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October 26, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 26, 2016 |

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A tractor trailer full of beer drove itself down Colorado’s I-25 last week with nobody behind the wheel. Uber Technologies Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV teamed up on the delivery, which they said is the first time a self-driving truck had been used to make a commercial shipment. With a police cruiser in tow, the 18-wheeler cruised more than 120 miles while a truck driver hung out back in the sleeper cab.

Twitter Inc., having failed to sell itself, is planning to fire about 8 percent of its workforce as the struggling social-media company prepares to go it alone for the time being.

London property prices are set to fall next year as uncertainty about Britain’s exit from the European Union damps the U.K. housing market, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Geomagnetic conditions increased early Tuesday before weakening by midday, according to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center. The event led the PJM Interconnection LLC, operator of the biggest U.S. power grid, and Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which manages high-voltage transmission lines across 15 U.S. states and one Canadian province, to issue warnings. The storms can cause voltage corrections and trigger false alarms in some power system equipment, the Boulder, Colorado-based center said. They can also create drag on satellites in low-Earth orbits, forcing course corrections and disrupting navigation and high-frequency radio signals. The storm’s aurora can sometimes be seen as far south as Illinois and Oregon.

Twenty-four percent of new homes completed in 2015 included a garage with room for three or more cars, according to census data

Facebook’s software knows your face almost as well as your mother does. And like mom, it isn’t asking your permission to do what it wants with old photos. As advances in facial recognition technology give companies the potential to profit from biometric data, privacy advocates see a pattern in how the world’s largest social network and search engine have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising. The companies insist that gathering data on what you look like isn’t against the law, even without your permission.

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.

Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a “lost cause,” US Director of National Intelligence James Clappersaid, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy. The United States has always maintained it cannot accept North Korea as a nuclear state and, under President Barack Obama, has made any talks with the North conditional on Pyongyang first making some tangible commitment towards denuclearization.

Iraqi forces were inching to within striking distance of eastern Mosul Tuesday as defense chiefs from the US-led coalition met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion.

Police in Tunisia have arrested two American citizens on suspicion of terrorist activities after finding videos and pictures praising Islamic State, a security official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is confident after speaking to his Philippine counterpart that the two countries can “work through” a period of confusion caused by anti-American rhetoric from President Rodrigo Duterte, the State Department said on Monday.

New-home sales advanced 3.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

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Russia has withdrawn a request for three warships to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta for refueling; the Spanish foreign ministry says.Spain had been coming under pressure from NATO allies not to allow the refueling of Russian warships bound for Syria.

Scientists are planning to release an army of millions of modified mosquitoes in areas of Brazil and Colombia. They say the unusual approach is an attempt to provide “revolutionary protection” against mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and chikungunya.

More than 20 people, many of them children, have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in north-western Syria, activists said.

The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court.

Thirty people have been kidnapped and killed by militants linked to so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Ghor province, officials said. An IS commander was killed during a police operation to free them and the militants killed the civilians in revenge.

Hong Kong is well-known for having some of the world’s tiniest and most expensive homes, but one landlord is offering a modern twist on its famous “coffin apartments”. Ten “space capsule” units have just come on the market in the western Sai Ying Pun district, offering a total of 24sq. ft. of living space for $658 a month.

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The number of migrants arriving at the U.S. border seeking asylum has soared dramatically in 2016 and is now about 10 times higher than it was in 2009, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Students at California State University-Chico are being treated to an educational campaign instructing them to avoid phrases like “man up” and “like a girl.” The school’s athletics department announced last week that it will participate in the “You Don’t Say” campaign at the behest of the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and has already begun hanging posters around campus admonishing students to avoid a variety of potentially-offensive words and phrases.


Top News – 10/26/2016

A $350 million skyscraper in San Francisco that’s tilting and sinking has residents worried
Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room. Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong. The 58-story building has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the “leaning tower of San Francisco.” But it’s not just leaning. It’s sinking too.

Earthquake Rattles Rome, Shaking Historic Palazzi
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 rattled a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday, just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages, killing nearly 300 people.

Earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shakes Turkmenistan
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Turkmenistan on Wednesday 11 km east of Balakabat near the Caspian Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes
Two South American metropolises are enlisting bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight Zika, in the world’s biggest test yet of an unconventional yet promising approach to quell mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia bacteria — which hinder the insects’ ability to transmit Zika, dengue and other viruses — will be widely released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Medellín, Colombia,

EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has today unveiled the European Union’s roadmap for 2017 as he struggles to save the bloc from the triple threat of mass migration, economic stagnation and Brexit. The EU Commission chief called for a “Europe that delivers” as he vowed to focus on youth unemployment, tax-dodging and green initiatives in the next calendar year.

Obama Admin Targets Soldiers’ Bonuses, Lets Bad VA Employees Keep Theirs
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the Pentagon demanded that thousands of California soldiers repay bonuses they were given to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Defense Department asked the soldiers to repay the bonuses, which amounted to $15,000 or more each, after audits revealed they were overpaid by the California National Guard.

BRINK OF WAR: UK sends TANKS, DRONES and 800 SOLDIERS to Russian border as tensions grow
The show of force comes just days after the Russian leader’s fleet passed just miles off the British coast. The British soldiers will travel to Estonia, in what is the biggest build-up on Russia’s border since the Cold War. The move will take place this spring, with Denmark and France also taking part in the huge military exercise.

