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October 7, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Employers continued to add to payrolls in September as record openings drew more Americans into the workforce and most found jobs, indicating the U.S. labor market is settling into a pace that will support the economy. The 156,000 increase followed a 167,000 rise in August that was more than previously estimated, a Labor Department report showed.

Some of the $68 billion the U.S. has spent since 2002 to support Afghanistan’s military may have been wasted on “ghost” soldiers and police who exist only on paper, according to a government watchdog who pressed the Pentagon to do more to stop such abuses.

Long known for its oil and gas, Russia is now moving to retake leadership in the world wheat trade it last held when the Czars ruled. In the process, it’s reshaping the market for one of the world’s most important traded food products.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to bring an end to a more than 50-year civil conflict, strengthening his attempt to salvage a peace accord rejected by voters earlier this month.

Deutsche Bank AG is holding informal talks with securities firms to explore options including raising capital should mounting legal bills require it.

If Prime Minister Theresa May gets her way on immigration, [many] might just leave London. Many foreigners in the City who are reeling from the government’s proposal to force companies to reveal how many non-British workers they hire as a way to push them to put natives first.

U.S. early warning satellites and sensors designed primarily to detect the launch of missiles carrying nuclear warheads are providing daily streams of intelligence on Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, according to defense officials.

The rate at which American women are dying from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth is on par with Iran, China, and some nations that made up the Soviet bloc. The difference is that in those countries, the prognosis is for improvement. In America, it’s not.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and torrential rain on Friday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power as officials made last-minute appeals for any remaining holdouts to get out of the storm’s way. Hurricane Matthew claimed its first victim in the U.S. on Friday. More than 500,000 people were already without power across Florida, although officials said service was being restored in the southern part of the state.

Six Fort Campbell soldiers and two civilians have been charged with conspiring to steal sensitive military equipment – including highly classified materials – and selling it online. More than $1 million worth of equipment was stolen, and most of it was ultimately shipped to anonymous eBay bidders, including some in foreign nations, a federal indictment alleges. Some of the stolen equipment was so sensitive that the military is not allowed to sell it or give it away.

Syrian government troops advanced gradually against rebels inside ravaged second city Aleppo, as the UN Security Council prepared to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the violence.

Google has announced that its self-driving vehicles have logged 2 million miles of autonomous driving on public roads. Which sounds pretty impressive…until you remember that Tesla’s Autopilot system has racked up more than 50 times as many miles of autonomous operation.

The Obama administration is heatedly debating whether to trigger harsh sanctions against North Korea that would target Chinese companies doing business with the hermit regime, in a crackdown like the one that crippled Iran’s economy, Foreign Policy has learned.

Britain cannot be allowed access to the EU’s single market without accepting free movement of people, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, warning she would not allow a free-for-all.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has released new details about its plans for future unmanned aircraft that would fly in supporting roles, aiding piloted fighters in the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, or JASDF.

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The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 400, officials said.

Finland’s Defense Ministry says it has scrambled jets twice in the past 24 hours to monitor suspected airspace violations by Russian fighters.

Police in Victoria, south Australia, have warned the public not to engage in “intimidating” behavior after reports of clowns terrorizing people in Melbourne.

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has revealed that he wants to have the option of an assisted death.

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A hacker believed to be operating on behalf of the Russian government has released thousands of emails taken from the personal account of Capricia Penavic Marshall, a key Clintonworld figure who worked under Hillary Clinton at the State Department. The emails, which were released on the anonymously-operated site DC Leaks, are broken down into eight categories: “Atlantic Council,” “Clinton Foundation,” “Conversations with Clinton’s team,” “favor,” “fundraising,” and several others.

President Obama announced Thursday he will commute the sentences of another 102 offenders, mostly cocaine dealers. A total of 774 offenders have had their sentences cut by Obama, “more than the previous 11 presidents combined.”

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told an Iowa crowd on Wednesday that she is “excited” to see so many women trying to normalize abortion by telling their stories.

A pedophile who downloaded a vast stash of obscene pictures of children has been spared jail – so he can become a dad.


Top News – 10/7/2016

New documents show White House, State Dept. coordinated on Clinton email issues
Newly disclosed emails show senior officials in President Barack Obama’s administration coordinated closely with Hillary Clinton’s staffers in the weeks leading up to her campaign launch to help quash potential fallout from the former secretary of state’s decision to use a private email server.

Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo
Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria’s largest city and recapture full control of the country.

Germany moves to run its own EU army – leaving both Brussels & NATO in new crisis
It reveals a radical change in German plans to not only boost its present army’s mandate in troubled hot spots around the world, but also clearly states that it should be running any multinational military organizations, such as the proposed EU army.

New York Times to Obama: Hit Israel hard
The New York Times has demanded US President Barack Obama use his last months in office to hit Israel hard diplomatically.

NY Times: UN Security Council should set Israeli-Palestinian peace terms
The New York Times, in an unusual move, has called on the United Nations Security Council to set the parameters for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

With Hurricane Matthew nearing Northeast Florida, authorities tell residents to ‘stay home’
Hundreds of thousands of residents were ordered this week to leave Jacksonville as part of a mass exodus in advance of Hurricane Matthew but by Thursday night authorities changed their message, urging people to stay put instead. In a tweet, the Sheriff’s Office directed people to stay off the roads and take shelter where they are.

Hurricane Matthew’s loop back to Florida would be ‘unprecedented’
Well, that would be weird. After Hurricane Matthew’s initial battering of the Southeast coast this week, the long-range forecast shows it looping back around toward Florida next week, potentially striking the state a second time. “While a loop back towards Florida and the Bahamas next week is not yet a sure thing, the increasing trend of our top models in that direction is a strong indication that Matthew will be around for a very long time,”

The human brains being grown OUTSIDE the body: Lab making miniature ‘organs in a jar’ is revealed
From what makes us right or left-handed to why we develop autism, there are many mysteries about the human brain we are yet to solve. Some of these questions can be answered by studying the brains of other animals like mice, for example. But this isn’t possible for other phenomena that are unique to human brains.

Syria conflict: Eastern Aleppo faces ‘total ruin’ in two months
Rebel-held eastern parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo may face “total destruction” in two months, with thousands killed, the UN’s envoy says. Staffan de Mistura told reporters that he was prepared to personally accompany al-Qaeda-linked jihadists out of the city if it would stop the fighting. He also appealed to Russia and Syria’s government not to destroy the city for the sake of eliminating militants.

Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster
The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 300, officials say. Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

Finland jets monitor Russian fighters on border flights
Finland’s Defence Ministry says it has scrambled jets twice in the past 24 hours to monitor suspected airspace violations by Russian fighters. A Russian Su-27 fighter was detected in the Gulf of Finland south of Porvoo late on Thursday, the ministry said. Another Russian Su-27 was detected on a suspicious flight there earlier. “Russian military aviation over the Baltic Sea has been intense,” it said.

NY Times: UN Security Council should set Israeli-Palestinian peace terms
The New York Times…has called on the United Nations Security Council to set the parameters for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “The best idea under discussion now would be to have the United Nations Security Council…lay down guidelines for a peace agreement covering… Israel’s security, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and borders for both states,” the paper’s Editorial Board stated.

Americans & Evangelicals Misunderstand Basic Christian Doctrines – Fail Theology 101
Could you pass a basic theology quiz? Several thousand Americans just tried. Uh-oh. Too bad God doesn’t grade on a curve. One thing is certain: Americans love the Bible. A recent report from The American Bible Society and Barna Group finds that two-thirds of the nation believe the Bible contains “everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life.”

Greenspan: US Must ‘Come to Grips’ With Entitlement Reform
Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said the U.S. central bank and their global colleagues have done as much as they can with easy money policies and keeping rates at record lows. The only viable option now, especially for America, is entitlement reform.

America’s Female Chess Champion Boycotts Iran Tournament Over Hijab Law
After learning that the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship would be held in Iran, America’s top female chess player announced this week that she would boycott the tournament in the name of women’s rights.

Typhoon Chaba leaves six dead in South Korea
South Korea cleaned up Thursday after Typhoon Chaba lashed its southern coast with powerful winds and heavy rains that triggered flash floods and left six people dead and four missing. The violent storm passed over the southern tip of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, pummelling the port of Busan — the country’s second-largest city — and the industrial city of Ulsan.

Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Washington Is Leading The World To War”
What must the world think watching the US presidential campaign? Over time US political campaigns have become more unreal and less related to voters’ concerns, but the current one is so unreal as to be absurd. The offshoring of American jobs by global corporations and the deregulation of the US financial system have resulted in American economic failure. One might think that this would be an issue in a presidential campaign.


Top News – 10/6/2016

ISIS Fighting End-of-Days Battle in Dabiq to Bring Muslim Messiah
While God’s judgement of the world hangs in balance during the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a battle is being fought in a small, dusty town in Syria that ISIS and many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims believe will usher in Mahdi, the Islamic concept of Messiah. “Meanwhile we can see a war between Russia and the US on Syria. Put simply, Gog and Magog.”

Clinton Sought Pentagon, State Department Contracts for Chelsea’s Friend
Hillary Clinton sought to arrange Pentagon and State Department consulting contracts for her daughter’s friend, prompting concerns of federal ethics rules violations.

