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October 27, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 27, 2016

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High-definition, three-dimensional CT scans of luggage may soon replace static X-ray images at airports as part of a wave of new technology designed to speed up security lanes while improving detection of weapons and explosives.

Global banks will probably lose their current legal rights to provide services in the European Union after Brexit. Passporting, which allows London-based lenders and insurance companies to sell their services anywhere in the single market, is unlikely to continue after the U.K. leaves the 28-nation bloc.

Meet China’s millennials — a generation that’s more risk-taking and idiosyncratic than its predecessor. And they’re dreaming big. Having grown up in a booming economy that grew nine-fold since the turn of the century, China’s 7.5 million school leavers this year are intent on forging paths very different from their parents, who defaulted to the factory floor, construction site or staid state-sector job. More than 15 percent of respondents said they want to start their own businesses, while 8 percent aspire to take on new professions spawned by rising consumerism and the ever-increasing role the internet is playing in people’s lives. The most sought after jobs: online live-streamer or blogger, voice actor, make-up artist and game tester.

For its next act, the $3.5 trillion ETF industry wants to sell you the steady income of a dividend, the upside of a small cap and the good night’s sleep of a low-volatility stock, all at once. And they really hope you buy it. Just about every big fund provider, from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to BlackRock. and Franklin Templeton Investments, is pinning the next leg of growth on the idea.

AP Top Stories

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength and firming economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended Oct. 22.

Three in four Americans have a “great deal” of respect for their local law enforcement, according to a Gallup poll, marking the highest rate of community approval in nearly 50 years. The number has increased by 12 points since last year, with 17 percent saying they have “some” respect for police and only 7 percent saying they have “hardly any.”

Pro-immigrant protesters chained themselves together and blocked lanes on the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday, briefly halting traffic during the morning rush on the busiest U.S. bridge.

More than 1,000 people living in villages near Mosul have been evacuated to nearby camps by Iraqi Special Forces, amid reports of atrocities committed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State against civilians in recent days. About 9,000 people have been displaced since US-backed coalition forces launched an offensive on Oct. 17 to retake the ISIS-held city.

Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.

Delta Air Lines has launched a new feature that allows flyers to track their luggage using a map view. That means that when a customer wants to see the location of their bag on the map, the display will start by showing a zoomed-out map of the US as the bag travels from one airport to the next.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics, not security, and vowed to stand on Tokyo’s side over the disputed South China Sea when the time came.

With the battle for Mosul just a week old and Iraqi forces beginning to trudge to the outskirts of the Islamic State-controlled city, the Pentagon is pushing hard for a wider offensive that will target the Syrian city of Raqqa in the coming weeks. And the lethal Joint Special Operations Command (or JSOC) is playing a key role.

Venezuela’s increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests.

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose more than expected in September, another sign of the underlying momentum in the housing market.

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Between 800 and 900 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, a top US general said. Up to 5,000 IS fighters were thought to be in Mosul before the assault began.

Historic buildings in central Italy have been badly damaged by two strong earthquakes that forced hundreds of residents out of their homes. It was “miraculous” no deaths had been reported.

The Pentagon is suspending plans to collect bonuses that were given to California National Guard veterans in error.

Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia.

South Korea, Japan and the US have agreed to work together to increase pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

The UK’s service sector helped the economy to grow faster than expected, 0.5% in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated.

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The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after it investigated what he said in his church.

Support for a so-called assault weapons ban in the U.S. just hit a record low of 36 percent, according to a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday.


Top News – 10/27/2016

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say
Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens. A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence.

Is FBI Director James Comey a ‘Dirty Cop’?
Is James Comey, the Director of the FBI, a “dirty cop”? According to many agents in the FBI and outside analysts and prosecutors, he is. The fact of the matter is that Comey did things in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server that no other Director of the FBI would have allowed.

