Daily Archives: November 13, 2016

November 12-13, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

NOV. 12 , 2016
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
TOP OPINION
Ryan T. Anderson: Make Religious Freedom Great Again
Victor Davis Hanson: A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite
Jonah Goldberg: Obama Helped Pave the Way for Clinton’s Defeat
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TOP HEADLINES THIS WEEK
What Meltdown? Stock Market Leaps [usatoday.com]
How to Begin Dismantling ObamaCare [dailysignal.com]
Obama Won’t Rule Out Clinton Pardon [washingtontimes.com]
Anti-Muslim ‘Hate Crime’ Was a Hoax [hotair.com]
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Quite frankly, you gotta watch what you say nowadays. There are a lot of people out there with love in their heart who wish you dead if you don’t have as much love in your heart as they do.” —Dennis Miller


Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 11/12/2016

Hillsong United Band Leader Calls Jen Hatmaker’s Remarks on Homosexuality ‘Refreshing’   Nov 05, 2016 03:50 pm

Photo Credit: JenHatmaker.comPhoto Credit: JenHatmaker.com Joel Houston, the leader of the popular worship ban Hillsong United, is raising concern after he recently remarked that he found an interview with HGTV celebrity and author Jen Hatmaker—who revealed that she believes homosexuals should be supported in and by the church—to be “refreshing.” Hatmaker had been interviewed by…

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Office of African False Prophet T.B. Joshua ‘Mistakenly’ Deletes Prophecy of Clinton Win   Nov 10, 2016 07:40 pm

joshua-compressedPhoto Credit: Facebook LAGOS, Nigeria — The office of an African false prophet says that it “mistakenly” deleted his recent prophesy of Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election now that Clinton lost the election to billionaire business mogul Donald Trump. T.B. Joshua is the leader of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos,…

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Clinton, Kaine Cite Scripture in Concession Speeches   Nov 09, 2016 06:21 pm

clinton-concession-compressedNEW YORK — In conceding the presidential race on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cited Scripture, as did her running mate Tim Kaine. Kaine, a Roman Catholic, referred to Matthew 7:20 in comparing Christ’s parable about those who come into the Kingdom later than others to those who joined Clinton’s campaign efforts in the tail end…

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Report: Number of Homeschooled Students in U.S. Approaching Two Million   Nov 07, 2016 12:23 pm

Homeschool 2 pdWASHINGTON, D.C. – Homeschooling is an increasingly popular form of education in the U.S, with an estimated 1.8 million students now being educated at home, according to a detailed report that was released last week. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the branch of the U.S. Department of Education that is responsible for collecting and…

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Christian Couple Denied Adoption of Foster Children Over Opposition to Homosexual Parenting   Nov 07, 2016 03:23 pm

bear-credit-michal-rybski-compressedPhoto Credit: Michal Rybski A Christian couple in the U.K. has reportedly been denied their request to adopt two foster children in their care after they told social workers that the juveniles needed a mother and a father, and not two daddies. According to reports, the couple, which has not been identified, has been looking after the children since early 2016…

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Five-Month-Old Girl Wows World After Spending 17 Years as Frozen Embryo   Nov 11, 2016 12:25 pm

marley-compressedPARKER, Co. — A five-month-old baby girl is wowing the world as her adoptive parents are sharing the story of how their Snowflake baby was a frozen embryo for 17 years before her birth. Elizabeth and Marty Wilson turned to Nightlight Christian Adoptions a few years ago after having difficulty conceiving again following the birth of their first child. The…

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ACLU Sues Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to Recover $233K in Costs From ‘Gay Marriage’ License Legal Battle   Nov 10, 2016 02:08 pm

Davis-compressedFRANKFORT, K.Y. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in an effort to recover costs from its recent legal battle over Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals as long as her name was on the document. The ACLU is asking U.S. District Judge David Bunning to order Davis to pay…

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Portland, Oakland Protests Against Trump Presidency Turn Violent   Nov 11, 2016 11:17 am

protests-compressedProtests in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California turned violent on Thursday as several thousand took to the streets to express unhappiness with the outcome of the presidential election. According to reports, in Portland, an estimated 4,000 protesters shut down streets, spray painted buildings, smashed windows and electrical boxes, vandalized cars and set…

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Oklahoma Voters Reject Proposal to Allow Ten Commandments at State Capitol   Nov 09, 2016 02:01 am

