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November 30, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Nov. 30, 2016 |

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OPEC clinched a deal to curtail oil supply, confounding skeptics as the need to clear a record global crude glut — and prove the group’s credibility — brought about its first cuts in eight years. OPEC will reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day to 32.5 million a day.

Carrier agreed to keep about 1,000 jobs at an Indiana factory that had been set to move to Mexico, marking a victory for President-elect Donald Trump on an issue that had become a rallying cry during his campaign.

Treasuries are having their worst month since 2009 after investors pulled money from the U.S. bond market on speculation Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election will pave the way for increased fiscal stimulus.

Northrop Grumman’s program to develop an upgraded, cyber-hardened network for major air operations has almost doubled in cost and a key deadline has slipped by more than three years, according to the U.S. Air Force. The development phase of the network is now estimated to cost $745 million, up from the original $374 million.

GoPro Inc., struggling to get traction with its action-cameras and new drone, is eliminating about 15 percent of its workforce and shutting down the entertainment division to reduce costs.

AP Top Stories

The UN has condemned the “descent into hell” being endured by civilians in Aleppo, with the Red Cross saying nearly 20,000 people have fled a Syrian government offensive on the city in three days.

Donald Trump is meeting with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke at Trump Tower on Monday afternoon as he seeks to fill out his remaining Cabinet positions. Clarke, who has called the Black Lives Matter movement “vile” and “slimy,” is reportedly in the running to lead the Department of Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees, who span immigration enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service, the TSA and other functions.

Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus early Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency said, in a strike on an unknown target that caused loud explosions.

Workers from fast-food chains, airports and other service industries rallied in US cities Tuesday as part of a nationwide day of disruption to demand union rights and a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.

Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations. The gigantic arch soars 355 feet into the sky — making it taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty — while its weight of 36,000 tons is three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The $2.2-billion) structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been edged into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck three decades ago.

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Many civilians have been killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo as government forces intensify their assault on besieged, rebel-held districts. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least 26 people died when government shell fire hit the Jubb al-Qubbeh area.

An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women’s rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, and women’s rights activists have been arrested for defying the ban.

A Kansas man who donated sperm to a same-sex couple is not legally the child’s father and cannot be forced to pay child support, a court has ruled.

The Islamic State group says it was behind a car and knife rampage at a US college that left 11 people injured. The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency called the 18-year-old business undergraduate a “soldier”.

Platypus venom could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes, say Australian researchers. The males of the extraordinary semi-aquatic mammal – one of the only kind to lay eggs – have venomous spurs on the heels of their hind feet. The poison is used to ward off adversaries.

A new vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes Aids, is being tested in South Africa in what scientists say is the first large study of an HIV vaccine’s effectiveness since 2009. The study aims to enroll 5,400 sexually active young men and women. About seven million people in South Africa are living with the virus.

Miners in Burkina Faso have seized 94lb of gold worth about $1.7m, a firm says, and are refusing to return it until they get a pay-off. The gold was seized by a bailiff on behalf of the miners at the main airport in the capital on 7 October. But London-listed Avocet Mining, said it needs the smelted gold back to raise money for the workers’ settlement.

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened. Judges said the order should be enforced within 10 days and audiences must stand when the anthem is played. In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem, but the practice declined.

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The Department of Health and Human Services is raiding several of its accounts, including money for Medicare, the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program and those for cancer and flu research to cover a shortfall in housing illegal youths pouring over the border at a rate of 255 a day. HHS is trying to come up with $167 million to fund the Office of Refugee Resettlement that is accepting the youths.


Top News – 11/30/2016

Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace? Less than a Snowball’s Chance in Hell
The Israeli media doesn’t go into something like 70 percent of the West Bank, and even when I do go, it’ll be to film some 10-minute dialogue with someone and then we’re out of there right away, because it’s just become too dangerous. They don’t want to see us there … Israeli journalists used to serve as a bridge between Israeli and Palestinian society, but this bridge has been gradually cracking.

German Ministry of Environment Made 4.5Mln Euro Donations to Clinton Foundation
The donation scandal around the Clinton Foundation is attracting more and more attention. Recently, it turned out that not only GIZ donated 2.4 million euro of taxpayers’ money to the American institution, but that the Federal Ministry of the Environment is also involved in the scandal and donated 4.5 million euro to the foundation.

Radical Islamist infiltrated German federal intel service, planned ‘HQ bomb attack’ – reports
An Islamist infiltrator has been exposed in the headquarters of the German Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV) – a domestic intelligence service particularly running antiterrorist operations, German media report, citing security sources.

Hackers take over Israeli television
Channel 2 and 10 newscasts temporarily disrupted by images of Muslim holy sites and the words “Allah is great”.

Erdogan calls on Muslims to ‘protect Jerusalem’
Speaking in Istanbul at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem and quoted by Al Jazeera, Erdogan said “it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem”, adding that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children armed with nothing but stones.

Line of storms, possible tornado kills 3 in northern Alabama
Authorities say three people have been killed as a line of storms and possible tornadoes moved across northern Alabama overnight. Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen tells The Associated Press the three killed were all in a mobile in Rosalie in northeast Alabama. Another person in the home was critically injured.

Hundreds of structures destroyed by Sevier County inferno
GATLINBURG – As of 9:30 a.m., here was the latest update from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: • Hundreds of structures lost due to Sevier county wildfire • Westgate Resorts, Black Bear Falls completely destroyed • 14,000 residents and visitors evacuated from Gatlinburg

Does Israel’s Massive Drought Mean Messiah Will Arrive on a White Donkey?
This is the eighth year in a row Israel has suffered from unusually dry winters, leading to a record low of the amount of water flowing into the Sea of Galilee. The more spiritually-inclined turn to the Bible, which mentions drought explicitly in several places as a result of sin. In Deuteronomy, God warns Israel of the dire consequences of neglecting his commandments, linking drought with fire.

Earthquake strikes Indonesia again; magnitude 5.7
Jakarta: A shallow undersea quake of magnitude of 5.7 struck eastern parts of Indonesia on Wednesday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.

Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.
“The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward deployed U.S. forces and even the continental United States itself,” an executive summary of the report says.

UN General Assembly president wears Palestinian flag scarf
President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson attended a special meeting of the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) on Tuesday to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People while wearing a Palestinian flag scarf. …CEIRPP’s representatives often make anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments.

Man in the Netherlands euthanised due to his alcohol addiction
A man in the Netherlands has been allowed to die because he could no longer carry on living as an alcoholic. Mark Langedijk chose the day of his death and was telling jokes, drinking beer and eating ham sandwiches with his family hours before he passed away. He was killed by lethal injection at his parents’ home on 14 July…

Three killed in Polish mine after earthquake hits
Three miners have been killed in a coal mine in southwestern Poland after an earthquake hit late on Tuesday. Thirty miners were underground when the 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck, with 24 able to escape.

Wildfires lead to evacuation of downtown Gatlinburg
The Gatlinburg Fire Department has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the city of Gatlinburg as wind conditions worsen and several fires continue to grow increasingly unpredictable and dangerous. “We were just told by the Gatlinburg Fire Department that they had told everybody in Gatlinburg to get out,”…No one’s getting through to anyone.

CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal ‘height of folly’
The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly”. In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary of Russia’s promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in Syria. In his campaign, Mr Trump threatened to scrap the Iran deal and also hinted at working more closely with Russia.

Intelligence agency employee arrested over Islamist comments
An employee of the German intelligence agency (BfV) has been arrested after making Islamist statements and sharing agency material, German media report. A BfV spokesman did not confirm a report in Die Welt newspaper that the man was suspected of planning a bomb attack on the BfV’s Cologne office, Reuters news agency said. “There is no evidence to date that there is a concrete danger,” he added.

Syria: Israel struck Hezbollah target, Assad forces from Lebanese air space
The Israeli Air Force allegedly struck two targets near Damascus overnight Tuesday, according to Arab media reports. One reported target was an arms convoy belonging to the Shi’ite terrorist organization Hezbollah on a highway between Damascus and Beirut on its way to Lebanon, and the second was a military site belonging to an organization loyal to the Assad regime.

Does said threefold rise in German antisemitism signal a ‘new era’?
A top European rabbi has warned that the world has entered a new era of antisemitism… The UK Times reported that antisemitism in Germany has risen threefold in one year, citing data published by the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung… German Justice Ministry revealed that there had been 2,083 cases of attacks on Jews, Jewish property and hate speech against Jews last year, in contrast with 691 in 2014.

Man in the Netherlands euthanised due to his alcohol addiction
A man in the Netherlands has been allowed to die because he could no longer carry on living as an alcoholic. Mark Langedijk chose the day of his death and was telling jokes, drinking beer and eating ham sandwiches with his family hours before he passed away.

Jill Stein’s Recount Effort Gets 12 Times More Coverage From ABC, CBS, NBC Than Her Entire Campaign
When Jill Stein was the Green Party’s candidate for U.S. president, the networks only gave her 36 seconds of coverage. However, as NewsBusters’ Mike Ciandella details, as soon as she launched a campaign to contest the presidential election and demand a recount of ballots in several key states, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC managed to find 7 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage for her in just four days.

Britain and France seek to punish Syria over chem weapons
Britain and France say they will seek to punish members of the Syrian regime implicated in the use of chemical weapons during the country’s civil war which is now in its sixth year.

California regulates cow farts
Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.

Jimmy Carter to Obama: Before you leave office, recognize Palestinian state
Former President Jimmy Carter is calling on the Obama administration to recognize Palestinian statehood before leaving office January 20.


The Briefing 11-30-16

Authenticity in advertising or hypocrisy in posturing? Down Syndrome and recent advertising trends

A new kind of evangelicalism? The Doctrine of Scripture and Red Letter Christianity

Is it wrong to subject gorillas to captivity? Man, the image of God, and creation

As wildfires blaze across the American South, we should pray for the first responders and rain

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Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

fighter-jet-silhouette-public-domainTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that the only reason Turkish military forces have entered northern Syria is to “end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad”.  By publicly proclaiming that Turkey intends to use military force to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan has essentially declared war on the Syrian government.  Of course this puts a member of NATO in direct military conflict with Russia, since Russia is working very hard to prop up the Assad regime.  If all-out war breaks out between Turkey and Russia, could that be the spark that causes World War 3 to erupt in the Middle East?  And once Turkey and Russia start fighting, would the United States and the rest of NATO be dragged into the conflict? (Read More….)


Top Headlines – 11/30/2016

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-elected as Fatah Leader, Moves to Solidify Power

Donning Palestinian flag, UNGA president marks Palestinian solidarity day

UN Chief: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Prospects Under Threat

Turkey’s Erdogan urges all Muslims to ’embrace the Palestinian cause’

US Intifada: A fire-storm of lies is setting US campuses ablaze

The Battle Over the Balfour Declaration, 100 Years Later

PM: Israel will mount forceful response to any border threat

Report: Israel hits Assad military target, Hezbollah weapons convoy in Syria

Russia and Hezbollah ‘officially’ working together in Syria

Russia should foot Syria reconstruction bill, European leaders say

‘Unintentional’ Human Error Led to Airstrikes on Syrian Troops, Pentagon Says

US says mistaken coalition airstrikes in Syria were legal

Britain and France seek to punish Syria over chem weapons

Aleppo families fear for 500 men seized by forces loyal to Assad

UNHCR: Aleppo situation ‘beyond imagination’

Mosul Iraq battle: IS accused of shooting civilians

Water cuts and rising food prices leave Mosul facing crisis

Fighting around Mosul leaves majority in Isis-held city without water

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future of terror

Iran’s Khamenei slams Rouhani for being ‘too open’ toward West

Turkish PM says finalising constitutional change to bolster Erdogan powers

Erdogan says Turkey not yet “closed the book” on EU, but has alternatives

Dutch MPs vote to ban the burka in public places

German intelligence officer ‘arrested over Islamist plot’ raising fears the spy agency has been infilitrated

Investigators believe OSU attacker self-radicalized, inspired by ISIS propaganda

Islamic State says its ‘soldier’ behind Ohio State attack

US Islamist group arming up in anticipation of Trump, report claims

Group of Utah lawyers to work for free to defend Muslim refugees

New York City may erase ID card data to protect illegal immigrants

Man who indirectly caused death of Florida deputy had been deported twice before

Immigration violations are majority of federal cases for first time

In call to punish flag-burners, Trump hits resistance across board

‘Snoopers law creates security nightmare’

FBI and NSA Poised to Gain New Surveillance Powers Under Trump

UN Security Council set to tighten screws on North Korea – with China’s help

Hillary’s recount scheme exposes media double standard

Michigan presidential recount could cost taxpayers nearly $1M

Judge rejects Stein’s request for hand recount in Wis.

Trump Meets With Goldman Sachs’ Cohn as Dinner Set With Romney

In an abrupt about-face, Romney emerges from dinner with Trump full of frog legs and high praise

Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as secretary of state

U.S. Banks Report Record Profit in Third Quarter

Why Are So Many Among the Elite Building Luxury Bunkers In Preparation for an Imminent ‘Apocalypse’?

Militants Attack Indian Army Base in Nagrota, Inflaming Tensions With Pakistan

Colombia plane crash: 71 dead and six survivors on flight carrying Chapecoense football team

Chinese astronaut hears ‘mysterious knock’ in space

Giant arch slides over Chernobyl site to block radiation for a century

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nuku’alofa, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

2 Earthquakes Recorded Off Oregon Coast Overnight

Rescuers searching for miners trapped after quake in Poland

Sinai Peninsula earthquake tickles Eilat

Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 11,000ft

Suwanosejima volcano in Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Farmers watch helplessly as drought strikes Israel

Rain could cause problems after fires in Israel

Thirsty Southern Drought Areas Finally Seeing a Widespread Soaking This Week

3 dead in eastern Tennessee fires; Gatlinburg under curfew

California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

Microbot completes merger with Stem Cell

Russian police use dogs cloned by Korean scientist trying to revive the woolly mammoth

Kansas judge rules sperm donor not on hook for child support

Infertile couples came to this ‘baby god’ for help. Now, they’re accusing him of betrayal.

Why Trump’s HHS Pick Tom Price Has Abortion Activists in a Frenzy

After months of controversy, Texas will require aborted fetuses to be cremated or buried

GOP Eyes Lightning Strike on Obamacare to Kick Off Trump Era

Stroke Rates Rising in Younger People

Ontario unanimously passes radical LGBT bill redefining parent-child relationship

Same-sex marriage and the paradox of Australia’s PM

Leah Remini: Tom Cruise Urged Me to Get Leslie Moonves to Kill ’60 Minutes’ Scientology Story

Survivor of Tullian Tchividjian’s Alleged Clergy Sexual Abuse Goes Public with Her Story

Jan Markell, Another Dangerous Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Calvary Chapel and Women in the Pulpit

Cosmopolitan Magazine Shocked to Learn Chip & Joanna Gaines Pastor Believes Homosexuality a Sin

Christian University Openly Promotes Abortion Clinic Partnership

Scientist who discovered soft tissue on dinosaur bones wins settlement over dismissal 

Man in the Netherlands euthanised due to his alcohol addiction

Jimmy Carter Urges Barack Obama to Recognize The State of Palestine

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 07:31 PM PST

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, who brokered peace between Egypt and Israel at Camp David, has called on Barack Obama to recognize the State of…

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UPDATE: 3 dead as wildfires scorch 250 buildings in Tennessee

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 06:41 PM PST

Authorities in Tennesssee announced Tuesday that three people died in the massive fire that continues to bear down on the Great Smoky Mountain region of…

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Celebrity Preacher Loses ‘License’ After Wooed Women Come Forward Citing Sex, Booze & Morning-After Pill

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 06:33 PM PST

A self-described evangelist, author and poet who rose to celebrity status for his hip-hop-styled poetic messages, model-like photographs and numerous selfies has had his ministerial…

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Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 06:26 PM PST

(By Michael Snyder) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that the only reason Turkish military forces have entered northern Syria is to “end…

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FBI and NSA Poised to Gain New Surveillance Powers…

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 06:20 PM PST

The FBI, National Security Agency and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, a prospect that…

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Astronauts in space spooked by mysterious knocking sound that no one can explain

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 06:04 PM PST

China’s first astronaut says he heard mysterious knocks during his first flight in space – but no one has been able to explain the cause…

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Water cuts and rising food prices leave Mosul facing crisis

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 05:59 PM PST

Fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants has cut water supplies across a large part of Mosul, where poorer families are already struggling to…

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U.S. Banks Report Record Profit in Third Quarter

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 05:42 PM PST

The nation’s commercial banks and savings institutions reported a 13% rise in net income in the third quarter, hitting a record as institutions’ profits soared…

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Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 05:37 PM PST

From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision…

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Dollar Heads for Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2009…

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 05:34 PM PST

The dollar was on pace for its best month against the yen since 2009 as signs of U.S. economic strength spurred bets that monetary tightening…

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Texas to implement rules requiring burial or cremation of aborted babies

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 11:51 AM PST

Texas’ proposed rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains will take effect Dec. 19, according to state health officials. Despite intense outcry from…

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ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio State car-and-knife attack

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 11:38 AM PST

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University in Columbus that injured 11 people and left the suspect dead. The…

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Pakistan Province Bans Forced Conversions of Christian Girls to Islam

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 11:19 AM PST

Lawmakers in Pakistan’s Sindh Province have passed a law criminalizing forced conversions, acting on complaints by religious minorities, including Christians, that some Muslims have long…

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Texas Elector to Resign Rather Than Vote Trump: ‘I Do Not See How Donald Trump Is Biblically Qualified’

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 11:16 AM PST

An elector in Texas has announced that he has chosen to resign his position rather than vote for Donald Trump as an electorate. “I do…

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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.


Do You Know Him?


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


Resource Links

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New Believers Guide
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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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Seven Points on Spiritual Gifts (J. Bridges)

The Reformed Reader

True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia God gives all his people gifts to use for the service and enrichment of others.  Peter put it this way: God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Use them well to serve one another (1 Pet. 4:10 NLT).  Because the Bible talks about gifts this way, the Westminster Confession echoes this truth: “Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification” (ch. 26.2).  I appreciate how Jerry Bridges talks about this in his excellent book, True Community.  Here are Bridges’ seven points on spiritual gifts (I’ve summarized/edited the following for length):

The purpose of all spiritual gifts is to serve others and glorify God. Our gifts are not our property to use as we please; they are a…

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See College Students’ Responses When Asked to Compare Castro to Trump

The Daily Signal has the MUST WATCH video:

fidel-castroCollege students in the nation’s capital thought it was a “tough question” whether former Cuban President Fidel Castro or American President-elect Donald Trump is more favorable.

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, polled several students at American University in Washington, D.C., and captured the students’ responses in the video below.

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What percentage of Muslims approve of radical Islam and terrorism?

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Normally, when people ask me about this question, I go straight to the 2013 Pew Research survey which I blogged about before. But now I have something even better.

Here’s a post from Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News which looks at several polls from several different countries.

Shapiro writes: (links to polls removed)

So, here is the evidence that the enemy we face is not a “tiny minority” of Muslims, let alone a rootless philosophy unconnected to Islam entirely. It’s not just the thousands of westerners now attempting to join ISIS. It’s millions of Muslims who support their general goals, even if they don’t support the group itself.