Jack Chick, Gospel Tract Artist And Evangelist, Goes Home To Be With The Lord At Age 92
“Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Brother Jack Chick passed away Sunday evening, October 23, peacefully in his sleep. He was 92,” the note said. “He will be interred in a small private ceremony. Condolences can be sent to Chick Publications, and they will be taken to his widow. God bless you all.”

Hillary Clinton Tops ‘Islamist Money in Politics’ List
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has received more campaign contributions than any other U.S. politician from “individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden and ISIS,” reports the Middle East Forum think tank. “And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blindeth them that have sight, and perverteth the words of the righteous.” Exodus 23:8

Michael Moore: Here’s why Trump will win election
It’s a stunning prediction: America will deliver the “biggest ‘F— you’ ever recorded in human history” and put GOP nominee Donald Trump in the White House this November. That’s according to leftist activist and filmmaker Michael Moore, who made the statements in a fiery video clip from his latest documentary, “Trumpland.” “He is the human Molotov cocktail that they’ve been waiting for. The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them.

Why Evangelicals Calling for Trump to Withdraw Are Wrong
I am profoundly disturbed by the calls for his withdrawal. Why? Because they demonstrate a profound ignorance and naiveté regarding how our government actually functions and what is at stake. Though well intended, they are foolhardy.

Iran Revolutionary Guard unveils maritime ‘suicide’ drone
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has unveiled a new drone for use by its naval units, suggesting it could be a “suicide drone” that would crash into ships. The unveiling comes as Iranian forces have had a series of tense encounters with the US Navy.

Pope Francis the manager – surprising, secretive, shrewd
As a result, Francis believes that only by reducing the power of the curia – including surprising it on some decisions – can the 1.2 billion-member Church embrace those who have felt marginalized, such as gays and the divorced.

‘There’s no good answer’: Podesta leaks show Clinton campaign stumped by email server debacle
“There is just no good answer,” Clinton aide Philippe Reines tells Podesta in a panicked mail from March 2015 in which they discuss Clinton’s reasoning for using a private email server. The mail is sent to Podesta after New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman mailed Clinton aide Anne-Marie slaughter saying, “I have to say I am troubled by what I have read about what Hillary did.”

UNESCO resolution is a ‘disgrace to intelligent people,’ says Temple Mount archeologist
On the eve of UNESCO’s Wednesday vote in Paris to ratify a resolution denying Jewish ties to Judaism’s holiest site, Temple Mount Sifting Project co-founder and archeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay dismissed the ballot as an affront to science and history.

Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude strikes off Tonga: USGS
A 5.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck 130 kms (80 miles) northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was originally reported as 6.1 magnitude but was later downgraded by the USGS.

China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea
China will carry out military drills in the South China Sea all day on Thursday, the country’s maritime safety administration said on Wednesday, ordering all other shipping to stay away. China routinely holds drills in the disputed waterway, and the latest exercises come less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, prompting a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.

AI creates gallery of nightmare images for Halloween
If AI did not already have a bad enough reputation, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are now teaching a machine how to be terrifying. The Nightmare Machine turns normal images of faces and familiar landmarks into darker versions of themselves. Members of the public are then being invited to vote for the scariest AI-generated faces.

Syria conflict: Helicopter ‘drops bombs on Turkish-backed rebels’
A suspected Syrian government aircraft has for the first time attacked Turkish-backed rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria, Turkey says. A military statement said a helicopter dropped barrel bombs on the rebels in the village of Tal Nayif, south-east of Dabiq, killing two and wounding five. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said such attacks would not halt its operations against IS.

Calais ‘Jungle’: Fires rage across migrant camp
Fires are raging across parts of the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, three days into a French operation to demolish it. It was unclear who set the dozens of fires overnight and in the morning. The clearance began on Monday and about 4,000 migrants – out of some 7,000 – have been taken from the squalid camp to shelters around France.

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC
The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court. The ICC was set up to try the world’s worst crimes but has been accused of unfairly targeting African leaders.

In dramatic vote, UNESCO Jerusalem resolution passes with slim support
In a dramatic upset the World Heritage Committee approved Wednesday, with less than a majority vote, a resolution that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. …Assuming that consensus support, the Palestinians and the Jordanians submitted the softer version of the resolution for a vote on Wednesday. …Among the critical differences was the restoration of the Jewish terms of reference for the Western Wall

German Ammunition Sales Skyrocket Tenfold In First Half Of 2016
While the rest of the world is devolving into proxy, or even outright warfare, one nation is profiting handsomely. Germany’s ammunition exports skyrocketed in the first half of 2016, a leaked report has revealed according to Germany’s Deutsche Welle. And ironically Turkey, a country whose political relationship with Germany has deteriorated sharply over the past year – if only for popular consumption – and is currently suppressing its political opposition, has moved up the list of the country’s best customers.

Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 Percent When Premiums Go Up Next Year
The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

TRUMP on Track to Win More Black Votes Than Any GOP Candidate Since 1960
In the past month the number of black voters for Donald Trump has increased significantly. At the beginning of October 9% of African Americans supported Trump.

Top U.S. Commander Sees Tough Fight in Surprise Visit to Iraqi Base
U.S. commanders expect ISIS resistance to strengthen as Iraqi forces move closer to the strategic city of Mosul, the head of U.S. Central Command said during a surprise trip to this U.S. logistics base Tuesday night.

