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November 17, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the U.S. central bank is close to lifting interest rates as the economy continues to create jobs at a healthy clip and inflation inches higher. A rate hike “could well become appropriate relatively soon if incoming data provide some further evidence of continued progress toward the committee’s objectives,” Yellen said.

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Nov. 16 report to Congress, including recommending ban on state-owned businesses acquiring U.S. cos., criticizing China’s steel-exporting policies may “fortify” Trump admin’s “inherently suspicious” view of globalization, Compass Point’s Isaac Boltansky writes in note.

Municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation stand to lose billions in federal aid if President-elect Donald Trump fulfills promises to starve them financially.

Buying the losers of the past decade could pay off in a world where Donald Trump is in charge of the world’s biggest economy. Norwegian hedge fund firm Sector Asset Management, which manages about $1.7 billion, is turning its portfolios around to bet on bank, energy and materials stocks that may thrive as fiscal stimulus is about to be unleashed after years of global austerity.

India’s cash economy has been thrown into turmoil since Modi announced last week that 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would cease to be legal tender and would have to be deposited at banks by year-end, leaving about one-seventh of currency in circulation. Economists say the move will be beneficial in the long-run as it is targeted at weeding out tax evasion and corruption.

Claude Monet’s grain stack painting fetched a record $81.4 million for the artist on Wednesday after a 14-minute bidding war.

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Thursday morning that he will not be finishing out the remaining 64 days in his term.

A man who gunned down a Southwest Airlines employee outside of Oklahoma City’s airport likely did so in retaliation for having lost his own job with the airline last year, police said Wednesday.

The fewest Americans since 1973 filed for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the U.S. labor market is getting tighter. Jobless claims dropped by 19,000 to 235,000 in the week ended Nov. 12, which included the Veterans Day holiday.

Chinese websites are reportedly censoring “Kim Fatty the Third,” a derogatory nickname used by some internet users for the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after receiving complaints from the country’s officials.

Russia dealt the International Criminal Court a fresh blow Wednesday as the court’s top officials urged nations to support the tribunal hit by a wave of unprecedented defections. Moscow has never ratified the world’s only permanent war crimes court, but in a heavily symbolic move on the opening day of the ICC’s annual meeting, it said it was formally withdrawing its signature to the tribunal’s founding Rome Statute.

U.S. officials cancelled 15 oil and gas leases on Wednesday in an area bordering Glacier National Park that’s considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.

Riot police fired teargas at protesters demonstrating just a few miles from the presidential mansion where Greek leaders were hosting a state banquet for visiting U.S. President Obama.

Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application by Kansai Electric Power Co Inc. to extend the life of an ageing reactor beyond 40 years, the second such approval it has granted under new safety requirements imposed since the Fukushima disaster.

For the second time in six months, a Connecticut panel approved giving taxpayer money to a hedge fund in exchange for promises to keep and add jobs in the state.

A suicide bomber on a motorbike on Wednesday killed four people and wounded 10 in an attack on a vehicle carrying national security officials in the Afghan capital, police said.

President Francois Hollande on Tuesday proposed extending France’s year-old state of emergency to May, to cover the next presidential election.

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President Obama has made a strong defense of globalization as he arrived in Germany on his final visit to Europe before leaving office.

Dozens of protesters demanding a military coup have forced their way into Brazil’s lower chamber of Congress in the capital, Brasilia. At least 40 demonstrators scuffled with guards and took over the podium as a session began on Wednesday. Denouncing government corruption, they called for a return to military rule – which Brazil saw from 1964 to 1985.

A New Zealand preacher is facing a backlash after saying that earthquakes could be caused by homosexuality.

At least 100 migrants are feared dead after another Mediterranean shipwreck off the Libyan coast. A rescue ship managed to pick up 27 survivors. Seven bodies were recovered. This week’s migrant death toll at sea now stands at more than 340 people.

The world’s earliest-known stone carving of the Ten Commandments has sold in a US auction for $850,000.

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U.S. housing starts surged to a more than nine-year high in October as builders ramped up construction of both single and multifamily homes, offering hope that housing will contribute to economic growth in the fourth quarter. Groundbreaking jumped 25.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.32 million units.