Bring Your Bible to School Day Celebrates Religious Freedom
Bring Your Bible to School Day, occurring Thursday and hosted by Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization, is a national event where students can bring Scripture to school and talk about it with their peers.

EU opens door to GEORGIA as visa-free travel AGREED for Russian neighbour
EUROPE could see another increase in the numbers of migrants crossing its borders after European Union states agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel.

Portugal’s Guterres set to be next UN chief
The 67-year-old socialist politician, who will be the first former head of government to become UN chief, has pledged to revamp the global diplomatic body to boost its peacemaking efforts and promote human rights. The new UN chief begins his five-year term on January 1.

Final Obama Battle Waged Against Amona Jews
The new, and, God Willing, final confrontation between the departing Obama Administration and the still ticking Netanyahu government appears to center on Amona, located on a hill overlooking Ofra in Benjamin Region, at the heart of the liberated territories.

Code Red rocket alert sounded near Gaza border
A Code Red rocket alert was sounded at the Eshkol Regional Council Thursday afternoon near the Gaza Strip, forcing the residents to seek shelter for a second consecutive day. Security forces immediately began scouring the area in search for a possble fallen rocket.

Hurricane Matthew: Florida warned of ‘direct hit’
Florida residents have been warned to prepare for a “direct hit”, as Hurricane Matthew pounded the Bahamas after devastating parts of Haiti. Damage could be “catastrophic”, the state governor said. Evacuation orders have been issued along the coast.

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea and heads to Japan
At least six people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said. The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju.

Millions flee as Southeast U.S. braces for Hurricane Matthew
Roadways in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were jammed and gas stations and food stores ran out of supplies as Hurricane Matthew approached, packing storm surges, heavy rain and sustained winds that accelerated overnight to around 125 miles (205 km) per hour.

Petition Drive Underway in Florida to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder
A petition drive is underway in Florida in an effort to place a measure on the 2018 ballot that would amend the state constitution to criminalize abortion as murder.

As many as 44 Afghan troops go missing while on US military training visits – Pentagon
In an effort to find illegal work and settle permanently in America, at least 44 Afghan troops visiting the US for military training have gone missing since January 2015, Pentagon officials said. It raises concerns about procedures for such programs.

DOJ striking side deals is ‘bracing’; insider says it’s way out of the norm and we’ve all been snookered
It was discovered by Fox News that the FBI made some very unusual side deals with Hillary Clinton’s top aides to allow them to destroy evidence in the Hillary email scandal to avoid prosecution. But now we are finding that the agency broke its own standard practices to allow these special deals.

Hurricane Matthew gains new fury as it hurtles to Florida’s heavily populated coast
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew, though still a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as the day dawned, was expected to regain status as an even more powerful Category 4 storm in coming hours. Top sustained winds ratcheted up from 115 mph to 125 mph overnight.

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey taken to hospital under police escort
The Scottish medical worker, 40, was infected with the disease while nursing Ebola sufferers in Sierra Leone in 2014 and returned to the UK at the end of December that year.

A new fault line was discovered along the Salton Sea
The announcement, published this week in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, follows a recent rash of almost 200 small earthquakes at the Southern California inland sea and heightened concerns about the “Big One.”

Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain, official stats show
The number of British people defining themselves as “bisexual” has jumped by 45 per cent in just three years, according new official estimates. For the first time, more young people in the UK describe themselves as bisexual than gay or lesbian combined, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Dems reject call to protect Internet news, talk radio from regs
In the latest partisan escalation on the Federal Election Commission, a top Democratic commissioner has ripped a Republican commissioner’s bid to protect books, radio and Internet media from regulation as “pitiful.” Ann Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, joined other Democrats…to block Republican Lee Goodman’s proposal to explicitly expand the “press exemption” from regulations to books, satellite radio and Internet-based news media.

Massive Fireball Streaks Across East Coast, Prompts Plane Crash Fears
A massive fireball lit up the skies across parts of the East Coast and Canada Tuesday night, leading many to panic over fears of a plane crash. Phones lit up at police offices and newsrooms across the East Coast with many in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and even Canada reporting the meteor.

NSA government contractor ‘stole classified files’
A National Security Agency contractor has been arrested, accused of taking top secret information, officials say. Harold Thomas Martin III is charged with theft of government property and unauthorised removal of “highly classified” materials. The 51-year-old had a top secret national security clearance and faces 10 years in prison.

Syria war: IS bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing
At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria’s border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device.

Hurricane Matthew: Struggle to reach worst-hit parts of Haiti
Rescue workers in Haiti are struggling to reach parts of the country cut off by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade. The hurricane has caused extensive damage in Haiti, killing at least 23 people. Another four also died in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. A presidential election due this weekend in Haiti has been postponed.

Poland abortion: Parliament rejects near-total ban
Poland’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject a controversial citizens’ bill for a near-total ban on abortion. The government said that protests against the bill had given ministers “food for thought”. Poland already has among the tightest abortion laws in Europe, and the proposal sought to ban all abortions unless the mother’s life was at risk.

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea and heads to Japan
At least six people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said. The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju. Transport, schools, factories and the country’s main port ground to a halt. Footage showed muddy floodwaters rushing through city streets.

Al-Shabab ‘kills Christians’ in Kenya’s Mandera town
Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed six Christians in north-eastern Kenya in an attack aimed at forcing them out of the region. The grenade and gun attack was launched on a residential block in Mandera town when people were sleeping, police said. It was the latest in a spate of deadly attacks targeting Christians in the mainly Muslim region.

Israeli minister slams ‘unproportional’ US remarks on West Bank outpost
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked criticized the US administration after they released a harsh condemnation against Israel…in the wake of an announcement of Israel’s intention to build 98 housing units for Amona evacuees in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh. In an interview…Shaked stated that “Israel is doing what is right for itself. Their [the US] statement is a bit disproportionate to say the least.”

American Pastor Charged Under Russia’s New Anti-Evangelism Law Sees Appeal Rejected
An American pastor who was charged under Russia’s controversial anti-terror, anti-evangelism law has seen his appeal rejected, but has vowed to continue his religious freedom fight.

U.S. government condemns new Israeli plan on settlements
The United States sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday over plans to build a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank that it said would damage prospects for peace with the Palestinians and contradicted assurances made to Washington.

Socialism Explained (In 1 Cartoon)
Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s toilet paper…

IRS subjects tea party groups to new round of scrutiny, publicizes tax return data
The IRS‘ battle against holdout tea party groups is heating up again, after the tax agency promised it would begin processing their long-delayed applications, but sent a new round of prodding questions demanding still more information.

Texas man who killed neighbor couple has been executed
An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago and said he wanted to be put to death for the crime was executed Wednesday evening.


Top Headlines – 10/7/2016

US rebuke of settlement plans ‘disproportionate,’ minister charges

What’s at stake in US-Israeli row over settlements

UN Security Council to discuss ‘settlements’

Special Security Council session; Settlements the obstacle to peace

West Bank Settlers Prepare for Clash, With Israeli Government

Bennett: Israel must make ‘sacrifices’ to annex West Bank

Biden: Peres was ‘the conscience and soul’ of Israel

Palestinian report: IDF artillery fired into Gaza in response to rocket fire

Gaza’s radicals want Israel to topple Hamas

Lieberman: Israel not interested in escalation with Hamas

Planned Hezbollah terror attacks in Haifa thwarted

Police: Group of W. Bank Palestinian teens arrested for terror activities

Soldiers rescued after straying into Palestinian village

Palestinian president leaves hospital after health scare

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas undergoes heart tests

A look at possible successors to Palestinian President Abbas

Incoming UN chief a friend of Israel, but won’t shy away from criticism

‘The new UN secretary general’s biggest priority must be Syria

Syria war: IS bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

Iraqi militia fighters pour into Syria to support Assad

In Fight for Aleppo, Tangled Alliances Add to Chaos

UN envoy offers to escort rebels out of Aleppo

UN Syria envoy warns Aleppo could be ‘destroyed’ this year

Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

Russia posts provocative tweet warning US on Syria, mocking Earnest

Obama administration becomes target of Russian ridicule

Cold War 2? Tensions rising between US, Russia

Is Vladimir Putin a dictator? Here’s what experts have to say.

Finland detects second airspace violation by Russian jets

Al-Shabab ‘kills Christians’ in Kenya’s Mandera town

UN body tells Saudi Arabia to end child executions

Saudi king could be killed by his son, says shadowy Iranian general

In battle for US Senate, Iran nuclear deal looms large

With Colombia off the menu, will Iran nuke deal negotiators scoop peace Nobel?

Thousands sign US chess champ’s petition to strip Iran of world championship over hijab law

Mall terrorist was newly interested in Islam, used steak knives during attack, FBI says

Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S.

