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September 15, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Conservative Republicans backed off their demands for an immediate vote on impeaching Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen after U.S. House leaders promised to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing.

Bank of England policy makers indicated there’s still a chance of another rate cut this year as they assess the potential longer-term fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Sales at U.S. retailers dropped more than forecast in August, indicating a pause in recent consumer-spending strength that has carried the economy. Purchases declined 0.3 percent from July, the first drop in five months.

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A man was killed in China when his Tesla Model S, which reportedly had its Autopilot driver-assist function engaged, smashed into a stationary vehicle in the left lane of a major highway. Though the crash occurred in January, reports of the incident are only surfacing now.

Parts of Taiwan came to a standstill Wednesday as super typhoon Meranti brought the strongest winds in 21 years, while China issued a red alert for waves as the storm bore down on the mainland.

Large-scale animal sacrifices marking the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha combined with heavy rains have turned the streets of Bangladesh’s capital into rivers of blood.

Three rights groups launched a campaign on Wednesday to try to persuade President Barack Obama to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on U.S. theft and espionage charges before Obama leaves office in January.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday sought to diffuse criticism of a U.S.-Russian ceasefire agreement on Syria arguing that without it violence would increase significantly with many more Syrians slaughtered or forced to flee the war-torn country. The deal struck between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday agreed to a seven-day period of reduced violence and increased humanitarian aid deliveries.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. is lifting economic sanctions and restoring trade benefits to former pariah state Myanmar as he met with Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who is now the nation’s de facto leader.

The widow of a radical imam was arrested Wednesday in Mombasa for alleged links to one of three female assailants shot dead while attacking the Kenyan city’s main police station, a police source said.

The poll asking whether the media report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” found just 32 percent of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust, the lowest level in Gallup polling history and eight percentage points below last year. Gallup began asking the question in 1972, and has polled Americans on a yearly basis since 1997.

China will launch its second space lab on Thursday, official media said Wednesday, as the Communist country works towards setting up its own space station, among several ambitious goals.

The United States on Tuesday announced it had reached a record $38 billion 10-year military aid deal with Israel, despite increased disagreement over the Middle East peace process.

The European Space Agency will unveil on Wednesday a three-dimensional map of a billion stars in our galaxy that is 1,000 times more complete than anything existing today. A space-based probe called Gaia, launched in December 2013, has been circling the Sun nearly a million miles beyond Earth’s orbit and has been discreetly snapping pictures of the Milky Way.

Missouri lawmakers pushed through bills on Wednesday eliminating the need for permits to carry concealed weapons and requiring voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot, overriding Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s vetoes of the bills. The weapons bill abolished a state law requiring a permit, training and background checks for people who want to carry a concealed weapon in the state.

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Members of the public are being invited to spend a penny in a solid gold toilet at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum. Italian artist and sculptor Maurizio Cattelan created the fully functional 18-carat gold lavatory, which he has titled America.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly once shot dead a justice department agent with an Uzi submachine gun while serving as mayor of Davao. The allegation was made by Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former death squad member, before a Senate inquiry on extra-judicial killings.

Residents have clashed with asylum seekers in a town in eastern Germany that has become a flashpoint for anti-refugee sentiment. Some 80 men and women, many described as far-right, fought with 20 migrants and refugees in Bautzen.

A 77-year-old man has shot three people at the senior citizens’ complex where he lived in the US state of Wyoming, killing one person and wounding two.

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a judge to file corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Pauline Hanson has refused to apologize for her maiden speech to the Australian senate, in which she said the country was being “swamped by Muslims”.

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Police in Asheville, North Carolina, arrested a 45-year-old woman and charged her with having an illegal sexual relationship with her own 25-year-old son.

The head of the FBI on Wednesday defended putting a piece of tape over his personal laptop’s webcam, claiming the security step was a common sense one that most should take.

Ford Motor Co. says it’s moving all of its U.S. small car production to Mexico.


Top News – 9/15/2016

Obama, Clinton Guilty of ‘Christophobia’ Amid Refugee Crisis
Johnnie Moore, a Christian author and humanitarian, is slamming President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for their action — or inaction — when it comes to the Christians currently facing “genocide” in the Middle East. “If you’re anti-Christian, henceforth, you are guilty of Christophobia,” Moore said. “You are a Christophobe. You are exhibiting Christophobic behavior, and we’re going to shame you with it.”

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says bloodshed may be needed to protect conservatism
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said conservatives may need to turn to physical violence in order to protect the United States against contemporary liberalism. I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case,” he told the crowd.

Democratic Senator: Old (And Sick) Hillary Can Barely Climb The Podium Steps
one exchange between him and Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds from March of 2015 showed how Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) told Leeds that Clinton was having trouble getting up the steps of the podium for speeches.

Saudi official warns Iran: Attack us at your own risk
“If they are preparing an army to invade us, we are not easily taken by someone who would make war on us,” Prince Khaled al-Faisal warns.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Andaman islands
The Andaman islands on Thursday were hit by a mild-intensity earthquake measuring 5.1 on Richter scale. The quake hit at around 2:00 am in the night. As per National Centre for Seismology, the depth of the quake was 10 km and hit the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago known as high seismic zone.

5.8 Earthquake Hits Near Nicaragua’s Momotombo Volcano
The National Preventive System for Disasters, or SINAPRED, have activated operatives in the affected areas including the capital city of Managua. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck 12 kilometers from the municipality of Laz Paz Centro and in close proximity to the active Volcano Momotombo in Nicaragua late Wednesday, sparking a 4.4 magnitude aftershock shortly afterwards and fears among locals.

Russian military: U.S. not implementing its part of Syria ceasefire plan
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday the United States was using “a verbal smokescreen” to hide its reluctance to fulfill its part of a ceasefire agreement on Syria, including separation of moderate opposition units from terrorist groups. After the third day of the ceasefire which came into force on Monday evening, only Syria’s government forces are observing the truce, the ministry said in a statement.

China set to launch second trial space station
China is set to launch a second experimental space station, as it looks to have a manned station by 2022, state media said. The Tiangong 2 is scheduled to launch just after 22:00 local time on Thursday from the Gobi desert. Next month two astronauts will go to the station to conduct research.

Germany migrants: Far right battle asylum-seekers in Bautzen
Far-right residents have clashed with asylum-seekers in a town in eastern Germany that has become a flashpoint for anti-refugee sentiment. Some 80 men and women fought with 20 migrants and refugees in Bautzen, to the east of Dresden, late on Wednesday. The asylum-seekers were chased to their hostel and put under police guard.

Typhoon Meranti slams southern China after battering Taiwan
Typhoon Meranti has landed in mainland China after battering Taiwan with its strongest storm in 21 years. The super typhoon, with gusts of up to 227km/h (141 mph), killed one person and left half a million homes without power in Taiwan. It made landfall near China’s south-eastern city of Xiamen on Thursday morning, having lost some power.

Israel strikes Gaza terror sites in response to rocket
The Israel Air Force struck three Hamas terror infrastructure sites in the Gaza Strip in response to an earlier rocket fired at Israel, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Thursday morning. The northern Gaza sites reportedly belonged to the Hamas terror group.

Saudi official warns Iran: Attack us at your own risk
A senior Saudi official…urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom. Mecca province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, in remarks likely to be seen as a reference to Iran, added that the orderly conduct of the pilgrimage this year “is a response to all the lies and slanders made against the kingdom.”

Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend
A new fossil discovery makes it even tougher for Darwinists to explain the origin of life.

Juncker proposes EU military headquarters
The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a “permanent structure” resulted in money being wasted on missions.