Denuclearizing N. Korea a ‘lost cause,’ US intel chief says
Efforts to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program and “denuclearize” the Korean Peninsula are bound to fail, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday. The United States is set to deploy its THAAD missile defense system to South Korea as soon as possible, despite opposition from China, in an effort to protect against North Korea’s pursuit of missile and nuclear technology.

Trump brand loses luster with affluent
Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of “preferred vendors” and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.


The Briefing 10-26-16

Which Hillary Clinton? Sanders and Warren vow to hold Hillary’s feet to the fire on left-wing policies

The false promise of “comprehensive sex education”: Louisville schools look to standardize sex ed

The Vatican, cremation, and worldview: What the historic Christian teaching on burial says about faith

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Obamacare Architect LAUGHS About Skyrocketing Premiums [VIDEO]

Ezekiel Emanuel stopped by “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act premium increases that will affect more than one million Americans.

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Hillary’s Climate of Hate

Just how vindictive can she be?

Only one presidential candidate has wielded the sledgehammer of government against personal enemies.

Only one presidential candidate has exploited a spouse’s public office to exact revenge on political dissenters.

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Is Halloween Evil? Why Witches, Occultists And Satanists Celebrate Halloween And Why You Should Not

halloween-pumpkin-public-domainOn October 31st, most people will simply ignore the dark side of Halloween. The vast majority of the population will dress up in costumes, go to parties and eat candy without ever even considering where the holiday came from or what certain people are doing behind closed doors. But the truth is that Halloween night is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and Satanists. All over America, those that are deep into the dark arts will be contacting the dead, casting spells and conducting blood sacrifices. As you will see below, there is a reason why animal shelters across the country ban the adoption of black cats this time of the year. But even our “innocent” Halloween traditions such as dressing up in costumes, “trick or treating” and carving jack-o’-lanterns all have their roots in ancient pagan practices. And every year the costumes for our young girls become even more sexually suggestive, the horror movies become even more demonic, and the public’s fascination with the occult just continues to grow. It truly is a festival of death, but most people don’t seem to care. In fact, experts are telling us that Halloween has now become America’s second biggest holiday. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 10/26/2016

  • Florida Once Again a Focus in 2016 Campaign (Read More)
  • Trump Has Slim Edge in Bloomberg Poll of Florida (Read More)
  • NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank (Read More)
  • Arbs Stay on Sidelines of AT&T-Time Warner Deal (Read More)
  • Holiday Forecast for Apple Crumbles (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Faces Tough OPEC Equation With Mounting ‘Exemptions’ (Read More)
  • Oil Companies Shift Exploration Tactics, Curb Spending (Read More)
  • The SEC’s Beef With Shadow Banks Could Hurt Some Businesses (Read More)
  • Calais Jungle clearance resumes, tents and shelters ablaze (Read More)
  • African Terror Franchise Now Has Competition From Islamic State (Read More)
  • Empty Space Haunts 5th Avenue as Retailers Balk at Rent Hikes (Read More)
  • Inside the battle to succeed supreme leader Khamenei (Read More)
  • Delta Creates a Class Higher Than First Class (Read More)
  • Apple Pins Hopes on iPhone 7 as Profit, Revenue Decline (Read More)
  • China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea (Read More)
  • Philippines’ Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S (Read More)
  • Tata Group in Turmoil After Chairman’s ‘Bizarre’ Ousting (Read More)
  • Ousted Tata Chief Says Group Faces $18 Billion in Writedowns (Read More)
  • Pope Francis the manager – surprising, secretive, shrewd (Read More)
  • Goldman Hopes You Won’t Notice How Many People It’s Laying Off (Read More)
  • Clouds gather in rooftop solar’s biggest U.S. market (Read More)
  • Meet the Japanese Tech Billionaire Who Says He Can Do No Wrong (Read More)
  • London House Prices Forecast to Plunge as Brexit Chokes Market (Read More)

UNESCO adopts another resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount

In dramatic vote, UNESCO Jerusalem resolution passes with slim support

UNESCO resolution is a ‘disgrace to intelligent people,’ says Temple Mount archeologist

Palestinians threaten against opposition to UNESCO Jerusalem vote

Pro-Israel organizations meets with UNESCO director-general in protest against upcoming committee resolution

Palestinian lawmaker: Boycott of Israel is our best ‘weapon’

Palestinian campaign vs Balfour shows hostility to Jewish state undimmed after 100 years

Hamas returns Arafat’s Nobel prize to PA

Anti-Abbas clashes erupt in three West Bank refugee camps

Palestinian security apparatus arrest cell planning multiple assassinations

Israeli prosecutors charge 13 people for mocking Palestinian baby’s death

PM: ‘No change yet’ as police suggest limited Temple Mt. access for MKs

Shrine to Jesus in Israel ‘robbed and vandalised’

Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE

IDF soldier injured by fire opened from Lebanon

Israel postpones choosing new ambassador to Turkey

Secret documents expose Israeli politicians, senior defense officials as KGB spies

Russia unveils ‘Satan 2’ missile powerful enough to ‘wipe out UK, France or Texas’

