October 29-30, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 10/29/2016

‘You Don’t Have to Like Her’: Oprah Winfrey Endorses Clinton for President on T.D. Jakes Show   Oct 26, 2016 02:00 pm

jakes-compressedTalk show host Oprah Winfrey recently appeared on the “T.D. Jakes Show,” where she urged viewers to vote for Hillary Clinton, stating that “you don’t have to like her” to vote for her. During the broadcast, Jakes, leader of the Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, asked Winfrey how the country can be unified rather than divided. “We have focused so…

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Activist Seeks Punishment of Air Force Commander for Stating Jesus ‘Affects His Decisions’ in Interview   Oct 25, 2016 11:50 am

kerstenINCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — 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 interview question that Jesus is his guide and influences his decisions. The Incirlik Air Base in Turkey published the interview last month on its website, which recently decided to feature new…

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Judge Says Mother Caused ‘Significant Emotional Harm’ to Boy in Treating Him as Girl   Oct 27, 2016 05:41 pm

little-girls-dress-with-decoration-compressedLONDON — A judge in the United Kingdom has declared that a mother caused her male child “significant emotional harm” by treating him as a female now that he has shown interest in masculine activities after being removed from the woman’s custody. According to reports, the seven-year-old boy, who is only being identified as “J”, had been living with his mother…

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Legal Challenge Dropped After Court Declares Gender Identity Laws Don’t Apply to Churches   Oct 27, 2016 07:01 am

church-hymnals-compressedDES MOINES, Iowa — A legal challenge that had been filed against the Iowa Human Rights Commission over its interpretation of local laws pertaining to gender identity has been dropped after a federal judge noted that churches are not generally considered places of public accommodation by the courts. “This lawsuit was necessary to ensure that the state won’t…

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Students ‘Appalled’ by Catholic University’s Decision to Forbid Pro-Life Poster   Oct 24, 2016 09:37 am

Photo credit: TwitterPhoto credit: Twitter CHICAGO – The largest Catholic university in the U.S. prevented an on-campus organization from displaying a pro-life poster, suggesting that the message was “provocative” and “hurtful.” DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, founded in 1898. Although the university celebrates its “Catholic character” in its…

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Iranian Pastor Imprisoned for Spreading Christianity Now Free   Oct 23, 2016 04:06 pm

IraniTEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian pastor who has been behind bars for the past five years has been set free, various sources report. As previously reported, Behnam Irani, who leads the 300-member Church of Iran in Karaj, was initially detained in 2006 while holding a Bible study and given a suspended five-year sentence. He was arrested again in 2010 for “action against…

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Man Who Identifies as Woman Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism at Idaho Target   Oct 26, 2016 11:43 am

Smith Mugshot-compressedAMMON, Idaho — An Idaho man who identifies as a woman has plead guilty to a charge of felony voyeurism after he recorded video footage of a teenager trying on a swimsuit in a Target fitting room. Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was to go before a jury within days, but on Oct. 17, he unexpectedly entered a guilty plea of “Video…

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Obama Admin Appeals Nationwide Ban on Policy Allowing Male Students in Girls’ Restrooms   Oct 24, 2016 04:59 pm

Toilet1WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a notice of appeal a judge’s preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of the government’s recent restroom directives for public schools, particularly surrounding those with gender dysphoria. “Please take notice that Defendants, the United States of America; the United States Department of Education; the…

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‘He Died a True Christian’: Syrian Woman Tells Story of Son Who Died Refusing to Deny Faith in Christ   Oct 28, 2016 03:07 pm

assaf-compressedA Syrian woman recently shared the heartwrenching story of the death of her 18-year-old son, who was shot and killed by ISIS-aligned militants after he refused to deny his faith in Christ. Alice Assaf of Adra al-Ummaliya near Damascus told her story to Dr. Yvette Elbayadi Isaac of the American human rights group Roads of Success, which posted the interview…