Security official: Hamas refused several prisoner exchange offers
“In an unprecedented manner, Hamas responded in the negative to this offer, and in an unprecedented manner, set a precondition for continued dialogue,” says Israeli envoy • Parents of fallen captive soldier Hadar Goldin accompany Netanyahu to U.N.

Survey: Less Than Third of American Millennials Able to Identify Israel on Map
Less than one-third of US-educated millennials are able to identify Israel on a map, a new survey has found.

Cardinal tipped to be pope warns of ‘Islamic conquest of Europe’
A senior Austrian Cardinal who has been widely tipped in the media to be pope has warned of an “Islamic conquest of Europe” and said that the Continent is in danger of “forfeiting” its Christian heritage.

Venezuela’s “Death Spiral” – A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia
While it was not so long ago that many people heralded Venezuela as Latin America’s successful utopian Socialist experiment, something has gone dreadfully wrong as the revolution’s Marxist founder, Hugo Chavez, turned his Chavismo dream into an economic nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

Likelihood of 6.7 Earthquake or Larger Striking Bay Area Jumps to 72 Percent
The big one may be just around the corner. There is now a 72 percent chance that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake or greater will strike along one of the Bay Area’s fault lines within the next 30 years, representing a nine percent jump from last year’s reported numbers, according to SFGate.


Obama Announces A Plan To Bring In Up To Four Times As Many Syrian Refugees In 2017

obama-smirkingIn 2016, approximately 10,000 Syrian refugees were brought into the United States, but in 2017 that number could skyrocket to 40,000 under Barack Obama’s new plan. Obama says that we must play our part in taking in those displaced by the ongoing Syrian civil war, but Republicans in Congress are outraged by this announcement and remain deeply concerned that there are terrorists among the refugees that are being brought in. The Obama administration insists that all refugees are being subjected to rigorous screening, but his critics are quite skeptical. Coming out of the midst of a five year civil war, documentation is scarce for many of these refugees, and there aren’t too many people that you can call over there that can serve as a solid reference at this point. (Read More…)



This Is How Much It ‘Costs’ To Get An Ambassadorship: Guccifer 2.0 Leaks DNC ‘Pay-To-Play’ Donor List

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I always thought that an ambassadorship to the Bahamas or Monaco would be a pretty sweet gig. Alas I don’t have deep enough pockets for such dreams.

Now the ambassadorship to Bangladesh? Bids are much more reasonable. Consult the DNC or RNC in Washington for more details.

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John Stossel – Don’t Tread on My Free Speech

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FREE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH, a thousand times, FREE SPEECH!

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YouTube Has Quietly Begun “Censoring” Journalists Who Criticize Government

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Youtube, owned by Google (arguably the most crony company on the planet), is a private company. It can do what it wants. However that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t pay attention to this sort of thing. We must and it needs to be highlighted.

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Frontrunning: September 15

  • Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip (Read More)
  • Mobileye says Tesla was ‘pushing the envelope in terms of safety’ (Read More)
  • Donald Trump is a problem for the whole world, EU’s Schulz says (Read More)
  • Stuck on Ship, One Gloomy Hanjin Crew Waits to Learn Its Fate (Read More)
  • U.K. Approves EDF’s ??18 Billion Hinkley Point Nuclear Project (Read More)
  • Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out (Read More)
  • Bank of England Flags Further Rate Cut as It Stands Pat (Read More)
  • SNB Keeps Rates on Hold as Brexit Fallout Clouds Outlook (Read More)
  • Today’s Bond Market: Wrongly Priced for 30 Years of Wretched Existence (Read More)
  • The Bond Market Is Flashing a Signal That Traders Haven’t Seen Since 2012 (Read More)
  • How Did G.M. Create Tesla’s Dream Car First? (Read More)
  • How Samsung Botched Its Galaxy Note 7 Recall (Read More)
  • Saudi prince warns Iran against using force to pursue rivalry (Read More)
  • Fiscal Policy Makes a Quiet Turn Toward Stimulus (Read More)
  • Oil Glut Set to Worsen as Nigeria and Libya Fields Restart (Read More)

DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race

Fox News reports:

Illegal Immigration3Federal lawmakers seeking to pinpoint the number of illegal immigrants who successfully sneak across the southern border ordered up a report from the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency refuses to release it and instead cites a misleading statistic that overstates the number who are nabbed, sources told Fox News.

DHS denied it is holding back the report, but sources say it was completed in November and that it shows roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it.

But that number is at odds with DHS’ official estimates. The agency claims authorities catch 80 percent of adults trying to sneak in, but critics say the figure is padded to make it appear border security is more effective than it really is.

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The Briefing 09-15-16

US Civil Rights Commissioner: Religious liberty must take a back seat to sexual liberty

With news that middle class incomes are on the rise comes hope for families and democracy

The LGBT revolution is coming to a video game console near you

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 Obama Admin Condemns Religious Liberty

The Obama administration’s Commission on Civil Rights has released a terrifying report that lays the groundwork for legal persecution of Christians in America.

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NY Senator Schumer: Goal of Hillary Administration Is Loading Supreme Court with Progressive Judges

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York recently let the mask slip. He recently conceded that the main reason the Democrats want to retain the power of the presidency is to transform the U.S. Supreme Court into a progressive body.

If that ever happens, kiss America as you know it goodbye.

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Top Headlines – 9/15/2016

Arab MK: ‘Peres is a tyrant covered in our blood’

Shimon Peres fighting for his life

Israel and US sign historic military aid package deal

$38B Israel Aid Deal Is Political Boon for Benjamin Netanyahu – and Barack Obama

US General: Israel is key to fighting world’s terrorism problem

Touting aid deal, Obama says true Israeli security requires Palestinian statehood

All Jews out of Palestine is not a peace plan

UN chief rejects Netanyahu’s claim of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Palestinians

Israel said to be among growing number of states that block UNHRC

UN exhibit spotlights demand for remains of Israeli soldier

PM’s envoy: Hamas rejected offer to swap MIA soldiers for all their prisoners

Israel transfers control of West Bank power grid to Palestinian Authority

World Bank calls on international donors to help PA

Hamas and Black Lives Matter: A marriage made in hell

Dutch MP refuses to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Survey: Less Than Third of American Millennials Able to Identify Israel on Map

Mortar fired from Gaza lands in Israel, no injuries

IAF attacks targets in Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar fire

US urges its citizens to avoid travel to Golan Heights in light of recent artillery ‘spillovers’ from Syria

Mortar shells hitting Golan are ‘new reality,’ says IDF colonel

Is an Israeli-Syrian military conflict on the horizon?

