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October 20, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to break away from the U.S. and shift toward China and Russia, his strongest comments yet signaling a split with his nation’s biggest military ally. “In this venue, I announce my separation from the U.S.,” Duterte said in Beijing on Thursday after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mario Draghi signaled the European Central Bank probably won’t stop its quantitative-easing program without tapering it first, indicating that the stimulus is likely to run past the currently scheduled end-date of March 2017.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week by the most since July, after spending several weeks at or near a four-decade low. Jobless claims increased by 13,000 to 260,000 in the period ended Oct. 15.

Saudi Arabia raised $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.

BHP Billiton Ltd. wants women to account for half of its workforce by 2025 as the world’s top miner seeks to change the gender balance in an industry dominated by men.

AP Top Stories

Every Tesla, including the upcoming Model 3 sedan, will ship with eight cameras and a dozen sensors to give them 360-degree visibility, according to the Palo Alto, California-based company. While drivers won’t be able to let go of the steering wheel yet, that’s a goal after a series of software refinements Tesla makes over time.

Serbia protested Wednesday against what it said was European Union pressure to impose sanctions against Russia, calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

Scientists in Tennessee have accidentally discovered a method to convert carbon dioxide, one of the most serious causes of climate change, into ethanol for use as a fuel for internal-combustion motors. This newfound ability to recycle the greenhouse gas could potentially help slow global warming.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday told a group of 21 girls released by Islamist militants last week that he will “redouble” efforts to bring home about 200 still missing after the kidnapping in Chibok in 2014.

Two Americans including a civilian were killed when a gunman opened fire near a NATO base in Kabul Wednesday, the military coalition said, with Afghan officials calling it an “insider attack”.

US authorities extradited on Tuesday Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon to Mexico to face drug-related charges, nine years after a whopping $205 million were seized from his mansion in the capital.

The union for faculty at 14 of Pennsylvania’s state colleges said on Wednesday their strike would continue until they reach a deal in negotiations on pay and benefits, after professors walked off the job and left 100,000 students in the lurch.

Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, giving a speech in the Emirates, urged Muslims to respect the “true message of Islam” and unite against wars in their countries.

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.

Belgium summoned the Russian ambassador to Brussels on Wednesday in a spat over Moscow’s claim that Belgian jets killed six civilians near Syria’s Aleppo.

The United States and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to step up military and diplomatic efforts to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, saying they posed a “grave” security threat following repeated tests this year.

BBC

The operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State militants is progressing faster than planned, the Iraqi prime minister said.

China’s President Xi Jinping has welcomed his Filipino counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on a visit to Beijing which he described as a “milestone”.

At least four people have been killed in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Haima hit the country. Nearly 100,000 people were evacuated from threatened areas as the storm approached.

The Ethiopian authorities have detained 1,600 people as they try to boost security under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC.

Tens of thousands of people across Latin America have taken part in protests against gender violence, following the horrific rape and murder of Lucia Perez, 16, in Mar del Plata.

Italian prosecutors have begun an inquiry into the death after a miscarriage of a woman of 32 who was pregnant with twins. The family of Valentina Milluzzo said the doctor treating her refused to abort the fetuses because he was a “conscientious objector” to abortion. The hospital involved has categorically rejected the family’s claims.

Theresa May has pledged to continue to “work closely” with the EU after Brexit, as she arrived for her first Brussels summit as prime minister.

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Probate judges in at least eight Alabama counties continued to refuse to issue any marriage licenses as of Tuesday, nearly 16 months after the U.S. Supreme Court found that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

New research, carried out in north Queensland Australia, discovered adding a small amount of dried seaweed to a cow’s diet can reduce the amount of methane a cow produces by up to 99 %.

Germany is now offering to pay Middle Eastern and North African countries to take back migrants who have fled the war-ravaged and poverty-stricken regions.

Big banks will have to toughen up their cybersecurity practices to protect customers against attacks, according to proposed new regulations.