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Roy Moore, Attorney Walk Out Over Objections to Using Retired Rather Than Sitting Judges for Appeal   Oct 28, 2016 12:06 pm

moore-attorney-compressedMONTGOMERY, Ala. — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his attorney walked out of the state Supreme Court on Thursday in objection to officials ignoring their motion to recuse Acting Chief Justice Lynn Stuart and others from participating in the selection of judges for Moore’s appeal, and that the judges be active and not retired. “We have a motion…

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The FBI’s October Surprise Is Devastating for Hillary Clinton

In light of the FBI re-opening its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, David French of National Review wonders if Democrats will ask Mrs. Clinton to step aside for the good of the country.  French writes:

hillary-clinton-2On Friday afternoon, the FBI uncorked the mother of all October surprises, announcing in a letter to Congress that it has re-opened its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s “personal email server.” The reason? During an “unrelated investigation”* it uncovered e-mails that “appear to be pertinent” to Clinton’s case. It is seeking to determine whether the e-mails contain classified information and can’t yet determine their significance.

Stripped of the legalese, it means that Hillary is back in legal jeopardy. The FBI doesn’t investigate and recommend enforcement actions against computer servers. It holds people accountable, and Hillary is the person most responsible for her own e-mail. I have three initial thoughts.

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Top News – 10/30/2016

6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy
A strong earthquake in Italy’s Umbria region destroyed a centuries-old basilica that was built at the birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica early Sunday. No deaths were reported from the quake, which followed a series of smaller temblors.

Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts more media in post-coup crackdown
Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July. Thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed through a new emergency rule decree…late on Saturday while 15 media outlets, almost all of which reported from the largely Kurdish southeast, were shut down.

US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave
The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns. In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi
A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday. A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

ABC/Wapo Effectively Admit To Poll Tampering
Just yesterday we wrote about the very curious ABC / Wapo poll which seemed to show Hillary’s blow-out 12-point lead from last Sunday get cut in half in a matter of just two days…Ironically, these new results do not reflect the latest FBI bombshell as polling was concluded on October 27th and it still includes an 8-point sampling advantage for democrats.

Yemen conflict: Dozens killed as air strikes hit prison in Hudaydah
Dozens of people have been killed at a Yemeni prison complex in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, reports say. Strikes hit a building used as a prison in the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in the western port of Hudaydah, security and medical officials say. The city is under the control of Houthi rebels, who have been battling the government since 2014.

Italy quake: Powerful tremor near Norcia destroys buildings
A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings. It comes nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns. The quake early on Sunday measured 6.6, larger than August’s quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy’s most violent in decades.

Australia asylum: Arrivals by boat face lifetime visa ban
Australia has unveiled tough new plans to bar any asylum seekers who try to reach the country by boat from ever being able to enter. The lifetime ban on visas would apply even to those travelling as tourists, for business, or who married an Australian. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move would send “the strongest possible signal” to people-smugglers.

Netanyahu to visit 3 states never-before visited by sitting Israeli PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that within the next three months he will travel to four countries, including three where no sitting Israeli prime minister has ever visited: Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The fourth country is Azerbaijan, a strategic country on Iran’s border. Like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan is a majority Muslim country.

Video: D’Souza Has A Word For Christians Not Voting This November
Here’s D’Souza’s message for Christians planning to not vote this November. If not now, when? If not us, who?

What Evangelicals Can Do to Bring Change to the Supreme Court
A new poll from LifeWay Research shows that few Americans with evangelical beliefs consider Supreme Court nominees, religious freedom or abortion as issues of top importance when it comes to voting for the next president.

After the Bundy acquittal, some surprising lessons of the Malheur occupation
Ammon Bundy spent 10 hours over three days explaining to an Oregon jury how and why he, his brother Ryan, and a band of Western compatriots bore arms to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month last winter.

Turkey’s Erdogan says Ankara aims to reinforce troops on Iraq border
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was aiming to reinforce its troops deployments in its Iraqi border town of Silopi and that it would have a “different response” for Shi’ite militia groups if they cause terror in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar.