Satellite images show activity at North Korea nuclear test site: report

Philippines tells US no joint patrols in South China Sea

Philippines’ defence minister says military can cope without US aid

Once lauded as a peacemaker, Obama’s tenure fraught with war

Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Washington Is Leading The World To War”

Greenspan: US Must ‘Come to Grips’ With Entitlement Reform

World Bank president: Globalization not the root of all evil it’s made out to be

Flash crash: Pound plunges to $1.18 and FTSE 100 heads for record high as fears over hard Brexit intensify

FEC war: Dems reject call to protect Internet news, talk radio from regs

FBI files reveal missing email ‘boxes’ in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering

NSA government contractor ‘stole classified files’

N.S.A. Isn’t Sure if Suspect Leaked Data or Just Hoarded It

Evildoers of Twitter Beware: You Can Now Be Served Lawsuits in a Tweet

Facebook shows how it’s gonna make virtual reality social

Plan for NYC bridges includes color LED lights, facial recognition cameras

Uber oopsie: Self-driving car spotted going wrong way down one-way street

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Las Navas, Philippines

Katla volcano in Iceland Quivers

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 26,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

More than 130 reported dead in Haiti as extent of hurricane damage comes into focus

Obama declares state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew looms

Gov. Scott fears people not taking Hurricane Matthew seriously

Hurricane Matthew could leave 7 million in the dark

National Hurricane Center website goes down as Matthew nears Florida

A world without Twitter and iPhones: What has changed since the last major hurricane hit the US?

Florida governor says state won’t extend voter registration because of Hurricane Matthew, rebuffing Clinton campaign

Liberals Are Already Blaming Hurricane Matthew On Global Warming

Nicole becomes Category 2 hurricane

Tropical storm Aere picks up strength as central Vietnam braces for heavy rains

UN agreement reached on aircraft climate-change emissions

ObamaCare architect on defense over rising premiums, blames Republicans

Petition Drive Underway in Florida to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder

Israel adds $5 million in funding for LGBT community

DNA testing closes case of missing Virginia teen 30 years later

Special-needs boy, 10, doused with gas, set on fire in Texas town

Knife-Wielding Clown Menaces Subway Riders, Chases Teen out of Station: NYPD

Performers organize ‘Clown Lives Matter’ march in hopes to quench fears


Top Headlines – 10/6/2016

US again condemns Israeli settlements in West Bank

US: Israel broke its word on new settlements

Israel rejects US criticism, says no new settlements planned

US invokes Peres legacy in biting condemnation of settlement expansion

Biden to speak at Washington event memorializing Shimon Peres

Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Hamas warns it won’t ‘sit idly by’ as IDF planes strike Gaza

After airstrikes, Hamas said to appeal to Israel for calm

Israeli Navy Intercepts Women’s Flotilla on Way to Break Gaza Blockade

A Look Inside the Latest Gaza Women’s Flotilla – The activists on board are no peaceful bunch

From northern Israel to Jerusalem: 2,000 women march for peace

Ethiopian immigration to Israel resuming after 3-year freeze

Middle East Expert: Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine ‘Grossly Distorted’ Israeli Military Chief’s View of Iran Deal

Iran tells Saudi navy vessels to avoid its waters

Details of Russian bomber intercept over Europe revealed

Russia tells citizens to ‘prepare for nuclear war with West’

Deployment of S-300 to Syria signals surge in Russia-US tensions

What Russia sending more air defense missiles to Syria means

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria despite US suspension of talks

Iraqi militia fighters pour into Syria to support Assad

IDF arrests 14 Palestinians, seizes weapons and bombs

Iraq calls for U.N. emergency meeting on Turkey’s military deployment

Baghdad bridles at Turkey’s military presence, warns of ‘regional war’

Bomb kills at least 25 Turkish-backed rebels in north Syria: monitors, witnesses

France makes new push for Aleppo ceasefire

New satellite images reveal extent of Aleppo devastation

IS recruits, suicide bombers more educated than average, study finds

ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, ‘Quiet Neighborhoods’

Brussels stabbing: two police officers targeted in suspected terror attack

Authorities: Sterling Heights Man Threatened To Decapitate 2 Macomb County Judges

Security Council agrees on Portugal’s Guterres next UN chief

UN makes power play against Trump

Kremlin says regrets way Russia is being used in US election campaign

International observers will watch U.S. vote closely

Bush’s homeland security chief endorses Clinton

Arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton’s Libya dealings rips DOJ for ‘injustice’

Republicans blast FBI for ‘astonishing’ agreement to destroy Clinton aides’ laptops

Congress Sleepwalks As U.S. Loses Control of Internet

Another Snowden? FBI secretly arrests NSA contractor in code theft, report says

IMF says global debt tops $152 trillion, urges some to spend more

IMF warns of risks to global economy as debt hits record $152trn

Deutsche Bank’s $14 Billion Scare

Deutsche Bank doesn’t need a bailout for now: IMF

Southwest Airlines Evacuated a Plane Over a Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Massive Fireball Streaks Across East Coast, Prompts Plane Crash Fears

Earthquake risk: New fault discovered in earthquake-prone Southern California region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the West Chile Rise

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Oxapampa, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Matthew: Eleven dead as UN warns of ‘worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since 2010 quake’

Hurricane damage forces Haiti to delay voting yet again

Hurricane Matthew May Be Rare Major Hurricane Strike to Florida East Coast; Conditions Deteriorating in Bahamas

Florida Governor: State Could Be Facing ‘Biggest Evacuation Ever’ With Hurricane Matthew

One model now predicts Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida coming and going

Wet, Wild and Weird: Some Answers About Hurricane Matthew

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea, killing at least three people

U.S. Southwest faces 99% risk of ‘megadroughts’ due to climate change

Paris climate accord to take effect; Obama hails ‘historic day’

Obama hails climate change deal as potential turning point

Mysterious paralysis-causing syndrome appears to be on the rise – CDC

What’s the Longest Humans Can Live? 115 Years, New Study Says

After protests, Poland won’t back total abortion ban

Israel’s Finance Ministry to invest NIS 10 million into supporting LGBT community

More young people are identifying as LGB than ever before

Feds: 80 charged in prison racketeering, drug conspiracies

Girl alerts bus driver to parents’ death from apparent drug overdose

American Pastor Charged Under Russia’s New Anti-Evangelism Law Sees Appeal Rejected


The Briefing 10-07-16

“This storm is a monster”: The incredible power of Hurricane Matthew hits the US

Society of Christian Philosophers scandalized by historic Christian position on homosexuality

InterVarsity affirms biblical teaching on sexuality, commits staff to historic Christian teaching

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  • Pound Plummets Against Dollar in Chaotic Trading (Read More)
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  • Qatar won’t sell Deutsche Bank shares, might buy more (Read More)
  • Commerzbank Disses Deutsche Bank in Blitz to Lure German Clients (Read More)
  • Snapchat Parent Working on IPO Valuing Firm at $25 Billion or More (Read More)
  • IMF, global finance leaders fret over populist backlash (Read More)
  • Foreigners in London ‘Horrified’ by May’s Immigration Vision (Read More)
  • Wal-Mart Expects Profit Pressures, Fewer New Stores (Read More)
  • Hurricane Matthew batters Florida as Haiti death toll rises (Read More)
  • Russia Becomes a Grain Superpower as Wheat Exports Explode (Read More)
  • Honeywell Cuts Sales Projections (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank eyes asset management unit IPO (Read More)
  • Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo (Read More)
  • Special Report: In Duterte’s war on drugs, local residents help draw up hit lists (Read More)
  • Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (Read More)
  • Republican Trump says 70 percent of federal regulations ‘can go’ (Read More)
  • Lynn Tilton Just Can’t Stop Suing the SEC (Read More)
  • Hollande demands tough Brexit negotiations (Read More)

October 6, 2016

NEWSMAX — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won his debate against rival vice presidential Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine – – and “set the table for what Donald Trump needs to do” in his matchup with Hillary Clinton, pollster John Zogby told Newsmax TV…. (more)


October 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — While showering praise on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Tuesday debate performance, Rush Limbaugh argued that Americans would have “more faith and trust” in politics if they were like the vice presidential nominee, telling his audience that it’s time to “make America more like Mike Pence again.”… (more)

October 6, 2016
BYRON YORK — Even allowing for spin, Republican and Democratic insiders gathered here at Longwood University drew vastly different takeaways from the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine…. (more)

October 6, 2016
BEN SHAPIRO — I have a close friend who was recently dating a nasty fellow. He manipulated her emotionally; he drove a wedge between her and her family; he badmouthed her beliefs, tearing her down to build himself up. But she continued to date him, because apparently she loved him. She didn’t love the real him, of course – – that guy was a jerk. She loved the fantasy she’d created for herself…. (more)

October 6, 2016

NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton owns a 6-point national lead over Donald Trump among likely voters, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday…. (more)


October 6, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — In a major development that will certainly be ignored by the mainstream media, longtime pro-Russian communist Angela Davis has announced that she will vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president…. (more)

October 6, 2016

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Just when you think it can’t get any worse . . . According to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), the immunity agreements struck by the Justice Department with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two top subjects of the FBI’s Clinton e-mail investigation, included “side agreements.”… (more)


October 6, 2016
WESTERN JOURNALISM — Former President Bill Clinton, whose efforts to create a government health care system under the leadership of then first lady Hillary Clinton went down in flames, on Monday used words very different from those of his wife in discussing Obamacare…. (more)