France. A new, widely-covered poll shows that a full 16% of French people have positive attitudes toward ISIS. That includes 27% of French between the ages of 18-24. Anne-Elizabeth Moutet of Newsweek wrote, “This is the ideology of young…

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November 29, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Nov. 29, 2016 |

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Congressional Republicans are considering a lightning-strike rollback of Obamacare early next year to kick off the Donald Trump era, but first they have to agree on a plan limited enough to hold their caucus together.

The FBI, National Security Agency and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, a prospect that has privacy advocates and some lawmakers trying to mobilize opposition.

Iran, OPEC’s third-largest oil producer, said it won’t cut output as members of the exporter group met in Vienna before a crucial summit on Wednesday.

Outflows from the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund (GLD) – far and away the largest exchange-traded commodity fund by assets – have totaled nearly $1.4 billion over the five sessions ending Friday, marking the highest withdrawals over such a period since 2013.

NASA is working to send people to Mars in the 2030s, while China wants to get an unmanned craft there by 2020 and send “taikonauts” later. In the private sector, Tesla Motors Inc. co-founder Elon Musk targets a Mars mission next decade.

A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a South American championship, killing 75 people, Colombian officials said Tuesday. They said six people survived.

AP Top Stories

Officials on Monday praised an Ohio State University police officer who shot and killed a man a minute after he drove his car into a crowd and then stabbed multiple people.

Out-of-control wildfires have burned 100 homes and forced thousands to flee to safer ground around the city of Gatlinburg in eastern Tennessee.

Firefighters have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for five days and forced tens of thousands to flee, authorities said Sunday, blaming arsonists for some outbreaks. There were no deaths but 122 people were treated for injuries.

Ugandan police said on Monday they had taken control of a tribal king’s palace after a weekend of deadly clashes with his supporters and seized a cache of machetes, spears and petrol bombs. At least 46 members of king Charles Wesley Mumbere’s guards died fighting police and soldiers in western Uganda.

Israel’s air force targeted gunmen linked to the Islamic State group in Syria overnight, the army said Monday, after they fired on an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights.

As police responded to the attack at Ohio State University, school officials broadcast an ominous message to students with a set of instructions: “Run Hide Fight.” It’s a mantra that has become standard at colleges in the event of a campus shooting. Students near the assailant are urged to run somewhere safe, to hide from the shooter and, as a last resort, to fight back.

Philippine police conducted a controlled detonation of a home-made bomb found in a trash bin near the U.S. embassy in Manila on Monday and said militants sympathetic to Islamic State could have been responsible.

Thailand’s parliament named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month.

Hundreds of veterans and protesters flocked to a Massachusetts college this weekend after the school decided to temporarily remove all flags – including the American flag – from its campus, a move many deemed unpatriotic and offensive.

Texas has announced its first case of local Zika virus, making it the second US state after Florida to say it likely has mosquitoes spreading the disease that can cause birth defects.

A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.”

BBC

Up to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government’s advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN said.

Islamic State militants in Mosul have reportedly been killing civilians for not co-operating as the battle for control of the Iraqi city intensifies.

The head of Canada’s military has said he is “extremely disappointed” after a national survey revealed nearly 1,000 soldiers had complained of sexual harassment over the past year.

Doctors in Australia have reported a resurgence in a dozen diabetes patients suffering from scurvy. The disease, historically associated with sea explorers, has been found in about patients at Westmead Hospital in western Sydney.

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain.

Germany’s foreign intelligence chief has warned that Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s German elections with cyber-attacks.

WND

As many as 50 refugees from one of the world’s troubled spots are likely to resettle in Niagara Falls next year as Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County expands its services northward.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $412,930 to fund a study that argued “that scientists should use feminist theories and a feminist point of view to study glaciers and the relationship between glaciers and humans.”

Christians fleeing war and persecution face violence and death threats because of their faith in several refugee camps across Europe, BosNewsLife established.


Top News – 11/29/2016

100-year-old expedition logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice patterns
In the early years of the 20th century, several teams of explorers were racing to reach a new frontier: the South Pole. During what’s known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration….over a century later, their logbooks and journals have helped piece together a new discovery: Antarctic sea ice coverage may not be on a steady downward trend, but fluctuating over cycles lasting decades.

Jimmy Carter: US must recognize a Palestinian state
Jimmy Carter has called on the outgoing Obama administration to take steps toward recognizing a Palestinian state before leaving office in January. The 39th US president made the call in an op-ed published Monday in the New York Times under the title “America Must Recognize Palestine.”

Blue Wall Bulldoze Complete: Trump Officially Wins Michigan
Nearly a month after Election Day President-elect Donald Trump has been officially been declared the winner of Michigan, beating former rival Hillary Clinton by 10,704 popular votes and solidifying 16 additional electoral college votes.

New Putin move to win a military base in Libya
President Vladimir Putin began to envision a second Mediterranean base on the coast of Benghazi, twin to Hmeimim in Syria’s Latakia. This one would accommodate Russian naval as well as air units and be located 700km from Europe. The US-born Hafter, a general in the army of the late Muammar Qaddafi, carries the title of supreme commander of the Libyan army.

Stein’s Recount Effort Falls Way Short in Pennsylvania’s Most Liberal Cities
As of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, slightly more than 165 affidavits were submitted, an employee at the Allegheny County Elections Division told the Free Beacon. The effort for a full recount in Pittsburgh was short by 88 percent as the 4:30 p.m. deadline loomed.

DNA Tests Could Fulfill God’s Promise to Abraham by Revealing Millions of Jews. But How Jewish is Jewish Enough?
Recent advances in DNA testing are the final stage in bringing about a special vision of Messiah, one that will fulfill God’s promise to Abraham while uniting all three major Abrahamic religions, believes a prominent rabbi and former member of Knesset.”This is the special function of the final generation before the Messiah, which we are clearly in right now: to bring close all the descendants of Jews that were lost to the Jewish people,”

Netanyahu Calls on Obama to Refrain From “Drastic” Lame Duck Changes in Israel Policy
Netanyahu asked Obama to stand by his 2013 promise to veto one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council and repeated his long-standing belief that only direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would lead to a resumption of the political process between the sides.

Damascus ‘Achieved Too Much’ in Aleppo to Be Interested in Kerry’s Diplomacy
neither Russian, nor Syrian authorities are interested in “the final moves of this diplomatic dance” since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will ultimately free the embattled city. Khrolenko further linked Kerry’s increasing diplomatic activity to the outcome of the recent presidential election in the US.

Dead Terrorist at Ohio State U Identified as Abdul Razaq Ali Artan
The terrorist who carried out a Middle Eastern-style ram-and-stab attack at Ohio State University was a Somali Muslim immigrant teen who had lived in Pakistan.

What do they know? Mega-rich preparing for disaster
About 50 miles northwest of Dallas, an entire survivalist luxury community is being planned that features athletic facilities, a polo field and a clubhouse. It also contains more unusual features such as communal greenhouses, an air-purification system, underground shelters and, according to the Houston Chronicle, a “DNA vault.”

Brazilian soccer team’s plane crashes, 76 dead
Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle, killing 76 people, police said on Tuesday.

US Intifada: A fire-storm of lies is setting US campuses ablaze
“Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus,” an important new film, brought to us by Americans for Peace and Tolerance on Campus is about another kind of Jihad arson: the way in which the American campuses have been set ablaze by a well-choreographed and well-funded propaganda campaign against Jews and the Jewish state. Once such propaganda takes hold, actual, physical, murderous Jihad is not far behind.

AN UPTICK IN SOLAR FLARE ACTIVITY
Two new sunspots are rapidly emerging on the solar disk, and one of them is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. So far the eruptions are minor. However, they do represent a noteable uptick in activity compared to the absolute quiet of recent months.

Strong early-morning quake rattles Kaikoura
The magnitude 4.5 quake struck at 2am, at a depth of just 8km. Its epicentre was about 35km northeast of the township. The earthquake was mostly felt in the upper South Island and around the Wellington region, GeoNet’s website said.

Nepal earthquake: No casualties reported so far after 5.5 magnitude quake
The epicentre was located at Solukhumbu district near the Everest region, around 150 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal’s National Seismological Center said. It recorded the intensity of the quake at 5.6. This was the 475th aftershock, of magnitude 4 and above, of the devastating April 2015 temblor in the quake-prone Himalayan country. There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty.

Iranian vessel points weapon at U.S. helicopter: officials
A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.” The incident is the latest in a series of similar actions by Iranian vessels this year, but the first reported since Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8.

Russia is developing a mega-rocket that will transport supplies to build a base on the MOON
Russia is developing a mega-rocket that will transport supplies to build a base on the moon, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister has revealed. President Vladimir Putin wants work to begin on the new ‘super-heavy’ rocket which will ‘pave the way’ for a lunar research station. It will enable the construction of a Russian base that will be both ‘visitable and inhabitable’…

‘Snoopers law creates security nightmare’
The Investigatory Powers Bill will get royal assent on Tuesday. More than 130,000 people have signed a petition calling for it to be scrapped. Tim Berners-Lee has said it creates a “security nightmare”. Edward Snowden has described it as the most extreme surveillance in the history of Western democracy.

Ohio attack: Possible terror link being investigated, say police
Police are investigating whether an attack at Ohio State University which left 11 injured was an act of terror. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the college and then began stabbing people before police shot him dead on Monday. The student’s motive is still not known, but terrorism is a possibility, police chief Kim Jacobs said.

Scurvy makes surprise return in Australia
Doctors in Australia have reported a resurgence in patients suffering from scurvy. The disease, historically associated with sea explorers, has been found in about a dozen diabetes patients at Westmead Hospital in western Sydney. Scurvy is now a rare condition caused by having too little vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, in your diet.

Iran’s Khamenei slams Rouhani for being ‘too open’ toward West
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized the country’s President Hassan Rouhani for his “open dialogue” policy in regards to the country’s nuclear issue. “The West is not obligated to the deal that some of our leaders signed on to,” Khamenei said at a reception for Iran’s new Navy officers on Sunday.

India’s Prime Minister Plans for Cashless Society
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has an economic firestorm on his hands following his decision to ban the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. In his monthly address on Sunday, Modi took his ambitions further with a call for a cashless society. According to a translation by Reuters, Modi said, “I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter the digital world.”

Hackers suspected as 900,000 hit by internet outage
Update: German Telekom is now looking into evidence of a hacker attack after 900,000 internet, phone and television clients were hit by a massive outage starting on Sunday and going into Monday.

Canada’s Trudeau to skip Castro funeral after backlash
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, his office said on Monday, days after Trudeau’s warm comments about the late Cuban leader sparked a backlash. Trudeau referred on Saturday to Castro as a “remarkable leader” and expressed his sorrow at the death of “Cuba’s longest serving president.”

ISIS to Crucified Christians: ‘If You Love Jesus, You Will Die Like Jesus’
A number of Iraqi Christians who weren’t able to flee from their homes before the brutal Islamic State terrorist group conquered large swaths of northern Iraq were crucified “like Jesus” in front of their families, Iraqi refugees in Jordan have revealed.

Netanyahu: Israel won’t allow ISIS to open ‘a front of terror’ on the Golan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Islamic State and other groups in Syria on Monday that Israel would have a zero tolerance policy for attacks across its border.

Under U.S. plan, Afghans may get Black Hawks to replace Russian aircraft
The U.S. military wants to replace Afghanistan’s well-worn fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft, according to a new budget proposal, a decision aimed at reducing the Afghan air force’s decades-long reliance on Russian equipment.


The Briefing 11-29-16

Secularists in Great Britain offended by Prime Minister Theresa May’s vague statement on faith

Is it possible to understand the world without taking religion seriously? Missing religion at the BBC

How designers refusing to dress the Trumps exposed the left’s inconsistency on moral objection


November 28, 2016
ALAN KEYES — When the administration of government is grounded upon principles, clearly communicated and understood, all that is lacking is to appoint individuals firmly committed to respecting and implementing them. In such context, it can truthfully be said that nothing is more pertinent than the old maxim “Personnel is policy.” Clear purposes and goals are just so much lip service unless people are assigned to the positions most critical to putting them into action…. (more)

November 28, 2016
USA TODAY — The Wisconsin Elections Commission agreed Monday to begin a recount of the presidential election on Thursday but was sued by Green Party candidate Jill Stein after the agency declined to require county officials to recount the votes by hand…. (more)

November 28, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Jill Stein has everything she needs to launch a presidential recount. She’s got the cash, the grassroots fervor and the spotlight of an adoring media. But there’s one thing she needs to overturn Trump’s victory: a calendar…. (more)


November 28, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The IRS is plowing ahead with controversial plans to use its files to try to prod more people to sign up for Obamacare – – but the tax agency has promised Congress it won’t break any privacy laws. The letters are set to go out beginning next week, and are aimed at Americans who are paying the tax penalty rather than obtaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS says the 2010 law requires it to inform those individuals they could do better by signing up for the embattled program…. (more)

November 28, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will skip the funeral of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro this week, the White House said Monday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest ruled out the possibility that Obama or Biden would travel to Havana on Tuesday to join other foreign leaders in bidding farewell to the communist revolutionary. Asked if Secretary of State John Kerry or another top administration official will attend, Earnest said: “Stay tuned.”… (more)


November 28, 2016
NEWSMAX — A Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by an officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist attack…. (more)

November 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Despite no evidence of fraud and a widespread belief that the entire effort will change nothing, Wisconsin election officials this week will begin a statewide recount of the presidential vote, adding yet another chapter to the fight between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton…. (more)

November 27, 2016

WORLDNETDAILY — Remember how Donald Trump was grilled repeatedly about his willingness to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election? Well, it turns out a little more attention should have been directed Hillary Clinton’s way…. (more)


November 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Wisconsin Elections Commission has found no evidence that any of its voting machines were hacked during the Nov. 8 election, a spokesman said Saturday. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Friday filed a petition to have a state recount on the sole grounds that data experts believe there may have been a cyberattack. They have no evidence, but contend that Democrat Hillary Clinton performed better where paper ballots, rather than electronic ones were used…. (more)

November 27, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — They won’t now complicate a Hillary Clinton presidency, but the emails from her time in the State Department will still trickle out over the next months as the administration tries to clean up the mess Mrs. Clinton left. Though President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that he would halt any official federal investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s activities as secretary of state, groups that have driven the issue say they will continue to press the legal cases that have forced the release of tens of thousands of her emails and could still pry loose thousands more… (more)


November 27, 2016

NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said if the GOP does not deliver on its mandate from Election Day and campaign promises, it will incite the electorate with “pitchforks and torches in the streets.”… (more)


November 27, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Populism? No thanks. I am not now, nor will I ever be, a populist. Evidently, that separates me from a growing number of commentators, including some conservatives, wistfully engaged in Washington’s latest fad: over-interpreting Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

November 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Washington think tank that helped forge the defense views of President-elect Donald Trump says in a report that the armed forces are too small to win major wars. The Heritage Foundation’s “2017 Index U.S. Military Strength” gives the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps a collective grade of “marginal” for total power compared with a top score of “very strong.” It stamps its lowest grade individually on the Army, which it judges “weak.”… (more)

November 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — As has been seen over the last eight years, diplomacy that results in capitulation is not very effective. The key underlying factor for successful diplomacy is not just having a clear understanding of our vital strategic objectives, but also the military credibility to achieve those objectives as necessary…. (more)

November 27, 2016
TED CRUZ — Two decades of “Castro-is-dead” rumors are finally at an end. And the race is on to see which world leader can most fulsomely praise Fidel Castro’s legacy, while delicately averting their eyes from his less savory characteristics. Two duly-elected leaders of democracies who should know better, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and American president Barack Obama, are leading the way. Mr. Trudeau praised Castro as a “legendary revolutionary and orator” who “made significant improvements to the education and health care of his island nation.” Mr. Obama offered his “condolences” to the Cuban people, and blandly suggested that “history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure.” Now, he added, we can “look to the future.”… (more)

November 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — With Fidel Castro’s passing Friday evening prompting impromptu parties on the streets of Miami, area establishments have announced plans to continue commemorating the dictator’s death with a slew of drink specials being offered in celebration…. (more)

November 27, 2016

NEWSMAX — A longtime bodyguard of the late Fidel Castro chronicled the Cuban dictator’s life of luxury and ladies as the country starved, the N.Y. Post reported Sunday…. (more)


November 27, 2016
JANICE SHAW CROUSE — After all the anger and bitterness of this election, it’s a respite to think about the eternal verities and ponder the importance of family and the traditions that unite us. Aunt Alice, age 98, died last month. She was the last of the “original” nine Crouse siblings and their spouses. With all 18 now gone, her death marks the end of an era for the remaining Crouse clan…. (more)

November 27, 2016
THOMAS SOWELL — This is a football story with both political and legal implications. It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt was black…. (more)

November 26, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Under the guise of suppressing “fake news,” the elite media and their allies are creating a censorship regime to ban legitimate conservative news from platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter…. (more)

November 25, 2016

ALAN KEYES — Today, America is increasingly a nation in which certain opinions and groups are falsely deemed by those in power “more equal” and thus more worthy of protection than others, while those in opposition are tarred as outliers subject to persecution in the public square and even prosecuted under unjust “laws.”… (more)


November 25, 2016
JERRY NEWCOMBE — Why do people from many other countries try to come to America – – even in some cases, risking their lives to do so? What is the source of this nation’s greatness?… (more)

November 25, 2016
WESLEY PRUDEN — What we used to call “the press,” before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they’re something called “the media.” Marshall McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be forgiven…. (more)

November 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A popular radio talk-show host has skewered Planned Parenthood for the talking points it gave to supporters so they can promote the abortion industry giant to their family this Thanksgiving holiday weekend…. (more)

November 25, 2016
THE TELEGRAPH — Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton…. (more)

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If You Happen To See A Scarf Tied Up Around Your Town This Holiday – Here’s What It Means

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 08:03 AM PST

There’s a new trend happening around the country and it catching on like wildfire! No, people aren’t trying to make trees and lightpoles more fashionable…. It’s…

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More than 2,000 deer reported dead in S.D. disease outbreak

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, a viral disease that killed more than 3,700 deer in 2012, has impacted the population this year, with more than 2,000 deer…

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First geyser eruption to occur in 15 years at Lake Rotorua

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A resident of Rotorua’s Ōhinemutu Village woke up in fear this morning. She described the sound as the noise of a water geyser shooting out…

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We are jumping from anomaly to anomaly. This year, the southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLC) season is the earliest southern hemisphere season on record… tied…

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America Is Seeing the Leviathan Manifestation

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(By Wanda Agler) The Lord showed me several months ago that immediately following the election, “…the snake would be seen.” I sensed it would be…

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NASA Research Findings Stun Scientists, Seemingly Defy Important Law of Physics

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Christian university tied to abortion giant

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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.


Do You Know Him?


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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10 Needed Mind-Shifts for Your Fight for Holiness

I’m sure your battle against sin is similar to mine: You’ve had ups and downs, with different struggles in different seasons.

Sometimes you feel powerless to change your deeply ingrained sinful thoughts and habits. Other times encountering a truth from Scripture can prove a real game-changer in your outlook toward sin, and you grow.

10 Needed Mind-Shifts for Your Fight for Holiness

Growing in holiness involves taking out the trash of wrong thinking and learning to think with “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16) by filling our minds with God’s life-giving and holiness-producing truth (John 17:17). Below I share 10 ways of thinking you should adopt for your fight for holiness.