Vladimir Putin can do anything he likes in Syria – the West doesn’t care enough to stop him
Vladimir Putin has exploited Barrack Obama’s weakness on this issue like Rafael Nadal sending a lowly ranked tennis player scurrying to and fro across the court, steadily dragging him out of position before sending down a blistering winner into an empty space.

‘Europe is SERIOUSLY ILL’ Deutsche Bank demands £133BILLION slush fund from EU taxpayers
The news comes after British CEO John Cryan today warned of rapid restructuring as the bank posted a two per cent profit amid its weakening position. According to German media, David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank’s Chief Economist, said a €150bn (£133bn) pot of cash could be enough to recapitalise the banks. In a bizarre interview Mr Folkerts-Landau said “Europe is seriously ill” and demanded the EU look at bending new rules to avoid disaster.

Trump Tells GOP Jerusalem Rally He’ll “Make US, Israel Safe Again”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a rally in Jerusalem held by Republican supporters he will make “America and Israel safe again.”

YouTube bans ‘Clinton’s black son’
The YouTube decision blocked the nine-minute feature “BANISHED – The Untold Story of Danney Williams,” which had received 1.2 million views since Williams posted it last week. Produced by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, it drew nearly 100,000 views per day and more than 1,000 viewer comments, with the overwhelming majority expressing support for Williams and outrage at the Clintons for not being willing to allow a DNA test to determine paternity.

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS TODAY
Minor (G1) to moderate (G2) geomagnetic storms are likely on Oct. 27th as Earth continues to move through a fast-moving stream of solar wind. Polar sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.

Jerusalem reference found on ancient wine ledger
Israeli archaeologists have discovered an ancient wine ledger they believe contains the earliest written reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) seized the 2,700-year-old papyrus from thieves who had taken it from a desert cave near the Dead Sea. Two lines in Hebrew detail the shipment of wine from the king’s household.

Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs highway near Medellin
A landslide on a major highway in Colombia has killed at least six people, officials said. On Wednesday Tonnes of earth engulfed the main highway leading north from Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellin. The mud from the mountainside covered an area the size of two football fields and buried two cars, a lorry and two motorbikes, rescue workers said.

Italy earthquakes: Bad weather hampers rescue efforts
Bad weather has been hampering rescue efforts in central Italy after two strong earthquakes damaged buildings and injured dozens of people. Hundreds of residents spent the night in cars and emergency shelters after Wednesday’s quakes, but officials said the situation was not “catastrophic”. No deaths have been reported. Historic buildings have collapsed, and one mayor said his town was “finished”.

EU-Canada trade deal: Belgians break Ceta deadlock
Belgian political leaders have reached a consensus in support of the Ceta trade deal between the EU and Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel has said. He said “an agreement” was found after the latest round of negotiations with Belgium’s French-speaking communities who had been holding up the deal. A signing ceremony on Thursday was cancelled after the region of Wallonia vetoed the agreement.

Palestinian rivals, Mideast regional powers growing uneasy with Abbas
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah party and with the rival Hamas movement, amid growing concerns about whether Palestinian democracy is under threat. Neighboring states…fear the festering divisions could lead to conflict…

Jews blamed for Holocaust in UK event slammed by Israeli embassy
An event at the British Parliament’s House of Lords on Tuesday night apparently set the stage for accusations blaming the Jews for the Holocaust. In a video…by Spokesperson of the Israeli Embassy in London Yiftach Curiel, an unnamed speaker at at the event can be heard suggesting that an anti-German protest by a US rabbi had provoked Hitler’s decision to carry out the genocide of the Jews.

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.

Italy earthquakes: Tremors shake buildings and down power lines following ‘apocalyptic’ quakes
Two powerful earthquakes have today rocked central Italy after they struck within the space of two hours. Several buildings including churches are believed to have been damaged, a major motorway was closed and residents fled their homes in scenes described as “apocalyptic”.

Syria airstrikes kill as many as 22, mostly children, outside school
Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists and rescue workers said.