Can a team of advocates for transsexuality, from a school district and a medical services organization to county social workers, simply decide that a 17-year-old minor is “emancipated” from his parents and go ahead with male-to-female sex-change treatments with no further permission? That’s the question being asked in a lawsuit being brought against St. Louis County in Minnesota.


Top News – 11/17/2016

Why These Jewish Mystics Think God Helped Trump Win
“I hope that [Trump] will ascend the Temple Mount and, from that source of light and energy in the world, lead us in a dialogue of peace and reconciliation,” Yehuda Glick, a Knesset member and leading figure in the Temple Mount movement, told Israel National News.

Former Chief Rabbi: LGBT activity an ‘abomination’
Addressing the efforts of the Reform movement to create an “egalitarian” prayer space at the Western Wall, Rabbi Amar called the Reform movement “wicked.” Rabbi Amar also called the “LGBT community” a “sect. It is a sect whose acts are without doubt an “abomination.” The Torah obligates the death penalty for the act. It is among the most severe of transgressions.

Menorah and Oil Stand Ready for Third Temple as Hanukkah Approaches
A ritually pure oil has been carefully prepared by the nascent Sanhedrin so that the people of Israel will be ready to light the menorah should the Third Temple arrive by Hanukkah, which this year begins on December 24. “The oil is ready, so if the government decided to permit it, we are ready to go up to the Temple Mount and light the menorah,”

IA ‘suck it up, buttercup’ bill punishes colleges catering to Trump protests & post-election blues
Calling it the “Suck it up, buttercup bill,” State Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) plans to introduce legislation that would calculate how much state universities spent providing additional support to students after the election and cut their budget by half that amount. In addition, the legislation would punish protesters who shut down highways.

L.A.-to-the Bay Earthquake Could Damage 3.5 Million Homes
a new analysis of the damage possible in a worst-case-scenario earthquake is pretty eye-opening. Under one scenario, the state wouldn’t necessarily split from here to the Bay Area, but millions of homes would be damaged and destroyed.

Aberystwyth hit by 94mph hurricane-force winds that flatten caravans in ‘absolute carnage’
Hurricane-force winds of 94mph have left a trail of destruction after sweeping through west Wales. Huge gusts measuring 82 knots struck Aberystwyth, the market town and popular holiday resort, at about 10.30am on Thursday. The winds, which crews at Aberystwyth Lifeboat weather station said were the strongest they had ever recorded…

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Indonesia
A powerful quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale stuck Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and East Java province, triggering panic, officials said on Thursday.

SUNSPOT CYCLE AT LOWEST LEVEL IN 5 YEARS
The sun has looked remarkably blank lately, with few dark cores interrupting the featureless solar disk. This is a sign that Solar Minimum is coming.

Oldest known Ten Commandments tablet sold for $850,000
A 1,500-year-old stone tablet with the earliest known chiseled inscription of the Ten Commandments was sold at a US auction on Wednesday for $850,000. The two-foot (61 cm) square slab of white marble that weighs about 115 pounds (50 kg) was sold in Beverly Hills, California, by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions to a buyer who not to be immediately identified.

Danny Danon to UN forum: ‘See you in court, BDS’
“We are here to send a simple message to the BDS movement: to the bullies who harass students on campus, to those who use the language of civil rights to mask their hate, to the activists who are conducting this illegal and unjust campaign of hate; your time is over, your movement based on lies and intimidation is coming to an end,”

U.N. nuclear watchdog criticizes Iran for overstepping deal limit
Iran must stop repeatedly overstepping a limit on its stock of a sensitive material set by its landmark deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is policing the deal, said in a report last week that Iran had slightly exceeded the 130-tonne soft limit on its stock of heavy water for a second time since the deal was put in place in January.

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix ‘broken genes’ in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases
Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even extend the human lifespan. The breakthrough – described as a “holy grail” of genetics – was used to partially restore the sight of rats blinded by a condition which also affects humans.

Hezbollah has U.S. armored personnel carriers.
Over the weekend images surfaced…of a Hezbollah parade in Qusair, Syria, featuring U.S. armored personnel carriers affixed with antiaircraft guns. The images prompted a flurry of speculation about the vehicles’ origin and whether the group had pilfered the stocks of the U.S.-supplied Lebanese military. The armored personnel carrier, known as the M113…has been in service since the 1960s.