1. Think: “I need to focus on God’s grace” over “I need to focus on stopping my sin.”

If I tell you not to think about all of your past failures, what will you think about? Your past failures. Our focus must not be stopping our sin or failures because the law (simply knowing what you should and shouldn’t do) has no power to free us from the bondage of sin.

But the grace of Christ does. The grace of God teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions and say “yes” to living “self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:11-12). Instead of focusing on your sin, focus on the beauty and grace of Christ. Then when you begin thinking of sinning, you can rejoice that Christ has freed you from sin’s penalty and power (even if you still feel temptation’s draw).

Your sins have been nailed to the cross. Keep your eyes fixed on the cross and let your joy in grace dwarf the misery of sin.

2. Think: “I need help from God’s people” over “I can do it alone.”

Our culture idolizes personal autonomy and those who single-handedly muscle their way forward in the race of life. In God’s grace, this isn’t how the Christian life works.


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In God’s perfect design, he has given us his church as his holy community formed by the gospel. We know God and his love better as we fellowship with one another. We push each other on toward deeper faith and holiness as we encourage one another, confess our sins to each other, and pray for each other. God has given gifted and experienced teachers to build up the body of Christ and lead us to maturity in Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).

Don’t short-circuit God’s design for you in the church by trying to do it on your own—you were never meant to.

3. Think: “I need to please God” over “I need to feel better about myself.”

If your repentance involves repenting just enough to make you feel better, it is not true repentance (see 2 Corinthians 7:8-12). God-honoring repentance desires to please him—not merely avoid bad feelings or consequences. Merely trying to feel better about yourself means the root of sin will remain in the ground and will spring up again in the future.

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. (2 Corinthians 7:9-11)

4. Think: “I am fully equipped to obey all the time” over “It’s too hard for me.”

If you’ve ever thought that breaking sinful habits is impossible, remember that you don’t have to be a “super Christian” to live in obedience.

  • In Christ, God has equipped you with everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This means you are able to walk in the righteousness God wants of you.
  • In Christ, no temptation is too strong for you (1 Corinthians 10:13). This means you always have what it takes to overcome temptation when it comes your way.

This mind-shift won’t mean you’re perfect, but it will remind you of Christ’s power to overcome sin and temptation and keep you from making excuses.

5. Think: “I need to live in obedience” over “I need to have victory.”1

This mind-shift focuses on terminology. The words we use matter and subtly shape our thinking and expectations—which is why we must espouse biblical terminology.

When we describe our battle for holiness as a “victory” or “defeat,” we might be tempted to think our struggle against sin is something external to us; something not in our control. But Scripture describes sin and temptation in terms of “obedience” and “disobedience,” not “victory” or “defeat.”

Don’t soften the weight of sin against a holy God. Take ownership for your sins by calling disobedience what it is.

6. Think: “I need to expose my sin” over “I need to hide my sin.”

Our sinful nature wants to hide our sins to avoid the shame of being found out. God wants the opposite of this: confession of sins—something counter to our sinful nature. Confession brings the darkness of sin into the light and zaps it of its power, bringing healing (James 5:16). Instead of fearing confession, let it remind you of God’s grace given at the cross.

People who truly hate their sin love to confess it, because confession is a God-given channel toward restoration (Psalm 32:1-2; 1 John 1:9).

7. Think: “Put sin to death” over “I’ll just try to stay away from it.”

If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13, emphasis mine)

Putting sin to death is active—something that doesn’t happen on its own. Yet so often in our battles for holiness, we don’t seek to put sin to death, but fool ourselves into thinking our problem will go away. That’s a recipe to fall into the same sin again during a moment of weakness.

Temptations flow from our desires, and merely avoiding them won’t make them go away (James 1:13-14). This may require drastic measures like dropping relationships, changing jobs, or limiting Internet access (depending on your struggles), but you will never regret sacrifices made in pursuing Christ.

We need the attitude that John Owen commended when he said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” This mind-shift comes with a warning: It is impossible without the next.

8. Think: “life in the Spirit” over “life in the flesh.”

We are not empty-handed in our battle against sin. God is actively working in us and giving us power through his Spirit to fight sin and live righteously. Strive for Spirit-dependent lives that fight sin and walk in righteousness. Live in obedience so you don’t grieve the Spirit with your sin or quench the Spirit by missing an opportunity to follow his lead.

Life in the Spirit is incomplete without the Spirit’s sword, the Bible (Ephesians 6:17). Make God’s Word your delight, part of your daily diet, and a weapon for fighting against the flesh and darts of the enemy.2 Heed Jerry Bridges’ warning: “It is hypocritical to pray for victory over our sins and be careless in our intake of the Word of God.”3

9. Think: “Repentance is worship” over “I’m ashamed before God.”

Has your sin ever made you ashamed to seek God? I used to think I needed to clean myself up before approaching God again. The cross frees us from this mindset because Christ has taken our sin upon himself and forgives and cleanses all our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Instead of keeping our distance from God due to shame, preach to yourself that Christ took your shame and punishment on the cross, and remember you are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Take joy that in Christ you are forgiven, and see drawing near to God not as something to avoid, but something to run to because repentance is worship that greatly honors the Lord.

10. Think: “Prayer is vital” over “Prayer is optional.”

If ever you have felt powerless to overcome a certain sin on your own, remember all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). To grow in holiness and make progress in the Christian life, we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, pleading for the Lord’s help to resist temptation and shape our desires according to God’s.

One practical way to apply this is by daily praying the Scriptures. The Scriptures are profitable for “teaching,” “reproof,” “correction,” and “for training in righteousness,” and by praying them daily, we echo the prayer of Jesus in John 17:17: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

Only God will know the compounding effect Scripture-soaked prayers will have over a lifetime.

What mind-shifts would you add? Share in a comment!

[1 I’m indebted to Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness for this idea. 2 See Romans 8 or Galatians 5 for more on life in the Spirit. Bridges in The Pursuit of Holiness, page 75.] [Post Credit: Anchored in Christ. Adapted from an earlier post shared on Anchored in Christ.]

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Hillsong & Worship (Grace To You Addresses Hillsong’s “Worship”)

John 4:23-24

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This is no performance
Lord, I pray it’s worship
Empty words I can’t afford
I’m not chasing feelings
That’s not why I’m singing
You’re the reason for my song

And I only wanna sing
If I sing with everything
If I sing for you, my King

I can’t imagine why
I would do this all for hype
Cause it’s all to lift You high

At this point in the song—titled “Only Wanna Sing”—the music soars, the strobe lights fire up, and everyone on stage and in the crowd begins to dance with reckless abandon.

The irony is hard to miss.

That song—by the band Hillsong Young and Free—epitomizes many of the issues with much of Hillsong’s worship music: vague lyrical content, confused doctrinal perspectives, and an emphasis on style over substance.

Appeal Through Ambiguity

Hillsong’s philosophy fits well with the zeitgeist of our day. The social scientists now tell us that morality is subjective, gender is fluid, and truth is an illusion. Clearly, the precise theology espoused in ancient hymns won’t get the job done anymore.

Hillsong has probably done a better job than anyone else in filling the musical void that many modern churches have experienced. Their songs are catchy, their musicians are excellent, and their songwriters know how to “sound Christian” enough to salve the consciences of all in attendance. Consequently, their music permeates the Christian world, and their album sales are huge—even by secular standards.

Lest you anticipate some fundamentalist rant at this point, we need to be clear: This is not a screed against modern music infiltrating the church.

But we should be wary when our ancient and exclusive faith is overrun with modern songs featuring a fluid and indistinct message. In many instances, Hillsong lyrics are so vague they could be embraced by most religions.

At break of day, in hope we rise
We speak Your Name, we lift our eyes
Tune our hearts into Your beat
Where we walk, there You’ll be

With fire in our eyes, our lives a-light
Your love untamed, it’s blazing out
The streets will glow forever bright
Your glory’s breaking through the night

You will never fade away, Your love is here to stay
By my side, in my life, shining through me everyday

You wake within me, wake within me
You’re in my heart forever

Those lyrics come from “Wake,” a song with no distinctive Christian element. In fact, there’s little to distinguish it from the forlorn ramblings of a junior high love letter.

Hillsong pastors readily point out that all their songs are reviewed for theological accuracy. But when it comes to songs like “Wake” and “Only Wanna Sing,” what is there to review?

Doctrinal Gaps and Malpractice

Not all Hillsong worship songs suffer from ambiguity; some evidence attempts to be more theologically concrete. “What a Beautiful Name” is one example where the biblical themes are at least discernible.

The first verse references Christ’s eternality and deity: “You were the Word at the beginning / One with God the Lord Most High” (cf. John 1:1). Later, the song’s bridge refers to His resurrection: “Death could not hold You / The veil tore before You . . . For You are raised to life again.” And throughout the song, Christ is referred to as King.

However, the second verse is a great example of the doctrinal maladies that plague most of the Hillsong catalogue—malpractice, man-centeredness, and missing information.

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now . . .

The writer of “What a Beautiful Name” would have us believe that the reason for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection was because He “didn’t want heaven without us.” That’s a nice sentiment, but it’s not remotely biblical. In fact, it’s doctrinal malpractice by people who should know better.

Nowhere does the Bible state that an unsatisfying solitude in heaven was God’s reason for redeeming people. Rather, the theme that resounds throughout Scripture is God’s desire to glorify Himself by redeeming sinners. Romans 3:21–26 explicitly describes Christ’s atonement as the display of God’s righteousness. Undoubtedly, the cross was also the demonstration of God’s great love for sinners (John 3:16), but that doesn’t mean He was lonely without us.

Furthermore, that unbiblical statement flows out of the man-centered worldview that permeates almost everything Hillsong does. Rather than seeing ourselves as the undeserving beneficiaries of God’s redemptive plan, we become the central characters in a story that’s meant to glorify God.

The other major problem that plagues even the best songs in the Hillsong library is also evident in “What a Beautiful Name.” Even when they get it theologically right, the missing information robs the lyrical content of any useful meaning. “My sin was great, Your love was greater” begs more questions than they’re willing to answer. It’s exceedingly rare for Hillsong worship to even mention sin, but even if they do it’s left completely undefined.

Similar subjects like God’s wrath, repentance, judgment, depravity, and personal holiness are virtually absent from the entire Hillsong catalog. But those biblical realities form the necessary background to explain most things Hillsong does talk about: grace, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. If grace is unmerited favor, we need to know why we don’t merit it. Mercy is meaningless without understanding the wrath that we deserve. Forgiveness is incomprehensible without grasping our personal guilt before God. And salvation rings hollow when we’re never told what we’re saved from.

At the Strange Fire conference, John MacArthur had this to say about another popular Christian band, and what passes for worship music in many churches today:

Let me explain worship in a simple way. The deeper your understanding of the truth of God, the deeper your understanding of God Himself, the higher your worship goes. Worship is directly correlated to understanding. The richer your theology, the more full your grasp of biblical truth, the more elevated your worship becomes. You don’t have to turn the music on for me to worship.  Low understanding of God—superficial, shallow, understanding of God—leads to shallow, superficial, content-less hysteria. You can whip that up, you can create that kind of frenzy. It has nothing to do with worship; it isn’t worship; it’s not connected to worship; it is sheer hysteria in a mindless expression. You’ve been singing hymns this week. Why? Because there’s rich theology in hymns. We don’t have to go hysterical; we want your mind fully engaged. . . . I don’t need 7-11 choruses, seven words eleven times over. I need to advance the doctrine. I need to advance the richness. I need to deepen the truth and broaden the truth. And hymns have verses, not just five words repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated but never really with the nuances of theology. So, yeah . . . that’s not worship, that’s not even Christian. That’s no different than a rock concert. There’s a lot of ways to manipulate people’s minds, and they have figured out how do that.

Doctrine matters. At best, a steady diet of Hillsong music will leave you with an incomplete theology of salvation. At worst, it promotes unbiblical falsehoods about God, us, and how we can be reconciled to Him.

Style over Substance

It’s worth pointing out that we did not cherry-pick the lyrics referenced above. In a musical catalogue as vast as Hillsong’s, it wouldn’t be hard to find a few weak songs to critique.

Instead, the songs mentioned above come directly from our visits to Hillsong church services. For a few months now, we’ve been visiting Hillsong Los Angeles—one of the ministry’s most recent church plants. While the American audience is primarily familiar with Hillsong’s worship bands, CDs, and concerts, throughout most of the rest of the world, they are one of evangelicalism’s fastest-growing church networks. With franchises established all around the world, they’ve recently begun to expand into the US.

In our estimation, Hillsong represents the next wave of the kind of seeker sensitivity John MacArthur has warned about throughout his ministry. They are cut from the same cloth as Robert Schuller, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren—they’re just aiming for a younger, hipper audience.

Hillsong LA’s church services are virtually indistinguishable from rock concerts. From the moment you walk in, your eyes and ears are assaulted by incoherent multimedia displays, with vague artistry passing for profundity.

While the familiar elements of a church service are there—prayer, worship, teaching, etc.—they’re usually designed and deployed as an appeal to your senses, not your soul. It makes you wonder what people think they’re committing to during the pseudo-alter call that ends every service.

In the end, Hillsong’s carelessness and ambiguity extend beyond their lyrics, touching every element of their global ministry. In the days ahead, we’re going to look at the practical theology they proclaim, and compare it to their own doctrinal statements and ultimately to Scripture.

What you’re going to see—as we have seen firsthand—is that the significant influence Hillsong wields is sowing confusion and corruption into the next generation of the church.


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Perry Noble Says Churches are Businesses, Offers to Help Them Grow

Now that Perry Noble is fresh out of alcohol rehab, the Lord has something new and exciting in store for him.  It won’t be pastoring a church because, according to 1 Tim 3:1-7, he is no longer qualified.  So, what has God supposedly “shown him” regarding his future? Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen has the details:

perry-noble-2Disgraced former pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, SC, says God is calling him back to the ministry–except this time, he’s in it for the business. After losing his job last year as senior pastor of the seeker-friendly megachurch for years of alcohol-related transgressions, he vowed to return to ministry after a 30-day rehab program and turning himself over to a therapist. He has kept his promise and is now offering what he calls a “consultation ministry,” dubbed The Growth Co., in which he will be offering to come alongside businesses and churches to help them grow.

“I am ready to take the next step in life and ministry…” the repeat alcoholic offender says,

After much thought, prayer and seeking godly and wise counsel I believe The Lord has clearly shown me I am supposed to step into church and business consulting.

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Fidel Castro May Be Dead, but Tyranny Remains in Cuba

Ana Quintana is a policy analyst for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere in The Heritage Foundation.  Ana is a first-generation Cuban American who knows this story “all too well.” Her piece is posted over at The Daily Signal.  She writes:

Late Friday evening, Cuban state media reported the death of their former leader, Fidel Castro, at age 90. Some will mourn his passing or even glorify his life. But for many others, not even his death will fill the void caused by his life.

For over five decades, Cubans suffered under the tyranny of Fidel and then his brother Raul, now 85. They watched the regime destroy a country and export the same perverted model of social justice throughout the developing world.

My grandfather would often tell us of how he would hide indoors while Fidel’s firing squads would slaughter innocent people nearby.

Religion was criminalized, dissent was violently punished, and Cuban citizens became property of their communist state. Fidel’s rule brought the world to its closest point of nuclear war during those fateful 13 days in 1962. He indoctrinated hate and pushed millions out of their country.

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Progressive Christians to ‘Take Back Their Faith’ After Election

<!– Place this data between the tags of your website –>Derryck Green of Juicy Ecumenicism makes it clear that, when determining what is right and wrong, good and evil from a biblical perspective, those who call themselves “progressive Christians” (liberals) are in no position to take the moral high ground.  Green lays into those who pose as evangelicals but whose main goal is the redefinition of traditional Christianity, people such as popular author, blogger and speaker Rachel Held Evans and Jim Wallis of Sojourners, a far-left organization.   Green closes his piece with this challenge for wolves in sheep’s clothing: “If progressive Christians are really concerned about the future of their faith, they may want to consider what faith is really of concern – Leftism or Christianity.”

Now listen to what Derryck Green has to say about the snare of liberal “Christianity”:

A week after the election, the Huffington Post published a blog entry in which Progressive Christians suggested what like-minded Christians should do in order to “take back their faith.”

Still reeling from the election in which Donald Trump was elected president, several progressive Christians pondered the necessary steps to draw a stronger contrast between their brand of kindhearted progressive Christianity, and the kind of conservative, evangelical Christianity that helped elect Donald Trump.

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November 28, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Nov. 28, 2016 |

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U.S. voters approve 50%-43% of job President Obama is doing, his highest score since 53%-40% approval rating Dec. 6, 2012, right after he won re-election, according to Quinnipiac University national poll.

Already in November, the value of American financial firms has been inflated by more than $300 billion, the most ever for the group as it benefits from optimism over Donald Trump’s presidential plans.

OPEC ministers flew to Moscow and officials in Vienna started another round of talks in an effort to salvage an agreement on production cuts, just as Saudi Arabia said a deal might not be necessary.

AP Top Stories

An active shooter was reported on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. The school issued an alert via its emergency alert system and urged students and faculty to shelter in place.

Thousands of Cubans began lining up early near Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution Monday carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.

Wildfires near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have forced hundreds to flee their homes amid mass evacuations in Israel and more than a dozen arrests, police said Saturday.

Brazil’s President Michel Temer, together with congressional leaders, vowed on Sunday to block any attempt by legislators to grant themselves a corruption amnesty as he sought to defuse a series of scandals.

Zimbabweans on Monday greeted their new “bond note” currency with deep suspicion that it could herald the return of hyperinflation that destroyed their savings less than 10 years ago. The country has operated mainly on US dollars since 2009, but banks and cash machines started dispersing new “bond notes” valued at the equivalent of $1 and $2.

Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so. Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”

The head of Iranian Railways has resigned after four of his employees were arrested following a collision between two trains that left at least 44 people dead.

When Turkey’s teachers returned to school in September, they found their numbers decimated by expulsions, more than half their textbooks gone, and some 2,250 educational institutions sealed with police tape. Schools have emerged as a critical battleground in Turkey, after a failed coup attempt on July 15 prompted sweeping purges of, by one estimate, 125,000 individuals from the police, armed forces, judiciary, and other ministries; more than 46,000 people have been arrested. Educators have borne the brunt of the crackdown, accounting for nearly half of those arrested, expelled, or suspended.

A lottery ticket sold in Tennessee had the winning numbers for a $421 million Powerball jackpot, one of the biggest on record, officials said after Saturday’s draw.

Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces said Saturday that Tehran may be interested in setting up naval bases in both Syria and Yemen, the semi-official Tasnim reported.

Nine executives are being held responsible by the Chinese government for a power plant accident where 74 workers were killed when an under-construction cooling tower collapsed.

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Syrian government forces have captured a third of the rebel-held territory in eastern Aleppo, monitors say.

A white man accused of killing nine black people at a South Carolina church will be allowed to represent himself at trial, a federal judge has said.

San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000. As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network.

A man has been killed and nine others injured in a shooting in the historic French Quarter of the US city of New Orleans.

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a study has found. Some 67% of corals died in the reef’s worst-hit northern section.

Japan’s government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more than doubled.

The wife of Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has drawn criticism by performing a Holocaust-themed ice skating routine on Russian television.

