Daily Archives: October 2, 2016

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Top News – 10/2/2016

Actress Susan Sarandon destroys Hillary Clinton

09-30-2016 • https://www.youtube.com


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Donald Trump Announces Leaders of Pro-life Coalition to Expose Hillary Clinton on Abortion

10-02-2016 • http://www.lifenews.com, Steven Ertelt

he new Coalition of pro-life leaders reads like a who’s who of the pro-life movement with people like Marjorie Dannenfelser, Gary Bauer, Sam Brownback, Alveda King, Father Frank Pavone, Tony Perkins and many others who have been spearheading pro-life efforts for decades. These pro-life leaders all believe Donald Trump will govern as a pro-life president if elected in November.

These co-chairs head the newly created Pro-life Coalition in support of the Trump-Pence ticket. Last week, in a letter made public by Susan B. Anthony List, Trump announced the creation of the coalition and asked pro-life leaders for their support. In the letter, Trump also outlined four pro-life policy commitments.


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Clinton gives her take on Sanders supporters in leaked fundraising recording

10-02-2016 • http://www.politico.com, By Cristiano Lima

Hacked audio of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and donors during a February fundraising event shows the Democrat nominee describing Bernie Sanders supporters as “children of the Great Recession” who are “living in their parents’ basement.”

Speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters, Clinton says in a clip released by the Free Beacon that many of her former primary opponent’s supporters sought things like “free college, free health care,” saying that she preferred to occupy the space “from the center-left to the center-right” on the political spectrum.

During the conversation, also reported in the Intercept, Clinton confesses to feeling “bewildered” by those to her far-left and far-right in the election.

“There is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates,” she said. “And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel.”


Obama Administration Denies Jerusalem Is Located in Israel

The White House press office on Friday struck out “Israel” as the country in which Jerusalem is located when distributing a transcript of President Obama’s remarks at the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

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Hurricane Matthew: Evacuations in Haiti as powerful storm looms
Haiti has begun evacuating residents from high-risk areas as Hurricane Matthew threatens widespread damage with flash floods and winds of up to 240km/h (150mph), forecasters say. The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic in almost a decade is expected to hit Haiti and Jamaica on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center says. Residents have been stocking up on emergency supplies.

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan
People in Hungary are voting in a referendum on accepting mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 migrants across the bloc. Under the scheme, announced after last year’s migrant crisis, Hungary would receive 1,294 asylum seekers.

Antisemitism and radical Islam could drive Jews from Europe, rabbi warns
The situation of Jews in Europe today is like a person standing on train tracks while two trains approach on a collision path, Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, told European Parliament. Goldschmidt explained that “one train is radical Islam and Islamic terrorism… the other train is the antisemitism of old Europe, the extreme right.”

Russia warns US not to attack Syrian regime
Russia warned the United States about taking direct action against the Syrian regime, saying it would cause negative consequences across the Middle East, Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency reported Saturday.

Iran Says New Attack Drone Modeled on Captured American Aircraft.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has built a new attack drone which is similar to a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle captured five years ago, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Minnesota Commissioner Slams Obamacare As “Unfair & Unsustainable” As Rates Soar
Soaring Obamacare premiums and declining insurer participation rates in exchanges across the country have been a frequent topic of conversation for us (see “Obamacare On “Verge Of Collapse” As Premiums Set To Soar Again In 2017″ and “Stunning Maps Depict Collapse Of Obamacare “Coverage” In 2017″). So it should come as no surprise to our readers that Minnesota has just announced that 2017 Obamacare rates have been set and are expected to soar nearly 60% on average.

Fresno veteran says terrorist crashed into him at 100 mph
A Fresno man believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, right here on the roadways in California. Now, he wants the guy who he says attacked him off the streets so he doesn’t hurt anyone else.

The market is forecasting a Donald Trump victory
My job is to interpret what I see in the stock market and the market is forecasting a Donald Trump victory. That is one of the reasons why the market has been strong and will continue to be strong. Contrary to what you hear from almost everyone in the media, the market will NOT crash if Trump wins, and the market will NOT decline sharply if he does well in the upcoming debates and surges in the polls. Please stop being brainwashed by the mainstream media.


Top Headlines – 10/2/2016

Abbas vows to ‘defeat occupation’ in fiery speech after Peres funeral

Israeli-Arabs disgusted with leaders for boycotting Peres funeral

Hundreds visit first night of shiva at Peres Center for Peace

Two-thirds of Israelis think peace deal won’t ever be reached

Iran rejects German demand that it recognize Israel

Israel okays 98 new West Bank settlement homes for Amona evacuees

IDF seals off West Bank, Gaza for Rosh Hashana holiday

Israeli Arabs mark anniversary of deadly October 2000 riots

Security guard shot by gunman in attack on Moscow synagogue

Jordanians protest multi-billion dollar gas deal with Israel

Suspected IS gunmen kill 6 police in Egypt’s restless Sinai

Turkey: Israel transferred $20 million as part of reconciliation deal

Russian jets pound Aleppo as US clings to diplomacy

Russia says US ‘aggression’ in Syria would mean ‘tectonic shifts’

Russia warns US not to intervene as hospital is hit in latest Aleppo blitz

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospital ‘hit by barrel bombs’

Syria conflict: US says Russia driving rebels into extremists’ camp

Video Shows Syrian Rescuer Weeping After Saving Baby From Airstrike Rubble

Libya: More than 100 families at risk of starvation in Benghazi

Iran says new attack drone modeled on captured US aircraft

9/11 widow files lawsuit against Saudi Arabia

Bid to block US net handover rejected

US cuts cord on internet oversight

Wary of Election Hacks, U.S. Urges States to Get Security Help

Voting booth selfie time

Parental Basement Dwellers: Hillary Clinton Criticizes Bernie Sanders Voters for Having ‘Bought into False Promise’

US Supreme Court in holding pattern, awaiting ninth justice

Trump has a challenge with white women: ‘You just want to smack him’

Trump says Clinton ‘should be in prison,’ questions her health and loyalty to Bill

Unscripted Trump overshadows his own economic message

Trump may have skipped out on taxes for 18 years, filings show

Donald Trump’s Tax Returns – You Make $ Billion Loss You Get A $ Billion Tax Credit. And?

