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October 19, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


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The once-dependable indicators traders relied on for decades to send out warnings are no longer up to the task. The so-called yield curve isn’t the recession predictor it once was. Swap spreads are so distorted they can’t be trusted. Even the vaunted VIX — sometimes referred to as the “fear gauge,” is leading its followers astray, strategists say.

Fears of a bond-market crash, a breakdown in globalization, a new crisis in the euro area? There were a bevy of reasons for fund managers to push their cash balances to 5.8 percent of their portfolios in October, up from 5.5 percent last month, matching levels not seen since the aftermath of the Brexit vote. The share of cash hasn’t been higher than that since November 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

A Saudi prince has been executed after he was convicted of murder, a punishment that’s being seen as an attempt to assure Saudis that all are equal before law at a time of unprecedented change in the conservative kingdom.

China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to the lowest level since November 2012, as the world’s second-largest economy draws down its foreign reserves to prop up the yuan.

After dumping their Tokyo stock holdings for four of the past five months, foreigners are on track for their biggest annual exodus since 1987. Back then, they were fleeing bubbly valuations and the Black Monday crash. This time, they’re fed up with Shinzo Abe’s ineffectual economic policies and the surging yen.

Any wine lovers with $185,000 burning a hole in their pockets may be interested in the release of something special Down Under: a six-liter Imperial bottle of arguably Australia’s most famous wine, plus a hand-blown, hand-cut crystal decanter to pour it from.

Netflix plans to release 1,000 hours of original video next year, up from 600 this year, and is taking on dozens of new employees to help it find, produce and market TV shows and movies. That ambition is ruffling feathers in Hollywood, a place where professional jealousies and big egos are the norm.

Saudi Arabia plans to raise $17.5 billion in the biggest ever bond sale from an emerging-market nation, as it seeks to shore up finances battered by the slide in oil.

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Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks who has lived in the South American country’s London embassy since mid-2012.

This is a “war camp” organized by the ultra-nationalist Eurasian Youth Union, known as ESM, the youth wing of the broader Eurasian movement. Such camps, which are on the rise in Russia, imitate a broader Kremlin policy of “patriotic education” that has seen a marked increase in government funding in recent years. The ESM camps serve as breeding grounds for the volunteers who fought alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and are now producing a new generation of trained fighters.

Uber is using flying quadcopter drones to advertise its services in Mexico City-by using them to taunt drivers stuck in traffic. The fleet of quadcopters are equipped with signs designed to get under the skin of people locked in the giant city’s sea of vehicles.

New loans by Chinese banks in September surged nearly 30 percent from the previous month, deepening concern about risky credit expansion in the world’s second largest economy.

Food outlets in Muslim-majority Malaysia must rename hotdogs or risk being refused halal certification, a government religious authority said Tuesday. “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification.”

Indiana’s chief elections official said Tuesday that thousands of voter registrations were altered, raising concerns about possible fraud and prompting her office to warn voters to check whether their information is correct online and vote early to avoid problems on election day.


Thousands of people have fled the Mosul area and more are expected as Iraqi troops move on the city to liberate it from the so-called Islamic State (IS). Some 5,000 people have crossed the border into Syria in the last 10 days.

A police van has rammed protesters in the Philippines capital Manila as a demonstration outside the US embassy turned violent.

The European Space Agency (Esa) is getting ready to put a probe on Mars. Its Schiaparelli robot will attempt the risky descent to the surface in the coming hours, after a 500 million km journey from Earth.

An air base in Colorado said it has accidentally released 150,000 gallons of toxic contaminated water into the sewer system of the nearby city of Colorado Springs.

Former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of bribing witnesses.

Indonesia could “wipe out” pedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be “no compromise” when it came to punishing such sexual crimes.

Two Chinese astronauts have arrived at the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, in a mission aimed at developing China’s capabilities as a space power.

Two dual US-Iranian citizens have both been sentenced to 10 years in jail in Iran for collaborating with the US government, the state-run Mizan judicial news agency has reported.


Nearly one in 10 city schoolkids was homeless during the school year that ended in June, representing a whopping 22% jump in homelessness over the year before, the NY Daily News has learned.

In this climate, who knows what lies ahead, so many Americans are choosing to play it safe. To that end, nearly 2 in 3 Americans are limiting their monthly spending.