October 5, 2016

THE HILL — Hillary Clinton was provided the exact questions she would be asked by daytime talk show host Steve Harvey, according to a report. The Washington Free Beacon reports that according to a leaked memo it obtained, the Clinton campaign was sent all questions one week by the program before the interview between Clinton and Harvey on Feb. 17…. (more)


October 5, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A court fight that erupted when state regulators targeted for punishment a businessman because they didn’t like his criticism of President Obama is being submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the First Amendment’s free-speech provision will be affirmed there…. (more)

October 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 55 percent, matching his best ratings since his first year in office and the highest ratings of his second term, according to a new CNN/ORC poll…. (more)

October 5, 2016

NEWSMAX — Democrat Tim Kaine tried to make the vice presidential debate all about Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the Republican presidential nominee a danger to U.S. national security and someone who denigrates women and minorities and appears to pay little in federal taxes…. (more)


October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Tim Kaine and Mike Pence repeatedly interrupted each other Tuesday as they squared off in a testy debate between vice presidential candidates…. (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mike Pence threw Donald Trump a lifeline Tuesday night. Will he take it? No, Pence’s debate performance against Tim Kaine probably won’t make up for Trump’s showing against Hillary Clinton last week. There is no precedent for a vice presidential debate doing that…. (more)

October 5, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Republicans are demanding to know why Justice Department officials entered into a pair of “side agreements” with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson – two of Hillary Clinton’s top former aides who went on to become her personal attorneys during the FBI’s email investigation that allowed law enforcement agents to destroy their laptops after searching their hard drives for evidence…. (more)


October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Hillary Clinton padded the membership of a newly-created advisory board at the State Department with friends and donors, federal records show. The Foreign Affairs Advisory Board, which Clinton commissioned in 2011 to provide “independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of U.S. foreign policy,” was founded with 15 appointments to individuals who had donated personally to the Clinton Foundation and her political campaigns, or were affiliated with groups that had…. (more)

October 5, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — At 3:20 a.m., Donald Trump began tweeting. He was using all-caps and exclamation points. Before the sun came up he had already sunk to name-calling against former beauty queen Alicia Machado, adding an interesting flourish, “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”… (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is getting a little help from 2012’s Republican nominee. McMullin’s campaign on Monday sent out a fundraising pitch using an email list purchased from Mitt Romney, a spokesman confirmed to the Washington Examiner…. (more)

October 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter…. (more)

October 5, 2016

CITIZEN ANALYST — Communists, Marxists, Islamists and other radical subversives are gutting the United States from within, by embedding themselves into every level of our governments, intelligence agencies, and military positions. They are working in concert with the same goal in mind: to bring America to her knees and destroy us once and for all. Political activist Trevor Loudon’s new film, The Enemies Within shines the spotlight on the different characters involved in this demonic plot to fundamentally transform the greatest, freest nation in history – – and in turn, the world…. (more)


October 5, 2016
MCCLATCHY — With costly healthcare, a stereotype of obesity and a culture of creatively fatty foods, “healthy” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the United States…. (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Gun sales hit the 17th consecutive monthly record in September according to FBI data released on Monday, and overall sales are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year…. (more)

October 4, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Donald, this is a quiz: Whose candidacy for President of the United States threatens to take down this country – if not from an outside attack (because of downgrading of military preparedness)… …then possibly from within, a la Hillary carrying on the Obama legacy?… (more)

October 3, 2016
ALAN KEYES — A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. (USA Today report, Sept. 28, 2016)… (more)

October 3, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — For Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, the latest scandal is that employees of his California golf course say he wanted to fire women who weren’t pretty enough. That’s the big scoop from the Los Angeles Times. Trump is supposed to be on the defensive compared to a female candidate who helped orchestrate cover-ups of “bimbo eruptions” from her husband’s mistresses?… (more)


White House Intervened To Suppress Hillary email Scandal, Leaked Emails Reveal

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If there is one thing that defines Obama’s presidency it is the fait accompli. The White House denies, denies, denies, and then when it’s obvious that the White House engaged in some sort of nefarious behavior the president just looks at the critics and says, “Do something about it now.”

Just get Obamacare over the finish line. (You can keep your doctor. It’ll save the average family money.)  Just start the amnesty program without Congress’s approval.

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Franklin Graham: The Race for America’s Future

The United States is at a moral tipping point, and the upcoming elections could prove to be the most pivotal in our long, storied history.

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David Jeremiah: ‘Is This the End?’

‘Is This the End?’ NYC Times Square Jumbotron Ad Linked to Megachurch Pastor, End Times Theology

The book, titled Is This The End? Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World, is divided into two parts centered on two questions. The first asks if the end of America is near and the second asks if the end of the world is near.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Jeremiah said it’s “easy to look at today’s headlines, both in America and around the world, and get discouraged.”

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Americans Can’t Pass Theology 101

But just how deep does their Christianity run?

Not very, according to the results of a survey released late last month by LifeWay Research. The survey, commissioned by Ligonier Ministries, asked 3,000 participants a set of 47 questions about foundational Christian beliefs. Many of the answers revealed a mishmash of heresy and confusion about Christianity’s most basic doctrines.

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The Troubling Ties of Huma Abedin

Learn about the terror ties of the woman who could become Secretary of State or Chief of Staff for Hillary Clinton.

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WAR DRUMS: US Air Force Drops Two Fake Nukes as Tensions Rise With Russia

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 06:02 AM PDT

The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal. A pair of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Matthew reaches Florida shoreline with heavy winds, rain; 400,000 without power

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:58 AM PDT

Hurricane Matthew lashed the Florida coastline Friday morning leaving more than 400,000 homes and businesses without power, as the Category 3 storm threatened to unleash…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Police issue warning as creepy Clowns terrorise people across Australia

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:53 AM PDT

Creepy clowns have been terrorising schoolchildren across America in recent months, and now it seems they have arrived in Australia. The haunting figures have been…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Putin Adding Nukes While Obama Cuts

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:47 AM PDT

As of Oct. 1, Russia had hundreds more nuclear warheads deployed than the United States did. A startling 429 more, in fact, according to the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Thousands of Fla residents ignore millions who evacuated historic Hurricane Matthew to SURF and PARTY through storm – led by Vanilla Ice!

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:43 AM PDT

As thousands of people across Florida seek shelter from Hurricane Matthew, some brave – or stupid – residents have opted to party and even surf…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Matthew heads for Two nuclear power stations

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:39 AM PDT

Hurricane Matthew is just miles away from Cape Canaveral and it is still heading north with two nuclear power stations and Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

FBI files reveal missing email ‘boxes’ in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:34 PM PDT

Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery — about…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christian music banned on school bus in Arkansas

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:28 PM PDT

The music of Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac and other popular Christian artists is no longer welcome on public school buses in Siloam Springs,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Dozens of Afghan troops missing from military training in USA.

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:25 PM PDT

Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Obama Quietly Delaying Thousands of Deportation Cases…

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:19 PM PDT

The Obama administration is delaying deportation proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000 of those who fled Central…

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Hurricane Matthew could leave 7 million in the dark

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:16 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew could knock out power for approximately 7 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott Warns of imminent deaths from Hurricane Matthew

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:16 PM PDT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday issued a dire warning to residents living in evacuation zones to leave immediately or risk death because of an…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:11 PM PDT

Russia has warned the United States not to intervene militarily in Syria against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, threatening that it may shoot down…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Climbs to 108 in Haiti, Heads to United States

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:03 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew has left at least 108 people dead in Haiti, the country’s embassy announced on Thursday while suggesting the death toll could rise because…

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This ‘n’ That

  • Our Creator is pretty amazing, isn’t He?
  • James Montgomery Boice on the bondage of the will.
  • There are many, many reasons why this person isn’t actually a pastor.
  • I don’t understand why parents allow their children to have smartphones. But then, there are a lot of things that parents allow their children to do that I don’t understand.
  • I am a member of the cult of people who love pumpkin-flavored (almost) anything.
  • I’m not worried about global warming either, but for different reasons.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Tullian Tchividjian put himself back in the news.
  • Julie Andrews’ voice is a gift.
  • Okay, now I really need to check into the origin of my coffee beans.
  • I’ve purposely stayed away from the latest Andy Stanley hullabaloo because, let’s face it, this isn’t exactly new territory for him and shouldn’t surprise us based on his history (see here and here). That said, I am glad for those who are speaking out, and I always appreciate my friend DebbieLynne’s approach to these types of issues and her appeal to biblical truth and authority.
  • On the dangers of self-directed discipleship.
  • Continuing John MacArthur’s series on the reality of the resurrection:

This Week in Calvinism – October 7, 2016


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.

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Resource Links

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New Believers Guide
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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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Six Strides Toward Forgiveness

Imagine standing right next to a hurdle on a race track. You can’t jump a hurdle from a standing start. You have to take a run at it.

Often we get focused on one sin, one problem, one issue that we want to overcome. How do I get over my fear? How can I prevail over this lust? There you are, standing right next to the hurdle, and you can’t get over it. Why? You have to begin from further back.