The market is forecasting a Donald Trump victory

Santelli: Janet Yellen, Central Bank Market Rigging a Major Problem

U.K.’s May Unveils Brexit-Day Plan for ‘Great Repeal’ of EU Law

German bank regulator warns of negative perception spiral: report

At a Loss for Meds, Venezuela’s Mentally Ill Spiral Downward

China is cutting off cash to Venezuela

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

China paper says U.S., South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system

India relocates 10,000 from around Kashmir as tensions rise

Philippine president rejects Hitler label, says he only wants to terminate his country’s drug problem

Oregon begins recreational marijuana sales on Saturday

Marijuana labs spawn lethal explosions across the country

South Carolina school shooting: 6-year-old victim dies

At Least 77 Hurt After Gas Cylinder Explodes in Southern Spain

The UN plans to launch its first space mission five years from now

Heightened earthquake alert issued for Southern California after series of tremors

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near False Pass, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal

Mexico’s erupting Colima volcano triggers evacuations

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Major Hurricane Matthew poses severe risk to lives in Caribbean

‘Powerful Hurricane Matthew Barely Moving,’ Forecasters Say

Navy evacuates some personnel from Guantanamo Bay as Matthew nears

Chaba to threaten Japan as a strong typhoon this week

Bees added to endangered species list in the U.S. for the first time

Dash-cam video shows police trying to run over a mentally ill suspect before shooting him 14 times

Minnesota Commissioner Slams Obamacare As “Unfair & Unsustainable” As Rates Soar

British scientists on brink of HIV cure

Swipe right for sperm with new Tinder-like app

Gender-neutral homecoming ‘queen,’ female ‘king’

Mormon leader: Challenge the critics of our founder’s ‘miraculous mission’


Glass public bathrooms with open view new China trend

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:44 AM PDT

China’s recent obsession with glass tourist attractions has gone round the U-bend with the opening of some see-through treetop public toilets. The loos, near Shiyan…

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Obama Admin Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:37 AM PDT

The Obama administration signed a secret document to lift United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks that were previously blacklisted for their involvement in…

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US Cuts Cord on Internet Oversight

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:32 AM PDT

The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit…

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BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Matthew Upgraded To Category 5

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:44 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 5 storm late Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding…

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Gender-Neutral U.S. Navy Yanks Job Titles, ‘Airman,’ ‘Fireman,’ and Others Gone!

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:14 PM PDT

All 91 of the U.S. Navy’s enlisted job titles are headed for Davy Jones’ locker. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus prodded the Navy and Marine Corps…

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Trucker shortage prompts calls for driverless big rigs

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:44 PM PDT

America is facing a trucker crisis. As it readies for the busy holiday delivery season, the industry is expecting to be short about 73,000 long-distance…

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White House strikes ‘Israel’ from Jerusalem dateline on Obama’s eulogy transcript

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:41 PM PDT

The White House amended its transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Shimon Peres to remove “Israel” from the Jerusalem dateline. The White House sent…

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Welcome to Yoga Church, Combines Workout and Worship

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:55 PM PDT

This yoga studio just wowed us with their ability to put a Psalm in their yogi step during their Sunday “yoga church” class. At Christian…

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RUMORS OF WAR – China Warns Japan that Military Will Not Sit Idly By’ in South China Sea

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:51 PM PDT

As Tokyo begins to play a more active role in the South China Sea, Beijing has warned against any provocations. Tensions have escalated between China…

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California governor Brown approves gender-neutral restroom bill

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:46 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown is wading further into the debate over transgender rights as he approves a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be…

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Clown threats close Ohio schools after woman reports being attacked

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:43 PM PDT

Reading schools are closed Friday after a woman reported being attacked by a male dressed as a clown. The woman told police the attacker made…

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Texas Slams the Door Shut On Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:20 PM PDT

Texas has announced that it is withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, citing security concerns. Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement means that “refugees will continue…

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Iran Arrests 25 Christians in Raid Persecuting Believers for Their Faith in Jesus Christ

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:58 AM PDT

At least 25 Christians have been arrested in the Islamic Republic of Iran solely because of their faith in Jesus Christ, it has been reported….

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Typhoon Megi Strikes eastern China and Taiwan, 4 Dead and 600 Injured

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:54 AM PDT

A massive typhoon left one person dead in eastern China on Wednesday, a day after killing four and injuring more than 600 in Taiwan, where…

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Major Hurricane Matthew Grows Stronger, Jamaica, Hispañola, Cuba and Bahamas in Crosshairs

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:50 AM PDT

Matthew is now a major hurricane, as it strengthened to a Category 3 on Friday morning and it continues to strengthen The storm poses a…

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Another drone buzzes nuclear weapons site…

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:47 AM PDT

An employee at the Savannah River Site on Thursday reported a potential unmanned aerial systems sighting, otherwise known as a drone, flying over the site….

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DEVELOPING: Seismic swarm rattles Iceland volcano…

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:44 AM PDT

Seismic activity in Katla volcano, South Iceland, continues. No less than 200 tremors have registered there in the past 24 hours, Vísir reports. Three quakes…

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Top News – 10/1/2016

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies
China’s yuan joins the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies on Saturday in a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and British pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which determines currencies that countries can receive as part of IMF loans.

China paper says U.S., South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system
The United States and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January, which was followed by a satellite launch…and its fifth and largest nuclear test last month.

Employee reports potential drone sighting over Savannah River Site
The drone was reported in a site-wide security alert around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Since the first sighting earlier this year, investigators have been searching for the drone operations. If investigators confirm that Thursday’s sighting was a drone and not another aerial vehicle, it would be the 10th drone sighting since June.