20 countries seeking Syria peace may meet in NY

Key rebel supporter Saudi Arabia welcomes Syria truce

Aid for Syria waits on Turkish border as warring sides bicker

Meet the Christians who love their enemies, even when it’s ISIS

Russia says prevented Islamic State attack on Syria’s Palmyra

Russia urges Syrian rebels to separate from ‘terrorists’

Iran to meet world powers over nuclear deal ‘differences’

Report: Iran threatens to down US surveillance planes in Gulf

Now the Saudis Have Killer Drones, Too

After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city

Hajj scams: What Muslims will do to get to Mecca

Rivers of blood flow on streets of Dhaka after Eid animal sacrifices

As 71st General Assembly opens, new President pledges to ‘turn the wheels’ on implementing 17 Global Goals

Juncker proposes EU military headquarters

Venezuela’s “Death Spiral” – A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia

Washington’s Wake-Up Call – Sky-high debt and dismal growth are testing Americans’ faith in democracy

Greenspan Worries That ‘Crazies’ Will Undermine the U.S. System

Mexico builds its own wall against Central American migrants

Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio may have new foe: George Soros – could face criminal charges for ignoring a judge’s order to stop targeting Latinos in anti-immigration roundups

American trust in news media falls to lowest level in history: Gallup poll

House Republicans reach deal to avoid vote on impeaching IRS commissioner

Colin Powell describes Donald Trump as a ‘national disgrace’ and reveals distaste for Hillary Clinton in hacked emails

Hacked Colin Powell Email: Bohemian Grove Attendees Will Vote Against Trump, Some Support Third Party Candidate

Trump appears to brush off Powell’s criticisms revealed in email leak

Franklin Graham: I’m Not ‘Deplorable’ to God, Even If Hillary Clinton Thinks So

Pastor interrupts Trump to stop him from attacking Clinton in church

Hillary Clinton releases updated health information and declared ‘fit to serve’ as president according to doctor’s letter

Half the country thinks Clinton has lied about her health to the public

Doctors Raise Concerns over Clinton’s Pneumonia Diagnosis and Treatment

Longtime Clinton Friends Say She Has Neurological Disease

Techies Instructed to Delete Hillary’s Emails: This Looks Like Covering Up A Lot of Shady S***

Employee Who Used BleachBit to Wipe Clinton’s Server Pleads the Fifth

Democratic Party says it was hacked again, blames Russians

As Russia reasserts itself, U.S. intelligence agencies focus anew on the Kremlin

Tech and human rights leaders urge Obama to pardon Snowden

China says opposes “unhelpful” unilateral N.Korea sanctions

UN chief says he’s never seen tensions so high in Koreas

South Korea prepares for ‘the worst’

North Korea ramps up uranium enrichment, enough for six nuclear bombs a year: experts

Japanese PM to discuss N.Korea, economic ties during rare Cuba trip

India says holds “substantive” nuclear talks with China

Uber debuts self-driving vehicles in landmark Pittsburgh trial

Walmart Is Developing A Self-Driving Shopping Cart

Phone use behind the wheel at ‘epidemic proportions’ because there is ‘no fear of prosecution’

Woman sues her parents for posting childhood pictures on Facebook

FBI director: Cover up your webcam

U.S. to Cede Control of Internet Domain Names to Global Agency

Google Attacks EU Plans to Make It YouTube Copyright Cop

Likelihood of 6.7 Earthquake or Larger Striking Bay Area Jumps to 72 Percent

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near La Paz Centro, Nicaragua

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

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Blair, India

Texas energy regulators should halt injection well activity that causes earthquakes

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

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

Typhoon batters Taiwan, barrels into mainland China

Malakas Becomes a Typhoon and Could Threaten Japan

Hurricane Orlene turns toward Hawaii as it continues to weaken

Tropical Storm Julia moves offshore and could strengthen some; Atlantic could also get Karl today

Julia, ‘Weirdest Tropical Storm of the Year,’ Parks Off Atlantic Coast

Tropical Storm Julia a Flood Threat for Coastal South Carolina

Tropical Storm Ian churns in the central Atlantic

‘Blob’ may help drought-stricken California

Why La Nina is looking less likely than expected

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don’t Account For Climate Change

Bayer Secures Monsanto Takeover With $56 Billion Bid

Teen dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba in Maryland

Ebola virus lingers longer than scientists thought

Tempers flare as public protests spraying for Zika mosquitoes in South Beach

U.S. Among Most Depressed Countries in the World

92-year-old woman brings same sign to Pride march for 30 years: ‘I adore my lesbian daughters’

Mom sought men to sexually assault 10-year-old daughter, court documents show

New York pulls plug on public internet after kiosks used for porn

Pope says murdered French priest a martyr, on road to sainthood

Screaming teen girls exorcised for FIVE HOURS after being ‘possessed by demons’

TV Goes to Pot: Marijuana-Themed Series Light Up the Small Screen

A new fossil discovery makes it even tougher for Darwinists to explain the origin of life


Muslims Hold Mass Eid al-Adha Prayer at Angels Stadium in California Posted: 15 Sep 2016 08:18 AM PDT

Over 15,000 Muslims gathered in the parking lot of Angel Stadium on Monday morning to celebrate Eid al-Adha (the “Sacrifice Feast”), the second of two…

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Over one million march in Mexico against same-sex ‘marriage’Posted: 15 Sep 2016 08:10 AM PDT

Wonder why we didn’t hear about this on the Main Stream Media? According to reports, More than one million Mexicans across 122 cities marched in…

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Our Excuses For Skipping Church Are Lame.Posted: 15 Sep 2016 08:05 AM PDT

I recently read a report showing that less than 20 percent of the people in this country attend church on a regular basis. Not a…

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United Nations Places Crosshairs On IsraelPosted: 15 Sep 2016 08:00 AM PDT

The United Nations began its annual session this week, and Israel will be prominent on the agenda. Many fear the Security Council may consider a…

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When Believers Crucify Each Other in the Name of DiscernmentPosted: 15 Sep 2016 07:57 AM PDT(By Jennifer Leclaire) Discernment is ever so vital in this hour, but discernment can turn into a critical spirit if it’s not bound by love…

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Photographer Captures What Many Are Saying is an “Angel” Over World Trade CenterPosted: 15 Sep 2016 06:29 AM PDT

Did an Angel of the Lord get captured on film or is this some kind image distortion or elaborate hoax? You decide. Like countless others,…

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Apocalyptical Skies Appear In Hong Kong Before Super Typhoon Meranti StrikesPosted: 15 Sep 2016 06:21 AM PDT

Check out these amazing images of strange wave-like clouds forming in the skies over Hong Kong China just before super typhoon Meranti struck. Freaky asperatus undulatus…

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Strange lights and a loud whirring noise baffle Hinckley, UK ResidentsPosted: 15 Sep 2016 06:17 AM PDTReports of strange lights and a loud whirring noise have been shared across Facebook and Twitter having occurred in Hinckley, UK. But what is this strange…

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U.S. Military Academy Pulls Postgame Prayer Video Following ComplaintPosted: 15 Sep 2016 06:07 AM PDT

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point has pulled a postgame prayer video from its social media page following a complaint from a church-state separation…

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White House Science Chief Warns Earth “Vulnerable to Major Asteroid Strike”Posted: 15 Sep 2016 05:57 AM PDT

The world is still vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic asteroid strike, according to President Barack Obama’s chief science adviser. NASA has made substantial progress in…

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Americans trust in news media sinks to all-time lowPosted: 15 Sep 2016 05:50 AM PDTA major pollster has some stark news: “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped…

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Canadian Gov’t Will no Longer Call Islamic State by its NamePosted: 15 Sep 2016 05:46 AM PDT

The Canadian government has announced its decision to no longer refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) by its name and…

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DECLINE OF AMERICA – Five-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Brings 30 Packets of Heroin to SchoolPosted: 15 Sep 2016 05:41 AM PDTA five-year-old kindergarten boy in New Jersey brought 30 packets of heroin to school on Monday, police say. A teacher at the International Academy of…

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Hillary’s Given ALL CLEAR? Bacterial Pneumonia, Nothing Of ConcernPosted: 15 Sep 2016 05:36 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton battled a sinus condition so bad that she had surgery and a follow-up brain scan – but never told voters – her doctor…

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DAYS OF LOT: 45 Year-Old NC Mother Arrested For Illegal Relationship With SonPosted: 15 Sep 2016 05:25 AM PDTIs there a rise of incest in America? Have you noticed all the stories lately surfacing of relationships between mothers and sons? Here is yet…