NATO says Russian battle group may be used against Aleppo civilians

Spain reviews plan to let Russian warships refuel en route to Syria

US official: Russia might shoot down US aircraft in Syria

Trump: Clinton’s Syria policy will lead to World War Three

Top U.S. Commander Sees Tough Fight in Surprise Visit to Iraqi Base

Iraqi Forces Evacuate 1,000 Civilians From Mosul Front Lines

Mosul battle: UN receives reports of IS atrocities

Isis seize and kills dozens in strongholds around Mosul to quell uprising

Mosul: ISIS sends ‘suicide squads’ to Iraqi stronghold

‘Sniper of Mosul’ strikes fear in hearts of ISIS fighters

US says coalition laying groundwork to retake Raqqa from ISIS

Islamic State takes control of half Iraqi town near Jordan-Syria border: sources

Afghan Officials: IS Abducts, Massacres 30 Civilians

Turkish army: Suspected Syrian government air strike kills Turkey-backed rebels

Syria conflict: Helicopter ‘drops bombs on Turkish-backed rebels’

Rights group: torture reports after failed coup in Turkey

GOP lawmakers may seek to renew Iran sanctions in November

German police carry out raids on suspected terrorist financiers

German Ammunition Sales Skyrocket Tenfold In First Half Of 2016

Man arrested after making threats to Islamic center of Southern California had guns, ammo

Michigan Township Defies Feds: ‘Will Not Actively Participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program’

Clinton’s Florida Secret Weapon: New Puerto Rican Arrivals

They crossed the border illegally, and can’t vote. But they can knock on doors.

Emails show Clinton camp scrambling over 2015 threat of Biden run

Young Jewish billionaire pledges $35m to thwart Trump

Just 4 in 10 confident vote will be counted accurately

Foreign observers ratchet up presence at US poll sites, amid interference claims

Several schools close for Election Day over fears of students’ safety

Big threat to our nation: An election-night hack

US Treasury tells banks to provide details on cyber attacks

‘Major Computer Outage’ Reported At Dozens Of DMV Field Offices

Internet Crashes Will Be Hard To Stop After Obama’s Internet Giveaway

AT&T Is Spying On Americans For Profit, New Documents Reveal

Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea

Denuclearizing N. Korea a ‘lost cause,’ US intel chief says

‘Solar Winds’ Spur Geomagnetic Storm That May Affect Power

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mawlaik, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Minor earthquake felt in East Tennessee

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

CO2 levels mark ‘new era’ in the world’s changing climate

Hacked emails reveal plan to counter Rupert Murdoch’s climate denial

UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern

Trump vows to ‘repeal and replace Obamacare’ as costs climb

ObamaCare fallout: As premiums rise, so does cost to taxpayers

Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 Percent When Premiums Go Up Next Year

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

University sells HIV testing kits in vending machine

Actor accused of sex crimes wins award, sparking outcry

Top Vatican cardinal interviewed about sexual assault allegations

Atheist billboard in Nebraska removed amid boycott threats

Rick Warren: Replace Words in the Bible to Make it All About You

Jen Hatmaker Affirms Gay Marriage – Proves She Has No Idea Who God Is

Virginia pastor, wife charged with $1.2 million congregation fraud scheme

Youth pastor charged with prostituting teen boys, drugging them with crystal meth

CCCU’s New Membership Standards Allow Pro-Gay Marriage Schools to Have Non-Voting Status

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 08:15 AM PDT

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has revised its membership standards to allow schools that recognize gay marriage to remain part of the group…

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Government hiding unprecedented TB infection rates among relocated refugees

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:37 AM PDT

More Americans might be accepting of President Barack Obama’s zealous push to flood the country with refugees from war-torn parts of the world, if only…

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Activist Seeks Punishment of Air Force Commander for Stating Jesus ‘Affects His Decisions’ in Interview

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:29 AM PDT

An activist that often works to separate God from the military is seeking the punishment of an Air Force commander who responded to a recent…

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Human Urine Eroding World’s Tallest Church Tower

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:25 AM PDT

The world’s tallest church is slowly disintegrating at its base due to human urine. Officials responsible for upkeep of the Ulm Minster Church in Ulm,…

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Reports of Mysterious Lights Seen In Arizona

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:15 AM PDT

Some people have been messaging us saying they saw some strange lights in the East Valley on Tuesday. Ashley Grayson posted on our Facebook page…

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Massive DMV Computer Outage Across CA Sparks Fears Of Election Day Attacks…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:08 AM PDT

More than 100 DMV offices across the state were impacted by a massive computer outage that started Monday. All systems are expected to be back…

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Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich go “Toe-to-Toe”!

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

There are times when words do not do complete justice to a moment. Tuesday night’s Newt Gingrich-Megyn Kelly showdown is one of those times, which…

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Alert level raised for Alaska volcano after explosion detected

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:56 AM PDT

Scientists raised the alert level for a remote Aleutian volcano on Monday after an explosion was detected on the mountain and heard by residents of…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Putin promises ‘confrontation’ if Clinton keeps up Russia talk

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:50 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a veiled threat to Hillary Clinton, saying his country will engage in “confrontation” with the US if she continues…

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An Ancient Rabbi Brings an Urgent Warning to Christian Leaders Today

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:29 AM PDT

(By Michael Brown) In the year 123 A.D., the Roman government launched a severe crackdown against the Jews, culminating in 134 A.D., when all Jewish…

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Adele urges concertgoers to vote for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:21 AM PDT

Adele told her audience at a Miami concert on Tuesday night to vote for Hillary Clinton. The presidential nominee was watching from the audience on…

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Hillary Clinton Would Ban ‘Some of the Most Popular’ Firearms in America if Elected

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:16 AM PDT

A report by the Washington Times confirms Hillary Clinton would ban “some of the most popular” firearms in America if elected to the White House….