Katla Volcano Continues to Tremble
Seismic activity in Katla volcano, South Iceland, continues. No less than 200 tremors have registered there in the past 24 hours, Vísir reports. Three quakes in excess of magnitude 3 hit the volcano overnight, the largest one at 4:41 am, of magnitude 3.7. It was preceded by another one of magnitude 3.1 a minute earlier. The third one measured 3.2 at 2:43 am. All three were shallow.

Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy ‘on life support’
Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign…as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was “on life support” but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011.

Bid to block US net handover rejected
A judge in Texas has rejected a last-ditch legal challenge to halt the final handover of internet naming power from the US government to a non-profit group. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has administered the naming system since 1998. But from Saturday it will operate without the ultimate oversight of the US government.

Syria conflict: Aleppo hit air strikes and barrel bombs
The divided Syrian city of Aleppo has seen a morning of air attacks, with reports of barrel bombs hitting a hospital already bombed this week. The Russian and Syrian air forces have been attacking the rebel-held east of the city, causing international outrage at the mounting civilian death toll. Government forces began a ground offensive against the rebels more than a week ago as a truce collapsed.

Syria conflict: US says Russia driving rebels into extremists’ camp
Russia’s increasing military action in Syria is forcing moderates within the opposition into the hands of extremists, the US has said. It was making a difficult situation “more confused”, the state department said as the US warned it might stop co-operating with Moscow over Syria. But Russia accused America of trying to spare a jihadist group in its bid to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Libya: More than 100 families at risk of starvation in Benghazi
More than 100 families trapped in a Libyan neighbourhood are at risk of starving to death, Amnesty International has warned. Children have been reduced to “skin and bones” as no food or water reaches the district of Ganfouda, in Benghazi. All entry roads are blocked by fighting or by the Libyan National Army militia, which has cut off supplies.

Jordanians protest multi-billion dollar gas deal with Israel
Thousands of protesters staged a protest in Amman on Friday to demonstrate against a $10 billion gas deal between Jordan and Israel. The deal will supply 1.6 trillion feet (tcf) of gas to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company and marks a significant step forward in Israel’s efforts to exploit its offshore gas reserves.

White House corrects Obama speech transcript listing Jerusalem in Israel
US President Barack Obama offered heartfelt condolences at the funeral of…Shimon Peres, on Friday…in a show of support. But whether he was on Israeli ground to pay respects to one of the founding fathers of the Jewish state is a question that now risks eclipsing his gesture, after the White House issued an embarrassing correction on Friday night indicating that Jerusalem is, in fact, disputed territory.

WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past week
Fighting in Syria’s besieged eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people since Sept. 23, including 106 children, and 846 have been wounded, including 261 children, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Hacked Audio of Clinton Fundraiser Raises More Suspicions of Russian Meddling
Another day on the campaign trail, another hack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This time it’s an audio recording of the Democratic presidential candidate speaking to donors at a February fundraiser in northern Virginia, and the subject isn’t just the usual stuff of politics: It goes to the heart of American nuclear strategy.

Atlanta Church Opens Worship Service with Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’
With the understanding that it may be a “which came first, the chicken or the egg” type of thing, I’m less concerned about our culture’s slide into moral relativism than I am about the slide of many mainline evangelical churches into the sacrilegious. Every Sunday this slide seems to become steeper and faster as a variety of churches attempt to reinvent the definition of “Church.” Repackaging the gospel in ways that they believe will be more palatable for unbelievers, many congregations have traded their birthright as joint heirs with Christ for a pot of pop porridge. This past Sunday, for example, and sadly, Buckhead Church in Atlanta opened their worship service with the praise band performing a rendition of “Purple Rain.”

Major Hurricane Matthew to lash Caribbean with flooding, damaging winds
Hurricane Matthew will threaten the central and northern Caribbean with flooding rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge early next week. Matthew, currently a Category 4 (major) hurricane, will continue to move west-southwestward across the central Caribbean Sea before making an abrupt turn to the north this weekend.

The man who called Deutsche’s decline has some gloomy predictions on what’ll happen next
The strategist who predicted the capital concerns now enveloping Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBK-DE) has told CNBC what could happen next in a saga that has seen the bank’s share price fall by over 50 percent this year.


Top Headlines – 10/1/2016

Peres bombshell: I stopped an Israeli strike on Iran

PA official: Abbas has no regrets over attending Peres funeral

PA suspends official for slamming Abbas attendance at Peres funeral

The White House had to correct the location on its release of President Barack Obama’s remarks Friday in Jerusalem

Arab MKs come under fire for boycotting Peres’ funeral

Dear world leaders: Thank you for honoring the memory of Shimon Peres and his legacy of ?peacemaking, but…

Baffling and appalling: Jewish groups lash out at Philippine leader Duterte over Hitler remark

First Temple era gate shrine unearthed in Israel

Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year

Russia beefs up its air force in Syria

Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy ‘on life support’

Kremlin says ‘no time limit’ on Syrian intervention as bombing campaign enters second year

Syrian army keeps up Aleppo bombardment as West blames Russia

Regime forces amass around Aleppo as diplomacy falters

Syria airstrikes signal major offensive against rebel-held areas of Aleppo

French aircraft carrier rejoins US-led fight against IS

More than 80% of UN aid convoys in Syria blocked or delayed

Syria conflict: as war rages, children in Aleppo play in pools left by bomb craters

Texas Pulls Out Of Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Iran Arrests 25 Christians in Raid Persecuting Believers for Their Faith in Jesus Christ

Obama admin ripped over ‘secret’ deal aiding Iranian banks

Boko Haram attacks two Christian villages, kills at least two

A Christian and a Muslim just produced a new version of the Quran – with a twist

Bulgaria bans full face veils in public

US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism

Protests continue in El Cajon after deadly officer-involved shooting

China paper says US, South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for planned missile system

The man who called Deutsche’s decline has some gloomy predictions on what’ll happen next