The Israeli Air Force has bombed a building used by Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, Israel’s military said.

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In Britain, Big Brother just got bigger. After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities – from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors – powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for the nation to become a cashless society.

A UK academic is campaigning against sex robots, arguing they are dehumanizing, isolating and will encourage people to consider women as property.


Top News – 11/28/2016

Israel Battles ISIS on Golan Heights
Israeli soldiers operating along the border between Israel and Syria on Sunday came under attack from terrorists affiliated with ISIS. The soldiers were conducting a mission in the buffer zone between the two countries, but still inside Israeli territory, when they came under small arms and mortar fire.

Obama Attempts to Distort His Legacy
The election of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on November 8… was…clearly a repudiation of Democratic policymaking, with Trump promising to eliminate or revise a number of Barack Obama’s signature achievements.

Syrian Army Scores Major Victory by Cutting Through Jihadist-Held Eastern Aleppo
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are reported to have freed the al-Sakhour neighborhood of eastern Aleppo earlier on Monday, separating southern and northern jihadist-held districts of the embattled city in what would be a major victory that could well determine the outcome of the years-long war.

Time to Come Home: South Dakota Chabad Center Completes 50-State Outreach
All of which might mean that messianic times have finally arrived in the United States of America, as Chabad Lubavitch has just announced the establishment of a Chabad Center in the 50th and final US state, South Dakota, home to the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial with its massive sculpture of four great presidents carved into the rock of the Black Hills.

Theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test
some researchers have suggested that the speed of light could have been much higher in this early universe. Now, one of this theory’s originators, Professor João Magueijo from Imperial College London, working with Dr Niayesh Afshordi at the Perimeter Institute in Canada, has made a prediction that could be used to test the theory’s validity.

Trump To Ask Foreign Governments To Probe Clinton Foundation
President-elect Donald Trump will encourage foreign governments to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s finances, according to a Sunday report by the New York Post.

Keith Ellison Once Proposed Making A Separate Country For Blacks
Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, now in the running to be DNC Chair, has attracted the support of Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Harry Reid. Many think that Ellison, an African-American Muslim, would make a powerful statement leading the DNC. Ellison’s past has gained attention from the media, with Ellison being accused of anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam.

China’s Secretive Space Program Threatens NASA’s Dominance
The launch of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft in western China last month marked another great leap forward for the nation’s space program and its ambition to send manned missions to the moon and, eventually, Mars…China is counting on its space program to pay huge economic dividends. China is NASA’s biggest rival in space exploration with plans to land “taikonauts” on the moon by 2036 and Mars thereafter.

Anti-terror police units deployed on London’s streets
Anti-terrorism police patrol units are hitting the streets of London in an attempt to spot people carrying out “hostile reconnaissance” and other criminal activity. Lambeth and Wandsworth will be the first areas to see the new patrol units of uniformed and undercover officers from today, and are due to be extended to other boroughs in the coming months. Scotland Yard stressed the move was “not in response to a specific threat”.

Islamic State retreat reveals terror plots against Europe
Intelligence of attack plots across Europe is being uncovered as Islamic State’s caliphate is beaten back, the top British officer in the military coalition fighting the extremists has disclosed. A trove of information has already been found and the capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul is expected to deliver more on the plans, finances and members of Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).

France election: Fillon floors rival in conservative primaries
Francois Fillon has taken the conservative ticket in next year’s French presidential election by a landslide at party primaries. With nearly all the ballots counted, he had won 66.5% to 33.5% for his run-off rival, Alain Juppe. The former prime minister promised to build a fairer society, saying France wanted “truth and… action”.

Michael Oren, French envoy clash over boycotts and settlement labeling
An online firestorm ensued Monday after Kulanu Deputy Minister Michael Oren insinuated that Israelis should boycott the purchase of French goods in light of Paris’s decision to label products made in settlements beyond the Green Line. “France is labeling Israeli products from Judea, Samaria, and the Golan. Israelis should think twice before buying French products,” Oren…wrote on Twitter late Sunday.

Israel strikes new ISIS target in Syria day after Golan attack
The IDF on Monday morning again responded to an ISIS attack Sunday against the Israeli Golani Reconnaissance Battalion operating along the Syrian border, the military spokesperson’s office reported. The Israeli Air Force attack targeted an ISIS-held location in the south of the Syrian Golan heights early Monday.

Dear Clinton supporters: Recount won’t matter
News that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount in Wisconsin, and will likely do the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania, has raised faint hopes among Hillary Clinton supporters that somehow Donald Trump will not become the next president of the United States. Now that Clinton’s campaign has said it will participate in the recount efforts, those supporters’ hopes have been lifted even higher. To put the matter bluntly: They should give up that hope.

Theresa May says her Christian faith helps her make difficult decisions
Theresa Mayhas said her Christian faith helps her make difficult decisions as she revealed her husband Philip picks her clothes and handbags when she goes shopping. The Prime Minister said her belief in God means she has faith in her gut instincts as she defended her leadership style which has been criticised for shutting others out of the decision-making process.

Geert Wilders on Track to Become Next Prime Minister of the Netherlands
As usual when the elites are told they can’t do something they really want to do, our country’s politicians have been trying to push the treaty down our collective throats nonetheless. Strangely — or not! — most Dutch voters object to being ignored, which is undoubtedly one of several reasons why the PVV continues to gain in the polls.

Syrian Government Forces Retake Rebel-Held Areas In Aleppo
In the Syrian city of Aleppo, forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have established full control of the largest rebel-held district, Masaken Hanano, according to Syria’s state news agency.

Trump: My son-in-law could broker Middle East peace
Kushner is an Orthodox Jew and Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism before they were married. Kushner has become one of Trump’s most trusted advisers and has been playing a major role in shaping the president-elect’s transition. However, his exact role is not clear.

Can this man save the Democrats?
Dressed in a grey sweater, jeans and white sneakers, Tim Ryan looks more like the college-football star he aspired to be than a man about to take on the most powerful woman in Washington, DC.


The Briefing 11-28-16

Fidel Castro, one of the most infamous figures of the 20th century, dead at age 90

Why the nomination of a Secretary of Education reveals the fault lines of America’s worldview conflict

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What It Feels Like To Be Homeless For The Holidays In America

child-sitting-in-door-and-crying-public-domainCould you imagine spending the holidays in a homeless shelter, in a tent city surrounded by drug addicts and prostitutes, or in a sleeping bag on the cold, hard streets of an urban jungle?  Unfortunately, that is what real life looks like for an increasing number of Americans.  Most of the time when we think of “homeless people”, the image that comes into our minds is one of a grizzled old man asking for some spare change, but the truth is that vast numbers of women and children in our country do not have anywhere to live.  In fact, Poverty USA has reported that last year a grand total 1.6 million U.S. children stayed either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing.  And you never hear the mainstream media report this number, but the truth is that the number of homeless children in the United States has risen by 60 percent since the “end” of the last recession.   For the moment the wealthy are getting wealthier, but meanwhile things have just continued to get harder and harder for those that are struggling to survive in this economy. (Read More….)


Top Headlines – 11/28/2016

  • Trump Alleges That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally (Read More)
  • Oil slip sends dollar, bond yields skidding (Read More)
  • Italian Lenders Slide on Vote Worries to Drag Down Europe Stocks (Read More)
  • OPEC makes last-ditch bid to save oil deal as tensions grow (Read More)
  • How Iran, Russia Could Derail Oil-Production Deal (Read More)
  • Tug of War Delays Some of Trump’s Key Appointments (Read More)
  • French conservatives back Fillon for president, left flounders (Read More)
  • How to Kill the Volcker Rule? Don’t Enforce It (Read More)
  • Islamic State retreat reveals terror plots against Europe (Read More)
  • Trump’s dilemma: Support Big Oil and Big Corn? (Read More)
  • Bomb defused near US embassy in Philippines (Read More)
  • Paul Manafort Is Back (Read More)
  • Fukushima nuclear decommission, compensation costs to almost double (Read More)
  • Lufthansa Headed for Worst Pilot Strike on Hard-Line Stance (Read More)
  • How Amazon Gets Its Holiday Hires Up to Speed in Two Days (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo Hit With Class Action Over Target-Date Funds (Read More)
  • Fearing tighter U.S. visa regime, Indian IT firms rush to hire, acquire (Read More)
  • Fed braces for Trump administration shake-up (Read More)
  • Uber drivers in U.S. cities to join planned worker protests (Read More)
  • Britain seeks to strengthen ties with Poland before Brexit (Read More)

Military Intelligence head warns of instability in West Bank, possible wave of terror

IDF Soldiers Taught to Combat West Bank Terrorism With High-Tech Simulator of Actual Attacks

Man arrested for calling online to burn Arab villages in retaliation

Bennett: ‘Fire terrorists tried to kill an Israeli town’

With wildfires under control, Israel turns to recovery efforts

Netanyahu: Israel will cut through red tape ‘cruelty’ to aid fire victims

Holocaust survivor’s home reduced to ashes in fire

Vladimir Putin spokesman’s wife sparks outrage with ‘Holocaust-on-ice’ dance routine

MK Michael Oren tells Israelis to ‘think twice before buying French products.’

Lebanon stops building wall around biggest Palestinian refugee camp

Gaza risks becoming easy launchpad for Islamic State: Qatari minister

Deadly nuclear material stolen from Iran nuclear plant

Israel Air Force officer: ‘Syria’s the global stage, everybody’s playing there’

Egypt denies military presence in Syria

IDF strikes IS target in Syria, day after killing 4 IS-affiliated terrorists following clash

Iraq’s Parliament Adopts Law Legalizing Shiite Militias

UK commander in Iraq calls for patience over retaking Mosul from Isis

Syrian rebels lose all of northeast Aleppo ‘in worst defeat since they seized half the city in 2012’

Turkish media: Islamic State uses ‘chemical gas’ against Syrian rebels

BBC, Voice of America Reporters Detained in Southeast Turkey

Police safely detonate suspected bomb found near US Embassy in Philippines

Indonesia arrests militants in Myanmar Embassy plot

New ISIS Video ‘You Must Fight Them O Muwahhid’ Is ‘How-To’ on Killing Non-Muslims

Islamic State retreat reveals terror plots against Europe

Anti-terror police units deployed on London’s streets

Morocco state TV apologises for showing women how to hide domestic violence with make-up

Meet Canada’s First Hijab-Wearing TV News Anchor

The EU must compromise to win a good Brexit deal for Britain and the rest of the union, warns Polish PM

Theresa May faces Brexit legal challenge over single market withdrawal

Theresa May says her Christian faith helps her make difficult decisions

How Scotland unwittingly became a tax haven for internet scams

India rupee ban: Sporadic ‘day of rage’ protests against cash ban

From Brazil to Venezuela, Fidel Castro’s influence felt across Latin America

Inside Fidel Castro’s life of luxury and ladies while country starved

Kaepernick booed in Miami for Castro comments

Abbas orders Palestinian flags flown at half-staff in honor of Castro

North Korea calls 3-day mourning period for Castro after honoring Arafat in 2004

GOP urges Obama to avoid Fidel Castro’s funeral

Cubans fret over life after Castro with Trump next door

Trump Walks Business-Politics Tightrope on Cuba After Castro

Donald Trump unleashes Twitter storm against Hillary Clinton’s support for ‘sad’ election recount effort

Trump Says He Lost Popular Vote Because ‘Millions Voted Illegally’

Opinion: The Democrats’ real strategy in launching recounts

Clinton Is Playing With Fire By Backing a Recount in Wisconsin

Clinton joining vote recount appears to test fragile truce with Trump

Dear Clinton supporters: Recount won’t matter

Pirro on Clinton Joining Recount: You Said We Should Accept Election Results

Priebus: Hillary Reneged on Concession ‘Deal’ With Trump

Ted Cruz warns there will be ‘pitchforks and torches in the streets’ if Trump doesn’t deliver on campaign promises

Conway resumes Romney opposition, says Trump loyalists feel ‘betrayed’

Fed braces for Trump administration shake-up

Presidential profits? Secret Service could rent Trump Tower floors

Police hopeful Donald Trump will usher in new era of respect for law enforcement

Florida sees killings increase after passage of ‘stand your ground’ gun law, study says

Hundreds gather at Hampshire College to protest school’s refusal to fly U.S. flag

Dollar Reverses Some Post-Election Gains on Oil Jitters

Trump’s election has China’s former critics looking to it to defend globalization – willingly or not

China Cites ‘The Art of War’ as Trump Signals Trade Battle

China’s Secretive Space Program Threatens NASA’s Dominance

Researchers claim time travel is possible

Moderate 5.4 earthquake strikes near Mount Everest in Nepal

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Pope Francis Prays for Central American Hurricane Victims

Southern US at risk for tornadoes, flooding as severe storms arrive on Monday

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ deaths in Melbourne rise to six

Prisoner dies by suicide every three days as toll hits ‘epidemic’ level

Girls are getting ill because they spend all their time ‘taking the perfect selfie’, says Jennifer Saunders

Rise of the ‘cellfie’ – baby photos now begin at fertilisation

Nick Cannon says Planned Parenthood is responsible for ‘real genocide’

California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

Pope’s possible deal with China would ‘betray Christ’, says Hong Kong cardinal

What is ‘Bridal Mysticism’? And why is it so prevalent?

Perry Noble Says Churches are Businesses, Offers to Help Them Grow

Aerial View of Bishop I.V. Hilliards Massive Compound Near Houston

Former SBC leader says ERLC out of touch with mainstream

Order Now to Get Your Hipster Nativity Set in Time For Christmas

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Thanks God for ‘Guiding My Hand’ When Killing Babies

DEVELOPING: Ohio State reports ‘active shooter’ on Columbus campus

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 07:31 AM PST

An “active shooter” was being investigated on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, authorities tweeted. “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts…

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NASA and FEMA Rehearse for killer Asteroid Strike on Los Angeles

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 06:46 AM PST

Imagine if scientists discovered that an asteroid was hurtling toward Los Angeles. The possibility has existed on the pages of Hollywood scripts. But in what…

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Zimbabwe introduces ‘Bond Notes’ to ease cash crunch

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 06:24 AM PST

Zimbabwe launched a new currency on Monday, issuing $10 million of ‘bond notes’ that the authorities hope will ease a severe cash crunch but which…

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Is the Obama administration at a boiling point with Israel?

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 06:19 AM PST

Speculation has been rife for some time that President Barack Obama will use the presidential interregnum to make a legacy statement on Israel-Palestine. On the…

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Wave of Fires in Israel blamed on “Divine Retribution”

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 06:11 AM PST

While Israeli officials have blamed a rash of fires on a mix of negligence, uncooperative weather and terror-minded firebugs, some Jewish and Muslim religious “authorities”…

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Strong earthquake hits Nepal, tremors felt in India and China

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 06:02 AM PST

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4. has struck northeast Nepal, with shaking felt in Kathmandu and parts of China, India, Bhutan and…

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Police detonate IED found near US Embassy in Philippines

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 05:41 AM PST

Authorities in Manila detonated an improvised explosive device Monday that was found in a trash bin near the U.S. Embassy. No one was reported hurt…

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Amazing Prophecy From 1981 Says That The U.S. Economy Will Collapse After The Death Of Fidel Castro

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:51 PM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder)   ATTENTION: The following report does not reflect the opinions or views of End Time Headlines. Four out of the five major…

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19 volcanic eruptions last week – We are within a serious period of volcanic unrest

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:42 PM PST

There have been at least 19 eruptions last week. Are there still any people around saying that the seismic activity isn’t high around the world?…

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Muslim Immigrant to U.K. Says God Using Him to Build His Kingdom, Leads More Than 600 Iranians to Jesus

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:32 PM PST

When he was still a Muslim living in Iran, Shapoor did not believe God could talk to ordinary people, much less have a relationship with…

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito: Religious Freedom in ‘Greater Danger’ Than Free Speech

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:29 PM PST

During a recent speech in Washington for the national lawyer’s convention of the Federalist Society, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito opined that religious freedom…

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India grapples with the effects of withdrawing 86% of cash in circulation

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:20 PM PST

A NEW strain of trickle-down economics has been spawned by the decision, on November 8th, to withdraw the bulk of India’s banknotes by the end…

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Fears mount of multiple bank failures in Italy if Renzi loses referendum…

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 07:15 PM PST

Up to eight of Italy’s troubled banks risk failing if prime minister Matteo Renzi loses a constitutional referendum next weekend and ensuing market turbulence deters…

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Revivalist Experiences Hell In a Dream

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 04:29 PM PST

(By John Burton) During this night of terror more than 25 years ago, I fell asleep in the old, empty church building and found myself…

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South Korea develops electromagnetic weapon to use against North’s drones

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 04:04 PM PST

South Korea will soon put to use a powerful weapon in the fight against North Korean drones – the electromagnetic pulse (EMP), its military reported….

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Japan scrambles jets as Chinese warplanes fly near Okinawa

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 03:39 PM PST

The Chinese military has conducted air force drills in the western Pacific close to Beijing’s regional rivals Japan and Taiwan on Friday and Saturday. The…

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Floods Strike 96 Villages in Indonesia

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 03:36 PM PST

Bojonegoro subdistrict’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPPD) reported that 96 villages in 15 districts in the area were struck by flood due to overflow of Bengawan…

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Thousands of Herring washing ashore in St. Marys Bay leaves scientists puzzled

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:52 PM PST

Scores of Atlantic herring are washing up on the shores around St. Marys Bay, N.S., but the reason isn’t clear. Within the last week, the…

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Town in Australia turned white from severe Hail Storm

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:46 PM PST

A Queensland town has been turned into a white wonderland after a severe thunderstorm brought through some heavy hail. Killarney, southeast of Warwick, looked as…

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Sweden Steps In On Behalf of Pastor Imprisoned in North Korea

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:37 PM PST

A Swedish ambassador advocated on behalf of Canadian pastor Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, who has been sentenced to life in prison at a North Korean…

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A single mosquito bite changed teacher’s life; Led to paralysis…

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:24 PM PST

The virus rode inside the salivary glands of the mosquito as the insect flew crosswind over northeast Los Angeles in search of a blood meal….

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Canada Has First Hijab-Wearing News Anchor…

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:22 PM PST

“It shouldn’t be a big deal,” Ginella Massa says of hosting CityNews in a traditional Muslim headscarf. Canada suddenly has its first hijab-wearing news anchor…

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‘Russian Propaganda’ Media Black List Includes the Drudge Report

Posted: 27 Nov 2016 02:10 PM PST

The Washington Post published an article Thursday afternoon which promotes a list of alleged “Russian propaganda peddlers” that includes prominent sites such as The Drudge…

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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.


Do You Know Him?


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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Cuba, Castro, and Socialism’s “Useful Idiots”

It was Lenin who talked about “useful idiots” in the West who did all the dirty work for the Communists: they sang the praises of Marxism while tearing down the free West that they lived in. The Communists sat back and laughed as these clueless wonders did their spade work for them, knowing that once they got into power these folks would be the first to get a bullet in the head.

But they performed a useful service to the Communists as they denigrated the West and its freedoms and sought to defend to the hilt this bankrupt and diabolical system. One would have hoped that this would have ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but not so.

castro-7These Western stooges are still trying to defend socialist hellholes like Cuba, and the number of Western lefties now singing the praises of Castro is staggering. We have had plenty of Western political leaders and mainstream media folks praising this tyrant. I have already written about this here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/11/27/castro-death-tyrants/

Worse yet is when utterly clueless Christians get into the act, dumping on America and the West while shilling for these atheistic dictators. I have dealt with some of these folks and it is painful indeed. I remind them that if they so detest the West and love these socialist paradises that they of course should move there instead of being such rank hypocrites.

