

“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance,” said…

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This World Is Not Our Home

Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Do you know anyone who is not worried about the future? Maybe they’re afraid of contracting the Zika virus, or cancer, or any of the other diseases dominating headlines these days. Perhaps they’re bracing for another global financial crisis, or the next terrorist attack. Or maybe they’re just caught up in concerns over the coming election, and what it means for the future.

No matter where you look, there is reason to be concerned about the state of the world today, and what tomorrow holds.

But should those concerns dominate in the hearts of believers? Should God’s people be worried about the ills of this world and how to fix them? Or do our affections and energies belong elsewhere?

I find it alarming how easy it is for believers—myself included—to be caught up in the cares of this world and to follow the worrying, fearful pattern of unbelievers. Whether it’s a financial meltdown, a shocking wave of violence, or a contentious election cycle, God’s people ought to be able to look past today’s bad news—as well as any threats on the horizon—and take comfort in the fact that our hope is not bound to the circumstances of this world.

In short, we need to remember that this world is not our home. As John MacArthur explains in his book The Glory of Heaven, losing sight of that blessed truth is why Christians are so easily and often distracted by earthly issues.

Rather than setting our affections on things above, we tend to become attached to the things of this earth. It’s all too easy to become absorbed in temporal matters and neglect what is eternally important. . . .

Sadly, having lost sight of the “sweet by and by,” too many Christians busy themselves with the harried here and now, and they themselves are consumed by consumable things. [1] John MacArthur, The Glory of Heaven (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), 64-65.

The church’s dangerous preoccupation with the world and its affairs often manifests itself in one of two ways.

The Futility of Political Activism

Many believers channel their fears about the future into political activism, attempting in vain to “redeem the culture.” As John MacArthur points out, that is not the work the Lord has set us aside for in this world.

God simply is not calling us to wage a culture war that would seek to transform our countries into “Christian nations.” To devote all, or even most, of our time, energy, money, and strategy to putting a façade of morality on the world or the appearance of “rightness” over our governmental and political institutions is to badly misunderstand our roles as Christians in a spiritually lost world. [2] John MacArthur, Why Government Can’t Save You (Nashville: Word, 2000), 13.

Put simply, the “culture” is unredeemable. The work of God’s kingdom is not about transforming governments, rewriting laws, or rebuilding society into some kind of Christian utopia. None of those supposed solutions does anything to address the problem of sin or the need for a Savior.

Political remedies to our nation’s moral ills are no cure for the underlying spiritual problems. Of all people, Christians ought to know that, and the preponderance of our efforts ought to be focused on proclaiming the truth that can genuinely set people free.

Lives, not just laws, need to be transformed before America will be in a position to ask for and expect God’s blessing. The blessings of God cannot be acquired by any legislative process. Law cannot make people righteous. Scripture is clear on this. “If righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21). No one is justified by works of law, but by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). And saving faith is an individual matter; it cannot be imposed by legislative force.

In other words, society as a whole cannot be delivered from moral bankruptcy unless individual lives are redeemed and transformed by the power of Christ. If that conviction does not frame the priorities of the people of God and drive the activities of the church on earth, asking God to bless America is a waste of time. [3] John MacArthur, Can God Bless America? (Nashville, W Publishing Group, 2002), x-xi.

Moreover, there’s a real danger when believers mistake the culture—and not the sin that corrupts it—as their enemy. As John MacArthur warns, the church consumed by political activism can easily lose sight of its mission field.

When the church takes a stance that emphasizes political activism and social moralizing, it always diverts energy and resources away from evangelization. Such an antagonistic position toward the established secular culture invariably leads believers to feel hostile not only to unsaved government leaders with whom they disagree, but also antagonistic toward the unsaved residents of that culture—neighbors and fellow citizens they ought to love, pray for, and share the gospel with. To me it is unthinkable that we become enemies of the very people we seek to win to Christ, our potential brothers and sisters in the Lord. [4] Why Government Can’t Save You, 14.

The Emptiness of Materialism

Another way the church—and individual believers—manifests its preoccupation with the world is through materialism. Unlike political activism, materialism isn’t necessarily born out of concerns for the future or disgust with the state of this world. In fact, it’s often the product of a blithe disregard for just how wicked and corrupt this world is, and how its pleasures are fleeting at best.