Brazil: Protesters storm Congress seeking military rule
Dozens of protesters demanding a military coup have forced their way into Brazil’s lower chamber of Congress in the capital, Brasilia. At least 40 demonstrators scuffled with guards and took over the podium as a session began on Wednesday. Denouncing government corruption, they called for a return to military rule – which Brazil saw from 1964 to 1985.

Obama defends globalisation on Germany visit
US President Barack Obama has made a strong defence of globalisation as he arrived in Germany on his final visit to Europe before leaving office. In a joint article, Mr Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that with the global economy developing faster than ever, co-operation was vital.

International mayors denounce UNESCO for ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount
An international delegation of mayors presented a resolution to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, decrying the recent UNESCO resolution that denies Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount. The resolution states that UNESCO must cease to repeatedly exacerbate tensions.

The largest oil deposit ever found in America was just discovered in Texas
The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it found what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America. Based on a West Texas Intermediate crude oil price of $45 per barrel, those deposits are worth about $900 billion.

Trump attacks ‘fools’ at The New York Times
President-elect Donald Trump is going after The New York Times again. In a series of tweets Wednesday, Trump attacked a Times story about firings and infighting that have left his transition team in a “state of disarray” — reporting backed up by CNN and other major news organizations.

Dollar at highest since 2003; oil falls in choppy trade
The U.S. dollar index touched a near 14-year high on Wednesday, while oil prices fell in a volatile session as traders were caught between a build in U.S. stockpiles and the chance of an agreement on an output cut.

TITANPOINTE The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight
HEY CALLED IT Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper, capable of withstanding an atomic blast, in the middle of New York City. It would have no windows, 29 floors with three basement levels, and enough food to last 1,500 people two weeks in the event of a catastrophe.

Egypt court overturns Morsi death sentence
An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of four trials since his 2013 overthrow.

Trump told by New York mayor that city is ‘fearful’ of him
New York’s mayor says he has told US President-elect Donald Trump people in the city are “fearful” of what his White House administration could bring.

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time
The move by Chinese scientists could spark a biomedical duel between China and the United States. On 28 October, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu delivered the modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical trial at the West China Hospital, also in Chengdu.

Trump Team Warns Obama Against Last-Minute ‘UN Surprise’ on Israel
Saying that pushing agendas “contrary to the president-elect’s position” would not be in the “spirit of the transition”, Trump national security advisor for Donald Trump last week warned the Obama administration against making moves on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his last months in office.

Light earthquake shakes southeast Alaska
Officials say a light earthquake rattled southeastern Alaska Wednesday morning but there were no immediate reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Center say the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 and was centered 74 miles east of Yakutat at a depth of about 9 miles.

Earthquake shakes Delhi, northern India
A medium intensity earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale shook the national capital and neighbouring Haryana in the wee hours today.


Now That The Election Is Over, Will Republicans And Democrats Learn How To Love One Another?

arguing-public-domainThe 2016 election will be remembered as perhaps the most contentious election in modern American history, and things often got extremely angry and bitter on a personal level. If you spend much time on Facebook or Twitter you know exactly what I am talking about. The vitriol on social media has been off the charts, and there are some people that are actually unfriending anyone that supported the candidate that they were against. This election has also torn apart families, friends and even entire churches. Relationships that took decades to build in some cases are now permanently shattered because of fighting over Trump and Clinton. (Read More…)


Why Donald Trump Must Shut Down The Federal Reserve And Start Issuing Debt-Free Money

great-seal-on-the-dollar-public-domainIf Donald Trump truly wants to fix the economy, he must shut down the Federal Reserve.  If he just tries to patch up our current system, he will fail, because it has been fundamentally flawed from the very beginning.  A little over a century ago, very powerful forces on Wall Street convinced Congress to completely restructure our financial system.  An immensely powerful central bank known as the Federal Reserve was created, and the goal was to transform the U.S. dollar into a debt-based currency that would continuously be inflated and to create an endless debt spiral from which the federal government could never possibly escape.  Sadly, they were successful on both counts.  Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by approximately 98 percent and our national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger. (Read More….)