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FBI Director Warns To Cover Up Your WebcamPosted: 14 Sep 2016 07:30 PM PDTThe head of the FBI on Wednesday defended putting a piece of tape over his personal laptop’s webcam, claiming the security step was a common…

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Typhoon Meranti Is Officially One of The Most Powerful Cyclones Ever RecordedPosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:52 PM PDTTyphoon Meranti is a scary, powerful storm. And it’s about to crash into Taiwan. A Category-5 tropical cyclone with sustained winds as fast as 185…

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Meet the Christians who love their enemies, even when it’s ISISPosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:42 PM PDTOn the outskirts of Fallujah, just weeks after Islamic State had been driven out of the city by the Iraqi army following two years of…

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Modern-Day Jonahs: South Sudanese Christians Call for RepentancePosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:39 PM PDTHundreds of South Sudanese Christians flooded the streets to beg for peace and repentance. Ever since South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 it has…

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Michigan School District Calls Betsy Ross Flag Symbolize Of “Hate”Posted: 14 Sep 2016 12:22 PM PDT(Reported By Todd Starnes) A Michigan school district called the historic “Betsy Ross” flag a symbol of hate and profusely apologized after students displayed the…

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Creepy Clown Sightings Continue To Spread To Other Cities and StatesPosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:11 PM PDTIt appears that the reportings of the creepy clowns isn’t going away anytime soon and is spreading around the Nation. According to the latest report,…

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A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Venezuela Continues Death SpiralPosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:07 PM PDT(Reported By Susan Warner) For many Venezuelans, by every economic, social and political measure, their nation is unravelling at breakneck speed. Severe shortages of food,…

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Rare, Gold Roman Coin Discovered in JerusalemPosted: 14 Sep 2016 12:03 PM PDTA rare and remarkable Roman coin made of gold and featuring the image of Nero has been discovered in Jerusalem, archaeologists announced on Tuesday. Over…

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DEVELOPING: Ford shifting all U.S. small-car production to MexicoPosted: 14 Sep 2016 11:56 AM PDTIf you work at Ford Motor Company in the production of small cars you may have just received some bad news! Ford is shifting all…

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GAME CHANGER: North Korea Will Obtain Enough Uranium For 20 Nukes By End Of Year.Posted: 14 Sep 2016 11:53 AM PDTThe secretive state detonated a nuclear bomb “twice of the size of Hiroshima” last week and announced it could produce more warheads “anytime we desire”….

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Russian TV Host Warns of Trump Being Killed By ElitePosted: 14 Sep 2016 11:47 AM PDTHere’s a story you most likely won’t hear on the Main Stream Media, At least not in the United States anyway. According to a report,…

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118,395,000 Americans Now On Government Health Insurance…Posted: 14 Sep 2016 11:43 AM PDT

There were approximately 118,395,000 people in the United States who had “government health insurance” at some time during 2015 and 28,966,000 who were uninsured for…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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Bullied Teen Develops App To Help Students Find People To Sit With At Lunch

No one should have to eat alone, which is why this 16-year-old entrepreneur created an app to bring students together during lunchtime.

Credit: Mean Girls via Seventeen.com

Credit: Mean Girls via Seventeen.com

Though many adults are grateful for the lessons they learned in high school, few would choose to endure the period of schooling once again. That’s because for most, grades 9 – 12 were tough.

Between trying to survive puberty, exams, and crushes, there was the pressure to find a group – or clique – to fit into. Conformity is accepted – if not encouraged – in high school because teens can often be so cutthroat. As unfortunate as it is, those who think independently and spend time on their own are often picked on by bullies.

Because no one should have to go through high school feeling as if they are alone, a 16-year-old student who was once bullied herself developed an app to bring people together. The Daily News reports that Natalie Hampton from Sherman Oaks, California, created “Sit With Us” which helps students find people to sit with at lunch.

As a seventh-grade attending an all-girls school, Hampton endured several episodes of bullying. Once, she was threatened with scissors, and another time was tripped as she ran down the hall.  Now a junior, Hampton is happy at a different school and wants to ensure that other students attain the same level of comfort.

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More Jobs Shipped Out Of The Country: Ford Moves All Small Car Production To Mexico

ford-assembly-line-photo-by-gilly-berlinWhat is going to happen when America finally doesn’t have any manufacturing jobs left at all?  On Wednesday, we learned that Ford Motor Company is shifting all small car production to Mexico.  Of course the primary goal for this move is to save a little bit of money.  This hits me personally, because my grandfather once worked for Ford.  He was loyal to Ford all his life, and he always criticized other members of the family when they bought a vehicle that was not American-made.  When I was young I didn’t understand why making vehicles in America is so important, but I sure do now.  By shipping jobs overseas, we are destroying jobs, we are destroying small businesses and we are destroying our tax base.  If we want to be a wealthy nation, we have got to make things here, and hopefully we can get the American people to start to understand this.

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Trump Vindicated Once Again As Ford Announces Plans To Move Production To Mexico

Ford shifting all U.S. small-car production to Mexico

“Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint”Donald J. Trump

When Donald Trump started his campaign back in June of 2015, he warned of the coming rush to Mexico by many of America’s top manufacturers like Carrier and others. The liberal main stream media immediately branded this as “fear mongering”. So it is with noted irony that we bring you today’s story of automaker Ford’s decision, announced yesterday, to move all small-car production to Mexico.

Ford plans to eventually shift all North American small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico, CEO Mark Fields told investors Tuesday, even though the company’s production investments in Mexico have become a lightning rod for controversy in the presidential election.

Donald Trump Attacks Ford Decision To Move To Mexico:

“Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small-car production to Mexico and out of the United States,” Fields said at a daylong investor conference in Dearborn.

The news sparked a fresh round of criticism of Ford from Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was campaigning in Flint on Wednesday.

“We shouldn’t allow it to happen. They’ll make their cars, they’ll employ thousands of people, not from this country, and they’ll sell their car across the border,” Trump said during his visit. “When we send our jobs out of Michigan, we’re also sending our tax base.”

The Shocking State of Americans’ Civic Illiteracy

According to Alexis Zhang of The Daily Signal:

us-constitutionThis year’s Constitution Day marks 229 years since the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the establishment of our republic.

The Framers of our Constitution recognized that a general understanding of the nation’s laws, history, and government was central to the longevity of the republic. The United States is, as Benjamin Franklin described, “a republic, if you can keep it.”

How is the republic kept? First of all, by an informed citizenry. As Thomas Jefferson once declared, “It is every American’s right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself.”

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Code Orange: The Ironic Parallel Meaning

In a piece over at Pulpit & Pen, Richard Haas reports on pastor-prophet Steven Furtick’s annual heresy-fest “Code Orange Revival.” COR is twelve nights of “celebrity preachers, loud worship music and subsequent emotional highs.” A caller to Haas’ podcast suggested that he investigate the name “Code Orange.” And so he did that. Following is what he came up with:

Code Orange RevivalThe ten-day heresy revival event called the “Code Orange Revival” hosted by Elevation Church, and Pastor Steven Furtick is well under way. This year’s event started on September 9th and will finish this Sunday the 18th. As typical Steven Furtick has lined up some of the most talented in Scripture-twisting and the exploitation of God’s Word, these gurus of abstraction include Christine Caine, Louie Giglio, Craig Groeschel, Carl Lentz, Darius Daniels, John Gray, Levi Lusko, and even Joyce Meyer. Each one of these speakers being talented of their own accord in the art of Scriptural perversion.