In that sense, it presents a much more passive threat, as Christians take their eyes off of heaven and become consumed by the here and now. In The Glory of Heaven, John MacArthur describes the insidious danger of materialism:

We are in danger of becoming so comfortable in this life that we forget we are but strangers and pilgrims in this world. Like Abraham, we’re supposed to think of ourselves as vagabonds here on earth, “looking for a city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). . . .

We spend our energies consuming and accumulating things that may promise fulfillment or enjoyment right now but “perish with use” (Colossians 2:22). Jesus reminds us that all earthly things—along with any pleasure they bring—will decay and pass away (Matthew 6:19; Luke 12:20; 18:22). That’s why we’re commanded to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where they can never be destroyed or pass away. [5] The Glory of Heaven, 64-65.

He goes on to explain that materialism has taken such a hold in the church today that it’s openly promoted from the pulpit.

Worse, certain high-profile media ministries, preaching a false gospel of earthly prosperity, give multitudes the disastrous impression that this is what Christianity is all about. They promise people that Jesus wants them healthy, wealthy, and successful in this life. Such teaching is extremely popular because it caters to the spirit of the age—particularly the desire to have everything in this life, right now. People influenced by prosperity preachers tend to think of heaven as the ultimate fulfillment of every material craving. For those with such a view, even the command to “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1) becomes a justification for carnal covetousness. [6] The Glory of Heaven, 65.

You wouldn’t think such charlatans would gain much traction in a world so familiar with suffering, hardship, violence, and grief. And yet prosperity preachers have become the face of the church in many parts of the world. Therefore, God’s people must all the more on guard against the threat of materialism and the dangers of falling in love with the world and its pleasures.

No matter how it manifests itself, a preoccupation with this world is a significant threat to believers. Here’s how John MacArthur describes it:

Because the church doesn’t really have heaven on its mind, Christians tend to be self-indulgent, self-centered, weak, and materialistic. Our present comforts consume too much of our thoughts, and if we’re not careful, we end up entertaining wrong fantasies about heaven—or thinking very little of heaven at all. [7] The Glory of Heaven, 65.

Cultivating a Christian perspective—one that rightly appraises both the cares of this world and its pleasures—starts with fixing our eyes on heaven. And in the days ahead, that’s what we aim to do.

 


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Gospel Preaching in the Early Church

(Today’s post is adapted from Keith’s article “Evangelistic Preaching in the Book of Acts,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.)

Evangelistic preaching has a rich heritage.

The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts 2:14–40. Luke reports five more evangelistic messages in the book, two further by Peter (3:12–26; 10:34–43) and three by Paul (13:16–41; 14:15–17; 17:22–31).

In addition to these six sermons, Acts states that the Word was declared (4:31; 8:4, 25; 11:19; 13:5, 49; 14:25; 15:35, 36; 19:10) without giving the specific content of the sermons. Acts is a book that emphasizes evangelistic preaching.

However, the purpose of Acts is not to prescribe a model of evangelistic preaching for the church. Acts was written under the direction of the Holy Spirit by Luke to a man named Theophilus, a Gentile believer in Jesus Christ, “so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4).

Through an accurate historical narrative in two volumes (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1), Luke demonstrated to Theophilus how the gospel message initiated by Jesus had come to the Gentiles through the ministry of the Apostle Paul and his ministry team, which also included Luke (Acts 16:10).

Gentile Christians like Theophilus could be certain that it was God’s plan that the gospel had come to them and that the gospel to which they had responded was the true gospel. Therefore, Luke gives special attention in Acts to the gospel preached first by Peter and then by Paul, verifying that it was the same message they both preached. Thus, there is in Acts a special emphasis on evangelistic preaching.

The first two sermons preached by Peter in Jerusalem were addressed to “Men of Israel” (2:22; 3:12). In both, he specifically indicted both the leaders and people of Israel for the sin of killing their Messiah (2:23; 3:13–15, 17). But God had validated the claims of Jesus as not only Lord and Messiah (2:36), but also as God’s servant (3:13, 26), the Holy and Righteous One (3:14) and the Prince of Life (3:15), through the resurrection (2:24–32; 3:15) and the exaltation (2:33–35; 3:21) of Jesus.