The Briefing 11-17-16

Can pollsters no longer be trusted? A credibility crisis in political news, analysis, and science

Facts, value, and truth: Are we witnessing the end of truth in America?

“Post-truth” and 2016: What Oxford’s word of the year tells us about society

College and university campuses are increasingly out of step with the rest of the nation

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Top Headlines – 11/17/2016

Obama mulling support of UN resolution against Israeli settlements

Israeli minister wants new settlement approach under Trump

Right-wing MKs fume at Liberman’s partial settlement freeze plan

Settler leaders to Lieberman: Government that freezes settlement construction will fall

Jerusalem mayor petitions court to raze illegal homes in E. Jerusalem

What would Trump have to do to bring the US embassy to Jerusalem? Nothing at all

Britain’s Parliament Debates the Balfour Declaration, Revealing Divides Over Israel in Contemporary Politics

Canada’s Liberal government to provide $25 million to UN’s “Palestinian refugees” agency, despite its well-documented ties to Hamas

New ICC report takes Palestinians’ side despite Israeli optimism

Ex-IDF Intelligence Chief: Following Trump Victory, Israel Has Chance to Bolster Relationship With US

Hillary’s Loss Accelerates The Democrats’ Turn Against Israel

Drone-based system capable of remotely finding bombs unveiled in Tel Aviv

Hezbollah denies second-in-command said it’s now ‘an army’

Hezbollah has U.S. armored personnel carriers. But how did they get them?

Russia says its strike in Syria killed 30 al-Qaida fighters

Syria conflict: Children’s hospital hit in deadly Aleppo strikes

‘It feels worse than our soldiers dying’: Iraqi forces return to ancient city reduced to rubble by Isil

Devastation in Mosul as Iraqi screeners catch ISIS fighters

Pakistan orders 400 Turks to leave ahead of Erdogan’s visit

Turkish military to add over 30,000 personnel in next 4 years

House extends Iran sanctions giving Trump leverage over nuclear violations

House lawmakers to nix Obama admin-backed sale of US planes to Iran

Russia, Iran mull $10 billion advanced weapon systems deal

Putin critic wary of Trump’s Russia policy plans Senate hearings

Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

Obama in Europe urges ‘course correction’ on globalisation

Obama Warns Of World War III; Civil War in Response to Populist Uprising

A European Pentagon – An obscure defense agency will play a key role as the EU embarks on greater military cooperation

EU plans five-euro security check for visitors

Terror Attacks Are at 11-Year High in Wealthy Nations

Holiday Season Could Be Target for Terrorists, DHS Says

NYPD boosts security for Thanksgiving parade after threat

‘Unprecedented’ Spate of Antisemitic Vandalism Across US Colleges in Wake of Presidential Election Leaves Jewish Students Feeling Vulnerable, Campus Groups Say

‘Suck it up’: Lawmaker wants to cut funding for schools coddling students over Trump

Three NBA Teams Boycott Trump Hotels

Trump told by New York mayor that city is ‘fearful’ of him

Conway slams anti-Trump protests, says president-elect ‘already draining the swamp’

The Trump pledge: No lobbying for five years

Jason Chaffetz: We Aren’t Done With Hillary Yet

Voter fraud complaints emerge in tight NC gov race

Outgoing California Sen. Boxer introduces bill to scrap Electoral College

Twitter suspends some accounts linked to alt-right

Mark Zuckerberg Hacked For The Third Time This Year

China’s Xi urges cooperation among nations in governance of global internet

War On Cash Intensifies: Citibank To Stop Accepting Cash At Some Branches

Dollar at highest since 2003; oil falls in choppy trade

Oil Falls as U.S. Crude Supply Grows, Russia Optimistic on Deal

North Korean defectors fear Kim Jong-un will exploit South Korean political crisis

North Korea begs China to stop calling Kim Jong Un fat

Why scientists are backing an asteroid-deflection mission

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepanjen, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 34,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

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

China expects ‘smart’ Trump climate decision

Kerry: Obama’s climate change targets won’t be reversed

Trump push to combat drug trade may mean starting with China, not Mexico

Report: Medicaid enrollment, costs swell under ObamaCare expansion

Israeli couple wins right to produce and raise grandchild from fallen soldier son’s sperm

Researchers identify antibody that neutralizes 98% of HIV strains

US transgender people rush to legally change gender in wake of Donald Trump’s win

Dems, media skewing Trump’s record on LGBT issues?