Countries where cash is going extinct

Secret Alpine Gold Vaults Are the New Swiss Bank Accounts

U.N news agency scrubs tweet calling on Americans abroad to ‘end Trump’

Trump on Clinton: ‘I can be nastier than she ever can be’

CNN hypocrisy? Flashback to when network fat shamed Miss Universe Alicia Machado

People are ending friendships over presidential race

FBI Investigating More Dead People Voting In The Key Swing State Of Virginia

More than 20 states have faced major election hacking attempts, DHS says

Hacked Audio of Clinton Fundraiser Raises More Suspicions of Russian Meddling

Smartphones are distracting us to death

Trucker shortage prompts calls for driverless big rigs

California approves unmanned self-driving car trials

Jedi scientists freeze light in midair to bring quantum computers a step closer to reality

Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

Earthquakes Rattle Two Caribbean Nations Four Times In One Month

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Athmuqam, Pakistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Baracoa, Cuba

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Katla Volcano Continues to Tremble

The colour code for Katla volcano raised to yellow – a new and powerful earthquake swarm hit at noon

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Forecasters upgrade Matthew to Category 5 storm, first in Atlantic since 2007

Matthew Intensifies Into a Rare Category 5 Hurricane; Forecast to Turn Toward Jamaica, Cuba

EU fast-tracks Paris climate deal to brink of entering into force

UK bioethicists eye designer babies and CRISPR cows

Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half

Family bakery closes after left-wing bullies finally get their pound of cake

Former Mozilla CEO, Shunned for Belief in Traditional Marriage, Launches New Browser

American pastor faces fines, end of ministry under new Russian law

Staff Told Investigators ‘Paranormal Activity’ To Blame For Abuse At A Center For The Disabled

Chinese man ‘killed 17 neighbours to cover up murder of parents’


BREAKING NEWS: Violent eruption of Mexico’s ‘Volcano of Fire’ forces evacuations

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 08:58 PM PDT

Streams of lava and large plumes of ash emitted in a dramatic volcanic eruption has forced residents in the state of Colima, Mexico to leave…

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Minnesota ObamaCare rates jump 60% to avoid ‘collapse’

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 07:58 PM PDT

Seems that Washington DC isn’t the only place that’s learned the art of the Friday afternoon news dump. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced yesterday…

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Starving Venezuelans stop livestock truck, steal crates of chickens…

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 07:20 PM PDT

Shocking video lays bare the severe food crisis confronting Venezuela. Food shortages in the South American country have meant people have resorted to desperate attempts…

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German bank regulator warns of negative perception spiral

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 07:16 PM PDT

The head of Germany’s financial regulator warned on Saturday of negative perceptions that could lead to downward spirals on the markets, at the end of…

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California veteran Claims terrorist crashed into him at 100 mph

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:58 PM PDT

A Fresno man believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, right here on the roadways in California. Now, he wants the guy who…

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Scientists On Brink Of HIV Cure

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:55 PM PDT

A British man with HIV hopes to become the first in the world to be cured of the disease by using a pioneer­ing new therapy…

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Clinton calls for ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:47 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton wants to enlist young Americans into a national service program, where they would assist the government with anything from disaster relief to public…

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CENSORSHIP: YouTube blocked trailer for Christian movie ‘I’m Not Ashamed’ for months

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:44 PM PDT

Producers of the Christian film “I’m Not Ashamed” have been embroiled in a battle with YouTube after the video sharing site took down their film’s…

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What Happens to Your DNA When Holy Spirit and Your Human Spirit Merge

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 11:21 AM PDT

Understanding the new creation reality is so vital to an overcoming Christian life. If you don’t know who you really are, you can never experience…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Russia warns US not to attack Syrian forces

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 10:45 AM PDT

Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US Accused Of Pulling World Into “Abyss of War in Middle East”

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 10:36 AM PDT

How has the situation on the ground in Syria changed after a year of Russian military involvement? Speaking to Sputnik, veteran German politician Willy Wimmer…

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California governor signs Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill targeting pro-life group

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 10:33 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed a Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill Friday designed to target the filmmaker behind controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives. Brown’s office…

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Weekend Snapshot

Oct. 1, 2016
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
Stephen Moore: Bernie Clinton
Jonah Goldberg: Narrative-Building Has Become a Political Obsession
Victor Davis Hanson: The Next President Unbound
Charles Krauthammer: When Facts, Logic and History Don’t Matter
More Opinion →
Top Headlines This Week
Congress Overrides Obama 9/11 Veto [npr.org]
U.S. Weighs Military Options in Syria [reuters.com]
Obama Tried Punishing Judicial Watch [washingtontimes.com]
More Headlines →
Quote of the Week

“Rather than striking immunity deals with virtually every person who had intimate knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server and emails, the Justice Department would have saved everyone some time by offering Clinton protection instead.” —David Harsanyi


Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 10/01/2016

Text of Leviticus Found on 1,700-Year-Old Scroll Inside Ancient Israeli Ark   Sep 25, 2016 03:25 pm

ScrollJERUSALEM — Researchers in Israel expressed excitement this past week after successfully using technology to decipher a 1,700-year-old scroll that was discovered in an ark inside of a Jewish synagogue. “You can’t imagine the joy in the lab,” Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority told the Associated Press on Wednesday. As previously reported, the…

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U.S. Education Secretary Concerned Homeschoolers Aren’t Getting ‘Rapid Instructional Experience’   Sep 24, 2016 07:04 pm

HomeschoolingWASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary John King told reporters this week that he is concerned that some homeschoolers aren’t receiving the “rapid instructional experience” that they would normally obtain in the public school environment. King was speaking at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. During his remarks, he said that he was…

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Father of Ex-Lesbian Who Fled Country With Daughter Takes the Stand at ‘International Kidnapping’ Trial   Sep 24, 2016 11:59 am