But no, they are quite happy to enjoy to the full all the benefits of the free market while they rage against it, and extol the “god that failed” as Koestler called it, while refusing to actually go and live there. They ignorantly go on about the evils of greed, actually believing that greed somehow does not exist in these Marxist utopias.

These Christians who have their feet firmly planted in mid-air need to get back to planet earth. Believing lies does not make one Christlike – it makes one deceived. Dan Bongino recently wrote about the “Top 3 lies socialists tell the ‘useful idiots’” Let me share his second one:

“Socialism is about sharing.” Sharing? Sharing is a voluntary act where individuals donate their time or resources to other people whom they choose. Socialism is the exact OPPOSITE. Socialism is the government TAKING other people’s time or resources, against their will most of the time, and often by force, and giving them to people whom the government chooses, not you. Again, calling this process “democratic” by disingenuously referring to it as “democratic socialism” does absolutely nothing to change the fact that socialism is, by definition, the theft of your time and resources by government. Also, calling it democratic socialism because people can vote for the people who will then confiscate their time and resources does nothing to change the fact that this is neither “sharing” nor “democratic.”

Yet these lefty Christians talk about being generous with their money to help the poor. They are utterly clueless to the reality that one must first create wealth before one can share it – something the free market specialises in. In state socialism you simply share in poverty, with the political elites being the only ones to enjoy wealth.

But these useful idiots believe places like Cuba are such wonderful countries. They really should try talking to people who have actually lived there. Millions of people have sought to flee this hellhole, but I am not aware of millions of Westerners risking everything to flee there!

It is all one way traffic as people vote with their feet. That tells us all we need to know about the socialist failure that is Cuba. Many have written about this over the years. One person who knows all about this is US Senator Ted Cruz. He writes:

The 60 years Fidel Castro spent systematically exploiting and oppressing the people of Cuba provide more than enough history to pass judgment on both Fidel and, now more importantly, his brother Raul. My own family’s experience is a case in point. My father, Rafael, had been an early supporter of the revolution against Fulgencio Batista — and spent a time in prison getting his teeth kicked in for his efforts. He fled the island, only to return to what he hoped would be a liberated Cuba. Instead, he found a new, even more brutal, form of repression had taken hold. In 1960, he left again, never to return. His sister, my Tia Sonia, bravely joined the resistance to Castro and was jailed and tortured in her turn. The betrayal and violence experienced by my father and aunt were all too typical of the millions of Cubans who have suffered under the Castro regime over the last six decades. This is not the stuff of Cold War history that can be swept under the rug simply because Fidel is dead.

Dan Mitchell has also recently written about “The Economic Misery of Cuban Communism”. He begins:

Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, brutality, and repression that occurred whenever that evil system was imposed upon a nation. Dictators like Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the North Korean Kim dynasty either killed more than Hitler, or butchered higher proportions of their populations.
But let’s not forget that communism also has an awful economic legacy. The economic breakdown of the Soviet Empire. The horrid deprivation in North Korea. The giant gap that existed between West Germany and East Germany. The mass poverty in China before partial liberalization. Today, let’s focus on how communism has severely crippled the Cuban economy.

He mentions several authorities in his piece. One said this:

The average Cuban makes only about $20 a month—which is a bit spartan even if you add in free housing, food, and medical care. For that matter, the free stuff is not so easy to come by: Food shortages are frequent, the stock of adequate housing has shrunk, and hospital patients often have to bring their own sheets, food, and even medical supplies.
For a long time, Cuba enjoyed the generous support of the Soviet Union. But when communism collapsed in Moscow, Cubans had to confront the deficiencies of their system. Admirers of Castro point to his alleged success in eradicating illiteracy and improving health care. But even these fall short of impressive progress.
Roger Noriega, a researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, notes that before communism arrived, Cuba “was one of the most prosperous and egalitarian societies of the Americas.” His colleague Nicholas Eberstadt has documented that pre-Castro Cuba had a high rate of literacy and a life expectancy surpassing that in Spain, Greece, and Portugal.
Instead of accelerating development, Castro has hindered it. In 1980, living standards in Chile were double those in Cuba. Thanks to bold free-market reforms implemented in Chile but not Cuba, the average Chilean’s income now appears to be four times higher than the average Cuban’s.

Even the leftist the Huffington Post had to speak the truth about Cuba:

The economic consequences of a 50-year, totalitarian, socialistic experiment in government are obvious today. Cuba is a beautiful country filled with many friendly people, who have lived in poverty and deprivation for decades. Socialism in its purest form simply didn’t work there. I was immediately reminded of that old saying: “Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth – but socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.” Once-magnificent buildings are literally crumbling, plaster falling and walls and stairways falling apart, as there are no ownership incentives to maintain them – or profit potential to incent their preservation. …Every Cuban gets a ration book and an assigned “bodega” in which to purchase the low-cost, subsidized food. The one I visited looked like an empty warehouse, with little on the shelves. If the rice, beans, eggs, and cooking oil are not in stock, the shopper must return the following week. Allowed five eggs per month, the basics barely cover a starvation existence. …the economic results of their 50-year rule have been abysmal.

Consider also a report penned just two years ago:

The revolutionaries promised liberal democracy, but Castro secured absolute power and flattened the country with a Marxist-Leninist battering ram. The objectives were total equality and the abolition of money; the methods were total surveillance and political prisons. The state slogan, then and now, is “socialism or death.”
Cuba was one of the world’s richest countries before Castro destroyed it—and the wealth wasn’t just in the hands of a tiny elite. “Contrary to the myth spread by the revolution,” wrote Alfred Cuzan, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida, “Cuba’s wealth before 1959 was not the purview of a privileged few. . . . Cuban society was as much of a middle-class society as Argentina and Chile.” In 1958, Cuba had a higher per-capita income than much of Europe. “More Americans lived in Cuba prior to Castro than Cubans lived in the United States,” Cuban exile Humberto Fontova, author of a series of books about Castro and Guevara, tells me. “This was at a time when Cubans were perfectly free to leave the country with all their property. In the 1940s and 1950s, my parents could get a visa for the United States just by asking. They visited the United States and voluntarily returned to Cuba. More Cubans vacationed in the U.S. in 1955 than Americans vacationed in Cuba. Americans considered Cuba a tourist playground, but even more Cubans considered the U.S. a tourist playground.” Havana was home to a lot of that prosperity, as is evident in the extraordinary classical European architecture that still fills the city. Poor nations do not—cannot—build such grand or elegant cities.
But rather than raise the poor up, Castro and Guevara shoved the rich and the middle class down. The result was collapse. “Between 1960 and 1976,” Cuzan says, “Cuba’s per capita GNP in constant dollars declined at an average annual rate of almost half a percent. The country thus has the tragic distinction of being the only one in Latin America to have experienced a drop in living standards over the period.”

“But what about health care?” the Western lefties will intone:

As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own bedsheets, and even their own iodine to the hospital. Most of these items are available only on the illegal black market, moreover, and must be paid for in hard currency—and sometimes they’re not available at all. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad—especially to Venezuela, in exchange for oil—that the island is now facing a personnel shortage. “I don’t want to say there are no doctors left,” says an American man who married a Cuban woman and has been back dozens of times, “but the island is now almost empty. I saw a banner once, hanging from somebody’s balcony, that said, DO I NEED TO GO TO VENEZUELA FOR MY HEADACHE?”

And lest one foolishly claims this poverty and misery is somehow due to a US boycott, think again:

For 40 years, the Castro regime was sustained by the Soviet Union. Then, when this superpower collapsed, Western European governments and others filled the gap. Then came Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, funneling oil wealth to Havana. Then, when chavista Venezuela collapsed, President Obama threw a lifeline to the Castros, in the form of unilateral recognition.

Much more can be said about Cuba and other workers’ paradises. Whenever socialism comes to power, it results in economic misery and political repression for the masses. There is certainly nothing Christian about that, and there is nothing to be found here that anyone concerned about the poor and needy can run with.

It is a failed system which has been tried and found wanting. The alternative, the free market system, is not without fault, but compared to the dead end of socialism it is a vast improvement. Yet clueless Westerners will still sing the praises of these miserable socialist countries and still salute these brutal socialist dictators.

They certainly are useful idiots. As George Will rightly said: “Socialism is bountiful only of slogans, and a Castro favorite was ‘socialism or death.’ The latter came to him decades after the former had made Cuba into a gray museum for a dead utopianism.”

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/04/top-3-lies-socialists-tell-the-useful-idiots#sthash.YlFKgiIv.dpuf
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442485/fidel-castro-dead-ted-cruz-cuban-dictator-oppression-raul
https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/the-economic-misery-of-cuban-communism/
http://reason.com/archives/2010/09/20/cuba-and-the-death-of-communis
http://city-journal.org/html/last-communist-city-13649.html
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442486/fidel-castro-dies-dictator-oppressed-people-cuba
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442491/fidel-castro-death-tyrant-cuba-dictator-justin-trudeau

Source: Cuba, Castro, and Socialism’s “Useful Idiots”

Jesus’ Deity and the Early Church

Did the early church believe in the deity of Christ?

Ask your average Muslim, Unitarian, Jehovah’s Witness, or just about any non-Christian skeptic who has read (or watched) The Da Vinci Code, and they’ll try to convince you the answer is noFrom such sources we are told that the deity of Christ was a doctrine invented centuries after Jesus’ death — a result of pagan influences on the church in the fourth century when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion.

Emperor Constantine, in particular, is blamed for being the guy who promoted Jesus to the level of deity, a feat of cosmic proportions that he managed to pull off at the Council of Nicaea in 325. As Dan Brown put it (through the lips of one of his literary characters): “Jesus’ establishment as ‘the Son of God’ was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea. . . . By officially endorsing Jesus as the Son of God, Constantine turned Jesus into a deity who existed beyond the scope of the human world, an entity whose power was unchallengeable” (The Da Vinci Code, 253).

So how can believers answer such allegations?

The best response, obviously, is to demonstrate from Scripture that Jesus is God. We can be confident that the early church affirmed Christ’s deity (and that we should do the same) because the New Testament clearly teaches that truth. The biblical case can be made from many places. Without going into detail in this post, here is a small sampling of texts that teach the deity of Christ: Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:23; John 1:1, 14, 18; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Rom. 9:5; 1 Cor. 1:24; 2 Cor. 4:4; Php. 2:6; Col. 1:15–16; 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:3, 8; 2 Pet. 1:1; 1 John 5:20.

But what about church history outside of the New Testament? Did the early church fathers affirm the deity of Jesus Christ? Or was it only after the fourth century (and the Council of Nicaea) that Christian leaders began to articulate their belief in God the Son?

Though it’s not an exhaustive list, here are 25 quotations from a number of ante-Nicene church fathers demonstrating their belief in the deity of Jesus Christ (with portions underlined for emphasis). These early Christian theologians all lived before the time of Constantine and the Council of Nicaea. As such, they provide incontrovertible proof (from post-New Testament history) that Constantine was not the first person in church history to affirm this doctrine. Rather, the early church embraced the truth that Jesus is God from the time of the apostles on.

1. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 50–117): For our God, Jesus the Christ, was conceived by Mary according to God’s plan, both from the seed of David and of the Holy Spirit. (Ignatius, Letter to the Ephesians, 18.2. Translation from Michael Holmes, Apostolic Fathers, 197)

2. Ignatius (again): Consequently all magic and every kind of spell were dissolved, the ignorance so characteristic of wickedness vanished, and the ancient kingdom was abolished when God appeared in human form to bring the newness of eternal life. (Ibid., 19.3. Holmes, AF, 199)

3. Ignatius (again): For our God Jesus Christ is more visible now that he is in the Father. (Ignatius, Letter to the Romans, 3.3. Holmes, AF, 229)

4. Ignatius (again): I glorify Jesus Christ, the God who made you so wise, for I observed that you are established in an unshakable faith, having been nailed, as it were, to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ignatius, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, 1.1. Holmes, AF, 249)

5. Ignatius (again): Wait expectantly for the one who is above time: the Eternal, the Invisible, who for our sake became visible; the Intangible, the Unsuffering, who for our sake suffered, who for our sake endured in every way. (Ignatius, Letter to Polycarp, 3.2. Holmes, AF, 265)

6. Polycarp of Smyrna (69–155): Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal high priest himself, the Son of God Jesus Christ, build you up in faith and truth . . ., and to us with you, and to all those under heaven who will yet believe in our Lord and God Jesus Christ and in his Father who raised him from the dead. (Polycarp, Philippians, 12:2. Holmes, AF, 295)

7. Epistle of Barnabas (written c. 70–130): If the Lord submitted to suffer for our souls, even though he is Lord of the whole world, to whom God said at the foundation of the world, “Let us make humankind according to our image and likeness,” how is it, then, that he submitted to suffer at the hands of humans? (Epistle of Barnabas, 5.5. Holmes, AF, 393)

8. Justin Martyr (100–165): And that Christ being Lord, and God the Son of God, and appearing formerly in power as Man, and Angel, and in the glory of fire as at the bush, so also was manifested at the judgment executed on Sodom, has been demonstrated fully by what has been said. (Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 128. Translation from Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Ante-Nicene Fathers, I:264)

9. Justin (again): Permit me first to recount the prophecies, which I wish to do in order to prove that Christ is called both God and Lord of hosts. (Ibid., 36. ANF, I:212)

10. Justin (again): Therefore these words testify explicitly that He [Jesus] is witnessed to by Him [the Father] who established these things, as deserving to be worshipped, as God and as Christ. (Ibid., 63. ANF, I:229)

11. Justin (again): The Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets; but now in the times of your reign, having, as we before said, become Man by a virgin. (Justin Martyr, First Apology, 63. ANF, I:184)

12. Justin (again): For if you had understood what has been written by the prophets, you would not have denied that He was God, Son of the only, unbegotten, unutterable God. (Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 126. ANF, I:263)

13. Tatian (110–172): We do not act as fools, O Greeks, nor utter idle tales when we announce that God was born in the form of man. (Tatian, Address to the Greeks, 21. ANF, II:74)

14. Melito of Sardis (d. c. 180): He that hung up the earth in space was Himself hanged up; He that fixed the heavens was fixed with nails; He that bore up the earth was born up on a tree; the Lord of all was subjected to ignominy in a naked body – God put to death! . . . [I]n order that He might not be seen, the luminaries turned away, and the day became darkened—because they slew God, who hung naked on the tree. . . . This is He who made the heaven and the earth, and in the beginning, together with the Father, fashioned man; who was announced by means of the law and the prophets; who put on a bodily form in the Virgin; who was hanged upon the tree; who was buried in the earth; who rose from the place of the dead, and ascended to the height of heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. (Melito, 5. ANF, VIII:757)

15. Irenaeus of Lyons (120–202): For I have shown from the Scriptures, that no one of the sons of Adam is as to everything, and absolutely, called God, or named Lord. But that He is Himself in His own right, beyond all men who ever lived, God, and Lord, and King Eternal, and the Incarnate Word, proclaimed by all the prophets, the apostles, and by the Spirit Himself, may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion of the truth. Now, the Scriptures would not have testified these things of Him, if, like others, He had been a mere man. . . . He is the holy Lord, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the Beautiful in appearance, and the Mighty God, coming on the clouds as the Judge of all men; — all these things did the Scriptures prophesy of Him. (Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 3.19.2. ANF, I:449)

16. Irenaeus (again): He received testimony from all that He was very man, and that He was very God, from the Father, from the Spirit, from angels, from the creation itself, from men, from apostate spirits and demons. (Ibid., 4.6.7. ANF, I:469)

17. Irenaeus (again): Christ Jesus [is] our Lord, and God, and Savior, and King, according to the will of the invisible Father. (Ibid., 1.10.1. ANF, I:330)

18. Irenaeus (again): Christ Himself, therefore, together with the Father, is the God of the living, who spoke to Moses, and who was also manifested to the fathers. (Ibid., 4.5.2. ANF, I:467)

19. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–215): This Word, then, the Christ, the cause of both our being at first (for He was in God) and of our well-being, this very Word has now appeared as man, He alone being both, both God and man—the Author of all blessings to us; by whom we, being taught to live well, are sent on our way to life eternal. . . . . . . The Word, who in the beginning bestowed on us life as Creator when He formed us, taught us to live well when He appeared as our Teacher; that as God He might afterwards conduct us to the life which never ends. (Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Heathen, 1. ANF, II:173)

20. Tertullian (c. 160–225): For God alone is without sin; and the only man without sin is Christ, since Christ is also God. (Tertullian, Treatise on the Soul, 41. ANF, III:221)

21. Tertullian (again): Thus Christ is Spirit of Spirit, and God of God, as light of light is kindled.  . . . That which has come forth out of God is at once God and the Son of God, and the two are one. In this way also, as He is Spirit of Spirit and God of God, He is made a second in manner of existence—in position, not in nature; and He did not withdraw from the original source, but went forth. This ray of God, then, as it was always foretold in ancient times, descending into a certain virgin, and made flesh in her womb, is in His birth God and man united. (Tertullian, Apology, 21. ANF, III:34–35)

22. Hippolytus (170–235): The Logos alone of this God is from God himself; wherefore also the Logos is God, being the substance of God. (Hippolytus, Refutation of All Heresies, 10.29. ANF, V:151)

23. Caius (180–217) [in response to those who would question the deity of Christ]: Perhaps what they allege might be credible, did not the Holy Scriptures, in the first place, contradict them. And then, besides, there are writings of certain brethren older than the times of Victor, which they wrote against the heathen in defense of the truth, and against the heresies of their time: I mean Justin and Miltiades, and Tatian and Clement, and many others, in all which divinity is ascribed to Christ. For who is ignorant of the books of Irenaeus and Melito, and the rest, which declare Christ to be God and man? All the psalms, too, and hymns of brethren, which have been written from the beginning by the faithful, celebrate Christ the Word of God, ascribing divinity to Him. (Caius, Fragments, 2.1. ANF, V:601)

24. Origen (c. 185–254): Jesus Christ . . . in the last times, divesting Himself (of His glory), became a man, and was incarnate although God, and while made a man remained the God which He was. (Origen, De Principiis, Preface, 4. ANF, IV:240)

25. Novatian of Rome (210–280) For Scripture as much announces Christ as also God, as it announces God Himself as man. It has as much described Jesus Christ to be man, as moreover it has also described Christ the Lord to be God. Because it does not set forth Him to be the Son of God only, but also the Son of man; nor does it only say, the Son of man, but it has also been accustomed to speak of Him as the Son of God. So that being of both, He is both, lest if He should be one only, He could not be the other. For as nature itself has prescribed that he must be believed to be a man who is of man, so the same nature prescribes also that He must be believed to be God who is of God. . . . Let them, therefore, who read that Jesus Christ the Son of man is man, read also that this same Jesus is called also God and the Son of God. (Novatian, On the Trinity, 11. ANF, V:620)

Additional information on this topic can be found in an article from The Master’s Seminary Journal entitled Did Constantine Invent the Trinity?