Monument-compressedOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Voters in Oklahoma have rejected a ballot proposal that would have allowed the Ten Commandments to be displayed on the grounds of the state capitol building. As of press time, State Question 790 had failed with over 55 percent of voters saying no an initiative that asked whether or not the state Constitution should be amended to allow…

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Alberta Teachers’ Assoc. Guide Suggests Teaching Children ‘Why Homophobia Leads Us to Sin’   Nov 05, 2016 01:44 pm

Classroom II pdEDMONTON, Alberta — The Alberta Teachers’ Association recently released a guide for teachers to instruct students about “sexual and gender minorities,” including suggestions that children try out drag for a day to “explore perceptions of gender” and be taught “why homophobia leads us to sin.” The manual, created with partial funding from the government of…

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Top News – 11/13/2016

U.S. to push ahead on climate pact before Trump takes over: Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Obama administration would do everything it could to implement a global agreement to combat climate change before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Kerry made the comments during a visit to New Zealand just before setting off to Marrakesh, Morocco to take part in climate talks between 200 nations.

Obama officials work against time to wrap banking rules
U.S. officials are striving to put finishing touches on a slew of banking rules before President Barack Obama leaves office and hands regulatory power to Donald Trump… President-elect Trump…and his fellow Republicans will have control of Congress and government agencies, allowing the new administration to block or roll back many of the last-minute changes.

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’
Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago. In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to the 13th Century BC. The UN’s cultural body described the act as a war crime.

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. He said the West faced its greatest security challenge in a generation. During his election campaign, Mr Trump described Western military alliance Nato as obsolete.

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls
France’s state of emergency imposed after last year’s terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC. He said the measures were needed to “protect our democracy”. Mr Valls was speaking on the first anniversary of the attacks by Islamist militants, in which 130 people died.

US to take Australia asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island
Australia and the US have reached a resettlement deal for asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Under the agreement, the migrants there will be assessed and the most vulnerable will be resettled in the US. About 1,200 people are being held in the asylum centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru island.

Netanyahu warns ministers against predicting Trump’s Israel policy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… cautioned his cabinet ministers not to turn to the media with their predictions of what US President-elect Donald Trump’s policy will be toward Israel. “I’m asking all the ministers and the parliamentarians to wait until the start of the new…government. Let’s…form a new policy together through quiet and acceptable…channels and not through interviews with the media,”…

Tsunami hits New Zealand after series of strong quakes
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck central New Zealand just after midnight, the US Geological Survey said, generating a tsunami that hit the northeast coast of the South Island. New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management warned of the risk of destructive waves along the country’s entire east coast and urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate and seek higher ground.

Afghanistan: 4 Americans dead in blast at Bagram Airfield
Four Americans were killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack early Saturday at Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Two of those killed were service members, and two were contractors, he said, adding he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

Death toll rises to 50 in IS-claimed blast in Pakistan
The death toll from a bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in southwest Pakistan has risen to 50 people with more than 100 wounded, officials said.

China ships sail near disputed islands: Japan
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, Japan’s coast guard said, marking the second such incident in a week.

Is a Muslim from the Midwest set to take over the Democratic National Committee?
He’s a Muslim from the heartland and he could be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is slowly raking up support from some key figures within the party, such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who want him to be the next leader, following the party’s humbling presidential loss earlier this week.

Texas Community Goes Underground For Doomsday Prep
Some upper-income Texans are headed down below, not Australia, but below the surface. An investor group is planning for a doomsday scenario by building a $300 million luxury community replete with underground homes. There will also be air-lock blast doors designed for people worried about a dirty bomb or other disaster and off-grid energy and water production.

New York Times publisher vows to ‘rededicate’ paper to reporting honestly
The publisher of The New York Times penned a letter to readers Friday promising that the paper would “reflect” on its coverage of this year’s election while rededicating itself to reporting on “America and the world” honestly.

Top Iranian general: We gave Hezbollah the thousands of rockets it used against Israel
Iran’s top general said the Islamic Republic set up a missile factory in Syria which transferred supplies to Hezbollah to use in the 2006 war against Israel.