Top News – 10/19/2016

Priests, Sanhedrin Perform Reenactment of Yom Kippur Temple Service
Last Wednesday, a demonstration of the the Yom Kippur Temple Service was held in Hebron adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs. The rare display allowed participants to get a glimpse of what was once the glory of the Temple service. “In the days of the Temple, for one week before Yom Kippur, the Kohen Gadol (high priest) practiced the service in order to prepare,” said Rabbi Weiss.

Memo: Google’s Eric Schmidt Working Directly With the Clinton Campaign
Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is working directly with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to a memo contained within an email released by WikiLeaks.

Franklin Graham sounds off on the Evangelical response to Trump’s latest scandals
This election isn’t about Donald Trump’s behavior from 11 years ago or Hillary Clinton’s recent missing emails, lies, and false statements. This election is about the Supreme Court and the justices that the next president will nominate.

Obama’s half-brother will be at the Vegas debate — see who he’s cheering for
Donald Trump will be hosting an unlikely guest at this Wednesday’s third and final debate: President Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik. It was first reported by the New York Post that Malik, an American citizen who lives between Washington, D.C., and his native Kenya, would be in the Las Vegas audience to cheer on the Republican presidential nominee.

Jihadi rehab: Swedish city plans free driver’s license, housing & tax perks for returning fighters
A Swedish city is considering giving jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq free housing, a driver’s license, and tax benefits to ease their reintegration, but social media users have slammed the proposal, saying it ignores the terrorists’ victims. The support for extremists was proposed by Anna Sjöstrand, a municipal coordinator against violent extremism in the city of Lund in southern Sweden.

Thousands flock to Western Wall for traditional priestly blessing
Israelis from across the country, along with large numbers of foreign tourists, including many Christian pilgrims, converged in their thousands on the Western Wall plaza to witness the spectacle of the blessing and to “ascend” to Jerusalem, as is traditional on the three pilgrimage festivals of Passover, Shavuot, and Succot.

Earthquake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit West Java province in Indonesia on Wednesday, but no tsunami alert was issued, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here. The epicentre was determined at 120 km northeast Subang of the province with the depth at 654 km under sea bed, Xinhua news agency quoted an official of the agency as saying.

White House plans community-based prevention of violent ideologies
A new White House plan aims to train teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and prevent Americans from turning to violence ideologies… The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups, such as those that motivated the perpetrators of attacks in the last year…

Russian parliament approves suspension of plutonium accord with U.S.
The lower house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday approved President Vladimir Putin’s decree on suspending a plutonium accord with the United States, Russian news agencies reported. The agreement was concluded in 2000 and bound the two sides to dispose of surplus plutonium originally intended for use in nuclear weapons.

Study: 1 in 2 American Adults Already In Facial Recognition Network
Half of all American adults are already in some sort of facial recognition network accessible to law enforcement, according to a comprehensive new study. Conducted over a year and relying in part on Freedom of Information and public record requests to 106 law enforcement agencies, the study…found American police use of facial recognition technology is a scattered, hodgepodge network of laws and regulations.

Investor Cash Levels Jump Toward Levels Not Seen Since 9/11
Fears of a bond-market crash, a breakdown in globalization, a new crisis in the euro area? There were a bevy of reasons for fund managers to push their cash balances to 5.8 percent of their portfolios in October, up from 5.5 percent last month, matching levels not seen since the aftermath of the Brexit vote. The share of cash hasn’t been higher than that since November 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

US air force base leaks toxic chemicals into sewer system
An air base in the US state of Colorado says it has accidentally released 150,000 gallons of toxic contaminated water into the sewer system of the nearby city of Colorado Springs. Peterson Air Force base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a component of firefighting foam. It did not say how high the levels of chemicals were.

Mosul battle: 900 civilians flee city ahead of fighting
Some 900 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and crossed the border into Syria, the UN refugee agency says. This is the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped since the Iraqi government began its offensive to liberate Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Monday. Up to 1.5 million are thought to be in Mosul, with up to 5,000 IS fighters.

Ecuador curbs Assange’s internet to halt US election ‘interference’
Ecuador has acknowledged it partly restricted internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is taking refuge at its London embassy. It said Mr Assange had in recent weeks released material that could have an impact on the US presidential election. Ecuador also said its move was not the result of pressure from Washington.