Miller and IsabellaMiller and Isabella BUFFALO, N.Y. — The father of an ex-lesbian who fled the country seven years ago with her child took the stand on Friday, being called as a prosecutorial witness by the government to testify against his daughter and Philip Zodhiates, a man who is accused of being a part of a complex “international kidnapping” conspiracy. Terry Miller…

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Washington Attorney Advises Elementary School to Approve ‘After School Satan’ Club   Sep 26, 2016 09:19 am

Satan-compressedSEATTLE, Wash. – An attorney is advising an elementary school in Washington to approve an “After School Satan” club, warning that the school district may incur expensive litigation if they turn down the Satanic group. The Satanic Temple of Seattle recently approached the Mount Vernon School District, asking if the group could start an after-school Satanic…

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Texas School District Paints Over Ten Commandments Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group   Sep 28, 2016 07:45 am

commands-mural-compressedPhoto Credit: Katye Gruben O’DONNELL, Texas — The superintendent of a school district in Texas has announced that a mural of the Ten Commandments at an area high school has been painted over following a complaint and legal threat from a professing atheist organization. “After consultation with legal counsel, community members and students, I have decided as…

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Virginia Man Found Guilty of ‘International Kidnapping’ for Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter   Sep 30, 2016 05:45 pm

zodhiates-compressedBUFFALO, N.Y. — A Virginia man who was accused of helping an ex-lesbian flee the country with her daughter has been declared guilty of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy. A jury handed down the verdict on Thursday after a nearly two-week trial, which centered not on whether businessman Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro helped Lisa Miller seven years…

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Declared Guilty of Ethics Violations, Suspended for Rest of Term Without Pay   Sep 30, 2016 01:04 pm

Moore-pdMONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), led by a chief judge who also serves as an elder in his church, has declared Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore guilty of all six charges of ethics violations surrounding allegations that he ordered judges in the state not to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses and has been suspended for the rest of…

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore at ‘Gay Marriage’ Ethics Trial: ‘I Don’t Encourage Anyone to Defy a Court Order’   Sep 29, 2016 12:00 pm

Moore-pdMONTGOMERY, Ala. — Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore took the stand during his ethics hearing on Wednesday, telling those gathered that he never told probate judges in the state to defy the United States Supreme Court’s opinion on “gay marriage.” “I don’t encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order,” Moore stated, remarking…

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Suspect in Washington Mall Shooting ‘Zombie-Like’ When Arrested   Sep 25, 2016 10:19 am

cetin-compressed(Associated Press) — The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared “zombie-like” when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said. Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and…

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Museum of African American History Opens, Telling Story of Sinful Slavery, Segregation in Nation’s Past   Sep 25, 2016 07:43 pm

slavery-compressed1853 drawing WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Museum of African American History opened its doors to the public on Saturday, taking visitors on a journey through America’s past from its struggles with the national sin of slavery and segregation to the days when blacks were finally recognized as being equal to whites. The 400,000 square foot museum was first…

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Things Fall Apart – Hal Lindsey

“The Second Coming” presents a nightmare view of the future, with Satan winning in his war with God. It’s a picture the devil would like everyone to buy into. And with interest in the poem so high, that’s apparently happening.

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Podcast: John Piper and Lady Preachers

JD answers a number of sincere questions, including one about the ‘Local churches Movement’ or ‘Church Recovery Movement’ and the Living Streams Ministries. Then, JD talks about lady preachers and Piper’s endorsement of lady preachers.

As always, you can listen on SermonAudio or iTunes.


This Week in Calvinism – September 30, 2016


This ‘n’ That

  • Were I writing this article, I may have approached a few things differently, but I still love this line: “There are no pink passages in Scripture.” Amen to that!
  • I’ve been hoping all summer that my mint plants would repel mosquitoes, but alas, the welts and scars on my legs prove that perhaps this natural insect repellant is not so distasteful to the blood-sucking creatures as it claims.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Well, it didn’t take long for the unchangeable ESV to possibly, maybe change (here’s an article discussing further).
  • This article makes us think a bit more seriously about all those memes floating around out there.
  • Perhaps those simpler times weren’t so simple after all.
  • Lyndon Unger teaches us about the parousia in 1 Thessalonians 4.
  • Speaking of, does this month’s black moon mean the end of the world is near? Quick! Somebody ask John Hagee or Jonathan Cahn! (Sigh.)
  • That kale you’re eating? It’s a fad. Those chia seeds and quinoa? Fads. Every year has its food fads. Which ones have you succumbed to? (And as a side note, when I was growing up, chia seeds had a very different purpose. When did we decide it would be a good idea to eat them?)
  • Complaining is like mutiny of the heart. Yikes, there’s a convicting thought!
  • I agree with this writer’s sentiments; CBD is really only good for blog and podcast fodder.
  • I remember when T.D. Jakes celebrated 35 years of T.D. Jakes. Sounds like 40 was an even bigger production.
  • Kevin DeYoung tosses his two cents into the trinitarian debate.
  • John MacArthur’s recent series on the reality of the resurrection has been wonderful:

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.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


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.

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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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October 1, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Yep, it’s that time again for a scary post!