Iceland’s Pirates see softer than expected support in early poll results
Support for Iceland’s Pirates in parliamentary elections has turned out lower than anticipated, making it less likely that the anti-establishment party will be part of a new government, early election results showed on Sunday.

Poll Shows Voters Agree With Trump That ‘This Changes Everything’
A new poll shows the America people are responding to days of WikiLeaks revelations depicting the seamy side of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign operation….Donald Trump leads Clinton by 2.4 points in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” tracking poll, 46.2 percent to 43.8 percent. The poll, which is updated daily….

Obama’s Iranian Lies
Obama opposed naming Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terror group even while it was closely involved in organizing attacks against American soldiers in Iraq. Bank Sepah is an IRGC bank. The IRGC, despite Obama’s denials, is an Islamic terror group with American blood on its hands. John Kerry admitted that the IRGC have been “labeled as terrorists” when discussing how the Shiite terror organization will benefit from Obama’s sanctions relief.


Should Hillary Step Down to Avoid Constitutional Crisis?

The announcement by the FBI that it has reopened the criminal investigation into Hillary’s email server is more than an embarrassment to the Clinton presidential campaign.
It is a ticking time bomb that could do more damage to our country than the Watergate scandal if allowed to explode.

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Hillary’s Server and Weiner Scandals Converge; 3 Things You Need to Know Read

Here are three things related to Clinton’s use of her own email server out of her New York home that you should know.

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Millennials Agree With Marx More Than the Bible, Study Finds

A new report on Americans’ attitudes toward socialism says that statements of Karl Marx have more support among millennial than what the Bible says….

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Feds Plan to Force Vaccinations

A public-interest legal team has filed comments with the federal government objecting to a planned Centers for Disease Control rule-change that would allow the government to impose forced vaccinations on Americans under certain circumstances.

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American Christians Cave on Core Beliefs

Sixty percent of Americans agreed with the statement “heaven is a place where all people will ultimately be reunited with their loved ones.”

And only 40 percent of those surveyed agreed “hell is an eternal place of judgment where God sends all people who do not personally trust in Jesus Christ.”

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Pastors, They Are Coming After You

Who, after all, is this ambiguous “they” I’m referring to, and why are “they” coming after “you” – referring obviously to Christian leaders? And what, pray tell, are “they” coming to do to “you”?

So I’ll admit it. I did come up with the title of this article for shock value, but the fact is, you need to be shocked.

In other words, the title may be sensational, but it is only sensational because it is true.

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3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation

There are 3 competing theories as to why he might be doing this now that come to mind.

1. He might be seeking to restore his badly damaged reputation, recognizing that the damage he has inflicted on the FBI is substantial.

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Top Headlines – 10/30/2016

UN expert to examine Israeli human rights groups

Kerry slams Human Rights Council’s ‘excessive, biased focus on Israel’

Ivanka says Trump would ‘100%’ move US embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian pollution of Alexander River kills fish, causes noxious odor

Iranian-Jewish MP: Tehran knows war with Israel ‘suicide’

War In Europe: Lithuania Prepares For Russian Invasion As NATO Sends Troops To Eastern European States

Lithuania issues updated Russian invasion advice booklets

Russia Blames US for Near-Collision of Planes Over Syria

At least 21 dead as Syrian forces counter rebel offensive in Aleppo

Thousands of displaced people flood Mosul as ISIS loses ground

Iraqi Shia militias tighten noose around Isis with Mosul offensive

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi

US Orders Families of Consulate Workers in Istanbul to Leave Over Terror Fears

Turkey sacks more than 10,000 civil servants over links with failed coup

Yemen conflict: Dozens killed as air strikes hit prison in Hudaydah

War pushes Yemen to partition, thwarting peace efforts

Twin suicide bombings kill at least nine in Nigeria

Egypt tourism in limbo a year after Russian plane bombing

Refugee children sleeping rough on site of destroyed Calais Jungle – three days after camp was ‘cleared’