Top News – 10/20/2016

‘She created this mess’: Clinton aide reveals concerns in #PodestaEmails13
Spence writes, “As we try and close the Benghazi Chapter and the email drip drip. Is there ever a moment in time not to defend the decision but layout the fact… HRC servers were not hacked.”

Temple Mount activists simulate biblical water-drawing ritual
Temple Mount activists simulated yesterday a traditional water-drawing ritual for the Sukkot holiday, which included a special celebratory walk from the Tower of David Visitor’s Center to the Shiloah spring, where they dipped in the spring’s waters with the priestly blessing.

If You Don’t Like Either Candidate, Then Vote for Trump’s Policies
Voting for Clinton and her ultraliberal policies is not an option for me as an evangelical Christian. Therefore I am left with two options: (1) vote for Trump, or (2) vote for a third-party candidate whose hopes of winning belong to fantasy, not reality. And if these are my only two options, then voting for a third-party candidate has the clear effect of helping to elect Clinton

Dem Who Incited Trump Protests Frequent WH Guest
Robert Creamer, acted as a middle man between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and “protesters” who tried — and succeeded — to provoke violence at Trump rallies

Apple employs tech guru from university that taught computers to ‘defeat humans’
APPLE has employed a world-leading artificial intelligence guru from a university which famously taught computers to “defeat humans”. Ruslan Salakhutdinov, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is now Apple’s director of AI research, although it is unclear what his role will entail.

Russia possibly mapping underwater internet cables in Mediterranean
Approximately one year ago, the Russian navy caused quite a stir by hanging around internet cables in the Atlantic for some period of time. The accusation was the Russians were mapping the cables in order to be able to sever them in times of conflict. The Russian fleet in the Mediterranean seems to be doing the same thing this week over cables off the Syrian coast.

Iraqi PM upbeat on Mosul offensive
The operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State militants is progressing faster than planned, the Iraqi prime minister says. Haider al-Abadi said the move showed “rapprochement” and unity of purpose between Iraqi and Kurdish forces. His comments came as Kurdish fighters launched a large-scale operation east and north of Mosul.

Super Typhoon Haima batters Philippines
At least four people have been killed in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Haima hit the country. The storm, which brought sustained winds of up to 225km/h (140mph), made landfall over Cagayan in the north on Wednesday. Nearly 100,000 people were evacuated from threatened areas as the storm approached.

Report: South Korea mulls leasing Israeli spy satellite
South Korea is considering leasing an Israeli spy satellite… South Korea is interested in becoming independent in space, rather than being dependent on American spy satellites. The possibility of leasing an Israeli spy satellite is being considered as tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula due to North Korea’s accelerated development of missiles and its threats to use nuclear weapons.

East Vs. West Division Is About The Dollar – Not Nuclear War
The interesting thing about working in alternative economics is that inevitably you will become the designated buzzkill. You may be presenting the facts on the ground and the reality behind the numbers, but most of what you have to report will not be pleasant. Alternative economists are doomed to be labeled “doom and gloomers.” And that’s okay…

Has World War 3 Already Started?
For the first time since Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa, German tanks are once again advancing on Russia’s border. You probably haven’t heard this extraordinary piece of news. That’s because the mass media has basically ignored and obscured it. They’ve been busy covering far more important things… like transgender issues and Kim Kardashian’s latest stunt. That’s why you need to know about Operation Anaconda 2016.

Illegals seeking asylum up 900%, get cash, welfare, school loans
The number of illegals seeking asylum to gain easy access to the United States has jumped 900 percent in less than 10 years, greatly expanding the Immigration population receiving Social Security benefits, school loans, green cards, welfare and other taxpayer funded services, according to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Yes, an after-school Satan Club could be coming to your kid’s grade school
Lilith Starr, a devil’s advocate in every sense, is in a rush to get her After School Satan Club started. As founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, she’s under pressure from national satanic headquarters — located in the Colonial witch trials city of Salem, Mass. — to launch a counter-strike against grade school Christianity by opening an after-school Satan Club.