ISIS leaders may flee Mosul as their ranks are decimated
US military officials expect that senior leaders of ISIS may try to flee Mosul, the capital of ISIS’ self-styled caliphate in Iraq, as their control of the city comes under attack from Iraqi forces, backed by the US.

Putin Tried To Warn Us About Syria Three Years Ago, But Nobody Listened
As Russia and the United States approach arguably the most dangerous crossroads in history — and as Western media continues to crucify Russia for its actions within Syria — a closer look at the rationale Putin used for intervening in the Syrian war paints a sane explanation of how we ended up at this juncture of a global conflict.

Caught On Tape: ISIS Destroys Abrams Tank With Anti-Tank Missile
With so much chatter about ‘cyber-war’, we thought a gentle reminder of what real ‘kinetic-war’ looks like… A Russian-made anti-tank missile reportedly obliterated a US-made Abrams tank involved in the offensive on the terrorist-held city of Mosul, Iraq. Footage of the alleged incident was released by ISIS’ propaganda channel.

VIDEO: Hillary grips aide’s hand — to climb one step
Hillary Clinton needed a helping hand to trek up a single step during a visit in Florida today. Clinton was outside to greet supporters in Lake Worth when she attempted to stand on a small riser. She needed assistance to get onto it as she could be seen reaching her hand out for a boost or some added steadiness.


 The Briefing 10-27-16

By failing to address America’s astronomical national debt, we are stealing from the next generation

From the terminally ill to the mentally ill: Europe’s ever-expanding euthansia laws

Canadian doctor helps 94-yr-old commit suicide who wasn’t terminally ill but feared he was a burden

Denying coverage for terminal illness, insurance offers California mother suicide pills—for $1.20

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Let’s Be Clear – A Vote For Warmonger Hillary Clinton Is A Vote For World War 3

World War IIIIf you want to see war without end, vote for Hillary Clinton. It is tremendously ironic that Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media have attempted to portray Donald Trump as “dangerous” and “temperamental”, because it is Clinton that actually has a long history of being emotionally unstable. She has a temper that is absolutely legendary, and she has been cussing out the men and women in her security detail for decades. Hillary Clinton played a key role in starting the civil war in Syria, thanks to her Libya is a post-apocalyptic wasteland today, and now she is picking a fight with the Russians before she has even won the election. Of all the candidates there were running for president this election cycle, there was nobody that was even close to as dangerous as Hillary Clinton, and if she wins the election I am fully convinced that World War 3 will begin before her time in the White House is over. (Read More…)


Get Ready For Civil Unrest: Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Concerned About Election Violence

city-abstract-public-domainCould we see violence no matter who wins on November 8th?  Let’s hope that it doesn’t happen, but as you will see below, anti-Trump violence is already sweeping the nation.  If Trump were to actually win the election, that would likely send the radical left into a violent post-election temper tantrum unlike anything that we have ever seen before.  Alternatively, there is a tremendous amount of concern on the right that this election could be stolen by Hillary Clinton.  And as I showed yesterday, it appears that voting machines in Texas are already switching votes from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.  If Hillary Clinton wins this election under suspicious circumstances, that also may be enough to set off widespread civil unrest all across the country. (Read More….)


Top Headlines – 10/27/2016

  • Clinton Foundation’s Fundraisers Pressed Donors to Steer Business to Former President (Read More)
  • Democrats ask judge to sanction Republicans over Trump (Read More)
  • Inside the Trump Bunker, With 12 Days to Go (Read More)
  • U.K. Growth Shows an Economy Resilient to Brexit (Read More)
  • Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors for about $47 billion including debt (Read More)
  • OPEC May Need Help to End the Global Oil Glut (Read More)
  • Russia denies its warships will join Aleppo bombardment (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Posts Surprise Profit on Trading Jump, Cost Drop (Read More)
  • Barclays Posts 35% Jump in Profit on Bond-Trading Revenue (Read More)
  • At Iraqi village, victory is fraught with risks in Mosul offensive (Read More)
  • EU puts more Syrian military, senior officials under sanctions (Read More)
  • Belgium Agrees Deal to Back EU-Canada Trade Pact (Read More)
  • Twitter to Cut Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows (Read More)
  • Tsipras Attacks Greek Court After Judges Cry Foul Over Sex Leak (Read More)
  • Harvard Endowment Called ‘Lazy, Fat, Stupid’ in Internal Report (Read More)
  • Goldman’s Multifactor Robots: A Post-Human Guide to Investing (Read More)

