Daily Archives: September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Sep. 16, 2016 |

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Following recent confirmation from Ford CEO Mark Fields that the company would move small car production to Mexico, he told CNN Thursday that the company would be cutting “zero” jobs in the U.S. and criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about the move.

Deutsche Bank AG’s shares and its riskiest bonds dropped the most since the Brexit vote after the lender said the U.S. Justice Department is seeking $14 billion to settle a probe tied to mortgage-backed securities, more money than the bank is willing to pay.

European leaders are meeting today without the U.K. for the first time in 43 years, aiming to build a shared vision for their post-Brexit bloc.

Tesla just won a bid to supply grid-scale power in Southern California to help prevent electricity shortages following the biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history. The Powerpacks, worth tens of millions of dollars, will be operational in record time-by the end of this year. Tesla Motors Inc. will supply 20 megawatts (80 megawatt-hours) of energy storage to Southern California Edison as part of a wider effort to prevent blackouts by replacing fossil-fuel electricity generation with lithium-ion batteries.

Hillary Clinton has a millennial voter problem, and she’s working to address it with help from progressive icons Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are slated to campaign for her.

AP Top Stories

Rodrigo Duterte shot dead a justice department employee and ordered the murder of opponents, a former death squad member told parliament Thursday, in explosive allegations against the Philippine president. The self-described assassin testified under oath that he and a group of policemen and ex-communist rebels killed about 1,000 people between 1988 and 2013 on Duterte’s orders — one of them an alleged kidnapper fed alive to a crocodile. Others were garroted, burned, quartered and then buried at a quarry owned by a police officer who was a member of the death squad. Others were dumped at sea to be eaten by fish.

Venezuela on Wednesday decried a decision that could see it suspended from the Mercosur trade bloc as the crisis-stricken leftist country grows increasingly isolated in South America.

Niger is increasingly becoming a target for Boko Haram attacks, as the Islamists come under sustained military pressure in Nigeria while reeling under a leadership struggle.

Scientists at the Channel Islands National Park, just off the Southern California coast, have excavated a rare and well-preserved mammoth skull fossil from Santa Rosa Island.

The Philippines is firmly committed to its alliance with the United States but will not be lectured on human rights and treated like a “little brown brother,” the country’s Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Thursday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is intensifying efforts to find enough evidence to enable the Justice Department to indict some of the Russians that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded are hacking into American political parties and figures.

Clashes broke out between dozens of asylum-seekers and far-right extremists in an eastern German city, forcing police to call in reinforcements to quell the violence, police said Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test.

The number of people who have fled South Sudan because of the country’s civil war has passed the one million mark, the UN refugee agency said. Fighting that broke out in the capital, Juba, in July is responsible for the latest surge in those fleeing.

BBC

The US government has agreed to pay $1.2m to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, reports said.

A young Yazidi woman who survived trafficking and gang-rape by so-called Islamic State militants is to be appointed a UN ambassador. Nadia Murad, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will become the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

An autistic man suspected of hacking into US government computer systems is to be extradited from Britain to face trial, a court has ruled. Lauri Love, 31, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and the country’s missile defense agency.

A large item of debris found off the coast of Tanzania belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australian investigators said. The fragment, said to be the inboard section of the right, outboard flap of the plane, was recovered in June.

The British and German embassies in Turkey were forced to shut amid fears of a militant attack.

Russia has warned it could resume air strikes on “moderate” rebel groups in Syria unless the US does more to distance them from extremists.

WND

The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to relinquish U.S. control over Internet domains, but many conservatives are demanding the president not change what is working fine by ceding control to other countries, which could then limit the content their own citizens can see.

By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the US, starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers.

HIV-positive patients will now be able to receive transplanted organs from HIV-positive donors at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Australia – Smokers will soon be slugged $40 for a packet of cigarettes. The excise will increase by 12.5 per cent each year to 2020.


Top News – 9/16/2016

2 more docs charge coverup in Hillary health scandal
Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told WND the letter from Bardack “ignores all the pertinent questions.” “Maybe she has pneumonia, but the timing is perfect for explaining a fall we weren’t supposed to see and which could have been caused by same neurological damage that caused previous falls,” she said.

Two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict at risk of giving way to ‘one-state reality,’ warns Ban
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of the conflict, which is heading towards a “one-state reality” rather than a peaceful resolution.

THE GEOMAGNETIC BLITZ OF SEPTEMBER 1941
Seventy-five years ago next week, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater. The untold story of this remarkable event has just been published in a lively article by space weather researchers Jeff Love (USGS) and Pierdavide Coïsson (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris).

Will Putin push Israel to talks with the PA?
Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke last night (Friday) with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, regarding the possibility of renewing contact with the “Palestinians,” with Russian mediation. ..the two agreed to continue to discuss the possibility of gathering a summit of leaders in Moscow, and agreed to continue to work together to overcome the challenges facing the two nations, on a local level.

Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia’s Coast, No Tsunami Threat Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160916/1045359203/magnitude-5-qua
The quake hit at around 19:45 GMT on Thursday, its epicenter was located about 49 kilometers (about 30 miles) southeast of the smaller Saparua island, which lies south of Seram. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Obama gathers advisers amid unease over Syria deal
US President Barack Obama will huddle with top national security aides — including his secretaries of state and defense — Friday, amid deep unease over a tenuous Syria ceasefire deal. Barely a week since the United States and Russia agreed to halt bombing and let humanitarian aid into Aleppo, shaky implementation looks set to dominate a meeting ostensibly about countering the Islamic State group.

UN’s Ban: Netanyahu ethnic cleansing remarks ‘outrageous’
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has criticised Israel’s prime minister for saying Palestinians want the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews in the West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu’s use of the term in a video attacking opponents of Jewish settlement construction on occupied territory was “outrageous”, he said.

France labour reform: Clashes during ‘last round’ of street protests
Riot police clash with protesters in France marching against labour reforms in what unions say will be the last of such demonstrations. Protesters gathered in Paris and other French cities to demonstrate against a controversial French labour reform that aims to make it easier to hire and fire workers and negotiate directly with employees on working time.

At the epicentre of Delhi’s chikungunya epidemic
In the Indian capital Delhi’s neighbourhood of Karkardooma, the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus is running riot. At a local doctor’s private practice, many residents lining up outside have similar sounding complaints: severe joint pains, nausea, headaches and fever, all common symptoms of the infection.

MKs call for greater religious pluralism following ‘Post’ poll
In reaction to a poll showing that 62% of Israeli Jews believe that the state should formally recognize the Reform and Conservative denominations, several MKs have called for greater religious pluralism. The poll…also showed high levels of support for the stalled Western Wall agreement…while 54% of Israeli Jews said they were opposed to the Orthodox monopoly over matters of religion in the country.

In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested
The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him.

Philippines is not ‘little brown brother’ of U.S.: foreign minister
The Philippines is firmly committed to its alliance with the United States but will not be lectured on human rights and treated like a “little brown brother,” the country’s Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Thursday.

The Era of American Global Dominance Is Over
You might recall the term “Eurasia” from high school geography classes. The term isn’t used much anymore in political discussions in the West, but it should be. That is where the most serious geopolitical action is going to be taking place in the world as we move deeper into the 21st century. The U.S., focused so intently on “containment“ of Russia, the so-called Islamic State and China, will be missing the bigger Eurasian strategic picture.

Embassy stay risks Assange’s mental health: WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks on Thursday released medical records claiming its founder Julian Assange’s mental health was at risk if he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ahead of a court hearing in Sweden to decide whether to maintain an arrest warrant for him.

ISIS’ deadliest ally has started fighting itself
“You can’t really be more barbaric and more savage …,” Issoufou Yahaya, a political analyst at Niamey University in Niger, told The Wall Street Journal.


Top Headlines – 9/16/2016

  • Deutsche Bank to fight $14 billion demand from U.S. authorities (Read More)
  • Exxon’s Accounting Practices Are Investigated (Read More)
  • European leaders seek elusive ‘road map’ after Brexit shock (Read More)
  • Johnson Said to Tell Italy Exit Talks Likely to Start Early 2017 (Read More)
  • Brexit Bulletin: Merkel Sings the Bratislava Blues (Read More)
  • Atlante manager’s CEO says Popolare di Vicenza may need more capital (Read More)
  • Unilever Is in Talks to Acquire Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. (Read More)
  • Japan’s Central Bank Splits Over Easing Program (Read More)
  • Japan Looks to Bring in More Foreign Workers as Population Falls (Read More)
  • Clinton visits North Carolina in campaign trail return; Trump up in polls (Read More)
  • Donald Trump Promises Tax Cuts, Offset by Robust Growth  (Read More)
  • In Pennsylvania Senate race, unfamiliar battle lines on gun rights (Read More)
  • Earnings Secrecy to End in Junk-Bond Market Under EU Rules (Read More)
  • Investors reluctant to back Monte Paschi’s cash call (Read More)
  • In Places With Fraying Social Fabric, a Political Backlash Rises (Read More)
  • White Ohio policeman kills black teen armed with BB gun (Read More)
  • Apple’s 21% Rally Is Tough Pill for 295 Funds That Bailed (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds Find a New Short-Selling Guru (Read More)
  • Facebook steps up fight against fake news (Read More)

Netanyahu threatens ‘downpour’ if rocket fire does not subside

IDF prepares for all-out war in next week’s drill

‘The Boys in Tehran Know Israel Has 200 Nukes Pointed at Them,’ Says Former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Leaked Email

Ya’alon denies Israeli security officials now back Iran deal

Ex-defense official: US military aid $100m less than past deal

The IDF’s new $38 billion shopping list in the US

Poll shows rift between US Jews, Israel on religious affairs

UN Sec. Gen. admonishes PM over ‘ethnic cleansing’ remark, calls settlements roadblock to peace