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YOU ARE SERVED: Congress Subpoenaed FBI On Live TV For Withholding On Clinton Email Scandal

Chaffetz subpoenas FBI for full Clinton email probe file

The FBI has been stalling and covering for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Congress has finally had enough. On live television, Chairman Chaffetz dramatically served the FBI with a subpoena demanding all information related to the Clinton email scandal. Well played.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz publicly subpoenaed the FBI’s full case file in the Hillary Clinton email investigation Monday, delivering the document demand to a senior FBI official during a contentious hearing where Democrats accused Republicans of mounting a partisan attack on Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“It’s ‘trust, but verify’ is how it works,” Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. “You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all.”

After Herring said he could not promise to deliver all the investigative summaries—known as 302s—in an unedited form, Chaffetz sent the subpoena down from the dais to the witness table where the FBI official sat with colleagues from six other agencies.

“I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s….and you are hereby served,” Chaffetz said.

The chairman also complained that the FBI was trying to decide for itself what was relevant to the committee’s probe.

“That’s the way a banana republic acts, not the way the United States of America acts,” he said. “I don’t expect to have to issue a subpoena to see unclassified information.”

Source: YOU ARE SERVED: Congress Subpoenaed FBI On Live TV For Withholding On Clinton Email Scandal

Barna Update | The State of the Church 2016

Americans are attending church less, and more people—particularly Millennials—are experiencing and practicing their faith outside of its four walls. Based on a large pool of data from this year, Barna conducted an analysis on the state of the church, looking closely at affiliation, attendance and practice to determine the overall health of Christ’s Body in America.

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Franklin Graham: I’m Not ‘Deplorable’ to God, Even If Hillary Clinton Thinks So

But Graham is taking the occasion to remind the public about the reality of sin, God’s forgiveness, and the price Jesus paid on the cross.

“All sin is deplorable to Him. The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and the wages of sin is death.

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What is Planned Parenthood?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood

This article from Live Action News lists 5 main points that describe Planned Parenthood.

They are:

  1. Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s number one priority.
  2. Planned Parenthood doesn’t have mechanisms in place to help pregnant women who want to stay pregnant and need prenatal care.
  3. Planned Parenthood has never done a mammogram, and the self-breast exams can be done by women at home for free.
  4. Planned Parenthood has never done a mammogram, and the self-breast exams can be done by women at home for free.
  5. They charge more for the services they do provide than you would pay for the same service at a real health clinic. And they over-bill the government for it, too.

Here is a short video on the first point, for those who cannot read the whole article:

Even those who are pro-abortion should be concerned about the last two points.

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The Saint and Satan’s Accusations (Gurnall)

The Reformed Reader

Sometimes – by God’s grace and his Spirit at work in us – the Christian doesn’t give in to Satan’s crafty temptations.  One tactic the devil often resorts to in this situation is accusation.  That is, if he can’t get the Christian to sin, he tries to get the Christian to wallow in guilt.  William Gurnall explained it well:

“The devil is the blasphemer, but the poor Christian, because he will not join with him in the fact, shall have the name and bear the blame of it.  As the Jews compelled Simon of Cyrene to carry Christ’s cross, so Satan would compel the tempted Christian to carry the guilt of his sin for him.  And many time Satan doth so craftily, and with such sleight of hand, shift it [guilt] from himself to the Christian’s back, that he, poor creature, doesn’t realize the juggler’s art of conveying the guilt…

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Employee of company that wiped unsecure private e-mail server pleads the 5th

WINTERY KNIGHT

Hillary Clinton look bored about the deaths of 4 Americans who asked for her help Hillary Clinton looks bored during Congressional investigation of her misdeeds

He declines to answer questions, for fear of incriminating himself with his own testimony.

Townhall explains:

Platte River Networks employee Paul Combetta, the person who wiped Hillary Clinton’s private server and email archive with BleachBit, plead the Fifth Tuesday and refused to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee.

“On advise of counsel I respectfully decline to answer and assert my Fifth Amendment privilege,” Combetta said.

Platte River Networks is the company employed by Clinton to host her private email servers and email accounts during her time at the State Department.

According to the timing presented FBI report on the criminal investigation into the servers, Combetta wiped the server with BleachBit four weeks after the investigation started and two weeks after Congress requested all emails be preserved. Combetta has also been accused of wiping the server while under subpoena.

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Are we winning the war on ISIS & Radical Islam? The President says yes. The experts say no. Here’s a 9-page fact sheet laying out the data.

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(Washington, D.C.) — Fifteen years after the United States was attacked by Osama bin Laden and the jihadists of al Qaeda, a mere 27% of Americans believe we are safer from the threat of terrorism today than we were on 9/11.

Remarkably, fully seven-in-ten Americans believe we are not safer, or aren’t sure, according to a new Rasmussen poll released this week.

These are stunning numbers, especially when you consider the fact that President Obama and senior administration officials keep telling us that the most dangerous terror force on the planet — the Islamic State — has been “contained” and that ISIS is “losing” and that “we are winning” the war on ISIS.

Clearly, Americans don’t feel like we’re winning. And sadly, they’re right.

Over the last month, I’ve been reviewing all manner of data, trying to understand why the administration keeps claiming that we’re winning. But any way you slice it, the…

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September 15, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Typical worship service at Ed Young’s goat pen.  Why do people think this is what church is for?!?!
Jonathan Cahn continues to demonstrate why he has no business being a Bible teacher.
YES — Priscilla Shirer is a bonafide false teacher!  There is no debate about it.
Calvary Chapel is going farther and farther into apostasy.
An e-mail from the undiscerning.  Some good thoughts about defending the faith — and the need for it.
Gary Gilley’s review of “The Circle Maker” and its false teachings.
The “Code Orange Revival” is in progress, and being a program initiated by Steven Furtick, we can imagine what it is like.  Ah, but the doctrines espoused lead to a Bible challenge!  This is indeed a gathering of goat-herds.  The name for the event is actually quite ironic.
In April I linked to an article by Lyndon Unger beginning a series exposing the false teaching about “generational curses.”  Somehow I missed part 2 of the series, and now Lyndon has part 3 posted.  The series is well worth reading.
Doubt is NOT a sign of humility and non-judgmentalism; it is a sign of denying the faith.
Sadly, this is what passes for “worship” at too many goat-pens.
Hey Andy Stanley, what about the Bible passage about not suing fellow Christians (1 Cor. 6:1-8)?  Oh, wait.  I forgot that to Andy the Bible isn’t important.
Ellen White was a false prophet from the beginning, and no matter how close she turned toward orthodoxy it won’t change that fact.
Lastly, Mary Dalke has posted another “chapter” in her series on Roman Catholicism.  She’s doing an excellent job with lots of work involved.

The Seven Fears Controlling Controllers

Although controlling/authoritarian/obsessive people often seem intimidatingly strong and confident, at heart they are insecure people who are controlled by a number of fears.

Fear of things going wrong: Hyper-conscious of all that could go wrong in life, they are trying to protect themselves against every possible risk.

Fear of being found out: They put a protective skin around themselves, often shunning relational intimacy, because they are afraid that if people see more of them, they will see their inadequacy.

Fear of trusting: Trust entails risk and vulnerability. It means depending on other people and therefore the possibility of being let down, betrayed, exploited, etc.

Fear of needing someone else: The closer they get to someone, the more they come to need him or her, which unnerves them.

Fear of being exploited: Results in a tendency to be excessively guarded about giving, lending, or spending money.