Talk about leading children astray!!  This is the spiritual danger from heretics like Rodney Howard-Browne.  (And this doesn’t even consider that she’s a young woman “preaching” and “teaching” to the entire congregation of people — who are just as deceived — when Paul clearly says this is forbidden to women.)
This is an example of what happens to people who abuse God’s Word to make a mega-church (with an assistant leader as a woman) with a cult of personality. Glyn Barrett demonstrates why he is totally disqualified as a church leader.
The Andy Stanley Cornucopia of false teachings includes sooooo many links to items demonstrating why he should be disqualified from church leadership!
More examples of the horrible teachings and abuses of Scripture by Bill Gothard.
An interesting article about the Hutterite sect.  I hadn’t studied the Hutterites (although I have heard of them) so I did a wee bit of “Googling” to get some information and found this National Geographic article.  I see a lot of similarities between them and the Amish and Mennonites, especially with some legalistic practices.  Apparently there was a television program by National Geographic which didn’t set well with some of the Hutterites.  Of course this is common when cultic groups are examined.  Wikipedia has a pretty good article about the history of this sect.
Joyce Meyer’s jokes at Steven Furtick’s “revival.”  An excellent example as to why her teachings should be avoided at all costs.
Doug Evans has an excellent examination of false teacher Steven Furtick.
If your “church” does this, leave it and find a God-honoring assembly.  Concert performances are not worship services.
Excellent sermon examining false prophets/teachers, including Beth Moore.
Is John Piper disqualifying himself as a pastor?
Several years back the Emergent movement came up with what became known as “The New Perspective on Paul,” which is nothing but more heretical theology.  I came across articles on the subject by Gary Gilley, which were in my file, and decided it was something which should be made available for as many people as possible so everyone can avoid this false teaching.  It’s a three part series:  part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Refuting Word of Faith teachings.

 

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FREEDOM IS NOW OFFLINE: Obama Successfully Gives The Internet Away To Multinational Global Entities

The Obama government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the Internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama single-handedly has doubled the National Debt, brought in hundreds of thousands of unvetted Muslim ‘refugees’, and has given away the control of the greatest communications device this world has ever known, the Internet. The really scary part is that he’s not done yet. His main 2008 campaign promise was that he would “fundamentally transform” America. He’s done that to the point where I don’t even recognize it anymore. Mission Accomplished, Comrade Sotoreo.

The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.” That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet’s “stakeholders” — engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.

The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.

US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet’s “root zone” where new online domains and addresses are created. But critics, including some US lawmakers, argued that this was a “giveaway” by Washington that could allow authoritarian regimes to seize control.

A last-ditch effort by critics to block the plan — a lawsuit filed by four US states — failed when a Texas federal judge refused to issue an injunction to stop the transition.

Lawrence Strickling, who heads the Commerce Department unit which has managed these functions, issued a brief statement early Saturday confirming the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

“As of October 1, 2016, the IANA functions contract has expired,” he said.

Stephen Crocker, ICANN’s board chairman and one of the engineers who developed the early internet protocols, welcomed the end of the contract.

“This transition was envisioned 18 years ago, yet it was the tireless work of the global Internet community, which drafted the final proposal, that made this a reality,” he said in a statement.

“This community validated the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. It has shown that a governance model defined by the inclusion of all voices, including business, academics, technical experts, civil society, governments and many others is the best way to assure that the Internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the Internet of today.”

The Internet Society, a group formed by internet founders aimed at keeping the system open, said the transition was a positive step.

“The IANA transition is a powerful illustration of the multi-stakeholder model and an affirmation of the principle that the best approach to address challenges is through bottom-up, transparent, and consensus-driven processes,” the group said in a statement. source

Source: FREEDOM IS NOW OFFLINE: Obama Successfully Gives The Internet Away To Multinational Global Entities

How Can We Convince a Nonbeliever That the Bible Is the Word of God?

Before I try to answer that question directly, let me make a distinction that is important at the outset. There’s a difference between objective proof and the persuasion or conviction that follows. John Calvin argued that the Bible carries both persuasion and conviction in terms of its internal testimony—the marks of truth that could be found just by an examination of the book itself—as well as external evidences that would corroborate that substantial evidence to give solid proof for its being the Word of God.

Yet the last thing people would want is a book telling them they are in desperate need of repentance and of a changed life and of bowing in humility before Christ. We don’t want that book to be the truth. Calvin claimed that there is a tremendous bias and prejudice built into the human heart that only the influence of God the Holy Spirit can overcome. Calvin distinguished between what he called the undicia—those objective evidences for the trustworthiness of Scripture—and what he called the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit, which is necessary to cause us to surrender to the evidence and acknowledge that it is the Word of God.

But I think this is a critical issue upon which so much of the Christian faith depends. The Bible makes the claim that it is the unvarnished Word of God, that it is the truth of God, that it comes from him. God is its ultimate author and source, though indeed he used human authors to communicate that message. In speaking with people about this, we have to go through the laborious process of showing first of all that the Bible as a collection of historical documents is basically reliable. The same tests that we would apply to Herodotus or Suetonius or any other ancient historian would have to be applied to the biblical records. The Christian should not be afraid to apply those kinds of historical standards of credibility to the Scriptures, because they have withstood a tremendous amount of criticism from that standpoint, and their credibility remains intact. On the basis of that, we come to an idea. If the book is basically reliable, it doesn’t have to be inerrent or infallible; it gives us a basically reliable portrait of Jesus of Nazareth and what he taught.

We move from there in linear fashion. If we can on the basis of general reliability come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ did the things that history claims he did, it would indicate that Jesus is more than an ordinary human being and that his testimony would be compelling. I would move first to a study of the person of Jesus and then ask the question, what did Jesus teach about Scripture? For me, in the final analysis, our doctrine of Scripture is drawn from the teaching of Jesus and from our understanding of who he is.

”How does one convince a nonbeliever that the Bible is the Word of God?“ and other questions can be found in our Questions Answered section. To learn more about this topic download R.C. Sproul’s free Crucial Questions booklet Can I Trust the Bible?.

Polemical Review: The Prayer of Jabez

Info

Author: Bruce Wilkinson
Year Published: 2000
Publisher: Multnomah PublishersTopic: Prayer
Associated Groups: Word of Faith Movement, New Apostolic Reformation

Heresies in This Book

Review

The Prayer of Jabez was a book written in the year 2000 by Bruce Wilkinson. The book was an instant hit, selling over 9 million copies and topping best seller lists globally. It was an undeniably popular book, but was it a good book? One must read the book to find out for sure, and after reading it I found it to be extremely problematic.