Philippines anti-US protesters rammed by police van
A police van has rammed protesters in the Philippines capital Manila as a demonstration outside the US embassy turned violent. Footage showed protesters surrounding the van and hitting it with batons taken from police. The vehicle then drives into the crowd several times, injuring a number of people. Hundreds had met to demand the US end its military presence in the country.

US expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight
The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul…adding that the group’s technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited. US forces have begun to regularly collect shell fragments to test for possible chemical agents, given Islamic State’s use of mustard agent in the months before Monday’s launch of the Mosul offensive, one official said.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off Dominica island in Lesser Antilles
A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea’s Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

Chicago Records Largest Mass Shooting Since 2014 As Violent Crime Spikes Again
Violence in Chicago spiked over the weekend as, according to the Chicago Tribune, the city recorded its largest mass shooting since 2014. In total, 8 people were murdered in just this past weekend and another 40 were wounded. In total, 605 people have been murdered in Chicago so far in 2016, a staggering 45% increase versus last year, while 3,475 people have been shot versus only 2,441 a year ago.

Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison
An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.

Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US Paper
One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed’s update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number dropped sharply, declining by over $27.5 billion in one week, the biggest weekly drop since January 2015, pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.83 trillion, the lowest since 2012.

Iran Launches War Drills Amid Accusations U.S. Breaking Nuke Deal
Iran on Monday launched a series of war drills that included the use of American-made planes amid accusations by top officials that the United States is violating last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement, according to regional experts and Persian-language media reports.

Forget The Election: Why Hillary Clinton May Be The Most Hated President Of All Time
If not for the fact that her opponent is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton would almost certainly be losing this election. As it is, Republicans have hardly had a chance to capitalize on Clinton’s multitudinous e-mail scandals, so busy have they been defending and apologizing for their gaffe-prone presidential nominee.

The Briefing 10-19-16

“Back end eugenics”: African Americans in D.C. suspicious of pending assisted suicide law

Federal court to pro-life centers: You must tell women where they can get abortions

Media bias by the numbers: 96% of campaign contributions from journalists went to Hillary Clinton

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‘Slick Willy’ EXPOSED! Bill’s Most Infamous Sex Scandals REVEALED In 13 Clicks

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Bill Clinton has left a tawdry trail of sex assault claims, lurid affairs, and cheap one-night stands over his near half-century of public life — and his ambitious wife, Hillary, has ruthlessly covered his tracks in a desperate bid to make it to the Oval Office! An exhaustive 12-month Radar investigation can now reveal the former president’s astonishing parade of hookers, celebrities, secretaries, students and other women united by anguish and the menacing threats designed to ensure their silence.  

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Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash

The Center For Public Integrity reveals the number: 96% of campaign contributions went to the Clinton campaign. Wow.  What a shock.  Here’s the story:

moneyNew Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, spent the Republican National Convention pen-pricking presidential nominee Donald Trump as a misogynist shyster running an “ugly and xenophobic campaign.”

What Nussbaum didn’t disclose in her dispatches: she contributed $250 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in April.

On the nation’s left coast, Les Waldron, an Emmy Award-winning assignment editor at television station KFMB, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, swung right in July, shooting $28 to Trump.

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Top Headlines – 10/19/2016

  • China third quarter GDP grows 6.7 percent as expected as construction booms, debt rises (Read More)
  • China Growing at 6.7% Opens Window to Deliver Debt-Curb Vow (Read More)
  • U.S. expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight (Read More)
  • Iraq urges U.S.-led coalition to prevent Islamic State escape to Syria (Read More)
  • Fox national poll shows Clinton leading by six points (Read More)
  • Trump’s appeal for poll monitors draws tepid response from some supporters (Read More)
  • Clinton camp asks for change to handshake protocol at final debate(Read More)
  • The Video Defense About Her Emails Hillary Clinton Never Gave (Read More)
  • EU believes free trade deal with U.S. won’t be completed this year (Read More)
  • Hedge Fund Launches Dwindle to 16-Year Low as Returns Lag (Read More)
  • How Yuan-Lending Curves and Ice Hockey Are Related (Read More)
  • ECB urges EU to curb virtual money on fear of losing control (Read More)
  • Paul Volcker: Breaking Up Big Banks Wouldn’t Help (Read More)
  • Philippine police van drives at protesters to break up anti-U.S. demo (Read More)
  • Why 27 Million Are Still Uninsured Under Obamacare (Read More)
  • One of China’s Poorest Provinces Puts Nation on Track to Beat 6.5% Growth (Read More)
  • Morgan Stanley profit jumps 61.7 percent on trading comeback (Read More)
  • Halliburton posts surprise profit as expenses fall (Read More)
  • Saudi has little room to slow austerity drive, IMF says (Read More)
  • A Florida Orthodontist’s FOIA-Fueled, Anti-Clinton Crusade (Read More)
  • Salesforce’s M&A Target List Excluded Twitter (Read More)
  • Look Who’s Driving the U.S. Housing Market (Read More)
  • How One Goldman Sachs Trader Made More Than $100 Million (Read More)
  • Broken Indicators Mean It’s Growing Harder to Spot Troubles in the Market (Read More)