Fear of uncertainty: The norm is excessively detailed long-term planning and a phobia toward changes.

Fear of not knowing: They tend to be obsessed about knowing every little detail about everything because the more they know the more they feel in control.

Alan Mallinger offers a few remedies for some of these fears in Too Perfect: When Being in Control Gets Out of ControlThey include:

  • Remind yourself that no one and nothing can be one-hundred-percent dependable.
  • Stop thinking in extremes. For example, just because it would be unwise to share every intimate detail of your life, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share any. There is a middle ground
  • Practice letting down your guard in one or two small ways to gain confidence and begin to build the habit of releasing control.

However, these are fairly basic and limited remedies. At the root of most sinful controlling is lack of submission to God’s perfect control. The sovereignty of God has to be the foundation of any lasting deliverance from these fears. I can release control if God is in control.

God’s sovereignty means that even if things do go wrong, they are not out of control but under God’s control, and He will work it together for our good.

God’s sovereignty means that even if people find out I’m not what my public persona portrays, He can still provide me with friends and loved ones who care for the real me. Indeed, God’s sovereignty means I can stop pretending and start trusting Him with the real me.

God’s sovereignty means that He will never let us down, and even if others do, he can still overrule even the greatest betrayal for good.

God’s sovereignty means that we can depend upon him for the big things, and through that learn to depend upon others for smaller things.

God’s sovereignty means that even if we are exploited and conned, that he can make it up to us as the cattle on a thousand hills are his, as are the millions in Merril Lynch.

God’s sovereignty means that His plan is certain and that nothing is uncertain to God. We don’t need to make detailed long-term plans because God has made an every-hair-on-my-head plan that covers time and eternity.

God’s sovereignty means we don’t need to know everything, because He already does.

God’s sovereignty means we can abandon perfectionism and embrace His perfection.

God’s sovereignty means we can repent of authoritarianism and trust His authority.

God’s sovereignty means we can release control into God’s control.

Previous posts on Perfectionism and Control: Part 1Part 2Part 3,Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7.

Source: The Seven Fears Controlling Controllers

What It Means to Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

Education and learning have become idols to which people increasingly bow. We live in a time of exceeding pride in human knowledge and accomplishment. The information humanity has amassed is more than any individual can fully comprehend, and it is almost ubiquitously available.

We are also surrounded by a culture where the desires and rights of the individual are considered the greatest good—where I can have whatever I want or be whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t harm others or keep them from their own desires.

In these times, it is imperative that Christians have constant reminders of what it means to trust only in the Lord God Almighty.

To Trust Is to Place Your Confidence Only in God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

To trust in the Lord means more than believing in who he is and what he says; the word here for trust can also mean “to have confidence in.” Having confidence in something means having an assurance that leads to action. Trust in the Lord is a faith that lets us boldly serve. This confidence should infuse our whole being.

All of our knowledge, wisdom, and will should be saturated in the action-producing assurance of the Lord.

When we lean on our own understanding, we trust our own knowledge and discernment to support us through life. As Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, the problem with this is that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Our own sinful nature can’t be counted on.

But new hearts are given by Christ through the Holy Spirit. We cultivate God-trusting hearts by meditation on Scripture, time in prayer, and companionship with other believers. As these things tune our hearts to the Spirit living in us, we will rely less on ourselves and more on Christ, serving him in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, in the battle with sin and in the peace of his rest.

To Trust Is to Acknowledge God in Everything

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

Acknowledging God means knowing God wherever we are and whatever we are doing. This doesn’t just mean intellectual assent, but an act of perceiving his character and will in every moment of life.

If dedicate ourselves to trusting and seeking God in all circumstances, are we then to believe that life will be easy and that no trouble will beset us? We have all experienced enough of life to know that isn’t the case. Instead, what we can expect is that our journey will ultimately lead to him and we will not be shaken when trials come. Jeremiah 17 gives us clarity:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit. (7-8)

It’s not that life no longer has difficulties, but that those difficulties are nothing to fear and that we can remain confident in God in the midst of them. He keeps us vibrant and useful to his will even when we feel languished or that the times are against us.

As we trust more in Jesus and have confidence to act on his will, we may have to turn down opportunities that seem great because Jesus has called us elsewhere, or accept callings that scare us. Acknowledging God in everything means that we remember that no circumstances come to us outside of the Father’s will. Knowing this will give us strength even through difficulties, pains, and fears, because we know that God will never leave our side.

To Trust Is to Fear the Lord

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)

Putting trust in the wisdom of man, looking to ourselves—both individually and corporately—is futile in the extreme.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” Therefore let no one boast in men. (1 Corinthians 3:19-21)

Whatever we think we know, the Lord knows more. He is more than capable of both shaming our own supposed wisdom and using it for his greater purpose. So how can we learn to trust God’s wisdom, and not our own?


The cure for us being enamored by our own knowledge is the fear of God.
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The solution to “being wise in [our] own eyes” is to stand in awe of the Lord, to live in a respectful fear of him. Being scared of God is an idea uncomfortable for some; they want God to be loving and welcoming. But to truly understand the scope of God’s love, you must understand that he is also terrifying.

His holiness, size, power, beauty, understanding, knowledge, and person are incomprehensible. His anger at sin is staggering. He is such that that Bible gives several accounts of people falling down as though dead at his mere appearance.

The cure for us being enamored by our own knowledge is in understanding how sublime and fearsome our God is. The fear of the Lord not only makes his loving-kindness that much more incredible, but also motivates us to avoid evil in all its forms. For what attraction can sin hold in the face of such a fearsome God?

To Trust Is to Receive Life from Christ

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:8)

Trust in and fearful awe of the Lord revives.

The word for flesh here is only used in two other verses in the Bible. In one it means “umbilical cord,” and in the other “navel.” Therefore, the healing spoken of here has a connotation of birth, as if trust in the Lord is tantamount to a rebirth.

The writer of Proverbs then contrasts images of birth with those of death. The trust and fear of the Lord is like a drink of water to dry bones. It echoes Ezekiel chapter 37, where the word of the Lord revives a valley of dry bones. He brings them together with his word and uses them as a prophetic metaphor of how he will pour his Spirit into his people.

Regardless of the pain or hardships endured, Jesus understands them. He can use them for our good and his glory in ways we can’t comprehend. He can provide healing in unexpected ways, even when hope seems lost, because truly our hope is in him.

The Perfect Trust of Jesus Christ

Trusting in the Lord is the only path to life, and nowhere is this seen more fully than in the life and work of Christ. In his life, he trusted the Father totally, even to his death; through his work on the cross, his resurrection, and his ascension he offers us new life, pouring his Spirit into our hearts.

In a culture of misplaced trusts, broken promises, and damaged lives, only Jesus is unshakable, unchangeable, unbreakable, and worthy of all our trust. Only he trusted the Father perfectly with all his heart, making straight the path for our salvation so we too would trust him. Through him, God offers healing, wisdom, and love to the world, if we only we acknowledge him in all our ways.

Name some other ways that we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts.

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One Thousand Gifts – A Polemical Review

Heresies taught in this book:

Polemical Reviews

More than several evangelical leaders, pastors, and polemicists have rung the bell of warning concerning Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. Below are excerpts of a few, with source links so you can research it further.

Tim Challies

Based on the people who influence her, it should not be surprising that her book ends up leading toward a higher plane of holiness or Christian experience that borders on spiritual ecstasy. This ecstasy comes by way of an almost sexual experience with God.