Chlorine: the gas of war crimes

Syria ceasefire deal in balance as Aleppo aid plan stalls

Obama gathers advisers amid unease over Syria deal

Russia says Syria ceasefire broken 45 times in last 24 hours

Russian military: U.S. not implementing its part of Syria ceasefire plan

Russian general’s visit ‘very productive’ – Turkish military sources

Christian Author: Obama, Clinton Guilty of ‘Christophobia’ Amid Refugee Crisis

Hungary seeks to aid persecuted Christians around the world

ISIS’ deadliest ally Boko Haram has started fighting itself

Saudi official warns Iran: Attack us at your own risk

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia announces conversion to Islam

UN commission lists rights concerns in conflict-riven South Sudan

Public school tells second graders: Allah loves cleanliness

Iran introduces ‘halal’ internet

Merkel Takes Aim at Populist ‘Lies’ Spread Through Social Media

Facebook will help gather questions for presidential debate

YouTube Has Quietly Begun “Censoring” Journalists Who Criticize Government

CNN’s Amanpour suggests Clinton health coverage sexist

Doctors See Inconsistencies In Hillary Clinton’s ‘Bacterial Pneumonia’ Diagnosis

Trump, Clinton trade barbs over Obama ‘birther’ movement

Trump campaign, but not Trump, says Obama was born in the US

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says bloodshed may be needed to protect conservatism

Huelskamp may force impeachment vote against IRS chief despite deal

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

Arizona residents complain about Border Patrol checkpoints placed 100 miles inland

Cuban invasion: Immigration highest ever, deportations lowest

In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested

Bomb Dogs Failed Dozens of Tests at 10 Large U.S. Airports

Hello self-driving cars, goodbye 4.1 million jobs?

Philippines President Duterte ‘ordered death squad hits while mayor’

Philippines diplomat: Don’t lecture us on human rights

Japan to increase activities in South China Sea, defense minister says

UN chief demands urgent response to stop North Korea’s ‘provocative actions’

North Korea’s attempt at humor: TV show mocks Obama

North Korea’s deadly floods undermine the nation’s projection of power

N. Korea says floods ‘worst disaster’ since WWII

Earth Vulnerable to Major Asteroid Strike, White House Science Chief Says

SpaceX faces a more crowded rocket launch market, even when it returns to flight

China launches second trial space station

New Horizons’ data continues to uncover surprises on Pluto and its moon

The ‘harvest moon’ rises Friday. And it might be a supermoon. And there’s an eclipse.

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Saparua, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kalbay, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Palomares, Mexico

Earthquake Hits near Active Volcano in Nicaragua

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Bulusan volcano in the Philippines erupts to 11,000ft

Japan’s Sakurajima volcano could be close to major eruption for the first time in a century

Typhoon Malakas to threaten Taiwan, Japan with flooding rain

Southern Taiwan Reels from Super Typhoon Meranti’s Devastation

Sea ice in Arctic shrinks to second lowest level on record

Ban Ki-moon declares climate change debate ‘over,’ calls Paris deal his greatest achievement

French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy says climate change not caused by man

Four Studies Find ‘No Observable Sea-Level Effect’ From Man-Made Global Warming

Maryland schools ban thousands of students without government-mandated vaccinations

Mysterious illness spreads in Alabama school

Puerto Rico’s Zika crisis: At least 1 in 4 residents may become infected by the virus

Science is One Step Closer to Cloning a Race of Super Humans

Sex reassignment thriller causes waves at Toronto film festival

Brilliant ‘batty boy’ challenging Caribbean homophobia

Anti-gay MK bashfully admits he, too, harbors fantasies that dare not speak their name

Tim Kaine’s Support for Same-Sex Marriage Repudiated by His Bishop; Church Can’t Change Christ’s Teaching, Catholic Scholar Says

Virtual love on display at annual Tokyo Game Show

Maryland woman committed to hospital for kids’ exorcism slayings

Bizarre epidemic of men dressed as clowns threatening to abduct children sweeps USA – as cops warn terrified parents to be on alert

California high school student’s grade lowered for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance


10 Things That Every American Should Know About Donald Trump’s Plan To Save The U.S. Economy

donald-trump-speech-voa-public-domainCan Donald Trump turn the U.S. economy around?  This week Trump unveiled details of his new economic plan, and the mainstream media is having a field day criticizing it.  But the truth is that we simply cannot afford to stay on the same path that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have us on right now.  Millions of jobs are being shipped out of the country, the middle class is dying, poverty is exploding, millions of children in America don’t have enough food, and our reckless spending has created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the planet.  Something must be done or else we will continue to steamroll toward economic oblivion.  So is Donald Trump the man for the hour? (Read More….)