God’s forgiveness is the model and the motive for our forgiving. (Colin Smith)


The same is true when it comes to forgiving other people. You have to begin with your own need to be forgiven: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Start mourning your own sins and you will be on the way to forgiving the sins of others.

Here are six strides that will give you the momentum to help you get over the hurdle of forgiveness.

1. Remember, the Holy Spirit lives in you.

The Holy Spirit by whom you were sealed… (Ephesians 4:30)

No one has had more to forgive than God. Every sin you have ever committed is a sin against him. Each of these sins played a part in the awful suffering of God’s Son. That is true not only of your sins, but of every sin of every believer who has ever lived. Think how much God has forgiven…and his Spirit lives in you!

2. Don’t dwell on the injury.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger…be put away from you. (Ephesians 4:31)

Bitterness, wrath, and anger come from nursing a grievance. Someone has wronged you, and you keep thinking about how wrong it was, how hurtful it is. Bitterness and anger are fires that need to be fed, so stop feeding them. Tell yourself, “There are better things to fill my mind with.” With the help of the Holy Spirit, Christian, you have the power to set your mind on something else.

3. Don’t fight and quarrel.

Let…clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice… (Ephesians 4:31)

When a relationship is in trouble, fighting and quarreling over who did what and who said what will only stoke the fires of bitterness and anger. This moves you further away from the forgiveness you’re trying to cultivate. So don’t go around talking to other people about what a terrible person he or she is, and put away malice—that’s the desire that the one who hurt you will get what they deserve. If you keep doing these things, you won’t be able to forgive.

4. Have compassion on the one who has hurt you.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted… (Ephesians 4:32)

When the person who has wronged you hasn’t taken ownership and they have no sense of responsibility, that means they’re blind to what they’re doing and to the pain they’re causing. When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. They didn’t even know they were lost! The person who has sinned against you may be just like that. Be kind to one another and tender-hearted.

5. Realize that you will need the forgiveness of others.

Forgiving one another… (Ephesians 4:32)

There will be things you need to forgive in others, and there will be things that others need to forgive in you. It is impossible to say from the heart, “Lord, have mercy on me,” and at the same to refuse mercy to another person in your heart. Realizing your own need of continuing forgiveness will help you to take another stride toward forgiving others.

6. Savor your forgiveness in Christ.

Forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you… (Ephesians 4:32)

God’s forgiveness is the model and the motive for our forgiving. Think about how God has forgiven you. Turn this over in your mind. God has forgiven me in Christ gladly, freely, and fully. This forgiveness is undeserved, irreversible, and eternal—done in love and mercy, out of agony of heart in the darkness of Calvary. Savor your forgiveness in Christ. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Let this priceless gift of God move your heart to worship, wonder, love, and praise. Forgive one another as God in Christ forgave you.

Practice the six strides and your seventh will take you over the hurdle of forgiveness. When a person has hurt you badly, and he or she is completely unaware of what they’ve done, take the first six strides, and you’ll be ready at any moment to forgive. Forgiveness will already be in your heart, ready to be released, whenever the one who has wronged you is ready to receive the gift.

This is how Jesus Christ is toward you today: He is kind and tender-hearted. He has compassion on you. His nail-pierced hands are stretched out toward you. Whatever you see that needs to be forgiven, he is ready to forgive as you come to him. If you believe this, why would you not come to him in repentance today?

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What Is Grace?

https://player.vimeo.com/video/179952955?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0This is a guest post by Bryan Chapell, author of Unlimited Grace.


A Narrow Definition of Grace

When I think of the definition “by grace,” I don’t want to look past what I think we often use as rubrics or quick statements of what grace is—it’s pardon, it is unmerited favor. But the difficulty is if we start looking for a message of pardon or unmerited favor throughout the Scriptures, then we’re going to narrow to a few Pauline passages or an example of Jesus dying on the cross and say, “There is unmerited favor,” and then we get to lots of other portions of Scripture and we’re not exactly sure what we’re looking for.

A Redemptive Message

If we really believe the message of grace is unfolding throughout the scriptures from Genesis 3:15 forward when God said, “I’m going to put enmity, I’m going to put this conflict between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman is ultimately going to crush the serpent,” then everything else is a redemptive message: God unfolding his grace for humanity throughout the Scriptures. And what’s happening is not always this kind of direct statement of, “Here’s my pardon for your sin,” or, “Here’s the atoning message of my Son to come.” Rather, what God is doing is he is showing consistently how he provides for people who cannot provide for themselves.

It’s that seed message of grace that is planted and then begins to flourish throughout the Old Testament and comes to full manifest flower in Jesus Christ. What we’re looking for when we’re looking for grace is how God is providing for people who cannot provide for themselves. So when God is giving food to the hungry, when he is giving rest to the weary, strength to the weak, victory to those who shouldn’t have victory at all, pardon to those who are sinful, faithfulness to the unfaithful—all of these are means by which God’s grace is on display and unfolding ever more fully throughout the Bible until it culminates in Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, grace is God providing for people who cannot provide for themselves.


Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, Illinois. He is also the host of a daily half-hour radio Bible teaching program, Unlimited Grace, and the founder and chairman of Unlimited Grace Media (unlimitedgrace.com). Bryan previously served as the president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the author of a number of books, including Holiness by Grace.

Source: What Is Grace?

October 6, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Doug Evans has a good examination of Steven Furtick and his Code Orange heresy fest.
Why the KJV is NOT the best translation:
Catholics keep proving over and over that they have no clue about the real teachings of Christ.
Of course when the Pope himself focuses on environmentalism rather than Christ, then what can we expect from his followers?
Why don’t you recommend GOOD teachers?  I agree with Amy Spreeman, which is why I do what I do here at The Watchman’s Bagpipes.  Oh, I will occasionally recommend a good one, but I tend to spend more time alerting people to the danger of the wolves.
I find it to be very disappointing to learn that Eriwn Lutzer says we shouldn’t attack false teachers.  But, it isn’t something new because too many pastors say we should not worry so much about exposing false teachers but rather we should just teach the truth and people will discover for themselves who is false and who isn’t.  This, of course, has been demonstrated to be a 100% false philosophy — otherwise the false teachers wouldn’t be so prevalent and so powerful!  At any rate, the article also exposes what a false teacher Larry Crabb is (which I’ve know for many, many years!).  (The article makes a big issue about what Lutzer didn’t say, but that doesn’t concern me too much because one would have to have a whole lot more time to say everything the article suggested; my concern is about what Lutzer did say.)
Church by the Glades should be better named “Goat Pen by the Glades.”
Comparing Adventures in Missions to the Emergent Church.  Peas in pod.
Oh no — Jesus Calling now has a sequel!  Sarah Young continues her claims about revelation from Jesus in her new book, Jesus Always.  Warn your friends against this garbage.
Andy Stanley’s apologetic and a great response to it!
Hillsong NYC promotes racist “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Here’s one I don’t remember hearing about — the Catalyst Conference.  Looking at the names involved, I have the same question — what’s Swindoll doing there?
I’m always learning about another false teacher, this time it is Billye Brim.  Anyone Hagin “anointed” are part of Satan’s realm.  One can never keep up with the apostate state of the Church today! (Oh, and Sid Roth is about as false teacher as they get!)
Another reason to avoid teachings by Lysa Terkeurst.
Stay away from iDisciple!!!   Save yourself from lots of false teaching.

 

Source: Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

What Is the Gospel?

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:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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THE gospel is the sum of wisdom; an epitome of knowledge; a treasure-house of truth; and a revelation of mysterious secrets. Our meditation upon it enlarges the mind; and as it opens to our soul in successive flashes of glory, we stand astonished at the profound wisdom manifest in it. Ah, dear friends! if ye seek wisdom, ye shall see it displayed in all its greatness. But turn aside and see this great sight!—an incarnate God upon the cross; a substitute atoning for mortal guilt; a sacrifice satisfying the vengeance of Heaven, and delivering the rebellious sinner. Here is essential wisdom; enthroned, crowned, glorified.[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 41). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.


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.

Source: What Is the Gospel?


What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! But it’s not just any good news; it demands a response! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions . . .

1.  Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?

2.  What is our problem?

3.  What is God’s solution to our problem?

4.  How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

1. We are accountable to God.

2. Our problem is our sin against him.

3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.

4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this:God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus.

How would you describe God’s character? Loving and good? Compassionate and forgiving? All true. God describes himself as “merciful and gracious, slowto anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness . . . forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” Then God adds, “but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:6–7). That explodes about 90 percent of what people today think they know about God. This loving God does not leave the guilty unpunished. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings—Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin.The Bible says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . none is righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:23,10). Yet, we often think of our sins as not much more than violations of some heavenly traffic law. So we wonder why God gets so upset about them. But sin is much more than that. It’s the rejection of God himself and his right to exercise authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

This is the Bible’s sobering verdict: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Every one of us will be held accountable to God. The Bible warns that “whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18).

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” Centuries before, God had promised that he would come as a great King to rescue his people from their sins. And here was Jesus saying, “The kingdom of God is here . . . now! I am that great King!

Eventually Jesus’s followers realized that his mission was to bring sinful people into that kingdom. Jesus came to die in their place, to take the punishment they deserved for their rebellion against God. As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. He is not just King Jesus the Crucified, but King Jesus the Crucified and Resurrected! Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned . . . He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree . . . the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (John 3:17–18; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).