Top Headlines – 11/13/2016

PA: We’ll ‘make life miserable’ for Trump if he moves embassy

Trump aides said to warn Obama against 11th hour ‘new adventures’ on Palestinian issue

Trump describes Israeli-Palestinian conflict as ‘the ultimate deal’

Melania Trump promises Sara Netanyahu ‘wonderful relations between our countries, families’

Netanyahu says Rabin murder was political but denies taking part in incitement

Palestinian leadership tensions flare amid Arafat death anniversary

Israel participates in its first NATO field exercise in 6 years

Trump warns that by attacking Assad, US will ‘end up fighting Russia’

Russian warship flotilla now off Syrian coast: military

Russia detains 10, says major IS-linked ‘terror’ plot foiled

Russia says arrests ISIS-linked group plotting Moscow attacks

ISIS victims suffer as evidence of chemical attacks grows

Isis sends female supporters to serve as frontline suicide bombers

IS-claimed bombing kills at least 52 at Pakistan shrine: officials

Heavy fighting in Mosul after Iraqi special forces seize control

Iraqi Kurds’ destruction of Arab villages could be war crime

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Iran state TV reporter killed in Syria

U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan closed after suicide bombing on military base

France to mark anniversary of Paris attacks that killed 130

Is a Muslim from the Midwest set to take over the Democratic National Committee?

Seething liberals vow revolution in Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton Partially Blames Loss on FBI Director James Comey’s Email Inquiry

Clinton aides blame loss on everything but themselves

Voters target Electoral College members to switch their Trump ballots, elect Clinton

No, the Electoral College won’t make Clinton president instead of Trump

What Happens If Faithless Electors Swing the Results?

California and Trump are on a collision course over immigrants here illegally

Turkey issues travel warning about US, cites protests

Turkey warns citizens in US of ‘social tensions’

Billionaire George Soros funds $15M effort to stop Trump, mobilize Latinos

Racially-charged incidents persist at US universities after Trump win

Anti-Trump Protests: 1 Shot After ‘Confrontation’ in Portland; Marchers Hit NYC, L.A.

Massive anti-Trump protests planned for Inauguration Day, police on alert

Calls to crisis and suicide prevention hotlines surge post-election

Video of mom punishing son, 8, over school Trump vote leads to investigation

Keeping promise, polling expert eats bug after Trump win

Donald Trump plans to carry on tweeting

Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

Trump-Putin alliance sparks diplomatic crisis as British ministers demand assurances from US over Russia

EU official: Trump risk to Europe-US relations

Obama Defends EU, NATO, Amid Doubts About Trump’s Intentions

From Brexit to Trump, Europe reels from year of crises

UK Brexit campaigner meets Trump, says he’s ‘full of good ideas’

Trump’s win might blow up the Federal Reserve’s plans for next year

Wall Street’s Change Of Heart: Fed Will Raise Rates Faster, And That’s Good

Chaos as millions in India crowd banks to exchange currency

New York Times publisher vows to ‘rededicate’ paper to reporting honestly

Police see heightened threat of ambush after year of unrest

Anchorage cop shot multiple times in early morning ambush, suspect killed

Texas Community Goes Underground For Doomsday Prep

India and Japan sign civil nuclear deal

China ships sail near disputed islands: Japan

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with John Key in Wellington with the future of TPPA on the line

All eyes will be on a supermoon this weekend

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

Multiple aftershocks hit Christchurch

New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami arrives after powerful tremor hits

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Tinogasta, Argentina

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chignik Lake, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Punta de Burica, Panama

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Rain to remain absent in drought-stricken southeastern US into next week

Kerry Says He’ll Continue With Anti-Global Warming Efforts

Trump reportedly looking for way to pull US out of climate agreement

Haiti faces a ‘major food crisis’, its interim president says

Warning after meat disease strikes Christmas geese and ducks

Brazilian states have millions of dollars to fight Zika. Why isn’t it getting spent?