The Briefing 09-16-16

ACC pulls championships from NC, citing “principles” of inclusion and nondiscrimination

“The times, they are a-changin'”: Orlando sports columnist mocks NC in bid to ACC

Democrats refuse to pass Zika bill because it doesn’t include money for Planned Parenthood

Could religion’s decline precipitate economic decline? Question has secularists worried

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Lights Begin To Dim For Dems As They Watch Hillary Poll Numbers Worsen By The Day

Hillary Clinton’s once formidable lead over Donald Trump in national and battleground polls is evaporating.

Donald Trump has pulled into the lead in Florida and Ohio, two crucial states where he has trailed Clinton for most of the race, and several states that once looked out of reach for Trump — Colorado and Virginia, among them — suddenly appear competitive.

One survey showed Trump swinging to a lead in Nevada, a state that President Obama carried with ease during both of his presidential campaigns. And a poll of Iowa, which has only gone for the GOP nominee once in the last seven elections, found Trump ahead by 8 points.

The swing in national polls is equally dramatic.

While Clinton led Trump by an average of 7.6 percentage points one month ago, her advantage is now down to a meager 1.8 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics average.

Showing the Crowd at Donald Trump Rally in Laconia, NH 9/15/16

The crowds are only growing larger at Trump rallies.

“No question there’s a movement toward Trump right now,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. “When the media is focused on one candidate over the other, it’s generally negative. The media has been focused on Clinton and her health, and Trump smartly did not try to steal the limelight from her.”

The shift in the polls comes amid a brutal stretch for Clinton, who started last weekend by lumping half of Trump’s supporters into a “basket of deplorables” and then suffered a dramatic health scare while leaving a 9/11 memorial in New York City, only to later reveal a pneumonia diagnosis.

While the Clinton campaign has showed no public signs of panic, it is bringing the party’s heavy artillery to Ohio, dispatching Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to campaign in the state.

How big are Trump rallies? See for yourself who the choice of the people is:

Democrats can take comfort in the Electoral College map, which gives Trump a narrow path to the necessary 270 votes. To win, he will likely have to pick off a blue state like New Hampshire or Pennsylvania, where he is still behind.

Yet the race is unquestionably moving into toss-up territory as Trump and Clinton prepare for a momentous debate on Sept. 26.

“The first debate is pivotal for Clinton if she’s going to arrest this drip and recover,” said Geoffrey Skelley, a polling analyst for University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “If she doesn’t, then this race stays on a knife’s edge. It’s gone from being unlikely that Trump could win, to a slightly uphill climb for him.”

A CBS News-New York Times poll released Thursday found Trump and Clinton locked at 42 percent support nationally.

Only 43 percent of Clinton’s supporters say they’re excited about casting a ballot for her, compared to 50 percent of Trump’s supporters who are excited to vote for him. More than a third of young voters — a diverse group that leans left and formed a key part of the Obama coalition — are supporting a third-party alternative over Clinton.

Election handicappers are taking a wait-and-see approach before declaring a fundamental shift in the race, believing it’s still likelier that Clinton will win enough battleground states to take the White House.

Trump’s Army: Always Huge Crowds at Rallies

Forecasting models from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and Frontloading HQ still show Clinton with a significant Electoral College advantage. U.Va.’s model has Clinton running the table on the battleground states to win 348 electoral votes, which would be slightly better than Obama’s showing against Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.

But FiveThirtyEight’s forecasting model, run by data guru Nate Silver, finds Clinton’s likelihood of victory has plummeted from nearly 90 percent in August to 61 percent.

In the FiveThirtyEight forecast, Clinton ekes out a popular vote victory by 2.3 points and earns 290 electoral votes, compared to 246 for Trump. That’s a deficit that can be closed by moving two battleground states from Clinton’s column into Trump’s.

“I still think Clinton has a slight advantage,” said GOP pollster David Winston. “But it has definitely tightened up; this race is extremely volatile.” Republicans have seen this movie before and are skeptical.

Now let’s compare the size of a Trump rally to the actual size of a Hillary rally:

This week, conservative commentator Noah Rothman tweeted out a bevy of headlines from October of 2012 declaring that Romney had seized momentum and opened up a lead over Obama in the battleground states.

On Election Day, Obama out-performed the polls on the strength of his superior get-out-the-vote effort. He coasted to reelection, winning every battleground state except for one.

Democrats will once again have the advantage in money and ground game in 2016. But pollsters caution that there is no analogue for the 2016 race.

Analysts have never had to handicap a race with two candidates as historically unpopular as Trump and Clinton. There are still an unusual number of undecided voters, and interest in the third-party candidates remains a wild card.

Nigel Farage: Clinton is in for a big shock

Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage on Hillary Clinton’s comments about Trump supporters.

Those variables have pollsters struggling to forecast turnout, and importantly, the likely make-up of the electorate. The uncertainty has fueled debate over polling methodologies as outlets have turned from sampling registered voters to screening respondents for those they believe are likeliest to vote.

“The incredible negatives these candidates have makes it very difficult to determine what a likely voter looks like,” said Winston, the GOP pollster. Earlier in the cycle, Clinton outperformed Trump among likely voters. Now, the pendulum has swung in favor of Trump.