Protests for gender-neutral bathrooms continue for second day in Whitmore

Hundreds Gather to Support Christian-Grandma Florist in Appeal Case for Not Working Gay Wedding

Pope Francis’ Lenient Stance on Divorce Troubles Conservative Cardinals

Bob DeWaay – The Gospel as the True Armor of God

Modern Restoration of Apostles? What The NAR Really Teaches

Is Michael Brown Hiding His New Apostolic Identity?

The SBC In The Lone Star State: Texas Has Two Gay Whorehouses In It (But They Call Themselves “Churches”)

Iran’s House Church Movement Witnessing ‘Astounding’ Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

Did You Encounter “Super-Moon” Warfare and didn’t realize it?

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:39 AM PST

( Written By Amanda Shiflett) There’s been a lot of warfare the last several days, more than usual actually! Have you experienced intense emotional distress,…

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Winter Coming With a Vengeance! Northeast Temps Set To Plunge 50° and Snowfall

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:25 AM PST

The first major blast of cold air will sweep across much of the northeastern United States this weekend and will be accompanied by snow and…

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Europe at risk of collapse

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:20 AM PST

The European Union is in danger of breaking apart unless France and Germany, in particular, work harder to stimulate growth and employment and heed citizens’…

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US Housing starts surge to 9-year high in October

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:17 AM PST

U.S. housing starts surged to a more than nine-year high in October as builders ramped up construction of both single and multifamily homes, offering hope…

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Dating App Tinder Offers 37 Gender Identity Options

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:13 AM PST

Tired of boring, binary gender options on your dating app? Lucky for you, Tinder has added dozens of new gender preferences! The dating app, which…

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Iraqi Christians Returning Home to Worship in Churches Desecrated by ISIS

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:51 AM PST

Christians are gradually returning to their homes in the Christian town of Keramlis on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq more than two years after…

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Steering Clear of the Trap of Self-Doubt

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:44 AM PST

(By Patrick Mabilog) The gospel teaches us about our depravity: How, if left to our corrupt nature, we would be unable to please God and…

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Prophetic Word Reveals “God Is Laying a New Foundation for America”

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:34 AM PST

(Reported By Bob Eschliman) Angie Stolba, who runs the Living With Confidence Ministries with her husband, Jeff, desires to see people walk in compete freedom…

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FALLING AWAY: Why More Churches Are Suddenly Affirming Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:28 AM PST

(By Jim Denison) Popular Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton recently announced that she is dating Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach. This news comes after inspirational…

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Mysterious ‘Burning’ Object spotted in the sky above capital city of Peru

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:23 AM PST

A mysterious ‘burning’ UFO has been filmed travelling across the sky above a capital city. Residents of Lima, Peru, were left stunned as the orange…

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San Jose residents report large shaking, USGS reports no Eathquake

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:16 AM PST

South Bay residents felt some shaking Tuesday afternoon, however the exact cause is unknown. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that what South Bay residents felt…

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Government attempting to switch teen’s sex without parental consent

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:10 AM PST

Can a team of advocates for transsexuality, from a school district and a medical services organization to county social workers, simply decide that a 17-year-old…

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Philippines may pull out of ‘useless’ ICC, happy to join world order led by Russia and China

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:06 AM PST

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he might follow Russia’s lead and withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He went on to slam…

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Citibank To Stop Accepting Cash In Australian Branches

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 06:00 AM PST

Citi is removing cash from its Australian bank branches, because it is no longer worth offering a service that is used by less than one…

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Sweden could be first with national digital currency

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 08:05 PM PST

The Central Bank of Sweden is considering issuing a national digital currency to solve the problem of a dramatic drop in the domestic use of…

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Professors call Founding Fathers ‘terrorists,’ founding ideals a ‘fabrication’

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:54 PM PST

A humanities course currently taught at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs teaches that the Founding Fathers were hypocrites, terrorists and money-hungry barons who used…

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Boy Claims He Was ‘Pushed by an angel’ to save falling baby brother

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:50 PM PST

A 9-year-old Florida boy says an “angel pushed” him to catch his baby brother as the baby fell off a changing table and nearly smacked…

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Mystery flight circles over Denver; officials have few answers

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:41 PM PST

Thousands saw a plane circling the Denver metro area late Wednesday morning, questioning where it may have come from and what it may be doing….