All of this took place in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (2:25–28, 30, 34–35; 3:21–25). The Israelites needed to repent, acknowledging their sin, and to change their mind concerning Jesus as Lord and Savior that would result in different conduct (2:38; 3:19), with the personal response of baptism indicating their repentance (2:38). The result of this repentance would be forgiveness of sins (2:38; 3:19), the receiving of the Holy Spirit (2:38), and salvation (deliverance) from the coming judgment (2:40).

The third evangelistic message preached by Peter was to the relatives and friends of a God-fearing Gentile named Cornelius (10:1–2, 24). The Lord prepared Peter to go to the Gentiles through a vision concerning unclean food (10:9–16, 34). Even though Cornelius had renounced his pagan idolatry and had embraced Israel’s God (10:2), he still needed to hear what God had done through His sending of Jesus who proclaimed peace (10:36; cf. Luke 2:11, 14) with His message validated by His miracles (10:37–38). This Jesus died and was raised from the dead (10:39–41) and had been appointed by God as the Judge of all men (10:42).

As the Old Testament prophets have testified, through faith in Jesus comes the forgiveness of sins (10:43). At this point, Peter’s message was interrupted as the Holy Spirit fell upon these Gentiles because they had believed the message (10:44). This was followed by their baptism and fellowship with the Jews who had accompanied Peter (10:45–48). Later, in Jerusalem, the belief (faith) of the Gentiles in Jesus was equated with the repentance which leads to life (11:17–18).

The three evangelistic messages preached by Paul are shown by Luke to have parallels with the three sermons of Peter. The first, like Peter’s Day of Pentecost sermon, was also addressed to “Men of Israel,” though Paul adds “and you who fear God” since there were Gentile God-fearers like Cornelius in his audience at the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (13:16).

Paul began the sermon by stating the Old Testament anticipation of the Messiah which culminated in the preparatory ministry of John the Baptist for Jesus (13:17–25). He then used the more affectionate address, “Brethren” (13:26; cf. 2:29), adding “sons of Abraham’s family and those among you who fear God.” Paul, like Peter, directly indicted the Jewish leaders for killing Jesus (13:27–29; cf. 2:23); but God had raised Him from the dead (13:30; cf. 2:24–32) with the apostles as witnesses (13:31; cf. 2:32; 3:15; 10:39–41).

Paul confirmed Jesus’ resurrection by quoting Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 55:3, and Psalm 16:10 (13:32–37; cf. 2:25–32). Through Jesus, there was the proclamation of forgiveness of sins (13:38; cf. 2:38) and justification (13:39). If the message of salvation in Jesus was not heeded, there would be certain judgment (13:40–41; cf. 2:40). This sermon reflected what Paul consistently preached in the Diaspora Jewish synagogues and Luke showed how it was the same essential evangelistic message that Peter preached to the Jews.

Paul’s second evangelistic sermon followed a similar experience as Peter’s second message. Both came after the healing of a man lame from his mother’s womb which resulted in a gathered crowd (14:8–13; cf. 3:1–11). But while Peter addressed Jews, Paul, along with Barnabas, spoke to pagan Gentiles at Lystra (14:14–17).

This sermon was another sample sermon, this one showing how Paul addressed Gentiles. Paul indicted the pagans on the basis of creation and urged them to turn from their idols to the one true God. This was more fully developed in Paul’s third evangelistic sermon in Acts 17:22–31.

Again, Luke parallels his account of Paul’s third message with Peter’s. He provides a narrative background as to how Paul came to speak in Athens as Peter had in Caesarea (17:16–21; cf. 10:1–33). In both cases, the apostles found themselves invited to speak before an assembly gathered to hear them. But Paul was to address intellectual pagans, not God-fearing Gentiles.