In the Monmouth University survey of Nevada that showed Trump ahead by 2 points, pollster Murray said he screened out a significant number of Hispanics — who presumably would have supported Clinton — because they answered questions in a way that indicated they were less likely to vote.

A Bloomberg poll of Ohio that found Trump ahead by 5 points among likely voters put the electorate at 43 percent Republican and only 36 percent Democratic.

“Our party breakdown differs from other polls, but resembles what happened in Ohio in 2004,” pollster Ann Selzer, one of the nation’s best pollsters, told Bloomberg. “It is very difficult to say today who will and who will not show up to vote on Election Day. Our poll suggests more Republicans than Democrats would do that in an Ohio election held today.”

Pollsters don’t know whether minority voters and college-educated whites will turn out for Clinton because they fear a Trump presidency. They doubt the third-party candidates will pull their current level of support, but are unsure if those voters will stay home or move to a major party candidate. And they don’t know if Trump’s enthusiasm advantage is enough to overcome the Democratic turnout machine.

“It’s hard to know what the polls mean right now because the vast majority are motivated to vote against the other candidate,” Murray said. “We’ve never had a situation like this. It’s unprecedented. You can’t compare it to anything in modern times.” source


September 15, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — The media are returning to their protective mode regarding Hillary Clinton, after pretending to raise questions about her health. But very few questions have been answered. Here are some that still linger: (1) Mrs. Clinton and her media entourage have claimed in the past that her coughing fits were caused by allergies. So what really caused her to leave the 9/11 memorial and nearly collapse?… (more)

September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton’s doctor on Wednesday pronounced her “healthy and fit” to serve as president, making a belated effort at transparency and hoping to contain political damage after the Democratic nominee was too weak to make it through a Sept. 11 memorial service this weekend… (more)


September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Donald Trump dreams of big spending, but when it comes to paying for his plans, he’s tougher to pin down – – often ending up pointing to waste, fraud and abuse as pots of money to be tapped. The only problem, budget analysts say, is that while waste exists, getting at it is not as easy as Mr. Trump says… (more)

September 15, 2016
GARTH KANT — In a stunning development, Republican congressional leaders have reversed course and agreed to have the House Judiciary committee hold impeachment proceedings against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. A hearing will be held next Wednesday… (more)


September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Republicans will consider a rules change next year that would make it harder for a rogue lawmaker or group of lawmakers to oust the speaker. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., introduced the proposal on Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, which is weighing potential rules changes for the new Congress that convenes in January… (more)

September 15, 2016
MCCLATCHYDC — During an often-contentious hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took on the Obama administration for what has become his latest signature issue: internet oversight. The Obama administration is due to relinquish U.S. control Oct. 1 over a private-sector, nonprofit organization that administers internet domain names and designations… (more)

September 15, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Donna Rice Hughes, president, and CEO of Enough Is Enough® (EIE), is an internationally known Internet safety expert, author, speaker and Emmy-award winning film producer. Since 1994, she has been a pioneering leader on the front lines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families… (more)

September 14, 2016
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer laid into Donald Trump Tuesday night for a child care plan that would “out-Democrat the Democrats.” In remarks on Fox News’ “Special Report With Bret Baier,” Krauthammer called the reported plan to guarantees six weeks of paid maternity leave to working women as an “enormous new entitlement.”… (more)

September 13, 2016
THE RESURGENT — If you have listened to talk radio in the past eight years, you will have heard various hosts declare one of the chief reasons the GOP lost was because they ran as Democrat-lite instead of as actual conservatives with conservative ideas…. (more)

September 13, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton’s attempt to hide a bout with pneumonia until forced to explain a caught-on-video health scare provided a fresh reminder of why a majority of voters say she is not honest and trustworthy – – a reputation earned from a long history of concealing the truth and making false statements…. (more)

September 13, 2016
JEROME CORSI — Hillary Clinton has stage-three Parkinson’s disease and suffers from seizures, according to three sources who have had a personal relationship with the Democratic Party presidential nominee…. (more)

September 13, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — With concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health intensifying, Congress is poised to revisit the FBI’s investigation of her e-mail scandal. As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports, the House Government Oversight Committee chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) will begin hearings this week…. (more)

September 13, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama wants the U.S. to take 30 percent more refugees next year, top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday, calling for Americans to do more on the world stage at a time when many voters are already balking at the current pace…. (more)

September 13, 2016
JOE KOVACS — In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s physical collapse on Sept. 11 – – which her campaign blames on pneumonia – – some journalists are reporting secret, high-level meetings are taking place among Democrats to consider a possible replacement for Mrs. Clinton at the top of the presidential ticket, should the need arise…. (more)


September 13, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — As panic-stricken Democrats huddle to discuss whether to replace Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, there is already fierce debate as to who would take her place…. (more)

September 13, 2016
NEW YORK POST — Hillary Clinton was headed to an emergency room following her frightening collapse at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony – – but detoured to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment to keep details of her medical treatment under wraps, The Post has learned…. (more)