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November 26-27, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top News – 11/27/2016

China again sends fighter jets, bombers through sensitive strait south of Okinawa
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force scrambled aircraft in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a key entryway into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Miyako Island, the Defense Ministry said. Two Chinese fighters and bombers, as well as two other surveillance planes, flew through the Miyako Strait on Friday.

No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data
Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations. The practice is tantalizing for lenders because it could help them reach some of the 2 billion people who don’t have bank accounts….phone data could open up the risk of being used to discriminate…

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ deaths in Melbourne rise to six
The number of people dying in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma has risen to six. Three others are in a critical condition. Heavy rains and winds on Monday triggered thousands of pollen allergy asthma attacks in the state of Victoria.

Somalia car bomb: Blast rips through Mogadishu market
A car bomb has killed at least 11 people and injured 16 others in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The blast hit a market in the Waberi area, while President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was visiting a nearby university. No group claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on the Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Uganda police arrest Rwenzururu king over deadly clashes
Police in western Uganda have arrested the king of Rwenzururu over clashes between officers and militia which have left at least 55 people dead. Charles Wesley Mumbere is accused of inciting violence after militiamen reportedly attacked a police post in his hometown of Kasese. Security forces stormed his palace amid claims he was harbouring fighters. The king has denied any involvement.

Report: Nuclear material said stolen from Iran could yield ‘dirty bomb’
Radioactive material produced at Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant has reportedly been stolen raising concerns about the potential use of a so-called dirty bomb in the future, according to London-based Arabic language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. The missing material, Iridium-192, was reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency by Iran’s nuclear regulatory body earlier this month…

Trump calls Stein, Clinton vote recount effort ‘ridiculous,’ a ‘scam’
President-elect Donald Trump broke his silence Saturday on the multi-state vote-recount effort led by Jill Stein and joined this weekend by Hillary Clinton, another failed 2016 White House candidate, calling the effort “ridiculous” and a scam.

Israeli politicians propose bill to treat arsonists as terrorists
As fires blazed across the country, Knesset members on the Right proposed legislation over the weekend that would punish arsonists. “The wave of fires that has forced the evacuations of more than 75,000 citizens is an escalation, and we must treat it as such,” said Likud MK Sharren Haskel. “We must use every possible legal means to stop ecological terrorism.”

Hamas leader threatens Tel Aviv
Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas lawmaker and one of the leaders of the terrorist group, announced on Saturday that Hamas has thousands of rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and localities to the north of Tel Aviv.

Iran considers naval bases in Yemen, Syria
Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces said Saturday that Tehran may be interested in setting up naval bases in both Syria and Yemen, the semi-official Tasnim reported. The report by Tasnim, close to military, quoted Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri as saying, “Maybe, at some point we will need bases on the shores of Yemen and Syria.”

As it advances on rebel forces in Aleppo, Syrian government looking more upbeat
Walid Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, is known both for his ability to almost lazily parry a deluge of questions as well as his trademark languid pace of delivery.

The internet’s honeymoon with Justin Trudeau comes to an end after he praises Fidel Castro
After hearing news that the former Cuban leader died on Friday, Trudeau released a statement on Saturday morning praising Castro as a “remarkable” leader. In wake of the unexpected words of kindness, shocked Trudeau fans are left struggling to come to terms with the fact that their love affair with the Prime Minister could be over.

‘Hamilton’ Cast Lectures VP-Elect While Barring Immigrant Actors from Broadway Roles
Oh how the left rejoiced at the cast of Hamilton’s very public upbraiding of Vice President-elect Mike Pence. “The show’s politics — particularly its celebration of diversity and of the critical role immigrants played in the American Revolution and the early republic — stand in sharp contrast to some of the harsh language about immigrants that Mr. Trump used during the campaign,” The New York Times wrote in the wake of Friday night’s Pence-Hamilton kerfuffle.


NARRATIVE WARFARE: Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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This is a story that anyone who cares about #REALNEWS must read. That The Washington Post would engage in this sort of political smear is really pushing into a new frontier of media “bias.” So now The Post is just openly an ally of the (Clintonite) establishment and has decided to end any sort of credibility it once had? That seems kind of a desperate move. I didn’t know it had come to that.

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THE BIG TIME: Pro-Hillary Washington Post Includes NTEB In Listing Of 200 ‘Pro-Russian Propaganda’ Sites

Washington Post Names NTEB, Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton ‘Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools’ that propelled Donald Trump to victory over Hillary Clinton

Well, I suppose we here at NOW THE END BEGINS should be honored to be included in such prestigious company as the Drudge Report, WikiLeaks, Zero Hedge and others in a scathing article by the Washington Post. The Post insinuates that Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was so shocking that it could only have come about via a massive conspiracy between alternative news media sites like NTEB. They base their ridiculous assumption on a list created by a group called PropOrNot, a “nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds.”

Hmm….did we mention that the owner of the Washington Post, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is a rabid pro-Hillary supporter? Doesn’t sound too “nonpartisan” to me.

Trump: Jeff Bezos Is Using WashPo as a ‘Tool for Political Power’

Our friends over at Zero Hedge note that “The desperate flailing of a mainstream-mediastruggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its “fake news, blame the Russians” narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably. Citing “two teams of independent researchers” (who surely have a substantial libel litigation provision)  who found “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery… echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal,” the Jeff Bezos-owned website names Drudge, Zero Hedge, and The Ron Paul Institute and countless other outlets among the “useful idiots” that true American patriots should be wary of.”

The Washington Post’s article seems to be a desperate attempt to take legitimate issues like Hillary Clinton’s failing health, the use of paid agitators at Trump rallies by Hillary Clinton SuperPACS, the collusion between the DNC and the liberal media, and a host of others to cast aspersions and legitimize sites like this one who dare to report on them.

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CLICK TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL “LIST” FROM PROPORNOT.COM

The Post says thatPropOrNot’s monitoring report, which was provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release, identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.”

Now here’s the interesting part: When you take a visit to the official propornot.com site, it looks like it was made by one of Hillary’s Starbucks-drinking basement dwellers at their mom’s house. Not only that, they appear to have no organic traffic flow at all. Amazon’s own monitoring site Alexa.com ranks their visibility at 4,570,630, the same type of numbers that someone who made a personal blog about their pet hamster and launched in yesterday might have.

QUESTION: Why would a “prestigious newspaper” like the Washington Post, founded in 1877 in our nation’s Capital, do a front-page story on information taken from a “list” on a completely uncredible site like propornot.com? How would such a poorly-designed, miserable little site like that attract such mainstream attention?

ANSWER: Because I would bet $100 bucks right now that if you were to dig just a tad below the surface where all the slimy creatures live, you will find the king of slime George Soros footing the bill for propornot.com. Just like he paid for sites like moveon.org, snopes.com, blacklivesmatter.com, and the opensocietyfoundations.org.

NTEB did an article a few days ago, exposing the real producers of ‘fake news‘ – CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and of course the Washington Post. Bezos and the failing Washington Post are infuriated that the American people rejected a Hillary Clinton presidency, and will now work tirelessly to throw mud on everyone who supported Donald Trump like NTEB, Drudge, Zero Hedge, and all the rest.

To which we say to these crybaby, liberal, election losers – bring it.


Top Headlines – 11/27/2016

Israeli settlers flee as West Bank wildfires spread

Fires continue to be extinguished in Jerusalem Hills, West Bank, after firefighting teams worked through the night

Anatomy of a firestorm: 180 injured, hundreds of homes in ruins, 33,000 dunams of parkland burned

Aerial footage of fire damage in Haifa

With fires largely under control, Israel sets up emergency fund for those affected

Security officials: Arsonists ‘jumped on bandwagon’ after first fires, but this is no new intifada

In phone call, Netanyahu thanks Abbas for PA help fighting nationwide fires

Officials: 28 held thus far for arson, incitement

Canadian imam asks Allah to burn all of Israel

Netanyahu slams State Comptroller ahead of Gaza tunnels report

Vatican buses promote trips to Jerusalem, “Palestine”

IDF airstrike kills 4 IS-affiliated terrorists in Syria after clash

Syria government forces ‘retake largest Aleppo rebel district’

Turkey says 22 Syria rebels hurt in IS chemical attack

Qatar will help Syrian rebels even if Trump ends U.S. role

Drone captures devastation in Mashhad, Syria

Syria: Children play underground to avoid bombing as half a million remain trapped in besieged areas

Mosul Christians: IS are ‘grandsons of Satan’

Iran considers naval bases in Yemen, Syria

Iran Said to Assess 1.1 Million Barrel-a-Day Collective OPEC Cut

4 militants, 2 soldiers killed in mosque attack in Pakistan

Car Bomb Kills at Least 11 in Somali Capital

Group Calls For Stepped Up Security After It Says 2 Southern California Mosques Received Anti-Muslim Letters

Swiss investigate top Muslim leader over jihadist propaganda

1.9 million citizens storm streets in nationwide anti-president rally

Britons could pay to keep EU citizenship after Brexit, top negotiator says

Berlin to probe Nazi ties to post-war government

Croatian president poses with pro-Nazi regime symbol

Socialists risk getting pulverized in 2017 election: French PM

The death of Fidel Castro, socialist leader of the third world, also marks the end of 20th century communism

Tears in Havana and cheers in Miami as news of Fidel Castro’s death divides a nation

As Castro dies, another revolution sweeps Cuba. The market economy has arrived

Judy Miller: Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt

The internet’s honeymoon with Justin Trudeau comes to an end after he praises Fidel Castro

Trump tweets Castro is ‘dead!;’ Obama says ‘history’ will be ex-dictator’s final ‘judge’

Obama Whitewashes Castro’s Tyranny in “Carefully-Worded” Statement

Trump condemns Castro as ‘brutal dictator’

Clinton Camp Will Join Push for Wisconsin Ballot Recount

Jill Stein a Clinton Pawn in Push for Recount?

Trump slams recount push as ‘a scam,’ says election is over

Vandal renames Trump Tower to ‘Dump Tower’ on Google Maps

No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data

Google AI Creates Its Own Language to Translate Languages It Doesn’t Know

Sweeping UK spy bill dubbed ‘snoopers’ charter’ becomes law

Swiss rescue dogs to get help from drones to find missing people

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Opotiki, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 32,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 32,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Mass prayer for rain in Alabama

Potential drought busting rain next week

Dutch destroy 190,000 ducks in first bird flu cull

Trump’s impending presidency sparks a surge in calls to Planned Parenthood

Row erupts after school installs same-sex toilets in London


Donald Trump blasts recount as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a scam’

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 06:37 PM PST

President-elect Donald Trump ripped the election recount on Saturday, calling it “a scam” and “ridiculous” and noting that Hillary Clinton had already conceded. Trump charged…

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Trump Tower has been renamed ‘Dump Tower’ on Google Maps

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 06:30 PM PST

An unknown person has taken Donald Trump’s name out of the midtown building’s label on Google Maps. If you search for Trump Tower on Google…

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Strong Earthquake in remote far-western China kills One

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 06:26 PM PST

A strong earthquake in a remote area of China’s extreme west has killed at least one villager after a home collapsed, authorities said Saturday. The…

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New York Preacher Pregnant Out of Wedlock Says She Won’t Step Down From Pulpit

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 12:55 PM PST

A female preacher in New York who has become pregnant outside of wedlock says she won’t step down from the pulpit, stating that she is…

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SPREADING: Israeli settlers flee as wildfires spread in West Bank…

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 12:51 PM PST

Wildfires near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have forced hundreds to flee their homes, after mass evacuations in Israel and more than a…

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Washington Post Promotes McCarthyite Blacklist

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 12:48 PM PST

The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of…

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Top News – 11/26/2016

Liberals Want California to Secede? Godspeed, Libs…
Take Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, for example. Are there any meaningful areas of agreement you have with them politically as conservatives? Do you agree with them on abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, the Constitution, controlling the border, taxes, states’ rights, spending, judges, school choice, etc., etc.?

‘Don’t underestimate change’ Political revolution will sweep across West, Farage vows
The interim-Ukip leader, who has hailed 2016 as the year where the underdogs took back power from the establishment, declared more political changes would sweep across the globe. Political upheaval has dominated since the UK’s historical vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected President of the United States earlier in November. Praising the return of power to the people, Mr Farage has proudly proclaimed there is more to come.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90
Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90.

Egypt shifts to open support for Assad regime in Syrian civil war
“Our priority is to support national armies, for example in Libya to exert control over Libya territory and deal with extremist elements. The same with Syria and Iraq.” Sisi said.

Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent
The election commission in Wisconsin has received a request for a recount of the votes in the state narrowly won by Donald Trump more than two weeks ago. The request was filed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She has also pledged to file for vote recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Tropical storm Otto kills nine in Costa Rica
At least nine people have been killed by tropical storm Otto in Costa Rica, officials say, as areas recorded over a month’s worth of rain in a few hours. President Luis Guillermo Solis declared three days of mourning. Some 5,500 residents had to be evacuated. Several towns were covered by water and mud, and small bridges collapsed.

S Korea sees largest protests against President Park Geun-hye
Hundreds of thousands have rallied in South Korea for what is thought to be the largest protests so far demanding President Park Geun-hye steps down. Ms Park is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to manipulate power from behind the scenes. The president has apologised twice on national television, but has so far resisted calls to resign.

Is the Obama administration at a boiling point with Israel?
Speculation has been rife…that President Barack Obama will use the presidential interregnum to make a legacy statement on Israel-Palestine. On the cards are a presidential speech that would lay out a suggested framework for a two-state solution, or…using the UN Security Council to push a resolution that would either condemn settlements or even lay down guidelines and a timetable for a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton “Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools”
The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its “fake news, blame the Russians” narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably.

Israel arrests at least 12 on suspicion of arson in connection with massive fires
Israeli police said Friday that at least 12 people were in custody on suspicion of starting huge fires that have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes and left widespread damage across the country.

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro dies at 90
Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator who helped bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, tormented 11 American presidents and exerted almost total control over the last remaining communist government in the Western Hemisphere, has died. He was 90.

Turkish leader threatens to open migrant floodgate to Europe
Turkey threatened Friday to open the migrant floodgates if the European Union halts its membership talks, as criticism grows of Ankara’s heavy-handed response to a failed military coup.

Iraq readies force to storm flashpoint town near Mosul
Iraq is readying a special force tasked with storming Tal Afar, a bastion of Islamic State west of Mosul, in a way that would avoid revenge killings against the town’s Sunni population. Capturing or isolating Tal Afar from Mosul is a key part of the U.S-backed offensive to take back Islamic State’s last major city stronghold in Iraq, by allowing the ground forces taking part in the campaign to complete Mosul’s encirclement.

Tensions rise at CNN as the network aims for Trump
CNN is taking an increasingly negative approach toward its coverage of President-elect Trump, causing at least some tension within the network, inside sources told the Washington Examiner. Trump, according to a New York Post story, told the network he wasn’t happy with their coverage during an off-the-record meeting at his headquarters in Trump Tower this week. Trump critiqued the news media at large during the meeting, but CNN was one of the top targets, according to the Post’s report.

Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano spews ash miles into the air
Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano surprised observers with a startling sight Friday: a massive column of ash billowing in the air. An explosion sent steam, gas and ash 5 km (3.1 miles) above the volcano’s crater, officials said. Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s director of civil protection, shared photos and videos on social media of the plume spreading through the sky.


Why Clinton Cash: The Graphic Novel Topped the Charts and Got Millennials’ Attention

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Crooked Hillary Refuses To Accept Election Results, Demands Recount In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan

Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer announced plans to participate in vote recounts of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan if they take place, drawing a sharp response from Donald Trump’s team that the Democrat is being a “sore loser”

EDITOR’S NOTE: So the Official Democratic position is that the only way Donald Trump could have won the election was through voter fraud. Forget for a moment that there is zero evidence to support that claim. The liberals cannot and will not accept the idea that Crooked Hillary lost. The will of the people, you say? Ha, not a chance. The only “will” that counts to a liberal is that the Liberal Party line prevails. After all, Hillary bought this election fair and square, and she fully expects to win. 

If Green Party candidate Jill Stein initiates recounts in those states as she intends, the Clinton campaign “will participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” lawyer Marc Elias said Saturday in a post on the blogging website Medium.com. He added that he doesn’t expect the action to overturn Donald Trump’s election as president.

Crooked Hillary Refusing To Answer The Question Of If She Would Accept Election Results:

Listen to what Crooked Hillary had to say about Donald Trump not saying he would accept the election results. She called it “disgusting, horrifying and unpatriotic”. Now she has advised her lawyers to demand for and participate in a vote recount. 

The move prompted a rejoinder from Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, now a senior adviser to the president-elect.

“What a pack of sore losers,” Conway said in a statement to Bloomberg. “After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, ‘Will HE accept the election results?’ it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can’t accept reality. Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process. The people have spoken. Time to listen up. #YesYourPresident,” Conway said.

Stein says on her website that she’s raised more than $5.7 million for her recount effort so far, with a $7 million goal. The funds raised so far will cover costs in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

No ‘Actionable’ Evidence

The Democrat’s campaign didn’t plan to initiate the recounts on its own because it hasn’t found “any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” Elias wrote.

A senior administration official, meanwhile, said in a statement that the government didn’t observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting the election on election day and believes the elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.

Elias also isn’t expecting the recounts to erase what he said was a 107,000 combined vote margin separating the candidates in the three battleground states and overturning the election of Trump, who is due to be sworn in as president in January.

“We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount,“ Elias said. “But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.”

Elias said there is also an obligation to the voters now that a recount is planned in Wisconsin and potentially the other two states. The Wisconsin Elections Commission said Friday that it had received Stein’s petition.

Media Experts & Pundits have never been so Wrong:

Donald McGahn, who on Friday was selected by Trump as White House counsel, will be the Republican’s point person on the Wisconsin recount. He joined senior staff officials in briefings on Saturday regarding the latest developments, according to person familiar with the Trump transition process who was not authorized to speak on the record.

“We believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported,” Elias said.

Foreign Interference?

The 2016 election cycle “was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign,” Elias said, noting that the U.S. government had concluded Russian state actors behind hacks of the Democrat National Committee and the personal e-mails of some Clinton campaign officials.

“We have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states,” he said, including having data scientists and lawyers comb over the results, and monitored and staffed post-election canvasses.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report shows Clinton ahead in the nationwide popular vote by about 2.2 million votes, 64.6 million to 62.4 million. In 13 swing states Trump received almost 22.2 million votes to Clinton’s 21.3 million. He won the Electoral College by 306 to Clinton’s 232. source


Imperial President Obama Preparing To Unleash Nearly 100 ‘Midnight Hour’ Executive Actions

Federal agencies are rushing out a final volley of executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency, despite warnings from Republicans in Congress and the reality that Donald Trump will have the power to erase much of their handiwork after Jan. 20.

Regulations on commodities speculation, air pollution from the oil industry, doctors’ Medicare drug payments and high-skilled immigrant workers are among the rules moving through the pipeline as Obama’s administration grasps at one last chance to cement his legacy. So are regulations tightening states’ oversight of online colleges and protecting funding for Planned Parenthood.

President-elect Trump lays out plan for first 100 days

Also moving ahead are negotiations on an investment treaty with China and decisions by the Education Department on whether to offer debt relief to students at defunct for-profit colleges. The Department of Transportation may also go ahead with a ban on cellphone calls on commercial flights and a rule requiring most freight trains have at least two crew members on duty.