New UNESCO resolution ignores Judaism’s connection to Temple Mount

UNESCO vote ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount a ‘blood libel,’ says Herzog

After 2nd anti-Israel vote, PM recalls envoy to UNESCO

Knesset speaker asks Vatican to help fight UNESCO decisions

Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’

As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

Police willing to lift ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount

Haredi MK to Netanyahu: ‘Keep ban on Temple Mount visits’

Rivals, regional powers grow uneasy with Palestinian leader

Palestinian kids, 8, detained with knives outside settlement

Shin Bet nabs Israeli resident planning multiple terror attacks

Trump tells Jerusalem rally he’ll ‘make Israel, US safe again’

Trump’s Israel adviser says settlements not illegal

Jerusalem to approve new construction

Russians conduct nuclear-bomb survival drills as Cold War heats up

Russia reportedly tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead

Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east

U.K. to Send Formidable Force to Eastern Europe

‘This is our continent’: Britain to deploy drones & tanks to Estonia

Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports

Russian armada enters Mediterranean ahead of beefed-up Syria blitz, US officials say

Russian warships, likely headed to Syria, withdraw refueling request in Spain

Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar

Russia: Syrian Foreign Minister to hold Moscow talks on Aleppo this week

UN chief calls security council’s failure on Aleppo ‘our generation’s shame’

Syria conflict: Schoolchildren killed in Idlib air raids

Assad’s allies warn Turkey against any Aleppo advance

Jihadists shave beards, change hideouts as Iraqis near Mosul

Captured battlefield cellphones, computers are helping the U.S. target and kill Islamic State’s leaders

ISIS leaders may flee Mosul as their ranks are decimated

Group: ISIS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

IS executes dozens of prisoners near Mosul, officials say

ISIS Burns 6 Men Alive in Bakery, Uses Dough Mixer to Kill 250 Children

ISIS-aligned group takes Somali town

Warning of ISIS Plots Against West, U.S. Plans Assault on Raqqa

Oil fires started by IS outside Mosul turn sheep black

IMF, US Treasury Chiefs Visit Gulf Amid Oil Price Slowdown

Moscow to host Iran, Syria ministers for war talks

Iran Revolutionary Guard unveils maritime ‘suicide’ drone

The ransom effect? Iran handing down harsh sentences for Iranian-Americans after swap

Nigerian Middle Belt State: 800+ Christians Killed, 800+ Injured, 100+ Churches Destroyed

After fire rages, French officials declare ‘jungle’ migrant camp closed

Terrorism possible in Virginia shooting at hands of Kenyan refugee, police say

In first, US, Israel abstain on UN vote against Cuba embargo

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Hit With Federal Contempt Charge

Immigration protest shuts down upper lanes of George Washington Bridge during rush hour commute

Sanctuary city illegal immigrant sparks $61M fire in national forest

Feds: 275,000 born to illegals in one year, would fill city the size of Orlando

Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Into US Ahead Of Election

Trump promises ‘new deal for Black America’

Justice Clarence Thomas: Nation’s capital is ‘broken’

Investigation Finds People Voting Twice In Colorado

Texas voters claim machines switching their votes

Texas County Switches to Paper Ballots after Software Glitch

Media pays little attention to escalating attacks, thousands of threats against Trump supporters

Goldman Sachs: Don’t expect Brexit-type surprise in presidential race

The FBI’s Clinton Probe Gets Curiouser – New evidence of a conflict of interest and a double standard