Clinton battles to quell resurgent email crisis days ahead of election

Hillary Clinton Assails James Comey, Calling Email Decision ‘Deeply Troubling’

Justice Department told FBI not to reveal news of Clinton email

FBI’s Comey Acted ‘Independently’ in Sending Letter About Clinton Emails

Abedin-Weiner electronic device was laptop, had tens-of-thousands of emails, source

Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she doesn’t know how her emails wound up on her husband’s computer

John Fund: If Hillary wins, we’ll have a potential blackmail target in the White House

Social Media Blackout? FBI Emails Are Not ‘Trending’ On Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Or Snapchat

EU data protection watchdogs warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on privacy

NASA’s New ‘Intruder Alert’ System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

More than 15,000 near-Earth objects and counting

Italy earthquake: 6.6-magnitude tremor rocks nation’s center

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio, Chile

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 24,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 17,000ft

Cousin Of Polio May Be Causing Outbreak Of Paralysis In Children

Brazil mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases

Parents furious at BBC sex-change show aimed at primary schoolers

Mormon and gay: Church says you can be both

Taiwan’s gay pride parade brings tens of thousands to streets

Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens S. Korean President

South Korea: thousands of protesters call for president to resign

Movies, zombies, Halloween changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Mexico City stages first Day of the Dead parade

Creepy clowns in Germany might get jail time

Christian Persecution Rising as 75 Percent of World’s Population Lacks Religious Freedom

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Artificial intelligence has become the pet anxiety of luminaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. They have all expressed concerns about our Promethean…

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Toddler makes miracle recovery just before life support was due to be turned off

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 06:04 AM PDT

This might be the most wonderful story you hear all week. A little three-year-old boy has made a miraculous recovery after his family was prepared…

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Are Forced Vaccinations In The Near Future?

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:59 AM PDT

A public-interest legal team has filed comments with the federal government objecting to a planned Centers for Disease Control rule-change that would allow the government…

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Going to Church Improves More than Just Your Spiritual Well-Being

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:49 AM PDT

Most Christians would not deny that they feel better after attending their weekly worship service and past research bears that out. Now, a Harvard University…

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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Abedin pleads ignorance of how emails got on computer

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:45 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her…

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Huma Swore Under Oath She Gave Up ‘All Devices’…

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:36 AM PDT

In a normal election year, a normal candidate’s close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be…

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Millions of Mutant Mosquitoes to be Released in Brazil

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:33 AM PDT

Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out their distant cousins that carry tropical diseases. The…

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6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Italy as Quakes Continue to Reel the Capital

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:28 AM PDT

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday morning, injuring at least 20 people, in the strongest tremor to hit the country in more…

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Obama Threatens to Veto Military Spending Bill Because It Protects Religious Freedom of Faith Groups

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 08:23 PM PDT

President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to veto the critically important and wide-ranging defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017 if the final version of…

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Cities Pushing For Illegals to Vote

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 08:16 PM PDT

“Look at illegal immigrants voting all over the country,” Donald Trump recently claimed in a Fox News interview, part of his ongoing effort to cast…

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United Nations Attempting to outlaw nuclear weapons

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:55 PM PDT

The United Nations says it’s time to take another look at eliminating nuclear weapons. But the countries that have them are united by one thing:…

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UPDATE: FBI still does not have warrant to review new Abedin emails linked to Clinton probe

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:52 PM PDT

When FBI Director James Comey wrote his bombshell letter to Congress on Friday about newly discovered emails that were potentially “pertinent” to the investigation into…

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Three in Florida and Virginia charged with criminal voter fraud

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:46 PM PDT

Officials in Florida and Virginia filed voter fraud charges against three people in apparently unrelated cases on Friday, just 11 days before American voters cast…

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West ‘Can’t Afford to Stumble Into Military Conflict’ Between US, Russia and China