Debt Up $236,991,525,500.74 Since First Trump-Clinton Debate
The federal debt increased $236,991,525,500.74 in the twenty-two days that passed between the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the close of business yesterday—the last day for which the Treasury has published the debt data.

US warns ‘overwhelming’ response to any NKorea use of nukes
The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming” U.S. response as it sought to reassure close ally South Korea that the U.S. has its back.

Czech police arrest Russian tied to 2012 LinkedIn hack
Czech police have detained a Russian man wanted in connection with criminal hacking attacks on targets in the United States in an arrest carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Briefing 10-20-16

Final showdown before millions: In third presidential debate, candidates pressed on policy & character

Will the Society of Biblical Literature ban InterVarsity Press over historic Christian position on sexuality?

The post The Briefing 10-20-16 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top Headlines – 10/20/2016

  • Global stocks nudge higher after final U.S. presidential debate (Read More)
  • Trump, Clinton Double Down: Final Debate By the Numbers (Read More)
  • Will Trump accept election’s outcome? ‘I will keep you in suspense’ (Read More)
  • After Sedate Start, Trump Takes the Bait (Read More)
  • ‘Rigged’ Election Charge Takes Spotlight (Read More)
  • Debate highlights: Trump calls Clinton a ‘nasty woman’ (Read More)
  • Draghi Set to Stay Tight-Lipped as Investors Look for Cues (Read More)
  • Draghi Seen Keeping Up Suspense on Future of ECB Stimulus Plan (Read More)
  • Philippine President Duterte announces ‘separation’ from United States (Read More)
  • Plummeting Newspaper Ad Revenue Sparks New Wave of Changes (Read More)
  • The Tech Bubble Didn’t Burst This Year. Just Wait (Read More)
  • How ISIS Used Chat Apps to Direct Attacks in West (Read More)
  • What It Takes to Be the World’s Biggest Crude Producer (Read More)
  • New Front Opened in Battle for Mosul (Read More)
  • Turkish Lira Advances After Central Bank Holds Interest Rates (Read More)
  • Turkey Central Bank Unexpectedly Holds Rates on Weaker Lira (Read More)
  • It’s Better to Buy Than to Rent, and It Probably Always Will Be (Read More)
  • New Caterpillar CEO Faces Tough Decisions as Company Digs Out (Read More)
  • Broken Indicators Mean It’s Growing Harder to Spot Troubles in the Market (Read More)
  • Americans Work 25% More Than Europeans, Study Finds (Read More)
  • ‘Passive’ Investing: A Lot More Active Than You Think (Read More)

Russia taunts US with biggest military offensive since the Cold War

Norway reports Russian flotilla off coast as US asks to put marines in country

UK sends warships to watch Russian ship in English Channel

Major Russian naval deployment to intensify Aleppo assault: NATO diplomat

Trump: Mosul only being retaken from IS to bolster Clinton

Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against Islamic State

Iraqi forces steamrolling into Mosul faster than expected

In Mosul fight, Iraqi forces eye redemption and revenge

IS deploys 9 car bombs in path of Iraqi troops

Mosul battle: Islamic State group’s leaders fleeing city, US says

Russia worried militants in Mosul may flee for Syria

UN humanitarian chief concerned over Mosul

Turkey ‘displeased’ with US support for Kurds

Turkey unleashing fury of airstrikes against Syrian Kurdish forces

Turkish airstrikes near Aleppo said to kill up to 200 Kurds

Syrian army pulls back in Aleppo to allow rebels to leave

Assad claims photo of bombed child in ambulance faked

Syrian refugees now enrolling in schools

Iran ‘wanted Egypt at Syria talks’ as Middle Eastern alliances shift

Israel’s antiquities chief compares UNESCO to Islamic State

Czechs condemn UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

Defying UNESCO and Ramallah, foreign lawmakers tour Jewish Hebron

Gigantic turnout at the Kotel provides ‘answer to UNESCO’

