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October 10, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 10, 2016 |

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A U.S. warship was targeted in a failed missile attack from Yemen, the Navy said on Monday, two days after rebels there accused the Western-backed Saudi coalition of killing more than 140 people in an airstrike on the capital Sana’a.

Florida Democratic Party filed lawsuit in federal court Sunday to extend state’s voter registration deadline after Hurricane Matthew, WSJ reports, citing lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Northern Florida.

Russia, the world’s largest energy exporter, is ready to join OPEC in limiting oil production with either a freeze or a cut, said President Vladimir Putin.

Samsung Electronics Co. halted production of its Note 7 smartphones after customers reported problems with new devices, the latest blow in a six-week crisis over exploding phone batteries.

Almost 1.4 million customers are still without power in the U.S. Southeast as Matthew brought hurricane-force wind gusts and flooding to the outer banks of North Carolina, where the storm left at least seven dead. Close to 374,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark in Florida on Sunday and more than 1 million had lost power in Georgia and North and South Carolina.

Weak global trade, fears that the U.K. is marching towards a hard Brexit, and polls indicating that the U.S. election remains a tighter call than markets are pricing in have led a bevy of analysts to redouble their warnings that a backlash over globalization is poised to roil global financial markets-with profound consequences for the real economy and investment strategies.

The Federal Reserve has spooked investors out of gold. Prices rose on Monday, after posting their biggest weekly slump in three years as hawkish comments from multiple Fed officials ignited concern that the central bank will soon raise U.S. interest rates. Investors are bracing for more declines, cutting their bets on a bullion rally by the most since late May.

Indian businessman Balwinder Sahani paid 33 million dirhams ($9 million) for a Dubai license plate for one of his Rolls Royce’s.

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A Long Island Rail Road passenger train derailed on Saturday near the community of New Hyde Park, New York, injuring as many as 29 people and halting service on the key transit line in both directions, railroad officials and police said.

Nigeria’s secret police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation Sunday from the bar association and rights groups.

Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 82 people when they struck mourners at a hall in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the acting health minister in the Houthi-run administration said, but the coalition denied any role in the incident.

Days after hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, hundreds of thousands of people are looking for help and starting to rebuild their lives. Assistance is pouring in from abroad – and progress is already being made, officials say. The hurricane is the “largest humanitarian event” to affect Haiti since the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

Doctors treating Thailand’s hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej placed the ailing monarch on a ventilator this week, the palace said, adding that the 88-year-old’s health was “not stable”.

Conservationists are celebrating after two critically-endangered rhinos bred in the UK then released into the wild gave birth to healthy babies.

Paris demanded on Monday that Britain honor promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in the French port city of Calais, adding to pressure following accusations by the Red Cross that London is dragging its heels.

Pope Francis said Sunday he would appoint 17 new cardinals from across the world next month, 13 of whom are under 80 and therefore eligible to succeed him. Known as “princes of the church”, cardinals who are not yet octogenarians are eligible to vote in the papal conclave that picks the next pope.

At least ten people, including four policemen, were killed by a suicide bomber in a car that targeted a checkpoint in northern Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said.

More than one in five Japanese companies have employees who work such long hours they are at serious risk of death, according to a new government survey into the country’s notoriously strenuous working culture.

On Friday, the Chicago Police Department announced a new set of proposed policies that will update how it trains police officers to use force. The stated goals are to better protect the “sanctity of life” and establish trust through transparency.

Two U.S.-based professors won the Nobel prize in economics on Monday for studying how to best design contracts, work that sheds light on when it makes sense to give a CEO a bonus or privatize public services like schools, hospitals and prisons.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he will donate the money from the Nobel Peace prize to help the victims of the 52-year conflict in his country.

Russia is considering plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba.

Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its western-most region, Kaliningrad, which borders on NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

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A former pastor accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in Mexico was ordered to buy two crates of beer for the victim’s father as punishment.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who benefited from an estimated $150,000 in election support from abortionists at Planned Parenthood, has signed a bill that protects the organization from future undercover investigations such as the one in 2015 that exposed its baby body parts trade.

Raymond Haerry, one of last survivors of USS Arizona attack dies at 94.


Top News – 10/10/2016

Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine
You’ve probably heard the bad news by now that bees were recently added to the endangered species list for the first time. But if you’re part of the 60 percent of people who share stories without actually reading them, you might have missed an important detail: namely, that the newly endangered bees are a handful of relatively obscure species who live only in Hawaii.

Scientists in California just discovered a new type of earthquake
That’s not great. Researchers in southern California have discovered a new type of earthquake that can occur a lot deeper than expected – more than 24 km (15 miles) deep, in Earth’s upper mantle. This new type of earthquake can’t be detected by traditional seismic sensors, and has the potential to make quakes much more destructive than previously predicted.