Obama explaining in 2014 how he doesn’t need Congress to make laws

Some agencies are pulling back, fearful that Trump and the GOP-led Congress will use a seldom-invoked legislative tool to permanently wipe out their 11th-hour regulations. For example, the Interior Department has failed to release a long-awaited rule to protect streams from coal mining pollution — and indications are it might never issue it.

But other agencies have signaled full steam ahead despite the threat of Republicans consigning their work to oblivion, in a dynamic that will be crucial to deciding how much of Obama’s legacy survives the ascendant Trump era.

“As I’ve mentioned to you before, we’re running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama’s presidency,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote agency employees the day after the Nov. 8 election. “Thank you for taking that run with me. I’m looking forward to all the progress that still lies ahead.”

As many as 98 final regulations under review at the White House as of Nov. 15 could be implemented before Trump takes office. Seventeen regulations awaiting final approval are considered “economically significant,” with an estimated economic impact of at least $100 million a year.

Obama explaining how he planned to go around Congress to implement Socialist agenda:

Miffed congressional leaders are warning the agencies to halt their work on so-called midnight regulations, specifically objecting to Obama’s call earlier this year for “audacious executive action.” In a letter to agency heads last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and every House committee chairman cautioned them “against finalizing pending rules or regulations in the Administration’s last days.”

“Should you ignore this counsel, please be aware that we will work with our colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes your actions — and, if appropriate, overturns them.”

Trump has promised to wipe out as much of Obama’s regulatory agenda as he can, saying he will cancel “all illegal and overreaching executive orders” and eliminate “every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs.”

One powerful weapon at Republicans’ disposal is the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that essentially allows lawmakers and the president to impose a death penalty on regulations they oppose. Come January, Congress can use the law to repeal any rule that an agency finished after this past May 30, using simple-majority votes — and afterward, agencies will be forbidden to enact any regulation that is “substantially the same.” source


Christian leaders see influence growing under Trump

According to left-leaning Politico:

Donald Trump PrayerSocial conservatives got Donald Trump into the White House. Now, they expect him to deliver.

In conversations on Capitol Hill, donor meetings in Texas and behind closed doors at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia, socially conservative leaders are cheering Trump’s election and already moving to hold him accountable to the myriad campaign promises he made to Christian voters.

“Donald Trump is not the candidate pro-lifers would have chosen, and he understood that, and he did outreach,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs at the anti-abortion rights group March for Life. McClusky, who has been critical of Trump in the past, continued, “If he fulfills the promises he’s made, he could be the most pro-life president since Reagan.”

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 11/26/2016

Appeals Court Upholds School District’s Order for Teacher to Cleanse Christianity From Classroom   Nov 23, 2016 07:01 am

chalkboardCHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — An appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling siding with a New York school district that instructed a teacher to cleanse Christianity from her classroom under threat of termination. The Buffalo News reports that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this month rejected the arguments of high school biology and anatomy teacher Joelle Silver…

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Trump Receives Standing Ovation at Apostate PCUSA Church: ‘Hope He Follows His Heart’   Nov 21, 2016 02:00 pm

trump-compressedBEDMINSTER, N.J. — Churchgoers at a PCUSA Presbyterian assembly in New Jersey gave President-elect Donald Trump a standing ovation on Sunday as he attended services with Mike Pence, Reince Preibus and others. Trump and his entourage visited Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster Township for worship, which is located just two miles from the National Golf…

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No Flakka Found in System of Florida Teen Found Biting Off Murdered Man’s Face   Nov 24, 2016 04:07 pm

Harrouff-compressedTEQUESTA, Fla. — No hallucinogenic drugs were found in the system of a Florida teenager who was arrested in August after being found growling and biting off the face of a man he had just murdered. Some had suspected that 19-year-old Austin Harrouff had been on flakka or bath salts, as Christian News Network’s previous report “Drugs or Demons? Teenager Found…

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Openly Homosexual PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Part of Trump Transition Team   Nov 22, 2016 03:27 pm

Thiel-compressedConcerns are being raised about those in Trump’s inner circle as the openly homosexual co-founder of PayPal and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel is serving on the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. According to reports, Thiel is sifting through his Silicon Valley network of entrepreneurs as he seeks to build a team of technology experts that…

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of Kansas Parents Concerned State Science Standards Promote Atheism   Nov 20, 2016 03:40 pm

school-book-pdWASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Kansas citizen’s group that expressed concern over state science standards, which they assert indoctrinates children as young as kindergarten with atheism. “It’s not that they can’t talk about ,” Jim McNiece, chairman of the Kansas Board of Education, told reporters this past week following…

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‘Pope Francis’ Grants Priests Power to Pardon Mothers Who Have Obtained Abortions   Nov 22, 2016 12:00 pm

PopeROME — Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, has granted priests the unending power to pardon mothers who have obtained abortions, outlining his endowment in a letter issued at the end of his proclaimed “Jubilee Year of Mercy.” The development has raised concern among some. “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their…

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Kentucky Atheist Sues After DMV Rejects Request for Specialty ‘I’m God’ License Plate   Nov 24, 2016 05:24 pm

Hart-compressedFRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky man who identifies as an atheist has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) after his request for a specialty plate reading “I’m God” was denied. “Nobody’s been able to prove I’m not and I can’t prove I am,” Ben Hart told the Courier Journal this week, stating that the purpose of his plate was…

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19-Year-Old Homeschool Graduate Wins Canadian Provincial By-Election   Nov 19, 2016 04:20 pm

oosterhoff-compressedONTARIO — A 19-year-old homeschool graduate has become the youngest in Canada to win a parliamentary seat, closing out his opponents with over 50 percent of the vote. Sam Oosterhoff beat out New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Mike Thomas, 61, and Liberal Party candidate Vicky Ringuette, 37, on Thursday, receiving 54 percent of the popular vote. He had…

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Woman Who Wants to Be Man Has Eggs Frozen Before Hormone Therapy: ‘I’m Meant to Be a Father’   Nov 21, 2016 04:40 pm

renee-compressedLOS ANGELES — A refugee woman who wants to transition to a man recently had her eggs frozen prior to beginning hormonal therapy treatments as she plans on converting to a male, marrying a woman someday and having the woman carry her preserved eggs. “I need to do this to be happy,” the woman, who only been identified with the name “Renee” (not her real name), told…

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Man Who Shot, Killed Notorious Late-Term Abortionist ‘Tiller the Killer’ Receives More Lenient Sentence   Nov 25, 2016 05:47 pm

roeder-compressedWICHITA, Kan. — The man who seven years ago shot and killed notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller, also known as “Tiller the Killer,” was re-sentenced this week—becoming eligible for parole 25 years earlier than his original sentence. Scott Roeder had originally been sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole for 50 years, also known…

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Top Headlines – 11/26/2016

Israeli settler leader: Fires are divine punishment for planned settlement uproot

Massive fire threatens homes at Jerusalem-area settlement

Israel fires: Al-Qaeda linked Palestinian militant group ‘claims responsibility’ for devastating Haifa blaze

Largest firefighter aircraft in the world lands in Israel

Foreign planes combat Israel wildfires as arrests made

Dozens of Cyprus firefighters arrive; Israel thanks Palestinian counterparts

Palestinians, Arab and Jewish Israelis collaborate to quench flames

Palestinian tries to stab troops in East Jerusalem, is shot dead

Palestinians and Israelis are now fighting over corpses

Trump win could give Israel freer hand with Palestinians

Ninety Percent of Gaza Has No Clean Drinking Water

Ukraine synagogue desecrated with ‘death to Jews’ graffiti

Israel’s wealthy: 105,000 millionaires and 18 billionaires

Report: India Inks $1.4 Billion Deal for Acquisition of Israeli Radar Systems and Drones

Spain seeks answers for Israel’s drone gift to Russia

US to Iran: Reduce nuclear stockpile so Trump won’t rip up deal

UNICEF aid resumes to displaced Syrians near Jordan border

Prince Charles Decries ‘Unbearable Misery’ of Christians Suffering in Syria

ISIS says behind attack on checkpoint in Egypt’s Sinai

France says suspected IS plot was directed from abroad

A Candidate Rises on Vows to Control Islam and Immigration. This Time in France.

The likely winner of this weekend’s French presidential primary will be Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Russia protests Ukraine’s missile training over Crimea

Two handmade bombs explode at Myanmar’s Yangon govt office

Hundreds of thousands gather in South Korea for fifth week of protests against Park

Venezuela on the Brink of Collapse

Fidel Castro, Cuba Revolutionary, Dies at 90

Cuban exiles in Miami celebrate the death of Fidel Castro

Even after ceding power, Fidel Castro remained a godfather to leftists in Latin America

Pope Francis grieves, prays for atheist revolutionary Castro

Christian leaders see influence growing under Trump

Pollsters go back to drawing board

The Mysterious Case Of Jill Stein’s Surging Recount Costs

Jill Stein raises more funds for recount than entire presidential campaign

Green Party’s Stein files for Wisconsin recount

U.S. Officials Defend Integrity of Vote, Despite Hacking Fears

Trump’s media feud enters new era

Using fake news against opposing views

False CNN-porn report shows how fast fake news spreads

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton “Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools”

Blue-collar Democrats to party: It’s still the economy, stupid

Stocks post 3-week win streak as major indexes post record highs

China currency dips to lowest level versus dollar in 8 years

Black Friday violence breaks out across America

Wave of Mexico violence reveals hidden graves, severed heads

11-year-old student in violent Mexican region creates bulletproof backpack

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Missouri Earthquakes: Mostly Quiet For 200 Years, New Madrid Fault Along Mississippi River Is ‘A Sleeping Giant’

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Wairoa, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Mexico’s Popocatepetl spews ash miles into the air

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 34,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 30,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Otto Enters Pacific After Devastation, 9 Dead in Costa Rica

Cops: Mom poisoned son with feces during cancer treatment

France in uproar over safe sex posters depicting gay men kissing, embracing

Before saying ‘I do,’ more millennials say ‘prenup’

Sarah Palin: ‘Grateful to See the Church Step Up’ for Donald Trump Because ‘Eight Years Ago, I Felt They Didn’t’

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 06:03 AM PST

During her special appearance on the holiday edition of Breitbart News Daily, former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin talked about her…

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Ocean of water discovered 620 miles below Earth’s surface

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 06:00 AM PST

Water covers around 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, but a huge amount also lies inside our planet. Two new studies suggest that there…

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Atlanta ties 132-year record of days without measurable rain

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 05:57 AM PST

Friday morning Atlanta officially tied the 132-year record for the number of days without measurable rain. The 39-day record was set in 1884. The current…

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Iran Using Commercial Planes to Smuggle Weapons to Terrorists

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 05:45 AM PST

The Obama administration has given clearance to Western airline manufacturers to sell planes to Iran at the same time the Islamic Republic is using commercial…

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Lesson for Trump: David’s attempt to make Israel great again

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 05:41 AM PST

In the nation’s capital, “personnel is policy,” and the success of Trump’s presidency is being determined right now with his selections for Cabinet appointments. Once…

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Fidel Castro Dead at 90

Posted: 26 Nov 2016 05:36 AM PST

Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died at age…

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:56 PM PST

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the…

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Toxin kills thousands of birds along Lake Michigan shoreline

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:28 PM PST

Since 2006, Lake Michigan has seen a steady stream of dead birds washing up on its beaches, and this fall has been exceptionally grim. So…

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Popocatepetl volcano erupts strongly sending ash plume 5 kilometers in the air

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:23 PM PST

The Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico is entering an new phase of enhanced activity.  After several explosions at night, the volcano had a strong eruption ejecting…

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100 salmon die instantly after being released in NZ river leaving experts baffled

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:19 PM PST

A children’s fishing day has gone belly up after a run of salmon died just minutes after being released into a Blenheim river. The sudden…

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Listen to God’s Voice, Follow His Call

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:07 PM PST

(By Matt Lockett) We often talk about movements for the kingdom of God, but I have learned over the years how important individual people are…

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Stocks post 3-week win streak as major indexes post record highs

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 05:52 PM PST

U.S. equities closed higher on Friday, posting weekly gains, as investors kept an eye on retailers during Black Friday as a post-election rally moved forward.”I…

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‘Fake News’ Label Used To Silence Opposing Views…

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 05:49 PM PST

(By Kelly Riddell) What worries me the most about fake news, isn’t that it’s fake, it’s that it’s being used by the left to try…

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Scientists close to creating Living Computer with ‘Human Brain’

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 05:46 PM PST

Engineers at the University of Massachusetts are developing microprocessors which mimic biological synapses – the nerve cells which pass messages across the human body. The…

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Modern Day ‘Hipster’ Nativity Scene Flies Off Shelves

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 12:11 PM PST

A peculiar nativity scene equipped with selfies, Segways and more is flying off the shelves. The set is a modern take on the traditional Christmas…

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3 Muslim Testimonies for Christ That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:55 AM PST

(By Reza Safa) Over the past couple of years, the world has watched with alarm as ISIS and other radical Islamic gangs have loosed a…

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Jill Stein nears $4.5M goal to fund key-state recounts

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:43 AM PST

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein finished a distant fourth in the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election, but she is moving, after the…

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Strong Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes northeast Tajikistan

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:40 AM PST

According to a report from the USGS, A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 has struck northeastern Tajikistan, close to the borders with China…

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Magnitude 3.3 earthquake strikes near Bluffdale, Utah

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:33 AM PST

The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.3 earthquake near Bluffdale Friday morning. According to USGS, the earthquake happened at 8:45, approximately 6.4 kilometers…

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Furious Erdogan vows to open Turkey’s borders in revenge after Euro Parliament blocks EU membership talks

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:31 AM PST

The furious Turkish president has vowed to open his country’s borders to all migrants in revenge after the European Parliament voted to halt EU membership…

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8 Subtle Strategies Satan Uses to Warp Your Child’s Sexuality

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 11:18 AM PST

(By Barrett Johnson) There is a war waging all around us. It is one none of us can escape. And it has nothing to do…

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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.


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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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CultureWatch: Castro and the Death of Tyrants

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is now dead – at age 90. You can tell a lot about the guy when you consider how the lunar left media and political elites are carrying on about him. They are singing his praises as some great hero, when the reality is, he was a cruel tyrant who killed, tortured and enslaved tens of thousands of his own people.

Consider some of the moonbeams and what they have said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this: “We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader”. Former UK Labour MP George Galloway actually said this: “You were the greatest man I ever met Comandante Fidel. You were the man of the century”. And UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “a champion of social justice”!

castro-1Thankfully not everyone was so blinded by this communist tyrant. U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Twitter: “The tyrant Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!”

And an official Trump statement said this: “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”

Senator Ted Cruz made this remark: “Fidel Castro’s death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families. Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba.”

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott put it this way: “There’s no doubt that Castro has been an enemy of the United States, an enemy of Western values and he’s been an enemy of human decency.”

And Cuban American US Senator Marco Rubio said: “Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.”

Castro and communist Cuba have been bad news indeed. As I wrote 8 years ago:

The “people’s paradise” was in fact one large prison, displaying all the hallmarks of totalitarian Marxism. The fact that people have been attempting to flee Cuba for the past half century should be evidence enough of this place of misery. People were not dying to get into Cuba, but many thousands died trying to get out. It has been all one-way traffic.
But many on the left, and even the religious left, have sought to rewrite history and turn Cuba into some sort of worker’s paradise. They were quite happy to ignore all the political prisoners, the lack of basic human rights and freedoms, and the state-sponsored repression of any dissent.

Others have written about the hellhole that Castro’s Cuba was. William Doino wrote last year on “Remembering Castro’s Crimes”. He said in part:

As Georgie Anne Geyer reveals in her biography, Guerilla Prince: The Untold Storey of Fidel Castro, Fidel has always been a deceiver, an egoist and a thug. From his earliest days as a radical university student, Castro had an attraction to violence and totalitarianism (modeling himself after Mussolini), and once his ambitions to take over Cuba came true, he put his beliefs into practice.
The first to fall victim to his violent impulses were his political opponents, who were executed en masse, after show trials, by Nazi-like firing squads. But Castro’s long-time allies also became targets. Huber Matos, Manuel Urrutia and Carlos Franqui—who all worked with Castro to overthrow Batista—were soon demonized, jailed or exiled because they opposed Communism and envisioned an independent Cuba. Castro, who had assured the world in 1959 that he was not a Communist, immediately proved he was exactly that, suddenly announcing he was a Marxist-Leninist and would be till his dying day.
The consequences for Cuba and the world have been profound. Once in power, Castro banned the democratic elections he once promised, expropriated private property, created a one-party Communist state, and ruthlessly suppressed all forms of dissent and opposition. He dismantled the once thriving Catholic Church, crushing its educational system, expelling hundreds of priests, and forcibly indoctrinating baptized believers with atheism and Marxism. It is this fractured and persecuted Church that Pope Francis is now trying to revive, against huge obstacles in a police state.
Having willfully turned the island into a Soviet satellite (and well before America’s ill-advised Bay of Pigs invasion), Castro welcomed the shipment of Soviet nuclear missiles there, provoking a crisis that nearly incinerated the world. He sent his troops to fight—and needlessly to die—for tyrannies abroad, and supported anti-American terrorist and revolutionary movements across the globe. He allowed desperate Cubans to drown at sea, rather than allow them to properly emigrate. And all the while, he lived a life of luxury, even as he bragged about being a champion of Cuba’s poor. The number of deaths attributable to Castro’s regime is thought to be in the tens of thousands, though some say that is a conservative estimate.

But let me record what those have actually been there have stated. A Facebook friend of mine, Nino, writes from firsthand experience:

I will never allow any stupid American who has lived in his glories here being fed by the left to tell me that Socialism is the solution for our problems. Many voted for Bernie Sanders who praises Fidel Castro and his regime, others voted for Trump who appointed a socialist to a NY political position, others support Obama and Hillary, others try to convince me Cuba’s socialist country is a paradise. Well, I lived in Cuba for 30 years and all I know the 98% of the people had to suffer is dictatorial persecution, hunger and misery of all types, lack of medicine and hospital attention, lack of freedom of conscience, religion and expression. And I have seen with my own eyes hundreds of thousands of Cubans late at night by the several beaches of Havana waiting for a miracle to be picked up by American ships to flee Cuba in 1995. After the great historical exodus of Mariel in 1980 and many other exodus in which the government sunk ships full of Cubans trying to leave the country. And many other histories of horror hard to believe. There are some who are send here by the Cuban government to deny this reality and tell us LIES about how successful and good is Cuba’s socialist regime, and others who are plainly stupid to believe it. But for the much I suffered and saw others suffering, I will never deny the truth and I will not keep silent about this sad reality that all of us need to know.
It hurts me to remember that since I was 6 years old I was hated by Cuban teachers for not wearing the Revolutionary red neckerchief and refuse to be a “socialist pioneer” My childhood and my Christian beliefs were attacked in many ways and the physical and psychological abuse got to the point where I had to be put out of the school for an entire year to cope with crying and allow my fellow students to listen to the classes without hearing my weeping. When I was in 5th grade I won the “Best student of the school award” and they denied it to me for refusing to wear the same red neckerchief and renounce my beliefs, but at 8th grade they made an example of me by showing me the worse student of the school only for wanting to leave Cuba and being a Christian. We endured bullying for years, threats of violence and rocks thrown to us, persecution and discrimination of my parents and brothers as many other families in the country. The story is long and cruel, I could be days talking about it.
My father lost employment several times. The first time they tried to fire him by several dishonest means for having a Christian family, that time he didn’t lose it. The second time, after using the vehicle he drove for his job to transport a Christian family to church only out of route for about a mile he lost his job “for that reason”, but the real reason was that he did not support the socialist system. The third time he lost a different job in a mysterious way, it seems they planned a good reason that was never verified. The fourth time he refused to applaud Fidel Castro (Cuban president) when in person he gave a speech to the workers of his job, then they asked him why he did not applaud and he said he had nothing to be thankful for to the Cuban revolution and that he would first had his hand rotten than to applaud Fidel. So, they started to persecute him and to put secret tape recorders in conversations with his boss, he had to quit this way for his safety. Then he started a small self-employed business and it was also a problem with the authorities. So he was forced by the system to make a living by administering clandestine prohibited gambling to bring food to his wife and four children. That was my father. I have other families like uncles with their unimaginable stories. My grandfather was a political prisoner whom they wanted to kill. He was tortured several times, he came to the USA because he had a certificate of being in prison for political reasons. He was the one that opened the way for us to come here too. Out of 30 years that they wanted in jail, he only was 6. Our story is too long to tell here.