Firstly, the book makes claims of the Prosperity Gospel. On page 31, Wilkinson writes, “When Christian excecutives ask me, “Is it right for me to ask God for more business?’ my response is, ‘Absolutely!’ If you’re doing business God’s way, it’s not only right to ask for more, but He is waiting for you to ask.” Similarly, on page 83, he claims, “As you repeat these steps, you will set in motion a cycle of blessing that will keep you multiplying what God is able to do in and through you.” While he makes many Osteenist (Or Prosperity Gospel) claims, Wilkinson’s only Scriptural support for this is one out of context passage that was intended to record history, not teach (Other than that, his only defense is that it works for him). While Wilkinson makes the case that the prosperity of Jabez is normative for the elect, in the Bible we see many people who are poor yet saved. This includes, but is not limited to, the Prophets Elijah and Elisha, the Apostles, Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, and even Jesus Himself. At the same time, many wicked men were rich. This includes Herod, King Eglon, Pontius Pilate, and Porcius Festus. So we see, riches don’t show God’s favor, but merely shows who God chooses to be rich according to His plan.

The Prosperity Gospel is not the only heresy contained within this book. On page 87, he goes into the Positive Thinking heresy, which teaches that our thoughts have the God-like power to create things in our surroundings. He says, “It’s only what you believe will happen and therefore do next that will release God’s power for you and bring about life change.” This elevates man and rings very similar to one of the first heresies ever taught: “You will be like God.”

However, one of the worst heresies in the book is one of the most subtle. On page 85 he said, “Sin breaks the flow of God’s power. This heresy, limited theism, teaches that God isn’t all-powerful. If sin can break God’s power, then how can God be all-powerful? Sin breaking the flow of God’s power means that sin is more powerful than God’s power. On page 87, he again mentions man’s belief releasing God’s power, as if God needs His power to be released by us. Omnipotence is an essential attribute of God. To deny His omnipotence is to blaspheme the true God and to worship a false god.

This book’s popularity is only further proof of its danger. This book needs to avoided and warned against, as it elevstes man blasphemes God, and chases a false god and therefore a false gospel.

For a presentation of the true Gospel, please visit this page.

[Contributed by Brandon Hines, originally posted at his website, here]

The Deeply Troubling Federal Report Targeting Religious Freedom

It’s time for all sides to reaffirm equality and liberty as twin pillars of the American republic. Authentic peaceful coexistence requires moving from the zero-sum game described in much of the commission’s report to the level playing field required by our constitutional commitment to both nondiscrimination and religious freedom.

Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise” may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people.

Appeals by religious individuals and groups for exemption from government laws and regulations that substantially burden religious practice are increasingly unpopular and controversial. So much so that many in the media have taken to using scare quotes, transforming religious freedom into “religious freedom.”

Now the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appears to be recommending that we make it official: Our first freedom is first no more.

According to a commission report released Sept. 7, “civil rights protections ensuring nondiscrimination, as embodied in the Constitution, laws, and policies, are of preeminent importance in American jurisprudence.”

If we accept this assertion, it means that conflicts between religious freedom and nondiscrimination principles are resolved by denying accommodation for religious conscience — except perhaps in very rare and narrow circumstances.

According to the findings of the commission:

“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon those civil rights.”

The findings and recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights — an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency — carry weight with government officials responsible for national civil rights policy and enforcement.

Robust protection for civil rights is, of course, essential in a democratic society. But so is protection for liberty of conscience. Despite dark chapters of religious discrimination, the United States has a long and honorable history of taking claims of conscience seriously. From conscientious objection to war to religious accommodations in the workplace, the American experiment in religious freedom seeks (on our best days) to ensure that people are free to follow the dictates of conscience in matters of faith.

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10 Things You Should Know About Union With Christ

Union with Christ is not a sentiment, metaphor or illustration, or even primarily a “doctrine”. Nor is it a way of speaking about something else—whether justification, sanctification, or any other benefit of Christ (even if it includes all of these and more!). Our union with the living Christ is the essential truth of our new and eternal existence.

1. The Bible contains an astonishing number of terms, expressions and images that bear witness to the reality of our being made one with Christ Jesus.

In the Newer Testament we find literally hundreds of references to the believer’s union with Christ. To cite merely a few examples, believers are created in Christ (Eph. 2:10), crucified with him (Gal. 2:20), buried with him (Col. 2:12), baptized into Christ and his death (Rom. 6:3), united with him in his resurrection (Rom. 6:5), and seated with him in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6); Christ is formed in believers (Gal. 4:19) and dwells in our hearts (Eph. 3:17); the church is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15; 12:27); Christ is in us (2 Cor. 13:5) and we are in him (1 Cor. 1:30); the church is one flesh with Christ (Eph. 5:31–32); believers gain Christ and are found in him (Phil. 3:8–9).

Furthermore, in Christ we are justified (Rom. 8:1), glorified (8:30), sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), called (1:9); made alive (Eph. 2:5), created anew (2 Cor. 5:17), adopted (Gal. 3:26), and elected (Eph. 1:4–5). Whew! All this without reference to the Gospel and letters of John! Suffice it to say, union with Christ is an absolutely fundamental gospel conviction of the Apostles—dear to them because it was so dear to their Lord.

2. When we are joined to Jesus, we are included in the greatest mystery of the universe—the incarnation of God.

C.S. Lewis calls the incarnation of God the Son the “central miracle” of Christianity. He is right. The redemption, restoration, re-creation, and reconciliation of sinners—and all of creation besides—depends entirely on the supreme fact that God, without ever ceasing to be fully who he is, became fully who we are in and as Christ Jesus. Why did God do this? Why is it, in other words, that the “Word became flesh”? The principal reason underlying all the other magnificent reasons that God the Son united himself to our humanity is this: that by the Holy Spirit we may be united to Christ and so enjoy his fellowship with the Father forever. This is eternal life (John 17:3).

3. Our union with Christ is profoundly real and intensely intimate.

Union with Christ is not a sentiment, metaphor or illustration, or even primarily a “doctrine”. Nor is it a way of speaking about something else—whether justification, sanctification, or any other benefit of Christ (even if it includes all of these and more!). Our union with the living Christ is the essential truth of our new and eternal existence. In a way that gloriously transcends our finite understanding, we are really and truly joined—spiritually and bodily—to the crucified, resurrected, incarnate person of Christ. There is no better news than this.