After 40+ years in ‘desert,’ New York’s biggest LGBTQ synagogue has a fancy new home

Palestinians seek UN resolution against settlements

Netanyahu worries of possible US anti-settlement action at UN

Troops shut printer for making posters lauding Jerusalem terrorist

Despite reconciliation, Turkey presses on with trial of IDF officers

Ex-army head, Hezbollah ally Aoun tipped for Lebanon presidency

Yemen’s 72-hour UN mediated ceasefire starts

Man in Afghan uniform kills 1 US soldier, 1 US civilian

Report: South Korea mulls leasing Israeli spy satellite

Another North Korea missile fails after launch, say U.S. and South

US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response to North Korean nuke use

East Vs. West Division Is About The Dollar – Not Nuclear War

Russian violations of nuclear treaty have ‘worsened,’ lawmakers say

Russia “regrets” US plan for quick missile deployment to S.Korea

Russian military holds missile exercise near western border

Russia possibly mapping underwater internet cables in Mediterranean

Russian hacker sought by US arrested in Czech Republic

Hillary Clinton Just Called Donald Trump Vladimir Putin’s Puppet

Clinton shifts debate away from WikiLeaks revelations by blaming Putin for cyberattacks

Hundreds Of White House Staffer’s Emails Get Leaked

WikiLeaks: Google’s Eric Schmidt Working with Clinton Campaign

Indiana officials investigating possible voter registration tampering

WikiLeaks: Podesta Says It’s OK For Illegals To Vote With Driver’s License

Trump won’t commit to accepting election results, at fiery final debate with Clinton

Trump: ‘I’ll Keep You in Suspense’ About Accepting Election Outcome

Flashback: Gore Refuses to Concede Election, Demands Recount ‘to Ensure All the Votes Are Counted’

Donald Trump’s ‘Nasty Woman’ Comment at the Presidential Debate Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

“Karma” – Hillary Clinton’s security detail laughed when she broke her elbow

Trump: Clinton Should Return Money From Countries That Abuse Women

‘Address That’ – Chris Wallace Grills Hillary On Clinton Foundation Corruption

Fact-Check: No, the Clinton Foundation Did Not ‘Spend Ninety Percent’ of Money Donated on ‘Programs’

Report: Melania, Bill don’t shake hands at debate after Clinton request

Debt Up $236,991,525,500.74 Since First Trump-Clinton Debate

Illegals seeking asylum up 900%, get cash, welfare, school loans

Cadavers Explode in Venezuela’s Neglected Morgues

All Tesla vehicles being produced now have full self-driving hardware

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Omigawa, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

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

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

More than 90,000 people flee as Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines

Typhoon Haima: At least seven people killed after Super Typhoon Haima smashes into Philippines

Typhoon Haima eyes China after bringing destructive winds, flooding to Philippines

Haiti sees 800 new cholera cases after hurricane

Trump, Clinton spar over late-term abortions

Clinton condemns Trump’s abortion ‘scare rhetoric’ in debate clash

Trump accuses Clinton camp of falsifying groping allegations

New Bill Clinton Sexual Assault Accuser Goes Public for the First Time

Madonna pledges oral sex for Clinton voters

Adult FriendFinder Hacked Again – Vulnerability Leaves Millions Exposed

The U.K. Is Set to Pardon Men Convicted for Consensual Same-Sex Acts

3 sex-spread diseases hit another record high, CDC says

CDC advises pregnant women who have been to Miami-Dade be tested for Zika

Satanic Temple Proposes ‘After School Satan Club’ in Tacoma Public Schools

What if Hillary Clinton Wins the White House?