September 13, 2016
NEWSMAX — The executive editor of The New York Times is willing to go awfully far to publish Donald Trump’s tax returns, including risking prison time. According to CNN, Dean Baquet told the audience during a panel at Harvard University on Sunday that he would take the risk and work with his paper’s legal team to make Trump’s IRS records public if he were to acquire them…. (more)

September 13, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Never still means never for the collection of Republicans known as “Never Trump” because of their committed opposition to Donald Trump…. (more)

September 13, 2016
PAT BOONE — The shortest verse in the Bible? John 11:35. “Jesus wept.” It’s in the account of Jesus raising His dear friend Lazarus from the dead. Though the body had been dead for four days and was deep in a burial cave, when Jesus called very loudly “Lazarus, come forth!” the body stirred, and the man came out of the cave alive!… (more)

September 13, 2016
NEWSMAX — The United States is forfeiting a wholly American invention – – the internet – – by relinquishing control to an international authority at the end of September, Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Newsmax TV…. (more)

September 13, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head while she was putting her child into a car seat after leaving Walmart in Shawnee, Kansas, on Sunday…. (more)

September 13, 2016
THOMAS SOWELL — Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education…. (more)

September 12, 2016
ALAN KEYES — Every now and then I get an email with the subject line “Is America a nation adrift?” When I noticed it again recently, it occurred to me that the question is outdated. There may have been a time when it was appropriate to see the crisis of this nation using the driftwood analogy. But given the choices – or rather, the lack of real choice – we are being offered this election year, it’s clear that America is no longer drifting…. (more)

September 12, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — On Saturday, the Washington Post ran a story saying Donald J. Trump was a sexist for questioning whether Hillary Clinton looked healthy and fit. One day later, its email service known as “The Post Most” carried the news by Chris Cillizza, “Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign,” after she almost collapsed when leaving a 9/11 memorial service…. (more)


September 12, 2016
FOX NEWS — Hillary Clinton appeared wobbly Sunday and stumbled as Secret Service agents helped her into a van to depart the 9/11 commemoration ceremony early. The Democratic presidential nominee felt overheated, her campaign said, when she left at about 9:30 a.m. ET and traveled to her daughter’s nearby apartment…. (more)


Strange Blue Streak over Houston Leaving Residents Baffled

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 07:05 AM PDT

Viewers across our area reported seeing big blue streaks across the eastern sky early Thursday. KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft says the streaks are anti-crepuscular…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Is America one crisis away from dictatorship?

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims’ ship, Mayflower, with the blessings of their pastor, John Robinson….

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Trump Says Women Should Be Able to Obtain Birth Control Without Prescription

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:52 AM PDT

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined on national television this week that he believes women should be able to obtain birth control over-the-counter, without a…

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Harvest Full Moon Tonight Won’t Be Visible Again For Another 8 Years

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:40 AM PDT

On Friday, Earth’s outer shadow will pass over September’s full moon, causing it to dim in the night sky. This will be the last eclipse…

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BIG BROTHER: Eye in sky constantly scours globe finding suspects of crime

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:36 AM PDT

Illegal and unreported fishing is a multibillion-dollar business around the globe, and one that has proven notoriously difficult to combat. In part, that’s because it…

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THE PURGE: YouTube Quietly Begins “Censoring” Journalists Who Criticize Government

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:33 AM PDT

(Reported By Zero Hedge) Earlier this month, YouTube, the behemoth video-sharing website was accused of censoring users. Claiming some of their videos had been barred…

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Creepy clowns in Alabama put schools on lockdown…

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:28 AM PDT

Several cryptic posts from the Facebook page of a group known as the ‘Flomo Klowns’ put two Southern Alabama schools on lock down for a…

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TV Ad Encourages German Women to Wear Hijabs…

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:22 AM PDT

Germany appears to have given up on integrating the millions of Muslim migrants pouring into the country and is instead encouraging German citizens to submit…

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World Record 199-mile-long lightning bolt reported

Posted: 16 Sep 2016 06:18 AM PDT

Talk about some shocking news from the sky! Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt — nearly 200 miles — and the…

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DAYS OF NOAH: Science is One Step Closer to Cloning a Race of Super Humans

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:54 AM PDT

Most of us like the idea of superpowers. Though we may never have the strength of Superman, we could be made stronger, faster, and even…

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DEVELOPING: Mysterious illness spreads to another school. 120 Suspected sick

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:50 AM PDT

First, it was Kansas now we are receiving reports that a mysterious illness has spread like wildfire in a Lamar County school. The illness ending…

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Growing Trend Of Beer now being used to draw people to Church

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:43 AM PDT

Welcome to 2016 where many Churches don’t need the Holy Spirit any longer to draw people to Church. Instead, they have chosen alcohol. After struggling…

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Scientists Claim Two Men Will Soon Make Baby, No Need for Woman’s Egg

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:38 AM PDT

How’s this story for showing you how close we are to the end? Humanity takes another step in playing God and in defiance of nature…