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The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:37 PM PST

They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper, capable of withstanding an atomic blast, in…

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Why ‘Discipleship’ Is the Church’s Newest Buzzword

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:35 PM PST

(By Jim Putin) In recent years, “discipleship” has become the new buzzword. As a result, we’ve seen churches begin to make a shift toward helping…

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Government Targets Preschoolers With Lessons on ‘Sexuality, Queerness and Difference’

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:28 PM PST

Scottish kids are being encouraged to explore “queerness” and question whether they are a boy or a girl, in a project paid for by taxpayers….

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Oregon city passes ordinance that will ticket people giving money to panhandlers

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:25 PM PST

The city of Albany passed an emergency ordinance that will ticket people for giving money to panhandlers. The city’s reasoning is that homeless people looking…

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NZ earthquake so powerful the sea floor lifted Two Metres.

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:13 PM PST

Incredibly confronting photos have emerged showing the devastating aftermath of the New Zealand coastline after it was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake around midnight…

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97 Million Eligible Voters Did Not Vote in 2016 Election

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:03 PM PST

With ballots still being counted, the final certified results of voter turnout is not expected to be available for several more weeks. The United States…

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Bono Tells Trump “Gender Equality Must Be Your Priority”

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:57 PM PST

“I say to the president-elect: look across to women, make equality a priority, it is the only way forward,” Bono said, according to BBC News….

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Intercede for America With These 7 Key Post-Election Prayers

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:47 PM PST

One of the most painful, confusing presidential elections in history is over. Regardless of your view on the results, life continues. The question before us…

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DISTRESS OF NATIONS: ‘Revolution In The Streets’ May Only Be The Beginning

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:43 PM PST

The surprise victory by Donald Trump on November 8th has spawned a series of violent protests and riots all over the nation as stunned leftists…

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Volcanic Activity Increases Around The World Following NZ Mega-Quake

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:37 PM PST

Whether it’s connected or not the Megaquake in New Zealand may be playing a role in the current enhanced volcanic activity recorded around the world….

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Thousands of Christians Oppose Plan to Open School Satan Club: ‘Once Satan Gets In, Who Will Get Him Out?’

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:26 PM PST

“No to Satan!” That rallying cry is expected to fill the air in Portland, Oregon when thousands of Christians are expected to gather outside a…

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Aspiring Christian Singer and Her Family Die After Being Hit By a Pickup Truck

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:21 PM PST

An aspiring Christian teen singer, her father and grandmother passed away last Sunday after a pickup truck smashed into their vehicle after they hit a…

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Teen Is ‘Legally Dead’ For 20 Minutes, Then Suddenly Wakes Up And Tells Mom He Met Jesus

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:17 PM PST

When Zack Clements of Brownwood, Texas was 17, he collapsed while running during gym class and went into cardiac arrest. In the blink of an…

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Professor who predicted Trump win, says he will be impeached!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 03:59 PM PST

The man dubbed “Prediction Professor” for accurately calling almost every presidential election since 1984, including the 2016 election, now forecasts the impeachment of President-elect Donald…

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College professor creates list of “Fake News” sites to avoid

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 03:55 PM PST

During the election, many people fell prey to fake news stories on social media — even the president-elect ended up retweeting fake statistics. A professor…

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Netanyahu: Looking Forward To Working With Trump On Twin Interests Of Peace, Security

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 01:39 PM PST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is looking forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump on “the twin interests of peace and security.” “I, for…

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Scenes Of Panic In India As Gold Price Skyrockets After Currency Ban

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 01:33 PM PST

Today India is on the verge of a major social-political crisis, unless either the government backs off from the decision of banning the currency or…

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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.