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 07:07 AM PDT

(By J.Lee.Grady) In three weeks, the baffling 2016 presidential election will be over. The winner will begin assembling a White House cabinet. The loser will…

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Arabic billboard in Michigan mocking Donald Trump

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 06:20 AM PDT

An Arabic billboard mocking the firebrand Republican candidate has appeared saying ‘Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it’. The poster…

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Russian Forces Head For Dover as Moscow moves ships from the Med to square up to Royal Navy vessels in ‘Operation Sea Fist’

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 06:08 AM PDT

The Russian aircraft carrier fleet has abandoned its flight training mission and moved into the North Sea, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.  The eight-strong…

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2 Earthquake faults in the Bay Area could rupture together, causing major devastation

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 06:02 AM PDT

The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and unleash major devastation,…

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DEVELOPING: Iraqi forces steamrolling into Mosul faster than expected

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 05:47 AM PDT

Iraqi forces are “advancing faster than expected” in a major offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State jihadists, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday….

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BREAKING: Turkish air raid kills up to 200 Kurdish fighters in Syria raid

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 05:43 AM PDT

A Turkish air raid killed as many as 200 Kurdish militia members north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to the Turkish…

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Netanyahu tells Amona residents Obama is a threat to communities

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 02:02 PM PDT

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Amona residents in informal discussions that President Obama intends to harm Judean and Samarian communities before he leaves the White House,…

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25% of Millennials Say “End of the world” better than Trump or Clinton

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:57 PM PDT

One in four young Americans are so dissatisfied by US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that they would rather a meteor destroy Earth…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia warns US of “painful” and “asymmetrical” response to any new sanctions

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:52 PM PDT

Russia warned on Wednesday of “asymmetrical” and “painful” response if the United States were to place new or tougher sanctions on Russia. Russian Deputy Foreign…

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WAR DRUMS: U.S to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea ‘as soon as possible’

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:28 PM PDT

The United States will speed up deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea given the pace of North Korea’s missile tests, and it…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia Deploying Largest Naval Force Since Cold War For Syria

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:24 PM PDT

(Reported By Zero Hedge) BREAKING NEWS: Just moments ago we reported that in the latest escalation involving Syria, the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov was now…

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WAR DRUMS: U.S. Proposing Plan to Deploy Marines 60 Miles From Russia

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 11:34 AM PDT

The United States wants to deploy Marines at a base in Norway only 60 miles from Russia. If the proposal is approved by the Norwegian…

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US establishment in panic over Clinton WikiLeaks emails

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 11:12 AM PDT

The US establishment is panicking over the release of Clinton’s emails while Ecuador is afraid its UK embassy may lose internet access, said Robert Steele,…

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Satellite Feed Cut As Soon as Congressman Mentions Wikileaks on CNN

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 11:05 AM PDT

During an appearance on CNN this morning, Congressman Chris Collins’ satellite feed was cut as soon as he began talking about Wikileaks. Host Chris Cuomo…

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Ex-Witch Reveals the Ritual Satanic Abuse That Happens on Halloween

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:59 AM PDT

Ex-witch Beth says she used to love Halloween—until she connected the dots. “I really don’t like to give a lot of details about it because…

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Benghazi Victim’s Mom Will Attend the 3rd Presidential Debate as Guest of Trump

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:53 AM PDT

Pat Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, will attend the third presidential debate on Wednesday as a VIP guest of Donald Trump. Smith…

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BREAKING: ‘Suicide Bomber’ Detonates Explosive at Oakland, California Health Clinic

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:49 AM PDT

Authorities in California say a man in a wheelchair detonated a pipe bomb inside the waiting room of an east Oakland health clinic on Tuesday…

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Creepy clown posts chilling video walking through town in middle of the night

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:45 AM PDT

The creepy character has filmed himself wandering out villages as he asks people to ‘come out and play’ The self-titled Doncaster Clown has posted a…

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WAR DRUMS: Italy Deploys Troops Along Russian Border

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:38 AM PDT

Italy is going to deploy its troops along Russia’s borders. That would be funny if it weren’t so sad, especially given the fact, that in…

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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

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

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

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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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