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UNESCO adopts another resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:12 AM PDT

An important panel at the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday morning approved a controversial resolution that ignores Jewish and Christian…

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Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:04 PM PDT

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the…

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Men and women share horror stories from their experiences using a Ouija board

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:32 PM PDT

With Halloween fast approaching, people love to hear spooky stories that send shivers down their spines.  And just in time, Reddit users have taken to…

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Democrats caught stuffing ballot with campaign materials

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:22 PM PDT

When Jena Jones opened up her absentee ballot last week, there was a lot more in the envelope than she expected. In addition to actual…

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‘God’s Cartoonist’ Jack Chick Dead at 92

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:16 PM PDT

Jack Chick, the cartoonist behind Chick Tracts, died Sunday evening at age 92. Known as “God’s cartoonist,” Chick wrote and illustrated hundreds of gospel tracts…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Russians Conduct Nuclear-Bomb Survival Drills as Cold War Heats Up

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:54 PM PDT

Russian authorities have stepped up nuclear-war survival measures amid a showdown with Washington, dusting off Soviet-era civil-defense plans and upgrading bomb shelters in the biggest…

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WikiLeaks names 65 reporters in cahoots with Hillary

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:42 PM PDT

Internal strategy documents and emails among Clinton staffers shed light on friendly and highly useful relationships between the campaign and various members of the U.S….

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Mississippi High School In “Hot Water” After Baptising Football Player

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:35 PM PDT

A Mississippi high school is facing controversy after word got out that a football coach baptized one of his players. The Newton High Tigers are…

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BREAKING NEWS: IDF Strikes Hamas Posts Inside Gaza After Rocket Fire

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:22 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: Israel’s military struck what it called terror infrastructure belonging to Hamas in northern Gaza after a rocket was fired from there toward southern Israel….

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee to vote on Jerusalem resolution Wednesday

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:16 PM PDT

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will vote Wednesday on a resolution similar to the resolution ratified last week that denies Jewish and Christian ties to…

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WAR DRUMS: Nato steps up plans to send Thousands of troops to Russian border amid WW3 fears

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:09 PM PDT

NATO has been forced to step up its plans to deploy thousands more troops to the Russian border as Vladimir Putin increases the country’s war…

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College threatens police response for students wearing ‘offensive’ costumes

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:04 PM PDT

Tufts University has sent out a letter that is sure to spook Greek life students ahead of Halloween weekend. Students involved in fraternities and sororities…

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DEVELOPING: ‘Solar Winds’ Spur Geomagnetic Storm That May Affect Power

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 04:58 PM PDT

Charged particles flowing from the sun have touched off a strong geomagnetic storm across the Earth that can disrupt power grids, satellites and radio navigation…

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Michigan town votes unanimously to ban Syrian refugees…

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:00 PM PDT

Waterford Township trustees in Oakland County, Michigan, passed a resolution on Monday telling the federal government not to resettle any refugees, including those from Syria,…

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AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:54 AM PDT

On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff’s deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist’s report of human remains outside of town. They identified the…

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Russia publishes image of missile that could ‘wipe out Texas’

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:51 AM PDT

Russia has declassified the first ever image of its new thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. In May this year Sputnik, a Russian publication…

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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

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


This is the Gospel:

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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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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Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort

the-atheist-delusion-dvd_3d-1Ray Comfort recently released a new movie, “The Atheist Delusion” which is free on YouTube. The movie is an hour long and is a response to Richard Dawkins’ famous book The God Delusion.”

The movie’s description states:

Having to prove the existence of God to an atheist is like having to prove the existence of the sun, at noon on a clear day. Yet millions are embracing the foolishness of atheism. “The Atheist Delusion” pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. It introduces you to a number of atheists who you will follow as they go where the evidence leads, find a roadblock, and enter into a place of honesty that is rarely seen on film.

The Atheist Delusion is a mix of interviews on college campuses, television clips, beautiful sceneries and more.  There is a great structure to the movie and it progresses nicely to a final goal. It is tremendously interesting and it really does a good job of keeping interest throughout. It would be a fantastic movie to watch with the family, the youth group, Bible study or even the entire church. There are several reasons why watching movies like these are great for believers, here are some that come to mind.

It glorifies God

This movie encourages the watcher to be amazed by God and his creative power. It continually glorifies God and His beauty.  It is very informative about how the world is designed, how the body works and how the mind rejects Him despite the fact that He is so obvious. It causes confidence in the believer, and it evokes praise in their heart to the Lord. It also makes the believer thankful to the Lord for salvation and it pushes the believer to long for heaven. All this glorifies the Lord.

It’s encouraging to believers

I believe that ultimately apologetics ends up being more for believers than for unbelievers. What I mean is that God saves people not through evidence but through the preaching of the Word. Archaeological discoveries, scientific discoveries, and movies like these, can’t convince an unbeliever only scripture can (Romans 10:17) but it can have a great effect on the believers confidence in the Bible. In turn that believer is encouraged and more likely to share the Gospel. 