4. Because union with Christ is so central to the gospel, it has resonated in the teaching and preaching of the Church throughout the ages.

Unsurprisingly, given the ubiquity of the theme in the Scriptures, there is a massive chorus of churchly voices who have emphasized the significance of being united to Christ. This historic theological chorus includes the likes of Irenaeus, Athanasius, Augustine, Cyril of Alexandria, Bernard of Clairvaux, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Cotton and Jonathan Edwards (to name but a few).

According to Calvin, our union with Christ is to be accorded “the highest degree of importance.” Why? Because being joined to Jesus is the whole point of the gospel: “For this is the design of the gospel, that Christ may become ours, and that we may be ingrafted into his body.”

5. Justification is a magnificent benefit of being united to Christ.

We are not united to Christ because we have been justified. It is quite the other way around: we are justified because we have been united to Christ, who is himself our justification (1 Cor. 1:30). We receive Christ’s benefits precisely and only because we receive Christ. Martin Luther knew this well: “But so far as justification is concerned, Christ and I must be so closely attached that He lives in me and I in Him. What a marvelous way of speaking! Because He lives in me, whatever grace, righteousness, life, peace, and salvation there is in me is all Christ’s; nevertheless it is mine as well, by the cementing and attachment that are through faith, by which we become as one body in the Spirit.”

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WHI-1330 | Whatever Happened to Hell?

For the last half century or so, contemporary Christian faith and practice has been focused on positive and uplifting stories of personal transformation along with a kind of unbridled optimism about what each of us can do with God’s help. But in doing so, has the church ended up downplaying the negative aspects of biblical truth? In order to present Christianity as attractive to others, have we gotten rid of Hell?

Has ridding the Christian grammar of this word emptied the wondrous nature of God and his love for us as seen in the gospel? Whatever happened to Hell? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.

 

Host Quote

“If we have trouble with the God of judgment in the Old Testament, we’ll have even greater reservations about Jesus. They’re one and the same God. When Jesus returns to raise the dead and the whole earth appears before his throne, he will separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep will be welcomed into eternal life, Jesus says, while the goats will be sent to everlasting punishment. It’s from Jesus that we hear the most vivid descriptions of Hell.

“In the Book of Revelation, Jesus announces, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last. I am the living One. I was dead and now look, I am alive forever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and hell.’ In fact, throughout the book, Jesus is depicted as the lamb upon his throne. He is the rider on the white horse, who comes in vengeance to destroy his enemies. He is the judge, who will cast Satan and all the ungodly into the lake of fire forever and ever. If we have trouble with these previews of coming attractions, then surely we’re going to have even greater trouble with Jesus.”

–Michael Horton

 

Term to Learn

“Hell”

Too often discussions of hell go beyond biblical description to alert people to avoid such a dreadful place. The problem here is that hell, rather than God, becomes the object of fear. Think of Jesus’ sober warning: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). Hell is not horrible because of alleged implements of torture or its temperature.

Whatever the exact nature of this everlasting judgment, it is horrible ultimately for one reason only: God is present. This sounds strange to those of us familiar with the definition of hell as “separation from God” and heaven as a place for those who have a “personal relationship with God.” But Scripture nowhere speaks in these terms. Quite the contrary, if we read the Bible carefully we conclude that everyone, as a creature made in God’s image, has a personal relationship with God. Therefore, God is, after the fall, either in the relationship of a judge or a father to his creatures. And God, who is present everywhere at all times, will be present forever in hell as the judge.

(Adapted from Michael Horton, “Is Hell Separation from God?” Modern Reformation, May/June 2002, p. 18)

Source: WHI-1330 | Whatever Happened to Hell?

 

Society of Christian Philosophers shames invited speaker for expressing Biblical views

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Something interesting happened at a recent meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, which is a group of left-leaning philosophers who are (apparently) neither Christian, nor Philosophers.

How so?

Rightly Considered blog explains what happened:

[A]t the latest Midwest meeting of the SCP, Richard Swinburne presented a paper in which he argued for the view that homosexual acts are immoral and that homosexuality is a disability that should be cured. The response from some quarters was predictably hysterical and unremarkable. What is remarkable is that the President of the SCP, Michael Rea, shamefully acquiesced to the leftist hysteria by issuing an ingratiating public apology, accusing Swinburne of causing pain and undermining the SCP’s mission of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion:

I want to express my regret regarding the hurt caused by the recent Midwest meeting of the Society for Christian Philosophers. The views expressed in Professor Swinburne’s…

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OutreachMagazine sanction Andy Stanley’s deceptive ‘gospel’

“We shall not adjust our Bible to the age; but before we have done with it, by God’s grace, we shall adjust the age to the Bible.”  Charles Spurgeon

Andy Stanley is in full damage control, not only has he misrepresented his critics, he’s revised his controversial sermon presentations and misled his audiences to give the impression he is a legitimate pastor. He is deliberately lying to ‘gag rags’ who prefer to believe him over the facts presented in the message he ‘preaches’.

It’s statements like this that clearly demonstrate Stanley is walking away from biblical Christianity:

““If we’re going to reach the unchurched, underchurched, dechurched, and postchurched with the gospel in a culture that’s trending post-Christian, we must rethink our approach,” Stanley claims.”

If Stanley does believe the bible and if this author (Joshua Pease) believes that his sermon is a, “brilliant example of apologetics for millennials,” then they…

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Biblical salvation vs man-made philosophical religiosity

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10 (NASB) 

The basis of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism are the very same as that of Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism or any other religion except Genuine Christianity. That basis revolves around Man’s Free Will and making a decision then receiving some sort of blessing or curse depending on whether the decision was according to the tenets of one’s man-made religion or not.

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