If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!

Do you believe that you have rebelled against God and deserve his wrath? That Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died the death that you deserve for your sins? That he rose from the grave and lives to stand in your place as your Substitute and Savior? If that is your heartfelt conviction, you can tell him in words like these . . .

Jesus, I know I can’t save myself, and I know you have promised to save those who repent and put their faith in you alone. I trust you to forgive my sins and give me eternal life. Thank you for dying in my place to make my salvation possible!

If you’ve done that, then a whole life of getting to know Jesus lies ahead, beginning right now! There’s much more to learn from the Spirit of God who comes to live in all those who put their trust in King Jesus!

Note: (Adapted from Greg Gilbert’s book What Is the Gospel?, this tract uses evidence from the Bible to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about Jesus Christ. )

Source: What Is the Gospel?


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.


Do You Know Him?


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

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


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


A Gospel Presentation

God is Holy

The Bible teaches that the entire universe was created by God. And that God who has created everything has spoken to humanity in the Bible. And the Bible tells us that a fundamental characteristic of God is that He is holy. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” That’s a way of saying that He’s entirely pure. God’s character is one of perfect moral uprightness. He is the essence of all that is good—so much so that, as the verse says, He can have absolutely no fellowship with “darkness”—no fellowship with that which is not perfectly holy, righteous, and pure.

God’s righteous character was expressed in the law He gave to Moses and the Israelites. You’ve heard of the Ten Commandments. They summarized the perfection of God’s character. These laws were directives for how people who were in a proper relationship with God must act.

We are Sinful

The problem is: all of us are sinful. We have all broken God’s law. All humanity has “gone astray like sheep, and each one of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We’ve tried to live our lives without God, according to our own standards, in our own ways. Whether we’re drug addicts and murderers, or white collar, well-to-do, upstanding citizens, we do what we do because we want to do it, with no consideration for God and what He would have us to do. The Bible calls that sin. It is the missing of the mark, the falling short of God’s standard of righteousness.

And in your heart of hearts you know you’re a sinner. I don’t know anyone who would say that they are perfect, even by their own standards. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” And if God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all, then in order to have fellowship with Him, we’d need to be perfectly holy like Him. But we’re not. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are stained by the “darkness” of our sin. And this is a problem, because if darkness can’t dwell with light, and we’re darkness and God is light, we’re cut off from a relationship with Him. We become absolutely incapable of doing the very thing we were created and designed to do: to enjoy a relationship with our Creator.

There is a Penalty for Sin

But it’s not just that we and God can’t be friends. There’s a penalty to be paid for sin. The Bible tells us that that penalty is death, Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” But the death that Paul talks about there isn’t just physical death. It’s not like we pay for our sins by going out of existence. The death talked about in that verse is a spiritual death. This is hell: eternal conscious torment. Jesus Himself calls it “a furnace of fire,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:50).

The idea of hell grates against the sensibilities of modern people, because nobody thinks they’re really bad enough to deserve something like eternal torment. They might admit that they’re not the greatest of people, but surely they don’t deserve that. But their reasoning is skewed. The punishment for sin isn’t merely measured by the sin itself. In other words, while there are qualitative differences in the experience of divine punishment, murder, lust, and lying all receive the sentence of an eternity in hell. That’s because punishment for sin is measured by the One sinned against. All sin is fundamentally a sin against God, and He is infinitely holy. Therefore, sin against an infinitely holy God demands an infinite punishment. That’s why the punishment is so serious: because God is actually that righteous.

And so the bad news is that we’re sinful, separated from God, and doomed to spend eternity in hell. There’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t simply tell God we’re sorry and we won’t do it again. What would you say about a judge who let a guilty, convicted criminal go free because he was sorry and said he wouldn’t do it again? You’d call him an unjust judge. But God is a perfectly just, perfectly righteous Judge. God’s justice demands that sin be punished, and the only payment is eternal spiritual death.

God Became Man

But the Good News is: God saw the miserable condition of humanity, and took pity on us. He knew that there was no way we could ever earn our way back to Him. We could never pay for our sins. But just when man was absolutely hopeless, when we were all doomed to spend eternity in hell with no way to pay our penalty, God the Father sent His Son to the earth on a mission. He was miraculously born to a virgin. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit miraculously conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb. And so being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was God. And being born to a human being, He was human. This is the greatest mystery in the universe. As finite human beings, we can’t entirely wrap our minds around this, but it’s true: Jesus was fully God and fully man.

He lived for 33 years on the earth. He grew up just like every other child. He became a carpenter like Joseph, His earthly father. The great difference, though, between Jesus and every other human being, was that He never sinned. Never once did He ever break God’s law. He always loved God with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength in everything He did. He never sought satisfaction outside of the Father Himself. He never disobeyed His parents, He was never selfish, He never spoke sinful words. In a word, He lived the life that you and I should have lived, but failed to live. He lived a life totally worthy of God, a life that was purely “Light,” like we said before, with no darkness at all.

Jesus Paid the Penalty

And because He was perfectly righteous, He was fit to be the substitute for sinners. The Bible records for us that the Jews plotted to kill Jesus because He preached a message that was very different to the religious establishment of His day. It was against the Jewish law to put people to death, so they sought help from the Romans, who were the governing body in Israel. Because the governor, Pontius Pilate, feared that the people would riot if he didn’t give them what they wanted, he agreed to crucify Jesus.

At the same time, Scripture also tells us that God sent His Son to die this way. It was all part of God’s plan. God used the sinful desires of the Jews and the Romans to accomplish something for His own good purpose. On the cross, Jesus suffered for sins. But He didn’t suffer for His own sins. He had no sins. He lived an entirely perfect life. No, on the cross, God “caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

The verse right before that, Isaiah 53:5, says, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” What was happening on the cross was: God was carrying out the punishment against my sins—i.e., the pouring out of His wrath—on His innocent Son. Jesus voluntarily laid down His life in order to pay the penalty for sins. On the cross, God treated Jesus if He lived my life. And because I believe in Him, He treats me as if I lived Jesus’ life. See, because God is perfectly righteous, the only way to get to heaven is to be perfectly righteous. But because Jesus was perfectly righteous, and traded places with me on the cross, the perfect righteousness I need to go to heaven is His righteousness applied to my account.

After Jesus died, God miraculously raised Him from the dead three days later in order to show that He was satisfied with His sacrifice. Jesus was dead, but then He came back to life! It was a miracle. The Bible says God did this to “furnish proof to all men” that this message is true (Acts 17:30-31).


Law or Gospel — Which comes first?

Sometimes in life, the question is posed to us, “Which do you want first — the bad news or the good news?”

In response to this question, some choose to hear the good news first. It appears they desire to be thoroughly overwhelmed with the positive before getting their dose of the negative.

Others choose differently. They would rather hear the bad news first, get it out of the way, and put behind them their wonder and worry. Then, after processing the ramifications of the bad news, they hope to soothe the pain an end the conversation on a good note with positive vibes.

Well, Scripture does not offer us options. The Bible makes the choice for us, and it chooses to present the negative before the positive. The Bible declares bad news before declaring good news. It first presents the holy, wise, beneficial and condemning Law, then it publishes the “good tidings of great joy” or the Gospel. (Is. 60:1-2)

Understanding God’s Law

God’s Law was first presented in the opening chapters of Genesis. Some of it was stated; all of it was written upon man’s heart. Adam and Eve were to be entirely holy and obedient. They were to worship God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, all the time. Whether they ate, or drank, or whatsoever they did, they were do to it all for the glory of God. As image-bearers, they were to keep up God’s image. As men and women created in his likeness, they were to be like God. Vocationally, they were to enjoy and steward the garden and all God’s creatures. Relationally, they were to love one another and populate the planet. Ceremonially, they were to enjoy and glorify the Lord by walking with him in the cool of the day and never eating from the forbidden tree. These were some of their obligations, and as long as they performed perfectly they were guaranteed life in the family and kingdom of God.

However, things soon went from glorious to ghastly. Outside of them, they experienced the testing of God and the temptation of Satan. Within them they chose to question God’s truth, wisdom, and affection. Then, drawn away by their own lusts and enticed, they followed their internal sinful inclinations and externally ate of the forbidden fruit. Therefore, the holy, wise, and beneficial Law became a harsh taskmaster. It showed them the standard, showed them their guilt, and plagued their consciences. It encouraged them to hide, fear, and religiously self-medicate. It declared them wicked, separated from God, at enmity with God, and deserving of death, and it promised this for both them and their children. Yes, the Law of God promised to give them that which they deserved. It promised to pay them based upon performance, and this proved to be very, very bad news.