Oregon Earthquakes: Three Tremors off the Coast on Sunday
Your probably didn’t feel any of them but there were three earthquakes off of the coast of Oregon on Sunday. The United States Geological Survey says they ranged from a 4.1 to a 4.8.

Evil Clowns
People who have menaced others while dressed as clowns have been scared off by guns in two separate occasions this week.

Shaked’s ‘Jewish revolution’ raises MK uproar
Shaked stated that not only does Israel need to be “more Jewish,” but that becoming so will make it “more democratic.”

Here’s Who Won The Debate, According To The Internet
Donald Trump won the second presidential debate….that’s what you’d think if you were reading the Internet Sunday night.

Danon to UN: Why don’t you ask PA to condemn terror attack?
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, penned a letter to the UN Security Council, calling upon the body to demand the Palestinian Authority condemn the murder of Yosef Kirma and Levana Malichi in Jerusalem on Sunday.

‘You’d be in jail’ Trump says to Clinton & other debate zingers
Trump says Hillary Clinton would be in jail if he were in charge of the justice system, promising to hire a special prosecutor to “look into her situation” if he’s elected president.

EARTH-DIRECTED CME
A magnetic filament in the sun’s northern hemisphere erupted on Oct. 8th around 1600 UT. The explosion hurled a faint CME into space. NOAA analysts say the storm cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 13th.

Maximum human lifespan has already been reached
A new study suggests that it may not be possible to extend the human life span beyond the ages already attained by the oldest people on record.

South Sudan says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush
Rebels attacked trucks carrying civilians in South Sudan, killing 21 people, the government said, as violence between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president risks dragging the country back into civil war. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said…it had received reports of horrific violence being perpetrated against civilians…

Alien Life? Scientists Baffled by Radio Signals in Deep Space
Italian scientists have spent several months observing the signals and cannot pinpoint their source, according to The Daily Caller. The absence of light in the optical or ultraviolet spectrums rules out stars as the source.

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings
The U.S. is often referred to as the land of economic opportunity. Apparently, it’s also the land of consumption and “spend everything you’ve got.” …Last month GoBankingRates again posed the question to Americans of how much they had in their savings account, only this time it asked 7,052 people. The result? Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) had less than $1,000 in their savings account.

German police detain fugitive terror suspect Al-Bakr
After a two-day manhunt, German police have captured a Syrian man believed to have been planning a jihadist bomb attack. Jaber al-Bakr, who arrived in Germany as a refugee, was detained in a flat in the eastern city of Leipzig in the early hours of Monday. He had sought help from another Syrian, who had alerted police and tied him up, reports say.

Putin just upped Russia’s status in global oil markets
One week before the U.S./Russian truce agreement in Syria, the Washington Post headlined an article with, “Whether or not the Syrian cease-fire sticks, Putin Wins.”

Pope promotes potential successors
Pope Francis said Sunday he would appoint 17 new cardinals from across the world next month, 13 of whom are under 80 and therefore eligible to succeed him. Known as “princes of the church”, cardinals who are not yet octogenarians are eligible to vote in the papal conclave that picks the next pope.

Israelis fatally shot during rampage by Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem
A Palestinian gunman, known to Israeli police for violence and incitement on social media, killed two Israelis and wounded several others while shooting a rifle from his car in Jerusalem on Sunday.

China must wean itself off debt addiction if it is to avoid financial calamity, warns IMF chief
China is edging towards “financial calamity” and must wean itself off its debt addiction and reform if it is to avoid a crisis, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

French Jews: The first victims in a France where everyone is now in the crosshairs
The Jewish New Year is supposed to be a time of joy: apples and honey, family and faith. But in France — home to Europe’s largest Jewish community — the High Holidays are also a time of metal detectors and full-body pat-downs, ID checks and security interviews on the streets outside synagogues.

3 Quakes Recorded off Oregon Coast, No Tsunami Warning
Three earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 4.1 to 4.8 occurred several hundred miles off the Oregon coast on Sunday, but none triggered tsunami warnings.