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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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Yes, You’re Right, Colleges Are Liberal Bubbles. Here’s the Data.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Child blowing bubblesCampuses tend to be viewed as enclaves of liberalism — bubbles or oases, depending on your view, set apart from the rest of America.

In the counties that are home to public flagship universities, only nine favored Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton, according to a Chronicleanalysis of voting data. In the 49 counties included in the analysis, Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump, on average, by about 18 percentage points. In counties with a public flagship, the percentage of voters favoring Mrs. Clinton was 11 points, on average, higher than her statewide percentage.

Alaska was excluded from the analysis because it does not have county-level election data from the 2016 presidential election. Some states have more than one campus that serves a flagship role; to keep the analysis simple, we selected only one from each of the other 49 states.

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November 17, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Spiritual Formation at Worship.  How this movement shows up in many churches, and who is behind it all.
Clayton Jennigs update.  And the plot thickens.  Oh, and now we have an apology video!  As if that restores him to ministry?!?!? Notice how it is similar to the second video — looks like just part of his normal acts, and very narcissistic.  The man should be forever barred from ministry of any kind.
Calvary Chapel is slowly sinking.
Joel Osteen needs to be careful about abusing Scripture.
Another good article about nonsensical spiritual warfare.  Don’t neglect to listen to the half-hour program at the bottom of the page.
I’m not the only one saying 2 Chronicles 7:14 isn’t for Christians.
Stop using “The Message”!  It’s a MESS.
More testimonies about the cult of World Race and Adventures in Missions.
Bill Johnson’s heresies at Bethel church.
Catholics and their worship of relics is totally unbiblical superstitious nonsense.
The more I learn about Michael Brown, the more I have to warn against him!!!  Hismanipulation tactics have been identified.
Homosexuality is invading more and more assemblies where the leadership is more concerned about being politically-correct than about protecting their flocks.  “As in the days of Noah…”
Shunning — an example of the cultic nature of the Amish.
As I’ve written in the past, Seventh-day Adventism is a cult.  But when there is not even a pretense of Christianity, it is hard to understand why people stay in it.  Can you just imagine Jesus or Paul having “interfaith” celebrations?!?
And finally, Fred Butler has posted his review of chapter one of heretic Hugh Ross’ book, Navigating Genesis.

Why are people like Glennon Doyle Melton and Jen Hatmaker so famous?

WINTERY KNIGHT

I keep seeing all these people in the culture like Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, Brian McLaren, Joel Osteen getting all this support from Christians – support that the people I admire like Jay Richards, William Lane Craig, Scott Klusendorf and Ryan T. Anderson don’t seem to get.

Glennon Doyle Melton in a church Glennon Doyle Melton in a church

First, here is Glennon being celebrated in the far-left Washington Post.

Excerpt:

Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton — known as the “ultimate confessional writer” for her honest portrayals of her struggling marriage, addiction and eating disorder — has opened up with another big revelation.

She is dating again, her new partner is a woman and that woman is celebrity soccer champ Abby Wambach.

[…]Melton’s news comes three months after she announced her divorce from Craig Melton, her husband of 14 years…

[…]Glennon Doyle Melton has reiterated for years her position affirming that same-sex marriage is…

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Fruits of Obedience

The apostle Peter exhorted his Christian audience, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Pet 1:14–16). Just as OT believers were called to reflect the holy God in their character and behavior (Lev 11:44; 19:2; 20:7), NT believers are called to the same standard.

This holy lifestyle that is to characterize the Christian is defined by theologians as an aspect of “present or progressive sanctification.” The need for the believer to grow in progressive sanctification is underscored by the exhortation in Heb 12:15, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”

The seriousness with which Christians in the past responded to this appeal for progressive sanctification (i.e., holiness) is articulated by J. I. Packer:

There was a time when all Christians laid great emphasis on the reality of God’s call to holiness and spoke deep insights about His enabling of us for it. Evangelical Protestants, in particular, offered endless variations on the themes of what God’s holiness requires of us, what our holiness involves for us, by what means and through what disciplines the Holy Spirit sanctifies us, and the ways in which holiness increases our assurance and joy and usefulness to God (Packer, Rediscovering Holiness, 12).