By the book’s final chapter Voskamp has realized that she still hasn’t put it all together, that something is still missing, and so, in her words, “I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God.” This closing chapter, “The Joy of Intimacy,” is her discovery of God through something akin to sexual intimacy. In a chapter laden with intimate imagery she falls in love with God again, but this time hears him urging to respond. She wants more of him. And then at last she experiences some kind of spiritual climax, some understanding of what it means to fully live, of what it means to be one with Christ, to experience the deepest kind of union. “God makes love with grace upon grace, every moment a making of His love for us. [C]ouldn’t I make love to God, making every moment love for Him? To know Him the way Adam knew Eve. Spirit skin to spirit skin?”

Sometimes it is best to allow God to define the parameters of our metaphors rather than taking them to a much greater extent.

It is true, of course, that the Bible uses imagery of bride and groom to describe the relationship of Christ to his church, but it does not go as far as integrating the sexual component of marriage. Sometimes it is best to allow God to define the parameters of our metaphors rather than taking them to a much greater extent. Voskamp would have done well to limit herself here.

The sexuality of this chapter is not all that concerns me. I am also concerned with the kind of spiritual climax she experiences. Why should she have to travel to a Roman Catholic cathedral in a foreign land in order to truly experience the Lord? “My eyes follow the stone arches rising over us, granite hands clasped in prayer over souls. I think of all who have gone before, the hands of medieval peasants who chiseled the stone under which I now stand. I think of those long-ago believers who had a way of entering into the full life, of finding a passage into God, a historical model of intimacy with God. I lean back to see the spires.”

What does she not understand about the gospel that her ecstasies have to happen in a place dedicated to a false gospel of salvation by grace plus works rather than a gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone? Why should they happen in a place dedicated to Our Lady (which is what Notre Dame translates to)? She declares that in the cathedral she is on holy ground, but there is nothing more or less holy about this cathedral than any other place on earth. There must be something wrong not just with the destination but with the whole journey if it leads here, of all places (source link).

Ken Silva 

Voskamp would likely recoil from the notion that she is promoting pagan nature religion or mysticism. But she does put Christians on the same footing as the pagans by taking them on a journey with her to find God in nature and art. The concepts about God that are distinctively Christian in her book are borrowed from special revelation (the Bible) and brought with her on her journey of discovery. But she never makes a distinction between general revelation and special revelation and by integrating the two so seamlessly, elevates nature to the status of saving revelation…

Voskamp is not really interested in theology understood cognitively, but rather in romantic feelings about God… This [idea] is about seeing (an art for the spiritually enlightened) God in the moment and in all things (panentheism). It is not really about God’s relationship to time, but about our attentiveness and awareness that will cause use to see God (Voskamp: 77)… New Age ideas are found throughout One Thousand Gifts

Amazingly, Voskamp unabashedly teaches the path to mystical union that has its roots in ancient, pagan, Rome. This path is taught in the Catholic Encyclopedia.8[7] This threefold path is “common to all forms of mysticism, Christian or otherwise” writes Pastor Gary Gilley who rightly warns the church about it.[8] Voskamp extols the medieval mystics who were instrumental in the building of Notre Dame (Voskamp: 208)…

Mysticism and the practices Voskamp endorses that promote it, do lead to a Cosmic Christ, that is a creation centered one rather that the Christ who bodily ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. The mystical Christ is immanent only, not transcendent. He is contacted by unbiblical, mystical means rather than through the gospel that saves us from God’s wrath against sin…

As fraught with theological error that this book is, its basic premise is true: as Christians we ought to be thankful people who give thanks in all things. The Bible teaches us that. But do we need to jettison Christian theism in favor of panentheism and objective truth in favor of romantic feelings and higher order experiences to become thankful? No! … There is enough sensuality in the world without us having sensual desires stirred up under the guise of a higher order religious experience in the context of a panentheistic worldview (source link).

The Authentic Gospel

Please watch this clip so that you may better understand the real Gospel.

Source: One Thousand Gifts – A Polemical Review

The Shack – A Polemical Review

Heresies Taught

* Please note, it is hard to define the actual heresies taught in The Shack, because the storyline seems confused and disjointed. While Modalism is the closest of the classical heresies that can be ascribed to the book, it teaches a general misunderstanding of the Holy Trinity.

Reviews

The negative reviews of The Shack from respected evangelical leaders are multitudinous. Below are excerpts, with links to full reviews.

Albert Mohler 

In the shack, “Mack” meets the divine Trinity as “Papa,” an African-American woman; Jesus, a Jewish carpenter; and “Sarayu,” an Asian woman who is revealed to be the Holy Spirit. The book is mainly a series of dialogues between Mack, Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu. Those conversations reveal God to be very different than the God of the Bible. “Papa” is absolutely non-judgmental, and seems most determined to affirm that all humanity is already redeemed.

The theology of The Shack is not incidental to the story. Indeed, at most points the narrative seems mainly to serve as a structure for the dialogues. And the dialogues reveal a theology that is unconventional at best, and undoubtedly heretical in certain respects (source link).

Tim Challies 

Overall, I had to conclude that Young has an inadequate and often-unbiblical understanding of the Trinity. While granting that the Trinity is a very difficult topic to understand and one that we cannot know fully, there are several indications that he often blurs the distinct persons of the Trinity along with their roles and their unique attributes. Combined with his novel but unsupported conjectures, this is a serious concern…

Despite the great amount of poor theology, my greatest concern is probably this one: the book has a quietly subversive quality to it. Young seems set on undermining orthodox Christianity (source link).

Mark Lamprecht

The Shack evidences a low regard for Scripture. When Mack mentions biblical events or concepts, Papa brushes them off and glibly explains how it really is, thus suggesting that the Bible is the work of man, not the divinely inspired work of God. Yet, some argue that The Shack has value in that it demonstrates a loving God of grace who invites man to a relationship. But it does so with grievous distortions about the nature of God, the nature of the Trinity, the authority of God’s Word, God’s hatred of sin, the requirement of repentance, and the nature of conversion and salvation.

My brothers and sisters, even in reading and discussing a work of fiction, we must be prepared to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), and to do so without apology to the world. The Shack may, from its human author’s viewpoint, be in all sincerity intended as an inviting look at a highly relational God, but would you place even a drop of poison in pure water and invite others to drink? (source link)

Matt Slick

There is a famine in the land and Christian discernment is dying.  The book “The Shack” is a feel-good fictional story about a man named Mack whose daughter is murdered.  Mack subsequently has an encounter with God in a shack in the woods, and through this meeting he’s healed emotionally and spiritually.  Sound good?  Of course it does.  The only problem is the many false doctrines laced throughout the book (source link).

The Real Gospel

Source: The Shack – A Polemical Review

Heaven is For Real – Polemical Review

Heresies taught in this book (click the links to find out more) include:

Montanism

Mysticism 

Reviews

Before explaining why Heaven is For Real, in particular, teaches heresy, please take the time to watch this video from our friend, Justin Peters, discussing “Heaven Tourism.”

Regarding Heaven is For Real, Pulpit & Pen writes…

Now, keep in mind that the Apostle Paul speaks of himself “being caught up in the third Heaven” in 2 Corinthians 12:2 – and what does not follow is the Apostle Paul then explaining to us the interior decoration of Heaven, Jesus’ horse of many colors, or any other aspect of Heaven that God chose to not reveal in the written revealed Word of God. Neither was the Apostle Paul receiving this vision as an accidental, premature visit to Heaven from a near-death experience. Maybe we should take a hint.