Top Headlines – 10/10/2016

  • Rancorous Debate Gets Personal (Read More)
  • In debate, Trump signals aggressive close to his campaign (Read More)
  • Trump Ends Nightmare Weekend With Over-the-Top Debate (Read More)
  • Trump vs Clinton: He calls her a devil, she says he abuses women (Read More)
  • Ryan discussed revoking Trump endorsement (Read More)
  • Trump’s body language during debate raises social media eyebrows (Read More)
  • Mexican peso rises after Trump-Clinton debate, pound falls again (Read More)
  • Pound Fails to Shake Off Wounded Image After Week of Flash Crash (Read More)
  • $60 Oil Not ‘Unthinkable’ This Year, Saudi Energy Minister Says (Read More)
  • OPEC’s Quiet Man Is at Center of Cuts Deal Nobody Saw Coming (Read More)
  • Yemen’s Houthis lash out after air strike with missile attack (Read More)
  • NBC suspends Billy Bush for role on Trump tape (Read More)
  • Samsung to Halt Galaxy Note 7 Production Temporarily (Read More)
  • Samsung Halting Note 7 Output Amid Reports of New Fires (Read More)
  • Global Political Uncertainty Weighs on Growth Outlook (Read More)
  • China Intensifies Push to Cut Debt With Multi-Agency Blitz (Read More)
  • Almost 1.4 Million Without Power as Matthew Death Toll Rises (Read More)
  • Aftereffects of Matthew to linger in North Carolina (Read More)
  • Jack Ma, Spielberg Strike Deal to Bring Hollywood to China (Read More)
  • Banks ponder the meaning of life as Deutsche agonizes (Read More)
  • Ex-Credit Suisse Trader Wins Dismissal of U.K. Fraud Charges (Read More)

Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad

Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security

Gorbachev warns of ‘dangerous point’ as US-Russia ties sour

Germany: US-Russia tensions ‘more dangerous’ than Cold War

Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria

Syrian government, allies advance as Russia vetoes U.N. demand

Russia vetoes UN resolution to halt Aleppo bombing

Divided UN council fails to act to ‘save Aleppo’

PM to name Dimona reactor after Shimon Peres

Israeli authorities face questions over failure to thwart Jerusalem terrorist

After deadly terror attack, minister denies security ‘screw-up’

EU delegation to Israel condemns Jerusalem attack

Danon to UN: Why don’t you ask PA to condemn terror attack?

Decorated police officer, former Knesset worker murdered in Jerusalem attack

Police on high alert in Jerusalem following attack and before Yom Kippur

Minister: Part of response to Jerusalem terror needs to be massive building in capital

64 Ethiopian Jews to come to Israel by next week

French Jews: The first victims in a France where everyone is now in the crosshairs

Rabbi beaten in Ukraine airlifted to Israeli hospital

US further eases Iran sanctions after nuclear deal

Truck bomb kills 18 in Turkey, blamed on Kurds

Missiles fired at US warship from Houthi controlled territory in Yemen

Thousands march in Yemen after more than 140 killed in airstrike

US says support for Saudi Arabia not a ‘blank cheque’ after Yemen air raid

Suicide blast hits southern Afghan city under Taliban siege; at least 14 dead

Ethiopia declares state of emergency after months of protests

Ethiopia blames ‘foreign enemies’ for inciting unrest

South Sudan says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush

Border cops: U.S. election driving new immigration crisis

In St. Louis, moderators Raddatz, Cooper interrupt, talk over and even debate Trump

In second Clinton debate, damaging tape increases stakes for Trump

Donald Trump has created an excruciating moment for evangelicals

NBC suspends Billy Bush for role on Trump tape

Donald Trump holds extraordinary press conference with Bill Clinton’s accusers

Trump Planned Debate ‘Stunt’, Invited Bill Clinton Accusers to Rattle Hillary

Trump wanted to put Bill Clinton’s accusers in his family box. Debate officials said no.

The Entire Presidential Debate Explained in Bill Clinton’s Face

Clinton campaign says Trump’s pre-debate ‘stunt’ is a ‘destructive race to the bottom’

Trump: Bill Clinton was far worse, Hillary should be ashamed

Trump hammers Clinton on emails, downplays lewd remarks in raucous 2nd debate

‘You’d be in jail’ Trump says to Clinton & other debate zingers

Podesta, Kaine suggest WikiLeaks docs revealing Clinton private speeches are bogus, inaccurate

Banks ponder the meaning of life as Deutsche agonizes

China must wean itself off debt addiction if it is to avoid financial calamity, warns IMF chief

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings

This is How Much Shoppers Don’t Like the Chip Card

New incidents defy Samsung’s efforts to end smartphone woes

North Korean Flood Victims Caught in Nuclear Standoff

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Series of earthquakes rattle Oregon

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

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Intensifying Tropical Storm Nicole to threaten Bermuda this week

Hurricane Matthew creates ‘record-breaking’ flooding

Matthew leaves 18 dead in US; 8 killed in North Carolina amid severe flooding

Hurricane aid arrives in Haiti, but desperation grows in cut-off towns

Haitians worship among devastation caused by hurricane

Conservatives say Matthew exploited to promote climate change

As Hurricane Matthew moves out, Zika could move in

HIV-positive man accused of assaulting, deliberately bleeding on woman

Rabbis, religious leaders ask LGBT community for forgiveness

In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

BREAKING: WikiLeaks releases 2nd batch of 2,000+ emails from Clinton campaign chair