Trump win fuels donations, IUD demand at Planned Parenthood

Diocese investigates Texas priest for aborted fetus video

Powerful Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake has just struck Argentina

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 06:48 AM PST

BREAKING NEWS: A Powerful Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake has just struck Argentina. This comes on the heels of a 7.8 Earthquake that struck New Zealand earlier…

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Large spraying operation after Zika discovered in central Israel

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:35 AM PST

The Rishon Lezion municipality is intensively spraying pesticides around the home of a person discovered to be carrying the dangerous Zika virus, Ynet reports. The…

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Lindsey Graham urges Ted Cruz as SCOTUS judge: ‘No stronger constitutional conservative’

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:31 AM PST

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks former Republican primary foe Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) should be a Supreme Court nominee of President-elect Donald Trump. According…

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Powerful Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand, Tsunami Warning Issued

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:12 AM PST

A powerful earthquake has hit northeast of Christchurch, a city in New Zealand. Authorities have issued a tsunami warning, urging people in the area to…

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‘Depressed’ De Niro backs anti-Trump protests

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:57 PM PST

Robert De Niro gave anti-Donald Trump protesters across the United States his backing Friday as he spoke about how “depressed” the tycoon’s win in the…

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100,000s stage largest-ever protest in Seoul to demand president resign

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:48 PM PST

Hundreds of thousands are walking the streets of Seoul in the latest protest against South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has come under fire for…

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Syrian dictator Assad welcomes Trump victory

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:38 PM PST

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes Donald Trump’s election win has saved them from a Hillary Clinton administration which would have sought to stop Russia backing…

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Harry Reid Claims Trump ’emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America’

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:29 PM PST

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid offered a blistering assessment of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, saying the Republican “has emboldened the forces of hate…

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Michael Moore calls on Donald Trump to Step Down as President-elect

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:24 PM PST

Film-maker Michael Moore has called on Donald Trump to step down as President-elect before he even takes office. Moore joined thousands of people in protesters…

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Teacher caught telling students their parents would be deported By Trump Presidency

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:20 PM PST

The fear is real for many young people who believe a Donald Trump presidency means their parents will be deported. Now, a teacher was caught…

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Clinton Blames Comey For Losing The Election

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:05 PM PST

Hillary Clinton has offered a couple of private but candid explanations about why she lost her White House bid, telling high-dollar fundraisers Saturday that FBI…

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As Trump takes Power, Feds Prepare For Economic Reckoning

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 03:53 PM PST

Paul A. Volcker, the Federal Reserve chairman, received an urgent warning two weeks after Ronald Reagan won the 1980 presidential election. Some of the president-elect’s…

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Thousands march in U.S. cities across America against Trump Presidency

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 03:50 PM PST

Demonstrators marched again on Saturday in cities across the United States to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say will threaten their civil and…

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Top News – 11/12/2016

Trump warns that by attacking Assad, US will ‘end up fighting Russia’
US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia on the issue of Assad.

Seven Simple Prayers
Prayerlessness is the great enemy of true happiness. If we give up on prayer, or refuse to pray, we surrender our seat at the very source of the highest and fullest joy. “You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2).

Jerusalem residents protest muezzin noise
Residents of Pisgat Ze’ev, an eastern neighborhood of Jerusalem, emulated a muezzin call early the Thursday morning before last in front of the Beit Hakerem residence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to protest ongoing disturbances from Muslim calls to prayer emanating from the Shuafat, Beit Hanina and A-ram neighborhoods.

Heavy fighting as ISIS attacks Iraqi forces in Mosul after Iraqi special forces seize Mosul
Officers from the Iraqi special forces report that a suicide car bomber from ISIS has attacked them in Mosul; on Friday, Iraqi special forces reported pushing deeper into Mosul, despite heavy resistance from ISIS using civilians as cover.

6.2 quake strikes off Japan
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of the Japanese island of Honshu, according to USGS data. TEPCO said the quake did not affect the integrity of its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, located relatively close to its epicenter. The quake struck around 9:43pm GMT on Friday, some 65 km east-northeast of the city of Sendai.

Obama administration suspends Pacific trade deal vote effort
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has suspended its efforts to win congressional approval for his Asian free-trade deal before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, saying on Friday that TPP’s fate was up to Trump and Republican lawmakers. Administration officials also said Obama would try to explain the situation…the 11 other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact…

Damascus, allies upbeat on Trump win, await his policies
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies hope to benefit from Donald Trump’s election win, believing it has saved them from the risks of an interventionist Clinton administration. Trump’s win may have already shifted the course of the Russian-backed military campaign in Aleppo. A senior pro-Assad official told Reuters that plans to capture the rebel-held east by January were shaped around an assumption Clinton would win.

Haiti faces a ‘major food crisis’, its interim president says
The international community is falling short in its commitment to Haiti’s recovery, the country’s interim President Jocelerme Privert says. Jocelerme Privert told the BBC that devastating losses from last month’s Hurricane Matthew were equal to the country’s entire national budget. Mr Privert said Haiti was facing a “major food crisis” and worsening levels of malnutrition.