Understanding God’s Gospel

God, through the Law declared to Adam and Eve who they were, what they had done, and what they had justly earned — condemnation. Then God mercifully, graciously, and lovingly went to work. He performed on their behalf and promised them an eternity of undeserved blessings:

He predetermined to love his enemies.
He sought out his enemies while they hid from him in fear.
He called to the man and woman who vainly had self-medicated themselves.
He promised to rescue them and their children; they would be removed from Satan’s family.
He promised to do so by means of a special Son – one to come who would be fiercely bitten yet ultimately victorious.
He promised to damn the Evil One.
He then covered or clothed Adam and Eve by means of his ceremonial sacrifice.
He perfectly performed for and made promises to them who had performed so wickedly for him.
Friends, are we seeing the difference? The Law presents our duty to perfectly perform, and it only results in bad news. For there is none who keep all the Law, all the time, both internally and externally. However, the Gospel is not like the Law. The Gospel presents not our duty to perform for God, but it presents God’s performance and promise for us. Through the Law we lose our credentials to be a part of God’s family and enjoy his kingdom. Through the Gospel we gain credentials that cannot be earned or lost.

A Great Illustration

Perhaps nowhere is the distinction better seen between Law and Gospel than on Calvary’s cross. On that day, the Law had placed a criminal beside Jesus. There he was guilty, vile, dying, hopeless, and still hurling insults at the Son of God. He was getting that which he earned and deserved. He was being treated justly and fairly. His payment was based upon his performance, and he had hell to pay. The Law had nothing good to say to the thief on the cross. But then God went to work; Jesus granted the Law-breaking criminal complete pardon, intimate communion, and never-ending paradise. These blessings were not based upon any labors of his own, but only based upon the performance and promise of God. These blessings were not earned; they were a gift. A divine swap occurred. Jesus (The Law Keeping Man) received that which he did not deserve so that the thief (The Law Breaking Man) might also receive that which he did not deserve. And this is a fantastic picture of the Gospel. Communion with God that was lost by man seeking to keep the Law, was granted to man as a gift of God.

Responding to the Gospel

Therefore, how should we respond to the Gospel? While believing in divine sovereignty, what is our human responsibility?

Let us make the Gospel our Gospel. Along with the Apostle Paul let us call it “mine.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit offer this gift to you. They command you to receive it and enjoy it. If you find yourself with faith, willing to repent and receive, call out to Jesus in prayer right now. Call Jesus, “My Jesus.” Call Jesus’ righteousness, “My Righteousness.” Call Jesus’ Gospel, “My Gospel.” (Rom. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:8) Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. As a matter of fact, if you draw near to God, it is only because he has already been drawing nearer to you.

Let us not water down the Gospel. This is always our tendency, to add human works to the sufficient work of Jesus Christ. Friends, re-read the letter to the Galatians. If we must perform, it is not Gospel. If we must labor, it is not Gospel. If it involves our works, it is not Gospel. If it is conditioned upon us in anyway, it is not Gospel. If it is a contract, it is not Gospel. If it can be lost, it is not Gospel. The Gospel represents the unilateral work of God on behalf of men. The Law ought never be divorced from the Gospel, but it must never be confused either.

Let us celebrate the Gospel. William Tyndall wrote of the Gospel, “It makes a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy.” It is the best of news. It means we can sabbath. It means we can boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence. It means we are seen as Christlike image-bearers. Give God the celebratory praise he deserves. He has labored perfectly on your behalf, give him reverent and radical praise and worship.

Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel. (Rom.1:16) Paul wrote, “Woe if I do not preach the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:16) He wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who spread the Good News.” Friends, just as Adam and Eve were to physically reproduce, we are to spiritually reproduce around the world. This is our mission. This is our great mission. This is our Great Commission. Let us be humble, for we cannot make someone believe. Let us be zealous, for God has a tendency to honor those who labor hard. And let us become flexibly relevant in order to better spread the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:22-23) As Gospel-lovers and Gospel-beneficiants, let us do that which is Lawful and bring in the Gospel-harvest.

Then, let us live Lawfully in accordance with the Gospel. Now that we have been saved from having to perform, let us perform. Yes, with Gospel-eyes, let us look at the Law and enjoy practicing that which is holy, wise, beneficial, and worshipful. Living in the power of the Gospel, let us enjoy becoming more and more like Jesus — the Author and Finisher of our Faith. And when we look at the Law, let us not get frustrated and despondent. Instead, let us glory in the Law, for there is the description of who we are in Christ today, and it also shows us all we will be in glory tomorrow when our old flesh is finally exterminated.

Bottom line, the Law shows us how to perform for God, but the Gospel shows us how God performs for us. This is radical. This is crazy. This is beautiful. This is truth.

Our Response

And now, God promises that…

  • if you acknowledge that you are a sinner—that you have broken His law,
  • and if you admit that there is no way that you could earn His favor and His forgiveness,
  • and if you purpose to turn away from your life of sin and commit your life to Him,
  • and if you trust in Jesus’ righteousness alone for your acceptance before this holy God,

…then He will have treated Jesus as if He lived your life, and will treat you as if you lived Jesus’ life. You will be saved from the penalty of your sin, and will be able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in heaven, and even fellowship with Him starting now.

In other words, if you believe that you’re a sinner and deserve God’s punishment because of your sin, but you also believe that God sent Jesus to endure that punishment in your place, and that His sacrifice is the only way you can be forgiven, then God promises that He will forgive you and you will be saved. You’ll know the God who created you.

Don’t Waste Your Life

God designed your soul. And He designed you so that, just as a car engine is designed to run on gasoline, you’re designed to run on Him. He is what life is about. All of the disappointments, discouragements, and uncertainties of your life find their resolution in Him. And all of the satisfactions, fun experiences, and joys of life find their consummation in Him. Everything good in our lives is like a trail of breadcrumbs that leads us to the feast of God Himself. And everything bad in our lives is a reminder that life lived apart from knowing God in Christ is not the way it was meant to be.

And I also don’t want to see you waste your life. God created us for the purpose of rightly knowing and worshiping Him. That’s the meaning of life. That’s where true happiness and satisfaction are found. When you don’t live your life for that purpose, you waste it. So many people go through life seeking that happiness, but never find it because they don’t know what life is really about. I don’t want that for you. I don’t want you to suffer God’s wrath eternally for your sin. I want to spend eternity in heaven worshiping God with you, praising Him for how gracious He was to forgive our sins because of Christ’s sacrifice.

Receive Forgiveness

So would you receive Christ? Would you acknowledge your sinfulness before God and admit you can’t do a thing about it? Would you turn from your sin, and seek to live your life in submission to Jesus Christ? Would you trust in Jesus alone for your righteousness before God? Would you join me in worshiping the God we were created to know?

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The Gospel: The Most Terrifying Truth of Scripture

What is Salvation?

Life for Eternity

The True Gospel

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Part 2: “What Is The Gospel”

Part 3: “Conversion”

Part 4: “Repent and Believe”

Part 5: “The Narrow Way”

Part 6: “Acceptance Beloved”

Saved or Self-deceived, Part 1

Saved or Self-deceived, Part 2


Beware These Seven Counterfeit Gospels

A friend of mine worked in a bank overseas for about a year, handling large amounts of money. During training, she studied various bills and learned their details, so she could easily discern counterfeits if they came along.

She studied the real thing so she could identify distortions.

The same goes for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to know the true gospel so we can identify counterfeit “gospels” and grasp how the truth applies to our lives.

But where do we start?

What Is the True Gospel?

Romans 5 answers three questions that we can use as a framework to help us grasp the true gospel:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (Romans 5:1-2, 8-9)

Saved from what? The wrath of God.

There is no gospel apart from the wrath of God and his righteous judgment against sinners (v. 9). This is an uncomfortable reality, but one we must hold to because ignoring or belittling sin does not mean sin goes away. Jesus is the standard—each one of us has fallen short and sinned against him.

Saved by whom? Jesus Christ.

Christians are saved from the wrath of God by the righteous blood of Jesus, the spotless sacrificial Lamb who absorbed the wrath on our behalf (v. 8). Only Jesus has the power to save desperate, dead sinners from God’s wrath by giving them eternal life in his Name, accomplishing what we never could.

Saved how? By grace through faith.

True faith says, “I bring nothing to the table. I come empty-handed, but Christ gladly gives himself to me.” For, faith is trusting that when I was dead in sin, Jesus did everything to purchase eternal life for me by his death on the cross and his resurrection to new life. And faith is trusting that Jesus did this apart from anything I have done.

Seven Counterfeit Gospels

As we seek to believe and proclaim the true gospel, we should be aware of these seven counterfeit gospels about sin, Jesus, and faith:

1. The Good-People Gospel

This one says, “We’re all basically good people. We make mistakes – nobody’s perfect – but we’re good people at heart.”

This claim is wrong and dangerous. Ignoring sin does not make it disappear. Recognizing sin means there is Someone to whom we will be held responsible. Even though our pride doesn’t roll with that idea, sin is real, and it’s a power we need rescuing from. No one is good, not one (see Psalm 14:3).

2. The Self-Esteem Gospel

This distortion claims, “Believe in yourself! You might have some struggles and issues, but you’re resilient. There’s a Savior who will give all you need to solve your problems.”

This dangerous false gospel masquerades sin as “insecurity” or “negative self-image,” rather than calling it what it is. Remember, belittling sin does not make it go away. When we belittle sin, we lose the gospel. For Jesus says, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

3. The Expressive-Individualism Gospel

This one claims that Christianity is all about “being true to yourself,” “following your heart,” and “living authentically.”