Yet some believers are squeamish about celebrating his death. But Scripture speaks often about rejoicing when evil is defeated and God’s enemies are justly judged. I have written about this often before: billmuehlenberg.com/2016/01/19/divine-justice-overcoming-evil-is-good-news/

And here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/09/05/jesus-justice-and-vindication/

Briefly, the Bible speaks to this often. A key text is Proverbs 11:10: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.” We see this time and time again in Scripture. When the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea, an entire song of praise was offered. See Exodus 15 and the Song of Moses.

When David’s enemies were defeated he offered a song of praise for this – see 2 Samuel 22. When the enemies of the Jews were defeated and Haman was hung in the Book of Esther we had more praise celebrating the death of God’s enemies and the initiation of the feast of Purim: see Esther 8:11-17.

When God’s enemies are defeated as we read in the book of Revelation, there is celebration and joy in the heavenlies – see Rev 18:20 eg. Throughout the Bible we read about praise to God when evil is dealt with and the enemies of God are subdued. So in this case, the evil pagan dictator Castro is no more, and we can indeed celebrate the end of this great evil.

Maybe now there might be some hope for the Cuban masses who have suffered so greatly and so long under Castro. At least we can pray toward that end.

billmuehlenberg.com/2008/02/20/the-misery-that-is-cuba-is-not-over-yet/
http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/264956/communist-dictator-fidel-castro-dead-mark-tapson
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/09/remembering-castros-crimes

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Communist Cuba’s violent suppression of dissenters under Fidel Castro

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Communism in action: Cuban government arrests dissenter after a beating Communism in action: Cuban government arrests dissenter after a beating

My mother was watching CNN on Saturday, and she called to tell me that Sanjay Gupta was talking about the great healthcare in Cuba. Now, I know that CNN hires a lot of Marxists like Gupta and Zakaria, but many people may not realize how far left they are, and how that bias affects what they say on air. Let’s see what Cuba is really like using some evidence for a change.

The Daily Signal has the numbers on Cuba’s treatment of dissidents from a respected source:

As for the dissidents, the Obama administration has abandoned them. Many have told me they feel betrayed by our president, and by extension, by the United States. Guillermo Fariñas, especially, has a reason to feel betrayed, as Obama promised him personally at a meeting in 2013 that he would take no step toward re-establishing relations with…

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What is ‘Bridal Mysticism’? And why is it so prevalent?

In this piece, Elizabeth Prata of The End Time answers these questions. Romantic eroticismis the term she uses to describe the way in which some professing Christian women describe an encounter they supposedly had with God.  Beth Moore claims she had an experience with God where she felt as if He was enfolding her; likewise, Sarah Young had a feeling of being enveloped by a warm mist and becoming aware of a lovely Presence.  In her writing, Ann Voskamp promotes pagan nature religion or mysticism. So it should come as no surprise that she expresses romantic feelings about Jesus and is looking for satisfaction.

Now listen as Elizabeth Prata sheds light on romantic eroticism:

brideIn 2005, Beth Moore was interviewed by Today’s Christian Woman magazine. They asked Moore:

Q. What led you to Jesus?

A. Beth Moore’s [2005] answer:

My Sunday-school teacher would hold up pictures of Jesus, and he looked so nice. I needed a hero, and Jesus seemed like one. I’d lie on the grass, stare up at the sky, and wonder what Jesus was like. Even as a child, I fell in love with him.
After my freshman year in college, I was a camp counselor for sixth-grade girls. Early one morning, as the girls were sleeping, I sensed God’s presence enfold me. There were no audible words, no bright lights. But suddenly I knew, without a doubt, my future was entirely his. You are now mine, he told me. (source)

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The Dr. Michael Brown Checklist of Manipulation

Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church has compiled a list of things that Dr. Michael Brown often says and does in order to elicit support from friends of his who are caught up in theNew Apostolic Reformation cult:

Michael BrownDr. Michael Brown is an enigma.  Sometimes he says some really good things that all Bible-believing Christians can agree with (and we gladly recognize that), but other times he goes out on a limb in support of the most extreme New Apostolic Reformation teachers, pastors and leaders. For some reason, he has become a very convincing apologist and “front man” for obvious false teachers like Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker, Rick Joyner, Lance Wallnau and even Benny Hinn.

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November 25, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top News – 11/25/2016

Earthquake of magnitude 5.4 hits Taiwan
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan early on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The quake hit at 5:55 am (local time) and was centred 81 kilometres east of the city of Hualian at a depth of 10 kilometres, USGS said.

Magnitude 7.0 quake shakes Central America
Tremor hits off the coast of El Salvador, and was also felt in Nicaragua, which is being lashed by a hurricane. There were no immediate reports of any damage from Thursday’s quake, which occurred around 120km off the coast of El Salvador at a depth of 33km, according to the US Geological Survey.

Six killed, dozens wounded by blasts in Afghan city
At least six people were killed and 27 wounded on Friday in a series of explosions across the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, a local government official said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, said the blasts took place in different parts of the city.

Otto weakens after hurricane, quake hit Central America
Otto was downgraded to a tropical storm but not before striking Central America at hurricane force, as an offshore earthquake also shook the region. The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 170 kilometers (110 miles) per hour at the time, triggered alarm in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

China Struggles to Steady Yuan’s Decline
China is facing an uphill battle to maintain an orderly depreciation of the yuan as investors pile up bearish bets against the currency outside the mainland. The gap between the yuan’s value against the dollar in the domestic market and in what is known as the offshore market in Hong Kong, has been widening in recent days.

Italy NEXT to reject establishment as protest vote set to WIN referendum, shock poll finds
ITALY is set to deal a hammer blow to its government as the latest polls revealed voters will punish Matteo Renzi’s administration in the upcoming referendum. The prime minister’s failure to reach out to working class suggest large regions will snub Mr Renzi’s plan for constitutional reform.

If US Can’t or Won’t Fight Terrorists, They Should ‘Stop Getting in the Way’
The Russian Defense Ministry commented on the US State Department’s calls not to help tankers shipping fuel to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. If Washington cannot or does not want to fight terrorists, it should not get in the way… “Such statements, unfortunately, only confirm our earlier estimates that fighting terrorism in Syria has never been on the outgoing administration’s agenda,” Konashenkov said.

Israel fires: Dozen suspects arrested on suspicion of arson
Israeli police have arrested 12 people on suspicion of arson over a series of wildfires that have burned around the country for four days. Firefighters have brought a blaze under control around the northern city of Haifa, where about 80,000 people were ordered to evacuate.

EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM
EU leaders are not “bluffing” when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta’s prime minister says. Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU’s presidency in January, told the BBC “this is really and truly our position and I don’t see it changing”. Theresa May says the UK will begin the legal process to leave the EU by March.

China confiscates passports of Xinjiang people
Chinese authorities have begun confiscating passports from people in the western region of Xinjiang, which has seen regular unrest. The move, which the government says is aimed at combating “terrorism”, has been criticised by human rights groups. Many Muslims in Xinjiang say they face widespread discrimination.

Arson blamed for Thursday’s massive Haifa blaze; multiple new fires Friday
Israel continued to battle fires in different parts of the country on Friday, with outbreaks reported in Beit Meir in the Jerusalem hills, near Kiryat Gat in the South of the country, next to Harashim in the Galilee, and across the Haifa region. Egypt, Jordan and Azerbaijan have committed to sending help in combating the flames: Azerbaijan has committed a fire plane, Egypt two helicopters, and Jordan fire trucks and crews.

Israel slams France for implementing settlement labeling regiment
Israel lashed out on Thursday night at a new French regulation mandating the labeling of products made in West Bank settlements, saying it was troubling that Pairs opted to single Israel out, and ignore 200 other territorial conflicts around the world. “The Government of Israel condemns the french government decision to implement European Commission directives regarding Israel products originating beyond the Green Line,”…

Tokyo has November snow for first time in 54 years
Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets. Snow began falling before dawn with the mercury approaching zero as a cold weather system moved south.

Antarctic Sea Ice Has Not Shrunk In 100 Years
Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after pouring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Experts were concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, which they feared was driven by man-made climate change. But new analysis suggests that conditions are now virtually identical to when the Terra Nova and Endurance sailed to the continent in the early 1900s, indicating that declines are part of a natural cycle and not the result of global warming.

Why are people giving Jill Stein millions of dollars for an election recount?
On Wednesday afternoon, near the start of one of the year’s final news droughts, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced a new campaign: to pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The news went first to the journalist Greg Palast, then on Stein’s Facebook page, then in an interview with the Russian propaganda channel RT.

Limbaugh: ‘True Story of Thanksgiving’ Is a Rejection of Socialism
Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh continued his annual tradition of telling the “true story of Thanksgiving” that he had originally detailed in a passage of his 1992 book, “See, I Told You So.”

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims
A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.

Manhunt in France after killing at religious residence
French police searched Friday for a masked gunman suspected of stabbing an elderly woman to death in a retirement home for Catholic missionaries in southern France, authorities said. An unusually large police operation was launched to search for the suspected attacker, believed to be armed with a shotgun and a knife. The identity of the assailant and motive for the killing were unclear.

Trump Wins Michigan; Becomes First Republican to Do So Since 1988
Donald Trump has officially won the state of Michigan, making him the first Republican to do so since George H. W. Bush in 1988. In the tightest race in Michigan’s electoral history, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes after results from all 83 of the state’s county clerks were counted and certified.


A declining Washington Post freaks out, whines, everyone who doesn’t agree with it’s heavily biased coverage is a Russian plant

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I have serious issues with Warren Buffett but when he sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos I sensed that it was probably a good move for Buffett. Originally Buffett bought The Post because it was the chosen news source within the power circles of Washington DC. In addition to this important factor Washpo had a strong readership based in a wealthy city. Good for ad revenue. There was deep value in the publication. But,

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November 25, 2016

ALAN KEYES — Today, America is increasingly a nation in which certain opinions and groups are falsely deemed by those in power “more equal” and thus more worthy of protection than others, while those in opposition are tarred as outliers subject to persecution in the public square and even prosecuted under unjust “laws.”… (more)


November 25, 2016
JERRY NEWCOMBE — Why do people from many other countries try to come to America – – even in some cases, risking their lives to do so? What is the source of this nation’s greatness?… (more)

November 25, 2016
WESLEY PRUDEN — What we used to call “the press,” before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they’re something called “the media.” Marshall McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be forgiven…. (more)

November 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A popular radio talk-show host has skewered Planned Parenthood for the talking points it gave to supporters so they can promote the abortion industry giant to their family this Thanksgiving holiday weekend…. (more)

November 25, 2016
THE TELEGRAPH — Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton…. (more)

November 25, 2016
NEWSMAX — Reporters from the nation’s top two news organizations got into a raucous fistfight as they battled for control of a phone to report on the shooting of President John F. Kennedy, an explosive new book on the 1963 assassination reveals…. (more)

November 24, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — With CNN and MSNBC depicting the incoming Trump administration as the advent of a Fourth Reich, it should be obvious that the President-elect will have to go beyond his blistering tweets to cultivating sympathetic media and getting his own message out in a systematic way. But is the Trump transition team up to the job?… (more)


November 23, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Trump’s sprawling business empire has presented an unprecedented set of ethical challenges to the lawyers who are working to insulate his administration from potential conflicts of interest, and who are being closely watched by Trump’s political opponents…. (more)

November 23, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest bank in the world. Its majority owner is the Communist government of China. ICBC’s New York address is 725 5th Avenue – – also known as Trump Tower…. (more)

November 23, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — I have only one complaint regarding the splendid news that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) to be the next attorney general of the United States: He is such a valuable legislator, he may be irreplaceable in the Senate…. (more)

November 23, 2016

DETROIT NEWS — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation’s education policy…. (more)


November 23, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Trump has asked Dr. Ben Carson to be his Housing and Urban Development secretary, according to an Associated Press report published Tuesday evening…. (more)

November 23, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge has blocked a Department of Labor rule on overtime pay that made more than 4 million private-sector workers eligible for mandatory extra pay or time off. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, whom President Obama appointed, imposed a nationwide injunction against the rule Tuesday at the request of 21 states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups…. (more)

November 23, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorneys for the House of Representatives have asked a federal appeals court to put their lawsuit over certain Obamacare payments on ice until President-elect Donald Trump enters office and decides how he wants to proceed. As it stands, the Obama administration is appealing a lower-court ruling that sided with House Republicans who argue the government is unlawfully reimbursing insurers who assist low-income customers with their out-of-pocket costs under Obamacare…. (more)

November 23, 2016
NEWSMAX — Tens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday…. (more)

November 22, 2016
NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump is telling the American people that he is assembling a Cabinet made up of “patriots.” Trump said in a surprise video released late Monday (see above) that his agenda “will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first.”… (more)

November 22, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Donald Trump on Monday presented his plan to build a wall against new regulations and kill many of President Obama’s energy-stifling rules…. (more)

November 22, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — President-elect Donald Trump isn’t putting together a team of rivals; he is interviewing an ensemble cast of characters – – reaching across the aisle, into the business world and all the way to Hollywood as he puts together his administration…. (more)

November 21, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Some Democrats are beginning to openly wonder if identity politics did them in on election day, and left them watching Donald Trump and congressional Republicans win the White House and keep control of Congress…. (more)


November 21, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — While some of Donald Trump’s early personnel choices are leading some Democrats and media figures to conclude a racially insensitive administration is preparing to take charge in Washington, the leader of a prominent black conservative group says the concerns are double standards whipped up by the left and Trump’s controversial choices are actually more tame on racial issues than their counterparts in the Obama administration…. (more)

November 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — The readers of The New York Times are speaking out against the newspaper’s election coverage and complaining to their offices at “five times the normal level.”… (more)

November 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — The word “hero” is overused because of a politically correct society, actor and director Clint Eastwood said in a new interview. Eastwood directed a movie about now-retired airline pilot Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who safely landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009. The Hollywood icon spoke to The Mirror about the film and talked specifically about heroism…. (more)

November 21, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — With radical Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) already in the running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), another extremist is considering entering the race. Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, made a name for herself at the Democratic National Convention with a speech proclaiming that she had an abortion because a baby would interfere with her career plans…. (more)

November 21, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has informed Trump transition insiders that he would accept the nomination to take the place of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, potentially cementing the power of the court’s conservative wing for decades, according to sources…. (more)

November 21, 2016
BYRON YORK — President-elect Trump’s transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist – – they’re now using the Alabama senator’s full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect – – and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they’ve turned to race again…. (more)

Top Headlines – 11/25/2016

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Wildfires tear across Israel, Netanyahu calls arsonists ‘terrorists’

Police arrest 12 for arson, incitement; Haifa fires now under control

Egypt and Jordan to send firefighting help

US Supertanker to join battle against Israel’s raging fires

France Issues Regulations Requiring Retailers to Label Goods From Israeli Settlements

Israel slams French decision to label Israel produce beyond 1967 borders

France foils planned terror attack in Paris

French police on manhunt after killing at monks’ home

Suspect in fatal stabbing in France not linked to terrorism

Russia and Hezbollah ‘officially’ working together in Syria

Iraq bomb kills at least 80, mostly Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims; ISIS claims responsibility

First U.S. service member killed in Syria

Turkey’s Push for Syrian Town Complicates Anti-IS Fight

Turkish president threatens to reopen borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants

Six killed, dozens wounded by blasts in Afghan city

8 soldiers killed in suicide car bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

Obama administration could be looking to bolster Iran nuclear deal in final months

Central Americans surge north, hoping to reach U.S. before Trump inauguration

Vladimir Putin Vows to Continue EU Import Ban ‘As Long as Possible’

Russia’s border doesn’t end anywhere, Vladimir Putin says

EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

Brexit can be stopped, insists Tony Blair as he rules out return to frontline politics

Merkel fears social bots may manipulate German election

Donald Trump Wins Michigan; Becomes First Republican to Do So Since 1988

Jill Stein raises $4.5mn for vote recount in swing states

Mortgage rates keep rising after Trump’s election win

Thanksgiving sales surge online as shoppers stay home for holiday

2016 Thanksgiving on track to break $2B in online sales

60 law enforcement officers fatally shot this year, 20 in ambushes, report says

The new frontier for drone warfare: Under the oceans

China is testing a new long-range, air-to-air missile that could thwart U.S. plans for air warfare

El Salvador and Nicaragua earthquake: Tsunami warning after 7.0 magnitude quake strikes in Pacific Ocean

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

3.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Caruthersville, MO

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 36,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Otto to threaten Central America with flooding, mudslides and damaging winds into Friday

Tropical storm Tokage to impact East Vietnam Sea this weekend

More young people contracting ‘old-age’ conditions including varicose veins due to sedentary lifestyles

Russia’s silent HIV epidemic

Massive paedophile ring uncovered by police in Norway after arrest of 51 men

Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

Clayton Jennings and the Demise of a Fallen Ministry

Catholic/NAR Theological Unity Coming on Rapidly

Jim Bakker: God Will Send Earthquakes To Punish Counties That Voted For Hillary Clinton

Catholic Idolatry: Mary at heart of next World Youth Day gathering

Kentucky Atheist Sues After DMV Rejects Request for Specialty ‘I’m God’ License Plate

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:35 AM PST

A Kentucky man who identifies as an atheist has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) after his request for…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Personal Data Of Over 130,000 Navy Sailors Hacked…

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:30 AM PST

Unknown hackers compromised a number of the U.S. Navy’s computers and gained access to sensitive information, including names and social security numbers, of more than…

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Japan issues booklet to prepare citizens for nuclear war with North Korea…

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:27 AM PST

Japanese people are bracing themselves for nuclear attack with chilling advise on what to do if Kim Jong-un presses the red button. For the first…

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Russia Warns United States ‘Stop Getting in Way’…

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 06:23 AM PST

The Russian Defense Ministry commented on the US State Department’s calls not to help tankers shipping fuel to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. If…

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Huge 7.2 magnitude Earthquake strikes off Central America coast, tsunami Warning issued

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 11:16 AM PST

DEVELOPING: A strong earthquake shook various Central American countries on Thursday, just as a hurricane barreled through the region, according to a Reuters witness and…

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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.


Do You Know Him?


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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