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 07:18 AM PDT

According to a new report from RT News this morning, Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released a second batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Oil Spikes Above $50 As Russia, Saudis Hint At Output Freeze… Again

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:46 AM PDT

Oil prices are rebounding from their Friday drop as first the Saudis, then Russia dropped more hints at the potential for maybe, possibly, kinda, sorta…

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Gorbachev Warns of ‘Dangerous Point’ as Tensions Mount between Russia and America

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:41 AM PDT

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Monday that the world has reached a “dangerous point” as tensions between Russia and the United States spike…

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Yom Kippur: A Time for Humility

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:34 AM PDT

(By Sam Nadler) The most solemn of the High Holy Days, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is about God reconciling His covenant people…

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Russian Warships Deployed to Mediterranean to Protect Russian Strike Fighters in Syria

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:29 AM PDT

A Black Sea-based Russian surface action group scrambled to the Eastern Mediterranean —under the guise of drilling in the region — are likely there to…

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Russia considers military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:27 AM PDT

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the Cold…

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BREAKING NEWS: US Navy destroyer comes under missile attack off Yemen coast

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:50 PM PDT

A missile fired from the Yemeni shore targeted a US Navy guided missile destroyer, a Pentagon spokesman has said. Two rockets, which failed to hit…

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Ethiopian immigration to Israel resuming after 3-year freeze

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:37 PM PDT

The first group of Ethiopian Jews to move to Israel after waiting for three years will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday evening,…

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Haiti death toll reaches 1,000 in grim Hurricane Matthew aftermath

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:33 PM PDT

Haitian authorities have resorted to burying the dead in mass graves in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Matthew, which has killed at least 1,000…

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DEVELOPING: 3 Back-to-Back Earthquakes Have Struck off Oregon Coast

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:27 PM PDT

According to a report from the USGS, Three earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 4.1 to 4.8 have occurred several hundred miles off the Oregon coast…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Iran Warns “Any US Attack Against Assad Regime Will be Suicidal”

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:20 PM PDT

A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday that any U.S. military strike against Syria’s Assad regime would be “suicidal.” “If the Americans take…

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David Brock Ready To Pay Big Money For potentially damaging tapes of Donald Trump.

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 08:17 PM PDT

David Brock is volunteering to pay for the legal fees of any “Apprentice” producer or staff member who may have their hands on potentially damaging…

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Trump holds pre-debate press conference with Bill Clinton accusers

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 05:16 PM PDT

Donald Trump concluded his Sunday night “debate prep” by hosting a press conference with women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault…

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Pennsylvania may change street signs into Spanish

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 04:07 PM PDT

When Hispanic residents of downtown Allentown want to grab a bite, get their hair cut or shop for groceries, they often head to Seventh Street…

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign rips latest WikiLeaks emails as bogus and innacurate

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 04:01 PM PDT

The Hillary Clinton campaign on Sunday suggested the new batch of damaging WikiLeaks documents are bogus — in an apparent attempt to defend what appears…

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Russia Warns U.S. Actions Threaten its National Security

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 03:57 PM PDT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he had detected increasing U.S. hostility towards Moscow and complained about what he said was a series…

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Powerful Volcanic Eruption in Southern Japan

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 03:52 PM PDT

Mount Aso in southern Japan sent huge plumes of gray smoke as high as 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) into the air on Saturday in one…

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Matthew leaves 16 dead in US; 7 killed in North Carolina amid severe flooding

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 11:29 AM PDT

As North Carolina reeled from Matthew’s devastating flooding, officials announced Sunday that the storm killed at least seven people in the state, and 16 overall…

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Moscow Claims U.S Actions Threaten National Security…

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 11:21 AM PDT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he had detected increasing U.S. hostility towards Moscow and complained about what he said was a series…

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China facing financial calamity, Must wean off of Debt to Survive

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 11:17 AM PDT

China is edging towards “financial calamity” and must wean itself off its debt addiction and reform if it is to avoid a crisis, the International…

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Obama Rushing 900 Refugees In a Day…

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 11:12 AM PDT

The Obama administration accelerated the resettlement of refugees into the United States during October, the first month of FY 2017, bringing in a total of…

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7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings…

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 11:08 AM PDT

The U.S. is often referred to as the land of economic opportunity. Apparently, it’s also the land of consumption and “spend everything you’ve got.” We…

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

 

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

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! 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.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

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” (Gen. 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. 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, though, 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” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his 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.”

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!” 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. 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. 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!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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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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