Bagram blast: Explosion hits US airbase in Afghanistan
A huge explosion at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, the largest US military facility in the country, has killed at least four people. At least 14 others were wounded in the blast. The Taliban said one of their suicide bombers carried out the attack. The attack is being seen as a major security breach in one of the best protected places in Afghanistan.

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year $12bn (€11bn) loan for Egypt to help the country out of its deep economic crisis. Egypt will receive $2.75bn immediately, with the rest subject to its economic performance and further reforms. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the bailout would “address longstanding challenges”.

After Trump Win, Parallel Path Is Seen for Marine Le Pen of France’s Far Right
It was a moment of intense French patriotism on a sunny Friday, Armistice Day. A band blared “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem. Shouts of “Vive la France!” filled the chilly November air. And there, too, was Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, beaming.

North Korean Defectors Say Over 75 Percent of Christians Do Not Survive Persecution
Human rights groups are reporting on new grim statistics from North Korea and its treatment of religious minorities, including Christians, revealing that more than 75 percent of those subjected to torture, imprisonment, and other punishments do not survive.

$221,692,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record for October; $1,459 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $44,192,000,000
Federal tax revenues set an all-time record of $221,692,000,000 for the month of October, according to the newly released Monthly Treasury Statement.

After Donald Trump victory, Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from the union
The petition for this ballot measure has been withdrawn after overwhelming positive and negative responses. Two days after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, two Portlanders have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States.

Obama to meet Xi, European allies next week
President Barack Obama will meet key European allies and China’s Xi Jinping during an upcoming three-country overseas trip, the White House said Friday, hoping to reassure partners after Donald Trump’s shock election.

Trump to work for ‘just, lasting’ Mideast peace
US president-elect Donald Trump pledged Friday to work for a “just, lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinians, in his first public message on the issue since his upset victory. “I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace,” Trump said in a message published by the Israel Hayom newspaper.


Top Headlines – 11/12/2016

Israel PM warns over Iran influence in Russia meeting

Netanyahu: Israel, Russia must work together to combat terrorism

Israel sees first significant rise in terror attacks this year

Israel preparing for one-sided UN Security Council resolutions

PA television revives accusation that Israel killed Arafat

Foreign Ministry: ‘Trump doesn’t see the Middle East as a “wise investment”‘

Trump to work for ‘just, lasting’ Mideast peace

Trump could easily erase much of Obama’s foreign policy legacy

Damascus, allies upbeat on Trump win, await his policies

Russia calls on chemical weapons watchdog to visit Syria’s Aleppo

Isil stockpiling chemicals in civilian areas as they prepare for big battle, UN warns

Watchdog slams Syria, IS for use of toxic weapons

Iraqi troops battle IS in Mosul, United Nations says dozens executed

ISIS Taking Newborn Babies, Virgin Girls; on Rampage to Annihilate Christians, Says Catholic Priest

Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

Amnesty: Iraqi police tortured, killed civilians south of Mosul

At least 4 killed as explosion hits largest US base in Afghanistan

Taliban claims explosion at NATO air base in Afghanistan

Egypt imposes big security clampdown, protests fail to materialize

Painful Steps Help Egypt Secure $12 Billion I.M.F. Loan

Saudi Arabia owes billions to private firms after collapse in oil revenues

Bataclan reopens Saturday, a year after Paris massacre

1 year on, Paris attack survivors work to heal, and unite

Tens of thousands march demanding South Korean president Park Geun-Hye resign

North Korean Defectors Say Over 75 Percent of Christians Do Not Survive Persecution

Mexico’s ‘avengers’ backed by public sick of crime and lack of punishment

Rep. Gohmert: Congress will find the funds to pay for Trump’s wall

The fears of the undocumented in the time of Trump

Mayor: Database of undocumented New Yorkers could be deleted

1.4 million Obama amnesty applicants on deportation hit list

Silicon Valley’s Secessionist Fever Dream

Schools report racist incidents in wake of Trump election

‘What’s Happening to America?’ Trump Supporter Beaten by Chicago Mob Speaks Out

Anti-Trump Protests Continue; Opponents Call Them Hypocrites

‘Professional protesters’ riot over Trump’s election, attacking bystanders and vandalizing cars, property