It shows that atheists aren’t as confident as they let on

Talking to an atheist can be intimidating, they seem so certain about their position, they throw science at you as if it proves evolution and Christians run away scared. This movie and others like this really have a way of giving confidence to believers. Movies like these show that atheists, and really all unbelievers, have so much doubt and are on time to time they rethink their “certainties”. There is no such thing as an atheist, and the Bible is completely true when it says that the fool says in his heart that there is no God (Ps. 14:1) and  when it says that all people know God exists but suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18).

It teaches you to ask good questions

Ray comfort is a master of asking questions. We all know how to lead someone to Christ. As many preachers have said, if you know enough to get to heaven you know enough to help someone else get there. What we are not very good at is asking good questions. Ray Comfort really does a great job of making people think and he does it by asking great questions.

It encourages evangelism

I can’t write a blog post without mentioning evangelism. This whole movie is about sharing the gospel, and to do so confidently. The movie has the effect of not only making the believer more confident in the truth found in Scripture, but it makes talking to atheists less intimidating. Everyone thinks about eternity. Everyone knows death is around the corner, and we all know that we have serious issues when it comes to our sin. Movies like these tend to remind the believer that people don’t have life figured out, and when you can get them away from others who encourage them in their unbelief, you find that you can have very profitable conversations with even the staunchest of atheists.

I highly encourage you to watch this movie and to share it with your families, and churches. I am very thankful for Ray Comfort and how the Lord has used him to encourage thousands of Christians to be confident in the Bible and to be motivated to share the Gospel.

Source: Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort

Luther’s Personal Reformation

It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.

He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was on his way home from law school, that this young man—then 21 years old—found himself in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. The lightning was so intense he thought for sure he was going to die. Fearing for his life, and relying on his Roman Catholic upbringing, he called out for help. “Saint Anne,” he cried, “Spare me and I will become a monk!” Fifteen days later, he left law school behind and entered an Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, Germany.

The fear of death prompted him to become a monk. And it was the fear of God’s wrath that consumed him for the next five years—so much so, in fact, that he did everything within his power to placate his guilty conscience and earn God’s favor.

He became the most fastidious of all of the monks in the monastery. He dedicated himself to the sacraments, fasting, and penance. He even performed acts of self-punishment like going without sleep, enduring cold winter nights without a blanket, and whipping himself in an attempt to atone for his sins. Reflecting on this time of his life, he would later say, “If anyone could have earned heaven by the life of a monk, it was I.” Even his supervisor, the head of the monastery, became concerned that this young man was too introspective and too consumed with questions about his own salvation.

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But the haunting questions would not go away.

This young monk became particularly fixated on the apostle Paul’s teaching about the “righteousness of God” in the book of Romans, and especially Romans 1:17. In that verse, Paul says of the Gospel, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’”

But this young man’s understanding of that verse was clouded. Reading it through the lens of Roman Catholic tradition, he twisted its meaning, thinking that he had to somehow become righteous through his own efforts in order to live a life of faith. But therein was the problem. He knew he was not righteous. Despite everything he did to earn God’s favor, he knew he fell short of God’s perfect standard.

And so, as he would later recount, he came to hate the phrase “the righteousness of God” because he saw in it his own condemnation. He realized that if the perfect righteousness of God is the standard (which of course it is), and if he as a sinful man could not meet that standard (which of course he couldn’t), then he stood utterly condemned. So, out of frustration and despair, he plunged himself all the more fervently into the strict practices of monastic life, trying his hardest to work his way to salvation. And he grew more and more discouraged and desperate.

So it was, five years after he became a monk, in the year 1510, that this desperate man made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. He and a fellow monk travelled to the center of Catholic thought and power—the city of Rome. If anyone could help him calm the storm that waged in his soul, surely it would be the pope, the cardinals, and the priests of Rome. Moreover, he thought that if he paid homage to the shrines of the apostles and made confession there, in that holy city, he would secure the greatest absolution possible. Surely this would be a way to earn God’s favor. The young man was so excited that when he came within sight of the city, he fell down, raised up his hands and exclaimed “Hail to thee, holy, Rome! Thrice holy for the blood of martyrs shed here.”

But he would soon be severely disappointed.

He tried to immerse himself in the religious fervor of Rome (visiting the graves of the saints, performing ritualistic acts of penance, and so on). But he soon noticed a glaring inconsistency. As he looked around him at the pope, the cardinals, and the priests, he did not see righteousness at all. Instead, he was startled by the corruption, greed, and immorality.

As the famous church historian Philip Schaff explained, the young man was

shocked by the unbelief, levity and immorality of the clergy. Money and luxurious living seemed to have replaced apostolic poverty and self-denial. He saw nothing but worldly splendor at the court of [the] Pope . . . , [and] he heard of the fearful crimes of [previous popes], which were hardly known and believed in Germany, but freely spoken of as undoubted facts in the fresh remembrance of all Romans.  . . . He was told that “if there was a hell, Rome was built on it,” and that this state of things must soon end in a collapse. (Schaff, History of the Christian Church, VI:129)

A desperate man on a desperate journey, having devoted his life to the pursuit of self-righteous legalism and finding it empty, went to Rome looking for answers. But all he found was spiritual bankruptcy.

Needless to say, Martin Luther left Rome disillusioned and disappointed. He reported that, in his opinion, “Rome, once the holiest city was now the worst.”  Not long afterward, he would openly defy the pope, calling him the antichrist; he would condemn the cardinals as charlatans; and he would expose the apostate tradition of Roman Catholicism for what it had become: a destructive system of works righteousness.