Paul began by noting that the Athenians acknowledged a God of whom they were ignorant (17:22–23). This was the God of creation who cannot dwell in mere human temples and cannot be represented by idols made by human hands (17:24–29). Even Greek writers like Epimenides and Aratus inferred the latter (17:28). This God of Creation has now commanded all men to repent, think differently of idolatry, or they will face certain future judgment. This judgment is assured by the resurrection of a man from the dead (17:30–31).

Like Peter, Paul’s third message was interrupted, but not by a response of faith (10:44), but by a response of unbelief regarding the resurrection (17:32). Thus, Paul was not able to urge the Athenians to embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, though a few did believe (10:34).

What does the contemporary evangelistic preacher learn from the narratives and sermons recorded in Acts? Primary is the truth of the sovereignty of God in evangelistic preaching. In each case cited above, it was God who arranged the circumstances for the preaching. Miracles gathered the assembled crowds (2:1–13; 3:1–11; 14:8–13) to whom the preachers spoke, or the preachers were invited to speak by others (10:33; 13:13:15; 17:19).

In none of these cases was the preaching the direct result of the speaker’s initiative; God brought about the preaching event with those He had determined would hear the message. Further, it was the Lord who had called and commissioned the preachers, Peter (1:2) and Paul (9:15). Finally, it was God who brought about the response (2:37; 4:14; 11:18; 13:48; 14:18; 17:34).

Also significant is the consistency of the message. First, there was the clear statement of the hearers’ sin. The Jews were indicted because their sin was climaxed by their rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. For the Gentiles, they had rejected the revelation of God in creation and had turned to the worship of idols.

Second, there was the validation that Jesus was God’s instrument of salvation. This was validated by the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy to those who knew the Scriptures and by the resurrection of Jesus to Jew and Gentile alike.

Third, the sinner needed to respond with repentance concerning his sin and faith in embracing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Fourth, those who did not repent and believe faced a certain future judgment if they rejected the one way of salvation, Jesus. This was the message that Theophilus had heard and believed, and Luke affirmed that it was true. This is the same gospel message that the evangelistic preacher proclaims today because it is as true today as it was in the first-generation of the church.

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The NEW Reformation Movement: The Gay Community’s Push to Make All Churches “Gay Affirming”

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There is a war going on of which we MUST be aware.  As with most large movements, I have a feeling that George Soros is probably involved in funding this.

The name of the movement is the New Reformation Movement.  It is huge.  It is made up of the LGBT communities and progressive churches, and their goal is to push churches which are not “gay affirming” as they call it; until these churches finally give into their demands.

I found an article which explains what is happening:

From Stand Up For the Truth

GAY-AFFIRMING CHURCHES: THE STATS AND THE MOVEMENT

There is an intentional movement by the progressive wing of Christianity to increase the number of gay-affirming churches around the world. Here in the U.S., Matthew Vines has become the catalyst and “poster child” for that movement.

Keep in mind that they are targeting NOT the churches already…

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New Apostolic Reformation 101

“Excellent interview!!! It was as if I had been reading every note I had written down in the last 5 years on the subject….yep, 20 years in that movement and I didn’t even know that I was in it…yikes!!!” – Fighting for the Faith listener [Source]

The above comment from Facebook summarised why Chris Rosebrough’s recent interview Holly Pivec (from Spirit of Error), is a must listen to. They both discussed the New Apostolic Reformation, how to identify it, why it is so dangerous and why it has nothing to do with Christianity.

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

We will be addressing details in this interview in other articles.

New Apostolic Reformation 101

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Interview with Holly Pivec on the New Apostolic Reformation

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Hide No Longer

Unfathomable Grace

There are times when it is profitable to hide. Joseph ran from the adulterous wife of Potiphar. Elijah ran from the Ahab and Jezebel who sought his head. Paul taught his readers to flee from the devil and his temptations, and David taught his students to hide God’s Word in their hearts. Even Jesus told parables for the purpose of revealing truth to some while hiding it from others.

Then there are times when it is horrible to hide. We do wrong and harm ourselves when we hide ourselves from the scriptures, from the God of grace, and from our brothers and sisters. Yes, we are harmed when we do so, but oh how blessed we are when we open God’s Word and see our sin, then in humble repentance we run towards Jesus and towards his people.

And here is some really good news, even though we hide, God is the one who calls, seeks…

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