George Soros Exposed as Money Behind Anti-Trump Protests

Anti-Trump Protests Continue for a 3rd Night, Portland Experiences Most Civil Unrest

Trump adviser urges Obama, Clinton to speak out on protests

Obama urges nation to ‘forge unity’ after election

Trump Inauguration To Be Met By ‘Million Women March’

Over 2 Million People Sign Petition Asking Electoral College to Pick Clinton as President Instead of Trump

How Trump bypassed hostile media to deliver his message

Senate minority leader calls Trump sexual predator, bigot

VP-elect Mike Pence to take over Trump transition team from Chris Christie

Trump transition team packed with Washington insiders, lobbyists

DNC Staff: Arrogance Cost Clinton the Election

Call to ‘lock her up’ puts Trump in a bind over his threat to prosecute Hillary Clinton

Trump victory is the end of the line for Obama judicial nominees

Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal

Trump hammered the Federal Reserve as a candidate. As president, he could quickly reshape it

Fed to Retain Independence Under Trump Presidency, Adviser Says

Trump Optimism Propels Dow to Best Week in Five Years

Trump critic Warren Buffett says stocks will continue to rise

Trump Victory Lifts Buffett Back to Second-Richest in the World

$221,692,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record for October; $1,459 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $44,192,000,000

China Positioned to Gain Global Sway After Trump Win

Obama to meet Xi, European allies next week: W.House

Russia says expects sanctions to stay in place despite Trump win

Edward Snowden is Unafraid of Putin Turning Him Over to Trump

Zuckerberg denies Facebook’s ‘fake news’ tilted election

Facebook glitch announces users’ deaths, turns their pages into memorials

Chinese rocket engine? Unidentified object falls from sky in Myanmar

Strange sounds and weird sky in Jerusalem

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishinomaki, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pucallpa, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Inodesia erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Flooding Kills 6 in Johannesburg, South Africa; Young Girl Still Missing

Smoke engulfs southern US as drought-fueled wildfires rage on

State of emergency as wildfires rage in North Carolina

Donald Trump presidency a ‘disaster for the planet’, warn climate scientists

At UN Talks, Trump Win Sparks Fears Climate Aid Will Fizzle

Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition

Trump Now Wants to Keep Popular Obamacare Provisions, Scrap Rest

Miami-Dade considers new weapon in Zika fight: disease-fighting bacteria

State of Emergency Declared in Tennessee over drought

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:36 AM PST

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency In response to the continuing drought Thursday evening. TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan pointed to…

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Kids are gearing up to take Trump to court over climate change

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:22 AM PST

President-elect Donald Trump is likely to find himself the subject of a federal court case next year. The subject: climate change. And the plaintiffs: 21…

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Texas Community Goes Underground For Doomsday Preparations

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:17 AM PST

Some upper-income Texans are headed down below, not Australia, but below the surface. An investor group is planning for a doomsday scenario by building a…

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Trump warns that by attacking Assad, US will ‘end up fighting Russia’

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:13 AM PST

US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia…

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Donald Trump Says Israeli-Palestinian peace would be ‘ultimate deal’

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:10 AM PST

Donald Trump is looking to make the “ultimate deal,” solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his tenure as president of the United States in order to…

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Louisville Cardinals Basketball Coach says Trump needs to apologize to John McCain and Mexicans

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 07:04 AM PST

After a 31-point blowout at the KFC Yum! Center, Rick Pitino’s postgame press conference drifted from the usual Xs and Os. Pitino was asked about…

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National Suicide Hotline Confirms Big Increase In Calls After Trump Victory

Posted: 12 Nov 2016 05:43 AM PST

The upset caused by GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s astounding and unexpected victory has sent largely liberal communities spiraling into depression and suicidal ideations, according to…

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Soros-fronted orgs among groups calling for anti-Trump protests

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:16 PM PST

Some of the anti-Trump protests in the US have been organized by groups that were sponsored by Clinton sympathizer and billionaire George Soros. Among Wikileaks’…

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American University Students Burn Flags in Protest of Trump’s Victory

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:08 PM PST

Students at American University in Washington, D.C., torched American flags in protest of Donald Trump’s win in Tuesday’s presidential election. According to The Washington Post,…

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Obama Administration Gives up on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:04 PM PST

Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s presidential election has prompted President Barack Obama to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


This is the Gospel:

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

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

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

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

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


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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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