Luther’s journey to Rome was a disaster. Yet, it played a critical part in his journey to true, saving faith. A short time later, the fastidious monk discovered the answer to his spiritual dilemma: If he was unrighteous, in spite of his best efforts, how could he be made right before a holy and just God?

In 1513 and 1514, while lecturing through the Psalms and studying the book of Romans, Luther came to realize the glorious truth that had escaped him all those years before: The righteousness of God revealed in the gospel is not merely the righteous requirement of God—of which all men fall short (Rom. 3:23)—but also the righteous provision of God whereby, in Christ, God imputes Christ’s righteousness to those who believe (Rom. 5:1-2, 18).

Luther’s own remarks sum up the glorious transformation that discovery had on his heart:

At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I gave heed to the context of the words, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’” Then I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith. . . . Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open. An entirely new side of the Scriptures opened itself to me . . . and I extolled my sweetest word with a love as great as the loathing with which before I had hated the term “the righteousness of God.”

After a lifetime of guilt, after years of struggling to make himself righteous, after trying to please God on his own, and after a disappointing trip to Rome, Martin Luther finally came to understand the heart of the gospel message. He discovered justification by grace through faith in Christ; and in that moment, he was transformed.

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10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

This is a guest post by Tim Chester, coauthor of Why the Reformation Still Matters. This post is part of our 10 Things You Should Know blog series.


1. The Pope started the Reformation.

The fourteenth century was a bad time for the papacy. For a period, there were two rival popes and the papacy was under pressure from the French monarchy. It wasn’t a good time for the city of Rome either—seven successive popes abandoned Rome in favor of Avignon in France. Rome was sidelined and Saint Peter’s Basilica fell into disrepair. The popes returned to Rome in 1377 and then sorted out their divisions in 1417.

A hundred years on, things were looking up: in 1505, Pope Julius II had decided to knock down the old St Peter’s and start again. He had big plans for his own tomb and wanted a basilica to match. It was time to make Rome magnificent once again. But that didn’t come cheap, so the church embarked on a fundraising campaign. It was this campaign that brought Johann Tetzel to Germany to sell indulgences, promises of time off purgatory in exchange for cash. And so it was that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his protest against indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

2. The Reformation was about sausages.

During Lent 1522, a group of students in Zurich held a sausage-themed party. Traditionally only vegetables and fish were eaten during Lent. But they wanted change and that meant hot dogs. The city council fined the host of the party, albeit only a nominal amount. A few days later, Huldrych Zwingli, the leader of the city’s church, produced a pamphlet in support of the students. The Bible, he argued, didn’t have much to say about sausages—there was certainly nothing about eating sausages during Lent.

The Council convened a debate to decide whether Zwingli’s views matched what was taught in the Bible. Zwingli won the day. But really, he’d won before it started because the terms of the discussion assumed the authority of Scripture. And that, rather than sausages, was the real issue – though it’s reassuring to know that bacon sandwiches get the thumbs up.

3. Luther’s marriage was a bit fishy.

Catholicism’s focus was on becoming right with God through the sacraments or monastic life, but the Reformers preached that being right with God is a gift. There’s no need to do works for God’s benefit. It’s already a done deal—achieved by Christ and received by faith. And that frees you up to serve your neighbour in love.

In 1523, a group of nuns contacted Luther. Convent life made no sense, so the nuns wanted Luther to help them escape their cloistered life. Luther enlisted a merchant who regularly delivered herring to the convent. On April 5, the nuns escaped by hiding among the empty fish barrels. Their families refused to take them back, perhaps because what had just happened was still a crime under Church law. So Luther set about marrying them off—no easy matter, perhaps, since they smelled of fish!

Gradually, he found husbands for them all—all except one. No husband could be found for the ringleader, Katharina von Bora. So, somewhat against his wishes, Luther himself married her. He was forty-one and she twenty-six. It turned out to be a good match.

4. There were 97 theses before there were 95 theses.

Luther’s famous ninety-five theses were not his first stab at provoking a debate. A few weeks before, he’d posted ninety-seven theses. They included an attack on the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who’d made something of a comeback in the Medieval period. As it happens, no one took much notice of Luther’s ninety-seven theses. Yet they were much more central to the thought of the Reformation.

So, when Luther was summoned to account for his actions before his Augustinian order, it was to the themes in the ninety-seven theses that he returned. Aristotle said we become righteous by doing right acts—your identity is the result of your actions. It’s something you achieve. Luther said this gets things the wrong way around. In the gospel, our identity is a gift from God. It’s something you receive. And then our actions flow from our new identity. Unbelievers can be constrained by laws and peer pressure, but a life of wholehearted righteous living is only possible if God makes us new people.

5. The Reformation involved a rediscovery of the work of the Spirit.

In 1524, Desiderius Erasmus published an attack on Luther. Erasmus was Europe’s leading celebrity academic. Erasmus thought people already had enough power in themselves to do good. He defined free choice as “a power of the human will by which a man can apply himself to the things which lead to eternal salvation, or turn away from them.” Luther replied, “You do not realize how much you attribute to it by this pronoun ‘itself’—its very own self!—when you say it can ‘apply itself’; for this means that you completely exclude the Holy Spirit with all his power, as superfluous and unnecessary.”