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Retiring Archbishop Claims Bible Can Support ‘Gay’ Marriage

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:34 AM PDT

It seems like every day now we read a headline that confirms the “Falling Away” of the Church and the many that will depart from…

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Palm-Reading technology continues to condition society to accept the coming mark of the beast

Posted: 15 Sep 2016 10:30 AM PDT

Another day, Another story of how “Palm-Reading” technology is advancing globally that is no doubt conditioning the masses to accept a coming system in which…

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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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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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DISCERNMENT: Christians Without It Are Easy Prey for the Devil

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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It would probably take at least 4 or 5 articles to speak about the great wave of apostasy which has swept over the church in the past few years.  I will focus on one area of deception which is ever growing; and ever being received as truth. The danger of Ecumenism may be the greatest threat to followers of Christ than any other in the history of the Church.

The Refomation

Martin Luther was by no means a perfect man. But God did use him to expose the false teachings of the Catholic Church, and brought forth the Protestant Reformation.  He brought to light the false “works based” salvation offered by the Roman Catholics. He clearly showed that this belief was errant and in direct conflict with the Word of God.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:…

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Unraveling Hillary’s Religion

The Dangerous Spirituality of the Woman Who Would be President

Hillary had already fallen victim to one of religious liberalism’s most crucial failures. She was likely never warned of the Bible’s sobering words concerning following false “gods.” Modern liberals avoid such teaching as they replace the sufficiency of Christ with universal inclusion. But regardless of how sincere, when one chooses from the various deceptions found in the politically correct religious smorgasbord today, the truth still remains that Jesus is the only way, that all paths are not equal, and that the accompanying experiences are not from God.

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Discernment Ministry – A Biblical Defense

From Berean Research:

DiscernersThere is no shortage of critics in the evangelical community who oppose those of us involved in what is called an online discernment ministry (ODM).  Our well-meaning brethren often take “discerners” to task for reporting on false teachers and apostate movements within the visible Church.  Moreover, we are chastised for being too focused on negative things, or being judgmental, hurtful, even hateful. Worse, some of us have lost friendships with those who complain that they’re tired of reading about wolf sightings.  Some go so far as to say that ODM is not biblical.

Pastor Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel wrote about this issue back in 2009 where he stated:

Despite the clear mandate given throughout the Scriptures concerning the necessity for biblical discernment and critique, most continue to be critical of the whole concept.  Ironically, those who preach most tenaciously the need for tolerance are themselves intolerant of those who seek to faithfully follow God’s directives in this matter.

Pastor Gilley offers a biblical defense for the role of ODM in the Church.

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Love Wins – A Polemical Review

Love Wins is a book by sub-Christian Mystic, Rob Bell. The book widely is believed to have led to Bell’s departure from evangelicalism. After writing the book and leaving his church, Bell now focuses on surfing, poetry, and mysticism.

HERESIES

Heresies present within the book include (please click the links to find out more):

Universalism

Mysticism

REVIEWS

Love Wins has been denounced by almost every evangelical leader of reputable doctrinal soundness, and for good reason. The following are some of their reviews.

Tim Challies

If Love Wins accurately represents Bell’s views on heaven and hell (at least if our understanding of the book accurately represents his views on heaven and hell), it reveals him as a proponent of a kind of Christian Universalism. He would deny the label as he tends to deny any label. But if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well, you know how it goes (source link).

Matt Slick

Sure, people want to hear about the love of God.  Who doesn’t?  But that is not all that God is.  He’s also righteous, holy, and just, and people will be judged for their sin and we Christians should be busy presenting the saving gospel to everyone.  What Rob Bell does in his book is reconstruct God into a more palatable version that will make people feel good not only about the Divine Holy One but also about their own destiny…

This is an extremely dangerous teaching since atheists, and other unbelievers, who hear this message can be lulled into a false sense of security and not worry about receiving Christ in this life – because they are being taught they will have a chance to do so in the next…

To me it is obvious.  Bell is not a competent theologian and he should not be writing books that deal with serious theological issues.  Reading through his work is an exercise in frustration and heartache, especially when you realize how many people are being influenced by his liberal, unbiblical teaching about hell and universal salvation.  Sure, the message sounds good, but it isn’t biblically true.

John MacArthur

In fact, the most surprising thing about Love Wins is not the position Rob Bell takes, but the fact that so many people seem genuinely caught off guard and unaccountably confused by it. The record of Bell’s own words makes it clear that this latest book of his is little more than a distillation of things he has been saying all along. He abandoned Jesus’ teaching years ago in favor of a different religion—one more in keeping with his personal preferences. He is pointing people toward the broad way that leads to destruction.

Additional Resources

Mark Galli

Kevin DeYoung

Albert Mohler

The Authentic Gospel

Please watch this clip so you can better understand the true Gospel.