Unesco passes contentious Jerusalem resolution

PA officials defend UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem

Israel’s envoy to call on UN to end funding for B’Tselem

UNESCO Condemns Israeli Policies at East Jerusalem Holy Site

Dispute Over a Holy Site Somehow Gets More Religious

Israel may gain advantage as UN rewrites history

Ben Carson: Christians Should Be Outraged by UN Denying Judeo-Christian History at Israel’s Temple Mount

Thousands flock to Western Wall for Priestly Blessing

IDF probe: Army failed to internalize, train for tunnel threat

Hamas vows to ‘surprise world’ in prisoner swap talks

Israel refuses to allow arch-terrorist to be buried in PA territory

Jerusalem soccer coach arrested for supporting terrorism

Bennett summons teachers who supported terrorism

Clinton campaign manager: Avoid talk about Israel, to keep Democrats happy

200 women demand peace agreement on Israel’s Lebanese border

Egypt extends state of emergency in north Sinai for 3 months

Yemen’s Hezbollah: The Saudi-Israeli problem

Iran Launches War Drills Amid Accusations U.S. Breaking Nuke Deal

Iranian Americans sentenced to prison for work with ‘hostile’ US government

With coup defeated, Erdogan seeks revamped powers

Turkish police kill suspected ISIS suicide bomber – Anadolu

US and Russia could ‘start Third World War over Syria conflict’, says Turkey

Doubts Raised About Russia’s ‘Humanitarian Pause’ in Aleppo

US and UK reject Russian offer of ‘pause’ in airstrikes on Syria

US and allies meet in Geneva to flesh out Syria plan

ICRC seeks talks with ISIS on Mosul rules of war

Amnesty International: Iraqi forces must not repeat ‘war crimes’ in Mosul offensive

ISIS leader al-Baghdadi believed to be holed up in Mosul as Iraqi, US forces close in

Shi’ite militias say will support Iraqi army offensive on Mosul

Syria says US plans safe passage for militants from Mosul into Syria

US expects IS will use chemical weapons in fight for Mosul

Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

Two months to take Mosul from Isis, says Iraqi general

As territory shrinks, ISIS group looks for new money sources

EU concerned about ISIS fighters flowing into Europe

Capture of Mosul could cause terror surge in Europe, top official warns

ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq

Two-thirds of U.K.’s dubious ‘child’ refugees actually adults, immigration office says

Monmouth MP David Davies has been condemned after calling for refugee teens to have dental tests to prove their age

German birthrate hits 33-year high, boosted by migrant babies

Refugee crisis threatens Merkel’s legacy

Chibok leader: 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram

Boko Haram Overruns Nigerian Military Base in Northeast

Taliban Formally Denies Reports of Meetings with Afghan Government

Obama Official: White House Sees Afghanistan War ‘Tipping in the Taliban’s Favor’

Military lockdown cuts off UN aid to strife-hit Myanmar region

Merkel expects “no wonders” from four-way meeting on Ukraine

Putin Sends Russian Warships to English Channel

Report proposes slashing U.S. aircraft carriers, investing in lasers to combat Russia and China

Russian parliament approves suspension of plutonium accord with U.S.

‘Only China can help Philippines’: Duterte turns to Beijing as rift with US widens

Philippine police van rams protesters in front of U.S. Embassy

Wikileaks Releases Another 1,894 Podesta Emails In Part 11 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 17,150

WikiLeaks says Kerry pressured Ecuador on leaks; State Dept. denies

Ecuador curbs Assange’s internet to halt US election ‘interference’

WikiLeaks: Hillary Wants Obamacare to ‘Unravel’

Rate Increases for Health Plans Pose Serious Test for Obama’s Signature Law

Bill Clinton’s Secret Service Agent Did IT Work for Hillary’s Server and Clinton Foundation

Newt Gingrich: Scandals make Clinton even more frightening

Forget the Election: Why Hillary Clinton May Be the Most Hated President of All Time – Hacked e-mails released by Wikileaks reveal the Clintons are exactly what their nemeses feared

Will things turn ugly if Donald Trump loses?