But this idea runs counter to everything the gospel says. We’re sinners who can’t trust our hearts because they’re deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). Apart from Christ, we’re slaves to sin, not free in ourselves (Romans 6:17). And our sin darkens our minds and blinds us to God’s reality so we’re unable to discover what’s authentic and true (2 Corinthians 4:4).

4. The Optional-Jesus Gospel

This belief says, “Jesus is a way, not the way. A person can find their way to God through a number of different spiritual experiences.”

To say that Jesus is optional not only goes against the Bible’s teaching about who Jesus is (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), but it thwarts the gospel. For if Jesus is not really the holy, righteous Son of God, who came to bear sin, absorb God’s wrath, and make peace with God through reconciliation so I wouldn’t be condemned forever, there is no good news to believe.


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Think about this: If Jesus is only “a way” to God, he’s either a lunatic or a liar for the divine claims he made, and his sacrifice on the cross was for nothing. It was a waste of a life. And if this is true, then “our faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14).

5. The Prosperity Gospel

This distorted view of Jesus says that he guarantees his followers a happy, healthy life with no troubles.

But the truth is this: Jesus suffered. Those who believe in him will suffer too. Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

We must guard against the belief that Jesus is here to cozy up our lives and make everything easy for us. If we’re deceived into believing this, we won’t follow Jesus for long, for we will be disappointed, bitter, even hardened to God when things don’t go our way. The truth is, we follow a Suffering Savior in a fallen world affected by sin. Our Jesus did not avoid suffering, but entered into it to bring us salvation.

6. The Faith-And Gospel

This distortion claims that “faith and” something else is sufficient to save me: Faith andmy good works; faith and enough self-loathing; faith and a right understanding of God.

It’s hard to believe that God would give salvation as a free gift without requiring that we earn it. Because our sin-nature screams for independence and control, we want to have something to do with our salvation. But we cannot add one thing to the work and person of Jesus Christ. “It is finished” (John 19:30); death is defeated; evil is overcome.

7. The Faith-So Gospel

This opposite end of the spectrum is what theologians call “cheap grace,” which says, “Jesus is my righteousness and perfection, so I can live however I want because in the end, I’m saved!”

Yes, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1), but we are set free from sin’s power to live for Christ, not to remain in our sin and live any way we want. To take wrong advantage of God’s grace and forgiveness that “sin may abound” belittles what Christ did and cheapens his free gift of grace. Faith does not give us the freedom to stayin sin; it frees us from sin so our lives increasingly point to Jesus.

Grasping the Gospel

Friends, though we need to know the truth of the gospel from its counterfeits, we must know that the gospel is about the person of Jesus Christ and his grasp on us. You can intellectually assent to the gospel—you can “know it”—without ever grasping it, without ever marveling at what a miracle Christ has accomplished, without it ever transforming your heart.

But Jesus came so you would love him, walk closely with him, worship him, and see him at work in the realest moments and seasons of your life.

[An adapted version of this article originally appeared at Revive Our Hearts.] [Photo Credit: Lightstock]

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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.

InterVarsity’s Fidelity to Orthodoxy Deserves our Appreciation

InterVarsity

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, an evangelical campus ministry, has announced it will dismiss employees who do not uphold the evangelical belief that marriage is a Biblical covenant between a man and a woman starting on November 11.

Despite swift demonization and cyber-bullying against InterVarsity, the parachurch ministry’s policy is not a witch hunt for same-sex marriage supports among its staff. According to Time’s Elizabeth Dias, who first broke this news (if we can really call it news), only staff who come forward to disagree with God’s design for marriage and sexuality will be placed on a two-week termination period. Dias reported:

Staffers are not being required to sign a document agreeing with the group’s position, and supervisors are not proactively asking employees to verbally affirm it. Instead, staffers are being asked to come forward voluntarily if they disagree with the theological position. When they inform their supervisor of their disagreement, a two-week period is triggered, concluding in their last day. InterVarsity has offered to cover outplacement service costs for one month after employment ends to help dismissed staff with their résumés and job-search strategies.

InterVarsity’s written policy is an admirable reaffirmation of fidelity to orthodox Christian teachings on sexuality and marriage. I am grateful for the parachurch ministry’s faithful witness. But proponents of the new morality and “gender progressivism,” as I heard Institute on Religion and Democracy board member Dr. Graham Walker phrase it, will unleash tyrannical backlash. Presumably, InterVarsity is already receiving hostile blowback,  prompting the ministry’s social media outlet to issue this response:

In the days to come InterVarsity will be under tremendous pressure to apologize and reverse their position. However, this isn’t solely an InterVarsity problem. One astute InterVarsity staff member I follow on social media tweeted, “dealing w/ this issue is 100% coming for *every* parachurch ministry eventually. Cru, Navs [Navigators], Young Life, etc. Buckle up.”

Indeed, the crushing pressure for Christian ministries, small business owners, and individuals to capitulate to a hostile culture where sexuality and marriage have no boundaries is intense and increasing. Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, previously stated, “All traditional Christian groups operating in the current Zeitgeist face an impending Winter of secularist hostility. But religious groups that surrender their core convictions almost always are diminished and become irrelevant.”

Now is the moment InterVarsity deserves our gratitude and support. Whether through your phone calls of encouragement, financial support of their campus ministry, or your prayers for staff navigating the expected fallout, please let InterVarsity know their brothers and sisters in Christ appreciate their faithfulness.

May God bless InterVarsity’s witness and ministry to over 40,000 students across 667 campuses across America.

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Band-Aids vs. Chemotherapy: Why Suffering Women are Drawn to False Doctrine and 7 Things We Can do to Help

sadnessAuthor, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley reminds us that when women are suffering the spiritual forces of wickedness are never far away. They often exploit a woman’s pain “and can make things worse by molesting them spiritually,” says Lesley. Angels of darkness will send “false teachers to whisper sweetly in their ears, ‘It hurts, doesn’t it? But I can make all that pain go away, now.’”  But does God always make the pain go away, as false teachers that line their pockets exploiting vulnerable women promise, if you’ll just do this…or that?

In this excellent piece, Michelle Lesley offers 7 biblical things we can do to help women who are suffering.

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New study: Democrat professors outnumber Republicans 12 to 1 in top fields

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This is from the Washington Examiner.

Excerpt:

Registered Democratic professors outnumber Republican ones nearly 12 to 1 in economics, journalism, psychology and law programs at leading U.S. universities, according to new research.

Many departments at top schools have no registered Republicans, and in many cases, Republicans are outnumbered by registered members of third parties.

The analysis, published in the online journal Econ Journal Watch, presents new evidence that elite universities lean to the Left. It also suggests that Democratic partisanship may be increasing at those schools, as the Democrat-to-Republican ratio appears to have risen significantly in recent years and younger faculty are even more Democratic than their older peers.

Authors Mitchell Langbert, Anthony Quain and Daniel Klein compared departmental faculty lists with voter registration rolls to conclude that there are 11.5 registered Democrats for every one Republican among faculty…

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Five Big Myths About Calvinism

I speak for many when I say that I have not always embraced the doctrines of grace or what is commonly called Calvinism. Its actually unfortunate that a man’s name is associated with the doctrines that came out of the Protestant Reformation. Calvin was not the first to articulate these truths, but merely was the chief systematizer of such doctrines. There was actually nothing in Calvin that was not first seen in Luther, and much of Luther was first found in Augustine. Luther was an Augustinian monk, of course. We would also naturally affirm that there was nothing in any of these men that was not first found in Paul and Peter and John in the New Testament.

Source: Five Big Myths About Calvinism

Studying the Unstudiable

Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard asserts that, according to a lengthy report by two esteemed psychiatrists, the scientific literature available on gender and sexuality “demonstrate that much of what has been foisted on the culture in recent years in the name of science has little solid basis in scientific research.” As previously reported, the doctor’s concluded that “a combination of biological, environmental, and experiential factors likely shape how individuals experience and express themselves when it comes to sex and gender.” The doctor’s dispute the media’s penchant for proclaiming homosexuality and transgenderism normal and natural.  In the September 12 issue of The Magazine, Last examines the report.  He writes:

Sexual confusionThere are two ways to challenge politically correct orthodoxies. One is to toss off outrageous remarks designed to épater les bourgeois. This requires little and accomplishes less. The other is to take the commanding orthodoxy, put it under a microscope, and dismantle it piece by piece. This is what Lawrence Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and psychiatrist Paul McHugh have just done to the regime of gender and sexuality politics.

In a lengthy report for the journal the New Atlantis, Mayer and McHugh survey a broad expanse of the scientific literature on gender and sexuality and demonstrate that much of what has been foisted on the culture in recent years in the name of science has little solid basis in scientific research. Their conclusions: (1) “The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings—the idea that people are ‘born that way’—is not supported by scientific evidence.” And (2) “The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex—that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’—is not supported by scientific evidence.”

It may sound modest, but this is earth-rumbling stuff.

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Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:1-4 (NASB) 

The Church of the New Covenant, since its inception in the 1st Century AD, has been plagued by quarrels, disagreements, feuds, splits, et cetera. According to God, the problem is not with the Gospel of our…

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