‘There’s no good answer’: Podesta leaks show Clinton campaign stumped by email server debacle

Emails show Clinton campaign expressed concerns about Sanders’ rise

‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: Email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich

Obama steers clear as North Dakota pipeline protests veer out of control

Carter suspends Pentagon’s demand of the return of cash bonuses to California soldiers

Thousands take to the streets in Venezuela in protests against socialist government

Venezuela: Opposition Escalates as Anti-Maduro Protests Turn Violent

Future of TV could be pills that make people hallucinate television shows, Netflix boss says

Google’s neural networks invent their own encryption

Is Facebook’s Facial-Scanning Technology Invading Your Privacy Rights?

Sweden bans drones with cameras

British UFO investigator found dead after ‘vomiting black liquid,’ sending chilling text message to mother

Investigator claims ‘UFO wreckage’ is evidence aliens visited the Earth 250,000 years ago

Signals from space aliens? Scientists disagree

‘Sinking’ San Francisco High-Rise Sparks Fears Among Residents

Radioactive leak at Norway nuclear reactor

Two powerful earthquakes hit Italy near site of deadly August quake

Earthquake Rattles Rome, Shaking Historic Palazzi

Panic, but few injuries, as Italy quakes crumble buildings

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Balkanabat, Turkmenistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Ascension Island region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tingo Maria, Peru

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcano in Colombia erupts to 36,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Hurricane Seymour Beginning to Weaken Quickly After Reaching Category 4 Strength in the Eastern Pacific

Andhra Pradesh on alert as Cylone Kyant nears, to spare Odisha

Flood kills 1 in western Indonesia

Farmers on edge as northeastern US drought puts crops in jeopardy

Americans More Scared of Clowns than Climate Change

Chinese officials ‘interfered’ with air pollution data: media

World wildlife ‘falls by 58% in 40 years’

The long, twisted shadow cast by Nazi medical experiments

ObamaCare premium hikes fuel Trump, GOP case in key swing states

Health law tax penalty? I’ll take it, millions say

Haiti cholera scandal: US bolsters UN wall of denial, legal investigator says

Mosquitos to be infected with bacteria in fight against Zika virus

Gene study clears ‘Patient Zero’ as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

California STD cases reach 20-year high – increases outpace rest of U.S.

Female gamer says she was sexually assaulted in virtual reality

In first, rabbi stripped of title over sexual harassment claims

In haunted Salem, a Jewish church founder preaches the art of ‘Satanic’ social change

Have you heard that Israeli leaders are urging Jews to read through the entire Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter? Amazing, but true.

Georgia Demands Pastor Surrender Sermons After Filing Federal Religious Discrimination Claim

State of Georgia Demands Pastor Turn Over Sermons

Wacky Church Under Fire Over ‘Miracle Cure’ for Autism

How Churches Kept Dallas From Exploding After a Gunman Killed 5 Police Officers

German school forces children to chant ‘Allahu Akbar’…

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 08:24 AM PDT

Pupils at a primary school were forced to chant “Allahu Akhbar” and “there is no God but Allah”, an appalled father has claimed. The father…

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Britain’s First Ever Christmas Coin Features Jesus In Nativity Scene

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 08:16 AM PDT

An Anglican bishop in Wales has designed the Royal Mint’s first official UK Christmas coin. Bishop of St Asaph Gregory Cameron, besides being a keen…

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George Soros reveals election results on leaked tape

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:59 AM PDT

In recent weeks, Democrats have attempted to paint Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump as a lunatic for claiming that the election is going to…

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LIVING THE DREAM: Muslim Migrant with Four Wives and 23 Children Receives $390,000 a Year in Benefits

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:44 AM PDT

A Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Germany, along with his four wives and 23 children, is now reportedly receiving 360 thousand euro ($390,000)…

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Texans Shatter Turnout Records in First Day of Voting