President Hillary Clinton Would Declare War on Conservative Christians

Clinton Challenges Trump for a Traditional Republican Bloc, White Catholics

Nobel winners endorse Clinton

Democratic heads roll after video shows agitators planted at Trump rallies

Trump says media ‘more crooked’ than Clinton

Pence says media doing half of Clinton’s work

Fight night in Las Vegas: High stakes for Trump, Clinton and Chris Wallace

Trump invites Obama’s estranged half brother and the mother of slain Benghazi official to third debate

No, voter fraud isn’t a myth: 10 cases where it’s all too real

Despite Obama’s pledge to make the government more open, a report shows secret laws still abound

Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US Paper

China Holdings of U.S. Treasuries Drop to Almost Four-Year Low

Economists Question China’s Consistent Growth Numbers

Investor Cash Levels Jump Toward Levels Not Seen Since 9/11

Apple’s Next Goal Is Killing Paper Money Once and For All

Robot pilots may someday fly passenger and cargo planes

Study Urges Tougher Oversight for Police Use of Facial Recognition

Study: 1 in 2 American Adults Already In Facial Recognition Network

Stephen Hawking’s alien-hunting project is investigating strange signals from 234 stars

Get ready to watch the Moon ‘occult’ one of our brightest stars tonight

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Indramayu, Indonesia

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Pointe Michel, Dominica

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Super Typhoon Haima to slam the Philippines with destructive winds, flooding

Tropical Storm Otto may brew near Bahamas this week

American Aerospace Completes First ever Drone-Based Hurricane Response Exercise

Raging Colorado wildfire destroys at least 5 homes, threatens hundreds more

Chemists accidentally turn carbon dioxide to ethanol in breakthrough study

Nearly 200 nations agree binding deal to cut greenhouse gases

Last Month Was Hottest September on Record, NASA Says

Could the Paris accord unintentionally cause climate harm?

US air force base leaks toxic chemicals into sewer system

Model predicts spread of harmful plant pathogen around the globe

Massive US health tab for hormone-disrupting chemicals

Colorado Planned Parenthood gunman claims he’s been forcibly medicated

Indonesia chemical castration law ‘will wipe out paedophilia’

Rise of the Beauty Boys!: 11 male makeup artists you must follow on Instagram

Exorcism in Italy a job ‘too scary’ for young priests

400 pounds of marijuana floating off the Florida Keys is a sign longstanding trafficking routes are still in use

Six people found alive with severed hands in Mexico mutilated by drug cartels

Federal judge who suspended ‘El Chapo’s’ extradition gunned down in front of his home

Australian leader says tough gun controls will tighten

Authorities search for 4 suspects after 4 shot outside San Francisco high schools

Chicago Records Largest Mass Shooting Since 2014 As Violent Crime Spikes Again

White House plans community-based prevention of violent ideologies

Bobbie Houston: If You Hate (Or Criticize) Hillsong, You Hate God

Bishop Eddie Long Declares ‘God Has Healed Me;’ Church Blamed for ‘Health Challenge’

Pastor Uses Fictionalized Testimony to Sell Books and Build His Brand – The Story Behind the Story of Roberta Langella and Jim Cymbala

Multitudes of Lost Souls Still Fooled By The Purgatory Deception

743 Christian Refugees, Converts Attacked by Muslims in German Camps

A ‘Balloon Warrior’ Subverts North Korea, Thousands of Leaflets at a Time

Dabbling With the Dark Side? The Bible Clearly Condemns Halloween

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:56 AM PDT

(Written By Ben Goodwin) Darkness is used in Scripture as a metaphor for evil to represent all that is sinful and satanic. In contrast, light…

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Hot Dogs will be banned in Malaysia unless restaurants agree to change their name

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:51 AM PDT

Restaurants and food stalls in Malaysia must rename their ‘hotdogs’ or risk having them banned, the government there said today. Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim…

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“Child Refugees” migrating from Calais not looking so “childish”