Packer adds,

Formerly, then, holiness was highlighted throughout the Christian church. But how different it is today! To listen to our sermons and to read the books we write for each other and then to watch the zany, worldly, quarrelsome way we behave as Christian people, you would never imagine that once the highway of holiness was clearly marked out for Bible believers, so that ministers and people knew what it was and could speak in the saint (ibid., 199–220).

There are many NT terms that could be studied as an introduction to the attitudes and actions that should be visible in the life of the Christian believer. For example, the term “walk” is used to describe and define the conduct expected of a saint (see Rom 13:13; Gal 5:16; Eph 2:10; 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15; Col 1:10; 2:6; 4:5; 1 Thes 2:12; 4:1, 12; 1 John 1:7; 2:6; 3 John 3, 4). Or the concept of “put off/put on” can be traced as it gives insight into the pre- and post- Christian behavior of a believer (see Eph 4:22–32; Col 3:8–17). Further, the commands given to believers to obey could be listed (see John 13:35–35; 1 John 2:3–11; 3:23–24; 4:21; 5:2–3; 2 John 4–6).

One prominent New Testament metaphor is that of “fruit,” used to describe what Scripture teaches about progressive sanctification in relation to its visible outcomes in the life of the Christian.

The Term “Fruit”

The term “fruit” is widespread in Scripture. It is introduced in Genesis 1 and its final use is found in Revelation 22. In both of those passages it refers to the edible produce of trees (Gen 1:11–12; Rev 22:1–2). This basic meaning of “fruit,” the edible product of a tree, is found throughout the OT and NT (Lev 23:40; 26:4, 20; 27:30; Neh 10:35. 37; Ps 1:3; 148:9; Eccl 2:5; Ezek 36:20; Matt 7:17–19; 21:19; Rev 22:2).

Three derived meanings of “fruit” occur from its basic, essential meaning of the produce from a tree and/or the ground. First, “fruit” is used often in the OT in the phrase “fruit of the womb,” i.e., children (Gen 30:2; Deut 7:13; 28:4, 11; 30:9; Ps 127:3; Isa 13:18). The noun “fruit” can refer to both human (Ps 21:10; Hos 9:16; Luke 1:42) and animal (Deut 28:4; 30:9) offspring. Thus, from its basic meaning of produce from the tree or the ground, “fruit” came to be used in the Bible of the produce from the womb.

Second, beginning in the OT and becoming its predominant usage in the NT, particularly in the NT letters, “fruit” is used metaphorically to refer to the actions produced by a person, the fruit of one’s life, i.e., behavior, conduct. This concept, introduced in the OT (Prov 1:31; 11:30; Isa 10:12; Jer 21:14; 32:19), is picked up and developed by NT authors (Matt 3:8; 7:16-20; Rom 6:21–22; 7:4; Gal 5:22; Eph 5:9; Phil 1:11; Heb 12:11).

Third, in the NT, “fruit” can also refer to the outcome or result of one’s actions (Rom 1:13; Phil 1:22) or the wages earned (i.e., produced) by those actions (1 Cor 9:7; Phil 4:17; 2 Tim 2:6).

In Matt 7:15-20 the words of Jesus, in the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, speak of the natural fruitfulness of trees and are applied to the produce of individual lives. He says:

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits (Matt 7:15–20).

Jesus begins by likening the false of prophets to animals; even though they outwardly appear as sheep, “a common OT metaphor for the people of God (cf. Pss 78:52; 100:3),” they are in reality vicious wolves, ferocious natural enemies of the sheep.

Jesus then continues by using the extended plant or tree analogy. Because the false prophets will profess to be servants of God, the believers will only discern their true nature as they evaluate their speech and actions. Verses 16 and 20 repeat verbatim the same truth, inclusion. Here “fruit” is used in a metaphorical sense referring to the produce of the false teachers. Their practice will not match their profession; their actions will reveal their true character.

The essential principle taught in Matt 7:16-20 is this: just as natural fruit, the product of a tree, gives visible evidence of the tree’s life and character, so does the metaphorical fruit, the words and actions of humans, give evidence of their life and character. This is a principle that applies not only to false prophets, but to professing Christians too (cf. Jas 3:12).

Today’s article is adapted from the longer TMSJ article—Sanctification: The Biblically-Identifiable Fruit.

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