 

Source: Love Wins – A Polemical Review

Heresies: Universalism

Universalism (Universalism) is the doctrinal heresy that all people will be redeemed to God, and that all people will saved eternally. The term itself developed in 1820 in association with the Christian Universalist ‘Church’ that was founded a few decades before. Not all Universalists are a part of that denomination, however.

Along with denying the human occupancy of hell, Universalists typically refer to the “brotherhood of mankind” and that God is father to the entire world.

This heresy has effected many denominations,Christian churches, and sub-christian sects including Quakers, Methodists, Primitive Baptists, many especially liberal denominations and the Roman Catholic Church (although none of those groups embrace universalism in the majority or in their official teachings).

Whereas it is exceedingly difficult to find any organized church, other than the Universalist Church, that holds to Universalism in their confession, many groups are “practicing Universalists,” meaning that many practitioners of their faith act upon the supposition that people are not facing judgment in hell without a belief in the Gospel. The most notable of these include the Roman Catholic Church, as Pope Francis and other notable leaders of the sect have made statements that are flatly and plainly Universalist.

Modern proponents of Universalism are few and far between, but the most notable is Christian Mystic, Rob Bell.

Additional Resources

CARM

GotQuestions.Org

Source: Heresies: Universalism

Heresies: Annihilationism

Annihilationism, sometimes called “destructionism” or “extinctionism” is the theological proposition that there is no “hell” awaiting the unbeliever, at least not that can be defined as “eternal conscience torment” (which is the Biblical, historic and orthodox understanding of hell. Sometimes the heresy takes the form of “conditional immortality,” which teaches that only the redeemed will live eternally.

Those holding to this heretical doctrine assert that terms like “perish,” “be destroyed,” or “death” to demand a decisive end and completed action, meaning that they will perish but only for a time. This is in contrast to the heresy of Universalism, which teaches that all will ultimately be redeemed and live in Heaven eternally.

Groups adopting the heresy include Seventh Day Adventists and the Seventh Day Church of God (the Salem Conference).

Notable individual advocates of this heresy have included Clark Pinnock, Harold Camping, Edward Fudge, Greg Boyd and Ellen G. White. Proponents who are still alive include blogger and podcaster, Chris Date.

Additional Resources

GotQuestions.Org

JI Packer

CARM

Source: Heresies: Annihilationism

Four Blood Moons – A Polemical Review

Heresies Present Within this Book

Mysticism
Dual Covenant Theology
Montanism

Reviews

Many respected scholars and evangelical leaders and polemicists have spoken out about the flatly unbiblical, mystic and astrological teachings of this book.

Tim Challies

Hagee misuses Scripture. Hagee routinely misuses Scripture as he draws out his prophecies. He appears to read the Bible literally or metaphorically entirely on the basis of whether doing so suits his purposes. He approaches the Bible with his mind made up and then goes looking for proof of his assertion. Not surprisingly, he finds it wherever he needs to find it.

Hagee reads history conveniently. Four Blood Moons reminds me of the infamous book The Bible Code in its ability to predict the past and complete inability to say anything meaningful about the future. Hagee picks and chooses the historical events he will pronounce as significant while simply ignoring the ones that do not fit his point. He does not say, for example, that three of the four eclipses in this tetrad will not even be visible from Jerusalem, rather an odd fact if they are meant as a sign to and about Jerusalem. (An excellent article at AiG explains more about the lunar calendar and the occurrence of eclipses.)

Hagee writes as an American for Americans. It is always strange to read books like this from my Canadian perspective. Hagee believes America is a special nation in God’s eyes. But why is this true of America and not Canada, or Switzerland, or Vietnam? Why is it America that needs to heed these warnings and not any other nation? Though the gospel is for all nations, tribes and tongues, this is a book by and for Americans.

Hagee is not clear on the Messiah and the Jewish people. Hagee has a great admiration—envy even—for the Jewish people. His admiration is so pronounced that he appears to deny their need of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The most cruel and false love of all would be to assure Jews that they are saved by virtue of their Christ-less faith. Yet Hagee seems to do just this, extolling Jewish faith and practice and refusing every opportunity to call Jewish people to turn to the Messiah who has already come. If he actually does believe they ought to turn to Christ, he does not make this at all clear (source link).

Chris Rosebrough

Please watch the clip below, to understand the heresies of Four Blood Moons. This is part one. The other parts will be linked below.

Part II

Other Resources

Critique – Masters Seminary

Critique – Beginning and End

Critique – Pulpit & Pen 

Critique – Pulpit & Pen 

 

The authentic Gospel

Please take the time to listen to this clip so that you might better understand the true Gospel.

 

Source:  Four Blood Moons – A Polemical Review

The wisdom of God hidden in a mystery

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. 7 Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (NET) 

When we are pressured in our circumstances to compromise and respond via the flesh, i.e. the way of the world, we are actually employing worldly wisdom. That wisdom says to, “Look out for number one!” It says to, “Never allow yourself to be taken advantage of.” It says to, “If attacked, respond in kind.” When Christians react this way then they are actually utilizing values that are part of a system that does…

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