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:42 AM PDT

Texans turned out in record numbers on the first day of early voting for the 2016 General Election. Harris County led the way with over…

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Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Bon Jovi to Hold Concerts for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:12 AM PDT

Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez are staging concerts around the country in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the…

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Immigration Protesters Block Rush Hour Traffic on George Washington Bridge

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:06 AM PDT

Traffic on the world’s busiest bridge was brought to a near standstill Wednesday morning as a group of 10 immigration rights activists blocked motorists from…

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Tomb Of Jesus Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:03 AM PDT

For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the…

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Detroit Airport Now Taking 10 Fingerprints, Iris Scan, High-Res Photo Of Face…

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 06:59 AM PDT

Metro Detroit Airport now has a new way to allow people to move seamlessly through airport security. It’s called CLEAR and it’s now in operation…

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Premature Baby Smiling 5 Days After Birth Goes Viral

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:44 PM PDT

A touching and inspiring photo showing a premature baby with a big smile on her face has gone viral after being shared on Facebook. The…

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American Israelis casting their ballots for Trump

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:35 PM PDT

Yael Kaner grew up in a left-leaning home in Massachusetts during the 1960s and 1970s. “I was brought up Democratic. That was my family’s tradition,”…

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Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Concerned About Election Violence

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:22 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Could we see violence no matter who wins on November 8th? Let’s hope that it doesn’t happen, but as you will…

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WAR DURMS: US official Warns That Russia might shoot down US aircraft in Syria

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:19 PM PDT

Russia could shoot down a U.S. aircraft if a no-fly zone were imposed over Syria, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put…

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10 Army Soldiers Request Recognition as Opposite Gender Following Lift on Open ‘Transgender’ Ban

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:00 PM PDT

10 Army soldiers have come forward to request recognition as the opposite gender following a move by the U.S. Department of Defense to lift the…

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Wild Elk Spotted in South Carolina for First Time Since 1700s

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:52 PM PDT

A wild elk has been spotted in South Carolina for the first time in 275 years, officials say. The bull elk was likely kicked out…

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‘Why isn’t President Obama fighting anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions?’

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:45 PM PDT

A week after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ratified a resolution negating the Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Western…

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Russia reportedly tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:37 PM PDT

Russian strategic missile troops reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile on Tuesday. The launch may have been a test of the advanced hypersonic glider warhead,…

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Microchip Implants Being Marketed As Human Body Enhancements

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:26 PM PDT

Microchipping of animals for medical and tracking experiments has gradually become acceptable, but humans? Whoa, not so fast! Privacy proponents, conspiracy theorists and faith-based groups…

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Wikileaks Reveal That Obama Sought Muslims for Top White House Jobs

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 02:19 PM PDT

The newest batch of John Podesta emails from WikiLeaks shows President Barack Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim and Asian candidates for administration jobs….

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3 Maine Women Face Theft Charges for Stealing Dozens of Trump Signs

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 02:08 PM PDT

Three Maine women have been charged with theft for stealing dozens of Donald Trump signs. Police say Elizabeth Stothart, Martha Murdick and Heidi Kendrick were…

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WAR DRUMS: NATO Gathering Allies To Confront Russia

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:53 PM PDT

NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for…

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State of Georgia Demands Pastor Turn Over Sermons and Notes

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:49 PM PDT

The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public…

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Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:42 PM PDT

God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday in a…

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WAR DRUMS: Britain sends soldiers, tanks to Russian border, Largest Deployment since Cold War…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:31 PM PDT

Britain is sending hundreds of soldiers and hardware to Russia’s borders as part of a huge military deployment. A total of 800 troops, drones and…

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Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandalized With Sledgehammer

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:26 PM PDT

Donald Trump took a lot of hits today, and not just in the Presidential race. With less than two weeks to go before America decides…

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Second Powerful 6.1 Aftershock rattles Italy after 5.4, Shakes Colosseum and Pantheon…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:22 PM PDT

A pair of powerful aftershocks shook central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets…

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Strong 5.6-magnitude Earthquake Strikes central Italy, felt in Rome

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 10:37 AM PDT

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit a rural region of central Italy on Wednesday evening, with the impact felt as far away as Rome. The emergency services…

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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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A Look At The RACIST Democratic Party Since the Civil War

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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As a Jew, I was born into the Democratic Party. Most Jews are. It seems that this is true in Black families as well. When a Jew or a Black changes parties and becomes Republican or just plain Conservative, they are disparaged and vilified to the point of being shunned by family and communities.