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:43 PM PDT

The US leadership needs to reconsider its relations with geopolitical competitors, China and Russia, putting “great power relations” before hegemonic ambitions. Whether one likes it…

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Schools All Over America Are Closing On Election Day Due To Fears Of Violence

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:37 PM PDT

(Reported by Michael Snyder) Will this be the most chaotic election day in modern American history? All across the nation, schools are being closed on…

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Democrats should ask Clinton to step aside

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:33 PM PDT

Has America become so numb by the decades of lies and cynicism oozing from Clinton Inc. that it could elect Hillary Clinton as president, even…

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BREAKING NEWS: Knifeman on the run after stabbing four people in Frankfurt train station

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 01:21 PM PDT

A knifeman is on the run after he stabbed four people in Frankfurt train station.  The attack this afternoon occurred at Hauptwache station and there…

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Surprise! US Intel Chief Confirms: Russia Not Behind Massive Online Attack

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 12:00 PM PDT

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has revealed that a non-state actor, and therefore not the Russian government, may have been behind the massive attack…

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‘UFO’ spotted over Vienna, frightened onlookers call police

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 11:55 AM PDT

Startled residents in the Austrian cities of Graz and Vienna were so spooked by an apparent UFO hovering in the skies, they called the police….

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Homeless woman attacked by mob for defending Trump’s Hollywood star…

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 11:52 AM PDT

A homeless woman quietly demonstrating in support of Donald Trump near his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday was violently harassed and…

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Top News – 10/29/2016

Likud MK rapped for saying Italy earthquake was divine punishment for UNESCO vote
The Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara’s remark earlier this week that the earthquake that rattled Italy was divine retribution for UNESCO’s vote on the Temple Mount.

Twin suicide bombings kill at least nine in Nigeria
Twin suicide bombings by suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials and witnesses said.

Russian, US jets had near miss over Syria: US officials
Aboard a US military aircraft (AFP) – A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defence officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap in the increasingly crowded airspace. The “near miss” occurred late on October 17, when a Russian jet that was escorting a larger spy plane manoeuvred near an American warplane, Air Force Lieutenant General Jeff Harrigian said.

Mosul Iraq battle: Shia militias aim to take Tal Afar
Iraq’s Shia militia groups say they have launched an attack against Islamic State militants west of Mosul, as the offensive to retake the city continues. The Hashid Shaabi groups say their aim is to oust IS from the town of Tal Afar, cutting jihadist supply routes to Mosul from Syria. Tal Afar had a Shia majority before IS overran it in 2014. Mosul is a Sunni city, and the Shia militias have pledged not to enter it.

Lithuania issues updated Russian invasion advice booklets
Lithuania has updated its civil defence booklet telling citizens what to do in the event of a Russian invasion. It includes large sections on survival techniques and warns that Russia would not hesitate to use military force against its neighbours. Tens of thousands of copies of the 75-page guide have been distributed.

Central African Republic: Clashes leave 25 dead – UN
Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said. Six police officers and four civilians died in an ambush on Friday.

‘Gay Thought Police’ Like Soviet-Era Bullies
One of the core beliefs of the movement for LGBT equality has always been that anti-gay bullying, especially of young people, must end. And yet, in recent days, thousands of online comments and threats from LGBT people have been directed against two young gay men who expressed their opinions about the current presidential race.

Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

US Supreme Court to decide ‘battle of the toilets’
The US Supreme Court said Friday that it will decide which bathrooms should be used by transgender people, a highly sensitive question with national political resonance.

Russia fails to win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council
Russia failed to win re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, beaten out by Hungary and Croatia, following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow’s candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government.

Hillary Holds 4 Minute Press Conference: Demands “Full And Complete Facts” From FBI
Blink and you missed it: in a brief, 3 minute 47 second address to the press, a defiant Hillary slammed the FBI, said that she hopes that whatever information the Bureau has will be shared with the American people and added that she is confident that no charges will be brought against her by the FBI, while taking the opportunity to ask people to go out and vote for her.

Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, warns former UK ambassador to Moscow
Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, the UK’s former ambassador in Moscow said, as he warned of “the most dangerous situation in our relations I have ever seen.” It comes with relations between the West and Russia at their worst point since the Cold War.


Top Headlines – 10/29/2016

Russia loses UN Human Rights Council place, Saudi Arabia re-elected

Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, warns former UK ambassador to Moscow

Russian, US jets had near miss over Syria: US officials

Russian embassy in Damascus shelled by militants

Putin rejects Russian request for Aleppo strikes

Syrian rebels in Aleppo unleash car bombs, mortar attacks in new offensive

Iraqi forces keep up push toward Mosul as Shiite militas join battle

Hezbollah ally set to become president of Lebanon

Palestinian attempts to run over, stab soldiers in West Bank, army says

Gaza flotilla families refuse to drop case against Israel

Clinton bemoans US not rigging 2006 Palestinian election in newly-released tape

Hacked emails show Clinton walking fine line between Obama, Israel

Republican senators call on Obama to sever ties with UNESCO

Likud MK rapped for saying Italy earthquake was divine punishment for UNESCO vote

UNESCO had help from Israeli NGOs and their Funders

Archaeologists question ‘oldest’ Hebrew mention of Jerusalem

Enraged protesters attack Israeli event at UK university

Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon Peres

UN votes to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Former Putin aide’s curious death in DC deemed an accident

Bomb-laden car explodes near central bank in Yemen

Two suicide bombers kill at least 5 in northeast Nigeria’s Maiduguri

Ten bodies bearing signs of torture found in Benghazi

Venezuelan president threatens to jail opponents

Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders to snub hate speech trial

Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments

New Clinton emails found during Anthony Weiner sexting probe

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case

Clinton calls on FBI to release ‘full and complete facts’ of email review

James Comey Under Fire to Explain FBI Review of Clinton E-Mails

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe

Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was “A Real Bombshell”

Trump called it months ago: Anthony Weiner threatens national security

Trump on FBI Clinton Probe: This Is Bigger Than Watergate

Trump on Clinton emails: FBI has a chance to ‘right the horrible mistake’ it made

Giuliani: Initial FBI probe of Clinton’s emails ‘was a sham’

Wall Street Gets Whiplash As FBI Reopens Hillary Email Investigation

The Stock Market Plummeted After Friday’s Clinton Email News. Here’s Why

Clinton fails to contain damage from email leaks

Podesta Part 21: Wikileaks Releases Another 1,400 Emails; Total Is Now 35,594

How Podesta got hacked: ‘Password’ email revealed in WikiLeaks dump

Clinton’s State Department spent $5.4 million on ‘crystal stemware’

FBI sued over records of Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch meeting

Most Democrats Would Reelect Obama Over Clinton If They Could

Some Cities Want Their Noncitizen Immigrants to Vote

Election 2016: Tracking Reports of Voting Problems Across the United States

2 Investigators: Chicago Voters Cast Ballots From Beyond The Grave

Action News Investigation: Voting from the Grave in Philidephia

‘Vote Flipping’ Happens, But It Doesn’t Mean the Election Is Rigged

Rancher yearns for Trump wall on US-Mexico border

Dead Migrants’ Corpses Overwhelm Texas County

Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies

After DDOS attack, senator seeks industry-led security standards for IoT devices

Hackers are able to seize control of consumer drones and make them fall from the sky

‘Could Have Been Devastating’: 20 Taken to Hospitals as American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at O’Hare Airport, Officials Say

FedEx cargo plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport

2016 to finish with three straight super moons

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ustica, Italy

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Klyuchevskoy volano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

4 years after storm, some places changed by Sandy forever

Democrats Face Difficult Obamacare Fight in 2017, Even If Clinton Wins

Economist On Rising Affordable Care Act Costs: You’re Going To Have ‘Riots’

Injectable birth control for men holds promise; risks remain

Hillary Clinton’s 4 Lies About Abortion and Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court takes up transgender school bathroom case