What’s forgotten is that Burpo’s book (and Wallace’s movie by the same name,Heaven is for Real) is nothing new, novelty, or unique. Phil Johnson gives a good listof books with similar testimonies that have become so prominent in the evangelical marketplace that Tim Challies has come to call the genre “Heaven Tourism.” Johnson gives the list including My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life, by Marvin J. Besteman; Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash . . .A Lone Survivor . . .A Journey to Heaven—and Back, by Dale Black; To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story, by Mary Neal; 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life, by Don Piper; Nine Days In Heaven, by Dennis Prince; 23 Minutes In Hell: One Man’s Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in that Place of Torment, by Bill Wiese.

Johnson writes:

This is not a totally new phenomenon…What’s different about the current crop of afterlife testimonies is that they are being eagerly sought and relentlessly cranked out by evangelical publishers…

These books are coming out with such frequency that it is virtually impossible to read and review them all. But that shouldn’t even be necessary. No true evangelical ought to be tempted to give such tales any credence whatsoever, no matter how popular they become. One major, obvious problem is that these books don’t even agree with one another. They give contradictory descriptions of heaven and thus cannot possibly have any cumulative long-term effect other than the sowing of confusion and doubt.

Johnson continues…

Why Christians who profess to believe the Bible would find these stories the least bit compelling is an utter mystery, but it is a sure sign that many in the evangelical movement have abandoned their evangelical convictions.Specifically, they have relinquished the principle of sola Scriptura and lost their confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. Why else would they turn from clear biblical teaching on heaven and seek an alternative view in mystical experiences that bear no resemblance to what Scripture tells us?…

Evangelical readers’ discernment skills are at an all-time low, and that is why books like these proliferate. Despite the high profile, high sales figures, and high dollar amounts Christian publishers can milk from a trend such as this, it doesn’t bode well for the future of Christian publishing—or for the future of the evangelical movement.

At the heart of it, our infatuation for these extra-biblical revelations don’t merely speak of our lack of discernment (although that’s frightening enough). Our infatuation for these extra-biblical revelations speak of our disinterest and disenchantment with the sufficient, written Word of God.

T.A. McMahon writes

Heaven Is for Real is a nonfiction account that documents the experience of a three-year-old boy who believes that he visited Heaven. The story is told by the boy’s father, an evangelical pastor. He and his wife initially seem to be rather startled by their son’s revelations, which he shares over a period of about three years. There is nothing not to like about this Christian family, and much that is quite admirable. The little boy is a typical three- or four-year-old–hardly precocious, but simply matter of fact in relating what he seems to have experienced.

That experience took place when three-year-old Colton was undergoing emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Not too long afterward, he told his parents that he saw them praying for him outside the operating room. When they asked how he knew what they had been doing he said, “Cause I could see you….I went up out of my body and I was looking down and I could see the doctor working on my body. [Scripture tells us that death takes place when the spirit vacates the body. Yet there was no medical report of a clinical death during Colton’s surgery.] And I saw you and Mommy. You were in a little room by yourself, praying; and Mommy was in a different room, and she was praying and talking on the phone” (pp. xx-xxi). The accuracy of Colton’s disclosure rocked his parents to the core. But that was just the beginning of revelations that far and away defy natural explanations.

Colton’s other revelations included: angels singing “Jesus Loves Me” to him; his sitting on Jesus’ lap; meeting John the Baptist and the angel Gabriel; petting Jesus’ rainbow-colored horse; his descriptions of Jesus’ wounds and attire, including a crown with a pink diamond that Jesus wore; the prevalence of kids in Heaven; his description of everyone there having wings like the angels–all except Jesus, that is; his being recognized by his great grandfather, who died decades before Colton was born; and the description of God as “really, really big.”

Although most of Colton’s observations in Heaven are not outside the realm of possibility of what could take place there, they are nevertheless extra-biblical insights and information, some being more problematic than others. For example, Colton explains that “Everyone kind of looks like angels in heaven,” sporting wings (the size of which are dependent on the individual’s size) and a halo. Since the resurrection of believers’ transformed physical bodies has yet to take place, their form now in Heaven must lack physical attributes. Hence the need for wings of whatever size makes no sense. Moreover, other than the descriptive visions of the heavenly creatures known as cherubim and seraphim and the decorative designs in the Temple and upon the Mercy Seat, angels that appear to humanity are never described as having wings.

Many supporters of the book claim that any and all objections pale in the face of the supernatural knowledge that Colton reveals–things that were humanly impossible for him to know. For example, he said that he had met his other sister in Heaven. When told by his mother that Cassie was his only sister, his shocking response was, “No….I have two sisters. You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t you?” (p. 94). Colton had never been told of the “painful episode” of the miscarriage, and his parents never knew the gender of the fetus. Colton added, “In heaven, this little girl ran up to me, and she wouldn’t stop hugging me….She said she just can’t wait for you and Daddy to get to heaven” (p. 96). That revelation seemed to be the most convincing for Colton’s parents that their son had indeed visited Heaven: “We had wanted to believe that our unborn child had gone to heaven. Even though the Bible is largely silent on this point, we had accepted it on faith. But now, we had an eyewitness: a daughter we had never met was waiting eagerly for us in eternity” (p. 97).

Was Colton truly an eyewitness in Heaven to everything he described? Much of it is quite mindboggling, notwithstanding the fact that all of itis extra-biblical. Yet it provides alleged insights about Heaven; e.g., a girl dies as a fetus, grows into a little girl in heaven, and then is eagerly awaiting her parents’ arrival. What if one or both parents reject the gospel? Would there then be disappointment in a place of perfect bliss?

Consider how Colton’s father mentioned that “the Bible is largely silent” on a certain issue. It is also completely silent on the specific things that Colton has revealed. This raises the question as to why God would leave out something of value for us in His inerrant Word, which was given through His prophets “as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter:1:21)–only to reveal it later through a little boy (as well as many others who make similar claims). On the back cover of the book we read, “ Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.”

The Bible is God’s precise, absolute, and eternal communication to mankind (Luke:21:33; Hebrews:4:12). It did not come by nor was it left up to the will or imagination of man (2 Peter:1:20). Paul writes, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians:2:13). Our faith can be childlike, but it is faith placed in God’s Word, not in anyone’s alleged “eyewitness” account, be they a child or an adult. Peter was an eyewitness to an incredible event. He saw Jesus supernaturally transfigured before his very eyes and heard the voice of God. We can be sure that the personal experience he had was true because it’s reported in Scripture. Nevertheless, he tells us that his personal experience (or anyone else’s) is not as trustworthy as the Word of God : “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed” (2 Peter:1:19) (source link).

The Gospel 

Please take the time to watch this short video so that you can understand the authentic Gospel.

 

Other Resources

Heaven Tourism Critique, Pulpit & Pen

Book Review, The Berean Call  

Book Review, Grace to You

Book Review, GotQuestions.org 

Book Review, Tim Challies 

Source: Heaven is For Real – Polemical Review

They Called Upon the Name of the Lord

Unfathomable Grace

There was no one found in the middle. A no-man’s land did not exist. No one was neutral; all men and women took sides. There were only two camps, only two teams, only two warring factions, and every individual was found on the membership records of one clan or the other.

On one side was found Satan, his demons, and his earthly, sinful, rebel children who persistently abused the kingship and common grace of God. They were his seed, and they included Cain and his descendents. What characterized Satan’s line and lineage? They were vile individuals who wrote songs lauding their sin, covetousness, polygamy, hatred, and ruthless vengeance.

On the other side was found God, his faithful angels, and certain children of Adam and Eve who repented and rightly responded to his gracious love. And what was it that characterized this redeemed faction? Moses writes:

…  At that time people…

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