My mother was so much more upset at the fact that I had become a Conservative, than knowing that I believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior!

I ran across a great website – the article is from 2012, but absolutely needs to be read by Blacks across our nation. Many of them are finally waking up to reality, but sadly many are still so duped.

I am going to print this article in its entirety. Please share this with all of your black friends, neighbors and co-workers before they go into the polling places and…

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Holiness and Halloween

As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

Watch Jamie Jackson’s interview with Dr. Nathan Busenitz concerning how Christians should think about Halloween.

To be honest, I would much rather talk about Reformation Day than Halloween. But most of American society does not share my passion for church history. For them, October 31st is all about Halloween traditions and festivities.

Due to its pervasive nature in American culture, Christians often wonder how they should respond to this October holiday. Is it permissible for believers to participate in certain activities related to Halloween, or should they try to avoid it completely?

In answering such questions, I believe there are two primary considerations Christians ought to keep in mind.

1. First, believers should avoid any activity that is prohibited by Scripture. Consequently, they ought to abstain from anything that smacks of immorality, debauchery, or Satanic worship.

Though some Halloween traditions have pagan roots, American culture has largely turned Halloween into a secular (i.e. non-religious) holiday. Even so, Christians ought to apply biblical discernment carefully as they consider to what extent they will participate in any Halloween-related activities.

In our unbelieving society, there are those who use Halloween as an opportunity to celebrate sexual sin, drunkenness, grotesque depravity, and even demonic activity. Because Scripture clearly forbids those things, Christians should have nothing to do with anything that promotes or induces such behavior.

As believers, we are called to flee from the sinful deeds of darkness, not revel in them. So any type of Halloween costume, activity, or party that celebrates those things should be totally avoided. Many Scripture passages could be cited to make this point. Ephesians 5:8–12 is one such place:

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

The Scriptural mandate is unmistakable: Stay far away from anything that is idolatrous or immoral (cf. Rom. 13:12–14; Gal. 5:19–21; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thess. 1:9; 4:3–8; 1 Pet. 4:3–6; etc.).

It should also be noted that, as believers, we do not share our culture’s morbid fascination with fear and death, because in Christ we have been set free from bondage to such things (Heb. 2:15). Consequently, Christians should not join with our unbelieving society in celebrating violent, ghoulish, or macabre themes. Moreover, our culture’s preoccupation with the “spooky” and the “scary” desensitizes their hearts and diverts their attention away from that which is truly terrifying: namely, the judgment of God that awaits all who die apart from Christ (Heb. 9:27; 10:31).

On the other hand, not every tradition associated with Halloween in American culture is inherently evil. For example, there is nothing in Scripture that forbids children from dressing up in innocent costumes and gathering candy from well-meaning neighbors. So how should Christians think about those kinds of things?

That brings me to a second point:

2. When it comes to those things not specifically prohibited in Scripture, Christians ought to apply biblical principles in order to make wise, God-honoring decisions.

A great place to find these principles is in passages like Romans 14–15 and 1 Corinthians 8–10, where the apostle Paul gives instruction to those who were wondering if it was acceptable for believers to eat food offered to idols. These principles are often discussed under the category of Christian liberty.

Though the situation is not a direct parallel, the principles Paul articulates in these passages provide a helpful paradigm for applying biblical wisdom to these kinds of situations.