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:47 AM PDT

Concerns over the age of child refugees from Calais intensified yesterday, as a second group arrived in London. One migrant in particular, wearing a blue…

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Saudis and China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US Paper

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:42 AM PDT

One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed’s update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number dropped sharply, declining…

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Massive Sinkhole In Florida Grows to 152 Feet Wide, Depth Still Unknown

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:30 AM PDT

Mosaic officials say they still don’t know the depth of a sinkhole that opened up at the Mosaic plant near Mulberry last month. The hole…

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ACLU Sues Oregon Dept. Of Corrections for Denying Hormonal Treatment to Man With Gender Dysphoria

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:27 AM PDT

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections for denying hormonal treatment to a man who was…

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Apple’s Next Goal Is Killing Paper Money Once and For All

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:16 AM PDT

Apple CEO Tim Cook has an idea for the future—eliminating cash. Apple Pay could be the “catalyst” that ultimately gets the world to switch from…

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WAR DRUMS: Putin Ready to “Seize Control” of the Mediterranean Sea

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin is ready to “seize control” of the Mediterranean Sea, as a top Russian military expert mocked the ‘tiny’ Royal Navy. Russia’s navy is…

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Soros-Connected Company Provides Voting Machines In 16 States…

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:06 AM PDT

Smartmatic, a U.K.-based voting technology company with deep ties to George Soros, has control over voting machines in 16 states including battleground zones like Arizona,…

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Wikileaks Releases Another 1,803 Podesta Emails In Part 12 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 18,953

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

The daily dump continues. In the now traditional daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to resort to ever more stark sexual scandals involving…

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Beyonce bleeds on stage, fans cut themselves in solidarity

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 08:21 PM PDT

While Beyoncé was performing her song “Haunted” during Jay Z’s Tidal X benefit concert, her long braid apparently caught on one of her earrings and…

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Super Typhoon Haima Takes Aim on Philippines with 160 mph Winds!

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 08:14 PM PDT

Now an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm, Super Typhoon Haima is en route to hammer parts of the far northern Philippines that were slammed by…

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Dr. James Dobson Calls for Civil Disobedience

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 08:03 PM PDT

Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to uphold California’s so called ‘Reproductive FACT Act.’ This decision will require…

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Mainstream Media Blasts Megachurch for Disciplining Unrepentant Gay Member

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:57 PM PDT

On Oct. 9, 2015, a member of Watermark Church in Dallas received a letter responding to his homosexual lifestyle. The letter noted that the church…

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Iran Launches War Drills Amid Accusations United States Breaking Nuke Deal…

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:51 PM PDT

Iran on Monday launched a series of war drills that included the use of American-made planes amid accusations by top officials that the United States…

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Bricks thrown through windows at Indiana Republican Party office…

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:45 PM PDT

The Delaware County Republican Party said vandals struck at their office last week. Someone threw two landscaping bricks through a window on Oct. 8. Signs…

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DEVELOPING: Investor Cash Levels Jump Toward Levels Not Seen Since 9/11

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:38 PM PDT

Fears of a bond-market crash, a breakdown in globalization, a new crisis in the euro area? There were a bevy of reasons for fund managers…

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DAYS OF LOT: The Rise of Men In Makeup

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:27 PM PDT

It appears that CoverGirl blew the lid off the next wave of cultural shock to America! It all began when they Introduced Its First-Ever Cover…

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China Continues Dumping US Debt

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 07:10 PM PDT

China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to the lowest level since November 2012, as the world’s second-largest economy draws down its foreign reserves to prop…

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Government seeks to replace co-pilots with robots…

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 06:55 PM PDT

Think of it as the airborne cousin to the self-driving car: a robot in the cockpit to help human pilots fly passengers and cargo –…

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Thousands Of Voter Registrations Altered In Indiana.

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 06:47 PM PDT

As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump repeats his message that the general election process is “rigged,” the top election official in the home state of…

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Mystery Surrounds Assange’s Status At Ecuadorian Embassy…

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 06:42 PM PDT

Ecuador’s government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published…

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Half of American Adults Already In Facial Recognition Network…

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 10:40 AM PDT

Half of all American adults are already in some sort of facial recognition network accessible to law enforcement, according to a comprehensive new study. Conducted…

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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.


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!


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

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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

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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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Should Christians Feel Guilty All the Time?