She’s selling her virginity for $400,000, and for ‘love’

Prenups Aren’t Taboo for Millennial Couples

Divorcing couple go to court over Cubs Series tickets

Poll: National Anthem Protests Leading Cause For NFL Ratings Drop

Halloween countdown: States, residents get ready for creepy clowns

The Surprising Prayers of North Korea’s Christians

Congress Considering Emergency Hearing on Reopened FBI Investigation into Clinton Emails

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:57 PM PDT

Cameron Joseph, the Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, has claimed he has heard reports that the House Oversight Committee is considering…

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DEVELOPING: 900 US Troops Deployed To Poland As “War Drums” Continue With Russia

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:57 PM PDT

With US and Russia engaged what some call a new Cold War, some 900 US troops are about to find themselves on its most dangerous…

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Clinton calls on FBI to release ‘full and complete facts’ from email probe

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:48 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton and her campaign criticized the FBI’s Friday announcement that it would be examining more emails potentially connected to its earlier investigation of her…

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OCTOBER SURPRISE: White House Claims no ‘Advance Warning’ of revived FBI investigation of Clinton

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:38 PM PDT

As news of the FBI’s decision to reexamine its investigation into Hillary Clinton quickly took over the internet Friday afternoon, the White House said it…

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UPDATE: New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Devices Once Used by Anthony Weiner

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:48 PM PDT

A new trove of emails that appear pertinent to the now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered after the F.B.I. seized at…

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Wearing the wrong attire to vote could result in being arrested

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:42 PM PDT

A Texas man wore his Donald Trump hat and “basket of deplorables” T-shirt to cast his ballot earlier this week and was arrested. Brett Mauthe…

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LifeWay pulls Christian author’s books off the shelves over LGBT beliefs

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:38 PM PDT

LifeWay Christian Resources is pulling Jen Hatmaker’s books from its shelves after the author and former HGTV star caused quite a stir earlier this week…

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Loretta Lynch ‘Pleads the Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:11 PM PDT

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran…

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Russian and US jets nearly collide over Syria…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:02 PM PDT

A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defence officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap…

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Leaked Audio From 2006 Reveals Hillary Proposing RIGGING Palestine Election…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:59 PM PDT

On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election…

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‘Skynet’ nuclear apocalypse scenario may come true, warns Russia’s top arms official

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:54 PM PDT

The future of warfare involves increased use of robots, but putting a non-human in control of a nuclear arsenal is a scary scenario, believes Dmitry…

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Israeli Deputy Minister Claims Italian earthquakes retribution for anti-Jewish UNESCO vote

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:52 PM PDT

UPDATE: As I am reporting this information Italy has just suffered another 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake making this the third consecutive earthquake that has been significant in…

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OCTOBER SURPRISE: Election rocked as FBI reopens probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 12:35 PM PDT

The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails, in a stunning…

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This Week in Calvinism – October 28, 2016


This ‘n’ That

  • Here’s a bit more background on this unique World Series.
  • This would be a fantastic job…if it didn’t require working for an organization with aberrant theology.
  • It seems to me this article should have a subtitle: “Duh.”
  • I can’t believe they’re killing this, just as mine is dying and I was looking at having to replace it.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (to the reader who sent me this, yes, you win! But I lost your name, so leave a comment and identify yourself!).
  • Dear Kirk Cameron…a thousand times, no.
  • Jen Hatmaker is a fairly influential name among evangelical women. In this interview, she doesn’t just tip her hand, she lays all the cards on the table and, unsurprisingly, they boldly reveal her ignorance of and disdain for the Word of God.
  • How healthy is the women’s ministry in your church? Looking beyond babies and baking, Melissa Kruger offers some compelling points in this article.
  • Well, as long as the Vatican says so.
  • Please tell me nobody is surprised by this. How much did this “study” cost?
  • What does it mean to fear God?
  • Jesus is God:

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?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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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