The foremost of these principles might be stated in the form of three questions:

A) Will participating in this activity dishonor Christ? In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul wrote, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The implications of that statement are universal and all-encompassing. Stated negatively, Christians should not participate in anything that would bring dishonor or reproach on the name of Christ.

Stated positively, believers should only do that which can be done for God’s glory. We should not merely attempt to avoid His disapproval, but should actively seek to please Him in all we do (2 Cor. 5:9). Consequently, as we think about how to approach Halloween or any other holiday, we ought to be looking for opportunities to serve Him and advance the truth of His gospel.

B) Will participating in this activity violate my conscience? In these same chapters, Paul makes it clear that it is a sin to violate one’s conscience (cf. Rom. 14:22–23; 1 Cor. 8:7). So, if an activity—even one that some believers might find acceptable—violates a person’s conscience, that person should avoid it.

C) Will participating in this activity tempt fellow believers to sin? Paul emphasizes that believers need to be careful, in practicing their Christian liberty, not to cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble (1 Cor. 8:12–13). In other words, we need to be aware of the fact that other Christians might have more sensitive consciences than we do. Accordingly, we should avoid putting them in situations where—by following our example—they might fall into sin by violating their conscience.

A friend of mine who works in the Spanish ministry at our church recently helped me think about the implications of this principle within a multi-ethnic environment. For non-Hispanic Americans, it can be easy to think about Halloween only through the lens of secular American culture. But for many believers from Latin American backgrounds, October 31st is closely associated with the Day of the Dead and its clearly unbiblical practices. As a result, these believers might find the celebration of Halloween to be a stumbling block, even if other Americans would not.

By simply being aware of those kinds of cultural issues, especially in multicultural church contexts, Christians can demonstrate biblical sensitivity and love to fellow believers from ethnic backgrounds that are different than their own.

It is also important to note, of course, that many churches offer excellent alternatives to Halloween—from Reformation Day celebrations to Harvest Festivals to things like AWANA’s Fairmont Fair. In other words, choosing not to celebrate Halloween does not require turning out the lights and sitting quietly in the back room of the house hoping no one rings the doorbell.

Nonetheless, in answer to the question—“Is it permissible for Christians to participate in any Halloween-related activities?” —the bottom line is this: By avoiding that which is sinful and by applying biblical wisdom to that which is not (using biblical principles like the three delineated above), believers can approach the Halloween season in a way that is both faithful to God’s Word and filled with wholesome fun for them and their families.

For a longer and more detailed article addressing this same issue, I gladly recommend Grace to You’s treatment which can be read by clicking here.

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Why Prophecy?

Dr. Ed Hindson, a guest on The John Ankerberg Show recently said,

“Bible Prophecy is not written to scare us.
Bible prophecy is written to prepare us.”
 

I have never felt we need to be prepared more that I do now.  People I talk with are afraid and uncertain about the future.  Because I believe studying prophecy is essential to our living with hope and certainty in uncertain times, I wrote a brief article entitled Why is prophecy important? that I would love to share with you.

Many people are scared to study prophecy, while others just simply don’t see the importance of it.  Did you know that of the 31,124 verses in the Bible, 8,352 contain prophetic material? That means that 27% of the entire Bible contains prophetic material.

I would like to encourage you not to be fearful of Bible prophecy but instead, choose to be prepared in these uncertain times.  Please take the time to read this article – it will only take a few minutes.  I believe you will benefit greatly from it. 

Click HERE to READ Why is Prophecy Important?

Albert Mohler Blog: “How Will We Live Now? Francis Schaeffer’s “How Should We Then Live” After 40 Years”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on Francis Schaeffer’s book How Should We Then Live? forty years after its initial publication. Mohler writes:

“Schaeffer perceived the presuppositions of the looming humanistic and secular worldview as showing up first in art and high culture. He was right. While most evangelicals were watching Gunsmoke and taking their kids to the newly opened Walt Disney World, Schaeffer was listening and watching as a new worldview was taking hold of the larger culture.”

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