Most of our low-level guilt falls under the ambiguous category of “not doing enough.” Look at the list above. None one of the items are necessarily sinful. They all deal with possible infractions, perceptions, and ways in which we’d like to do more. These are the hardest areas to deal with because no Christian, for example, will ever confess to praying enough. So it is always easy to feel terrible about prayer (or evangelism or giving or any number of disciplines). We must be careful that we don’t insist on a certain standard of practice when the Bible merely insists on a general principle.

There are plenty of Christians who rarely feel the sting of conscience or the pangs of regret. But I also know many Christians who easily feel bad for all the things they are not doing or are doing less than perfectly. In fact, I’m convinced most serious Christians live their lives with an almost constant low-level sense of guilt.

How do we feel guilty? Let me count the ways.

  • We could pray more.
  • We aren’t bold enough in evangelism.
  • We like sports too much.
  • We watch movies and television too often.
  • Our quiet times are too short or too sporadic.
  • We don’t give enough.
  • We bought a new couch.
  • We don’t read to our kids enough.
  • Our kids eat Cheetos and french fries.
  • We don’t recycle enough.
  • We need to lost 20 pounds.
  • We could use our time better.
  • We could live some place harder or in something smaller.

What do we do with all this behind the scenes guilt? We don’t feel stop-dead-in-our-tracks kind of remorse for these things.  But these shortcomings can have a cumulative effect whereby even the mature Christian can feel like he’s rather disappointing to God, maybe just barely Christian.

Here’s the tricky part: we should feel guilty sometimes, because sometimes we are guilty of sin. Complacency as Christians is a real danger, especially in America.

But yet, I don’t believe God redeemed us through the blood of his Son that we might feel like constant failures. Do Peter and John post-Pentecost seemed racked with self-loathing and introspective fear? Does Paul seem constantly concerned that he could be doing more? Amazingly enough, Paul actually says at one point “I am not aware of anything against myself” (1 Cor. 4:4). He’s quick to add, “I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” But it sure seems like Paul put his head on the pillow at night with a clean conscience. So why do so many Christian feel guilty all the time?

1. We don’t fully embrace the good news of the gospel. We forget that we have been made alive together with Christ. We have been raised with him. We have been saved through faith alone. And this is the gift of God, not a result of works (Eph. 2:4-8). Let us not be afraid to embrace the lavishness of God’s grace.

2. Christians tend to motivate each other by guilt rather than grace. Instead of urging our fellow believers to be who they are in Christ, we command them to do more for Christ (see Rom. 6:5-14). So we see Christlikeness as something we are royally screwing up, when we really should see it as something we already possess but need to grow into.

3. Most of our low-level guilt falls under the ambiguous category of “not doing enough.” Look at the list above. None one of the items are necessarily sinful. They all deal with possible infractions, perceptions, and ways in which we’d like to do more. These are the hardest areas to deal with because no Christian, for example, will ever confess to praying enough. So it is always easy to feel terrible about prayer (or evangelism or giving or any number of disciplines). We must be careful that we don’t insist on a certain standard of practice when the Bible merely insists on a general principle.

For example, every Christian must give generously and contribute to the needs of the saints (2 Cor. 9:6-11; Rom. 12:13). This we can insist on with absolute certainty. But what this generosity looks like–how much we give, how much we retain–is not bound by any formula, nor can it be exacted by compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7). So if we want people to be more generous we would do well to follow Paul’s example in 2 Corinthians and emphasize the blessings of generosity and the gospel rooted motivation for generosity as opposed to shaming those who don’t give as much.

4. When we are truly guilty of sin, it is imperative we repent and receive God’s mercy. Paul had a clean conscience, not because he never sinned, but, I imagine, because he quickly went to the Lord when he knew he was wrong and rested in the “no condemnation” of the gospel (Rom. 8:1). If we confess our sins, John says, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We aren’t meant to feel borderline miserable all the time. We are meant to live in the joy of our salvation. So when we sin–and we’ll all sin (1 Kings 8:46; 1 John 1:8)–we confess it, get cleansed, and move on.

This underlines one of the great dangers with constant guilt: we learn to ignore our consciences. If we are truly sinning, we need to repent and implore the Lord to help us change. But if we aren’t sinning, if we are perhaps not as far along as others, or are not as disciplined as some believers, or we are making different choices that may be acceptable but not extraordinary, then we should not be made to feel guilty. Challenged, stirred, inspired, but not guilty.