As far as Erasmus was concerned, we just need to try harder. But Luther realized our problem was much more fundamental than that. Our problem is not that we’re lazy or ignorant, but that we’re sinners deep down to the very core of our being. So, if we’re ever going to please God, we need a radical inner transformation. And that’s what the Holy Spirit does.

6. The Reformation wasn’t about salvation by works—at least not quite.

There’s a version of the Reformation which says Catholics believed in salvation by works and the Reformers believed in salvation by faith, but it’s more subtle than that. In fact, Catholics talked a lot about faith and grace. They would happily say we’re saved by grace. They would happily say that righteousness comes by faith.

But grace for the Catholic Church is like a shot of adrenaline that boosts your spiritual performance. And righteousness is a God-given ability to live a righteous life—if you work at it at. Baptism gives you a kick start and the mass gives you a boost along the way, but it’s up to you to live a righteous life that will win God’s approval. So the net result is grace plus works and faith plus works.

Just to be clear, the Council of Trent says, “If anyone says, that by faith alone the ungodly are justified in such a way as to mean that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to receive the grace of Justification and that it is not necessary for a man to be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” (Canon IX)

The Council of Trent was the Catholic Church’s response to the Reformation, a response it has never repudiated. The reason this subtlety matters is that it brings the issues closer to home. Evangelicals all know we begin the Christian life by faith. But we all too easily slip into thinking we need to win God’s approval through our activities. We become more Roman Catholic than we realize.

7. The Reformation wasn’t about the authority of Scripture—at least not quite.

In his attack on Luther, Erasmus begins by talking about Scripture. “I confess it is right,” he says, “that the sole authority of Holy Scripture should outweigh all the votes of all mortal men.” So far so good. But he continues, “The authority of the Scripture is not here in dispute. . . . Our battle is about the meaning of Scripture.” He goes on to say we need the authority of the Church to determine the true meaning of Scripture.

In other words, everyone agreed with the authority of Scripture. But the Catholic Church placed Church tradition alongside Scripture and claimed the exclusive right to interpret the Bible. The Reformers, however, rejected the notion that the church establishes the authenticity of the gospel. It’s the other way round: the gospel establishes the authenticity of the church. They were happy to learn from church tradition, but when push came to shove, Scripture alone is our ultimate authority.

Again, this brings the issues closer to home. Today no evangelical rejects the authority of Scripture. But all too often we place our experience alongside Scripture or use experience to interpret Scripture—rather than the other way round.

8. The Reformation is not over.

Earlier this year I stood in Piazza Martin Lutero in Rome. Yes, they’ve named a square after Luther. In Rome. With the Pope’s blessing. Proof surely that the Reformation is over? Sadly not. It’s true that the rise of secularism means Protestants and Catholics often find themselves standing together on issues of morality and religious freedom. It’s also true that many Catholics and Protestants hold similar theological views.

But that’s because many Catholics no longer follow the official Catholic teaching and many Protestants have lost touch with their Reformation roots. But the fault lines of the Reformation have not gone away. “The Pope’s a Catholic” is the epitome of a non-news story. But, despite the PR coming out of the Vatican, in a 1985 lecture, Pope Francis claimed the Reformation underlies all the problems of Western civilization, from secularism to totalitarianism. He labeled Luther and Calvin “heretics.” Lutheranism is “a good idea gone foolish” while the “schismatic” Calvin tore apart humanity, society and the church.

9. The Reformation still matters and not just when we’re talking to Catholics.

The Reformation was always intended to be an ongoing project. One of its slogans was semper reformanda. It’s usually translated as “always reforming,” but a better translation is “always being reformed.” The church is always being reformed by God’s Word. It doesn’t describe a movement forward to some uncharted horizon, but a continual movement back to God’s Word. On justification, Scripture, preaching, grace, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, and everyday life, evangelicals have important lessons to learn from the Reformation.

10. The Reformation makes us small and Christ big.

Why was the Reformation controversial in the sixteenth century? Why does it remain controversial today? The answer, I believe, is that the Reformation (or rather the biblical gospel it rediscovered) makes us small and Christ big. At the heart of the Reformation was the realization that:

  • We are more helpless than we realize.
  • Christ is more sufficient than we realize.
  • God is more gracious than we realize.

This is what’s meant by soli Deo gloria, “to the glory of God alone.” There’s no room in Reformation theology for human boasting. No one can claim their salvation or their knowledge of God is down to their intellect, morality, or religion. It’s all of God from start and finish. That’s our great hope and confidence. Our salvation is founded on the certain promises of God and the finished work of Christ. And if it’s all of God from start to finish, then the glory goes to him alone.


Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and curriculum director of the Acts 29-Oak Hill Academy, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor of Total Church and is the author of over thirty books, including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.

Source:  10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

A Brief Look at Heaven

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In this day, there is no shortage of confusion about Heaven: it’s one of the topics of Christian theology that innumerable unbalanced and unregenerate people love to focus on (that and angels, which is highly related).  There is no shortage of fools and frauds that claim to have insight into Heaven; what it’s like, the nature of it, who goes there, etc.  Also, the last twenty years or so has produced a gaggle of I Went To Heaven books where some clown claimed to go to Heaven and get the inside scoop (every single one of those people is lying, and I explain why here).   There’s no shortage of claims about Heaven out there, and it gets prettycrazy.  Try and survive a few minutes of this barking-mad insanity, which is shockingly peddled by the New Apostolic Reformation crowd (Just kidding…I’m not shocked for a second).

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