As a pastor this means I don’t expect that everyone in my congregation should feel awful about everything I ever preach on. It is okay, after all, for people to actually be obedient to God’s commands. Not perfectly, not without some mixed motives, not as fully as they could be, but still faithfully, God-pleasingly obedient. Faithful preaching does not require that sincere Christians feel miserable all the time. In fact, the best preaching ought to make sincere Christians see more of Christ and experience more of his grace.

Deeper grace will produce better gratitude, which means less guilt. And that’ s a good thing all the way around.

Kevin DeYoung has been the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan since 2004. Kevin blogs at the Gospel Coalition; this article is used with his permission.

The Grotesque Reality of Apostasy

converse_sole_stomp_01_white_by_megakorean-d632g4wIt’s never something we want to talk about. But, with it happening more than any of us would like, we must. And with a handful of passages addressing the issue, we must all the more. All Scripture is profitable. That even includes the sections covering apostasy.

It’s a big enough deal that God addresses it. And the way in which he does so is telling:

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:26-31).

Much could be said about these loving, sobering words. But it does the soul well to especially consider v. 29. “How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God.” What a loving and faithful pastor to sit down and pen those soul-care words to the church then, and for us now.

Few images are more disturbing in all of Scripture: to commit apostasy is to trample “underfoot the Son of God” (Heb. 10:29). The Greek word translated, “trampled underfoot,” is not a gentle word. It communicates strong contempt and derision. Generally, the word can have the idea of, “despise,” and, “to treat with complete disdain” (Louw-Nida). More particularly, it refers to the physical act of repeatedly stomping on something with the foot, usually out of scorn (TDNT, 5:941). It is used in Matthew 5:13 to describe old salt that was worthless, and subsequently thrown out as garbage upon a dirt road and trampled. In the Septuagint, the same Greek word is used in Judges 9:27 to describe the stomping on grapes with one’s feet in a winepress. Also in the Septuagint, the word is used to describe the stomping upon an enemy (e.g. Ps. 56:4, 90:13).

With that in mind, the image of Hebrews 10:29 is utterly grotesque on every level.

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Taking Back Christianese #5: “Just Ask Jesus into Your Heart”

In this way, as noted above, this phrase can actually backfire on itself.  While intended to prevent false conversions, it can (if misused) actually lead to false conversions.  People can think they are saved because they “asked Jesus into their heart” with no awareness of how to evaluate their own spiritual condition.

Some of us grew up in churches where it seemed every Sunday included an altar call. Congregants were invited to walk the aisle and to make a “decision” for Christ.

During these occasions, very specific language would be used to explain how a person becomes a Christian.  “Just ask Jesus into your heart,” was the common refrain, usually followed by an appeal to Rev 3:2, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.”

Thus, we come to the next installment in the “Taking Back Christianese” series.  Our purpose here is to evaluate the phrase, “Just ask Jesus into your heart.”  Like most of the phrases in this series, it can have both positive and negative aspects, depending on how it is used.

Why Do People Use This Phrase?

Despite the association with modern day revival-style churches, this phrase actually has a long pedigree, even in Reformed circles.  As some have pointed out, even certain Puritans used language that was similar.

And the reason for the usage of this phrase is not hard to find.  Concerned about the prevalence of false conversions, many pastors were keen to emphasize that salvation is not something attained just by attending church or being born into a Christian home.  Salvation is personal and individual.  Each sinner has to respond to Christ for themselves.

There is a bit of irony however to this motivation.  Although this phrase might have been used to prevent false conversions, its misuse can, in fact, heighten the problem of false conversions.  More on this below.

What is Correct or Helpful about This Phrase?

No doubt the Puritans embraced a version of this phrase precisely because it emphasized the personal, heartfelt response that needed to be true of every converted individual.  The Gospel has both corporate and individual aspects to it, and the latter cannot be forgotten.

Indeed, this is plainly laid out in Scripture.  Familial and corporate ties are not enough to be saved, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

Thus, this phrase rightly reminds us that the Gospel requires a response from individuals.  It is not something that can be assumed or taken for granted.  Christ must be believed upon and embraced.

In this way, this phrase is a very helpful reminder of the importance of conversion. And this reminder is seriously needed in Reformed circles today. We talk about a lot of things as Reformed believers–justification, sanctification, adoption.

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