January 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The great and the good of Davos agree they have a problem with populism. Finding a solution is the hard part. On the second day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, delegates disagreed on how best to address the upending of the western political order, a debate made doubly urgent by the string of elections in Europe this year where anti-establishment parties could gain more ground.

President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning is a great parting gift to Donald Trump. Not only has Obama commuted the sentence of Manning, he also commuted a Puerto Rican Marxist bomb-maker and released 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates to Oman.

Two former currency traders from Deutsche Bank AG and HSBC Holdings Plc were convicted of cheating the banks by making false trades.

For many companies, including General Motors and Wal-Mart, new promises to add jobs are repackaged versions of plans that were already in place before the election. They would have been carried out regardless of who’s living in the White House, analysts say.

Swiss police were pictured this week in Davos testing anti-drone jammers, which resemble massive machine guns, as part of security preparations for the World Economic Forum. The annual gathering of members of the world’s business and political elite has brought more than 3,000 attendees to the skiing resort.

AP Top Stories

Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital since Saturday after he experienced shortness of breath, a family spokesman said on Wednesday.

Brazilian police used rubber bullets and tear gas on Tuesday to break up a renewed clash between drug gangs in a prison where 26 inmates were butchered by rivals in recent days.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to talk to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration about nuclear weapons and Syria, saying the two countries could together solve many of the world’s problems.

Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has also said that all envoys who were political appointees must step down by Inauguration Day on Friday. Trump has not named a new ambassador yet.

Norway on Tuesday insisted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik enjoyed “cosy” conditions in prison, including cells with a view, an Xbox and a comfy armchair, as it appealed a lower court conviction for “inhumane” treatment.

The third of six sunken Spanish ships that were lost in a hurricane in 1559 has been discovered off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

Fierce clashes gripped the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on Wednesday, a monitor said, as the Islamic State group set tires ablaze to create a smokescreen from regime warplanes.

At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said.

Archaeologists in Israel say they’ve discovered elements of a sophisticated gatehouse at a mining camp that dates back to the biblical era of King David and King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. The archaeologists think these features show that this Iron Age settlement had a highly organized defense system and depended on an impressive network of long-distance trade.

China’s sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top will play amid China’s growing military ambitions.

North Korea denounced outgoing President Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on “packing” as he exits the White House.

BBC

Russian and Turkish jets have carried out their first joint strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, the Russian defense ministry said.

The Iraqi army says it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State.

Barack Obama’s outgoing administration has given half a billion dollars to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office.

Australia’s transport minister has said the search for flight MH370 could resume in the future, but only if “credible new evidence” emerges.

At least 50 people have been killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials said.

WND

Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law – less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled less business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.

A new estimate of what it will cost the world’s citizens to reduce the world’s temperature by the end of the century by a “grand total of three tenths of one degree” is a stunner: $100 trillion.

Last year, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks Julian Assange made the promise that if Bradley – now known as Chelsea – Manning was pardoned, then he would agree to come to the United States to serve time in prison. Chelsea Manning’s sentence has been commuted by President Barack Obama, and now it seems that Assange is going to stick by his word.

Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS.


Top News – 1/18/2017

CNN Contributor: African-American Celebs Meeting With Trump Are ‘Mediocre Negroes’
Because these celebrities and athletes met with Trump, they are “mediocre negroes,” according to CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill. “Yeah, it’s a bunch of mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitive campaign against black people,” Hill said on CNN….

First baby born using 3-parent technique to treat infertility
This is the first baby to be born using a particular “3-parent-baby” technique to treat infertility. The girl was born on 5 January in a fertility clinic in Kiev, Ukraine. “With the help of this method, a 34-year-old woman who had suffered from infertility for more than 15 years….

Bikers For Trump vs. Anarchists – Stage Is Set For Confrontation At Inauguration
The stage is set for a potentially very ugly confrontation between radical leftist protesters on one side and law enforcement authorities and Trump supporters on the other side.

Palestinian Official: Two-State Solution Just Pretext for Taking Over Israel
Azzam Al-Ahmad, a Fatah Central Committee member, told an interviewer on official Palestinian Authority (PA) state TV that a Palestinian state would simply be a stepping stone to a Vietnam-style conquest in which “Palestine” would swallow up the entire country of Israel.

Der Silberjunge: Opening the Borders Was Against German Law — And it Was Planned in Advance
1. The chancellor’s opening of the borders to uncontrolled migration without a directive from the Interior Ministry was a clear violation of German law. 2. The entire migration wave should not even be called a “crisis”, since it was planned in advance.

German nationalist calls for end to Nazi guilt
A prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party wants to end the country’s decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Fox News superstar to be on Trump’s Supreme Court?
Judge Andrew Napolitano was spotted for a second time at Trump Tower Tuesday morning, leading to speculation that President-elect Donald Trump may be considering the judge for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Obama Appoints Anti-Israel Adviser to Holocaust Museum Council
Obama appointed White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to a post on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s council, the White House Reported Tuesday. Rhodes was probed by Congress over revelations that he served in his sensitive position as the president’s most trusted advisor despite the fact that he had not qualified for security clearances based on FBI background checks in 2008.

Iran’s Zarif wants cooperation with Saudi over Syria and Yemen
Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran’s foreign minister said. “I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other.

End-of-Days Alliance of Ishmael and Esau Appears in Pope and Abbas’s Vatican Meeting
This past Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis in Rome, indicating that one of the surest signs of the End of Days – an alliance between Ishmael and Esau – is nearer than ever. According to a medieval Jewish Bible commentary known as the Yalkut Shimoni, an alliance between Ishmael (Arabs) and Esau (often identified with the descendents of Romans) precedes the final redemption.

Third Temple Grows Closer as Sanhedrin Discovers Rare Holy Wine in the Land
Last week, 30 bottles of wine were delivered to the nascent Sanhedrin, setting in place one more necessary element for the Temple service – and one which is specifically mentioned in prophecy as a precursor to the Messiah. Grapes are one of the seven species in which Israel is especially blessed.

And Now The Left’s War On Normal Americans Truly Begins
President Donald Trump replaces President Faily McWorsethancarter Friday, but we’re not going to be able to Netflix and chill in the fight for freedom. The left and its establishment allies are desperate to regain the power they see slipping away, and we need to understand that the only way to stop them is to beat them to a pulp and leave them whimpering in the fetal position, crying out for their genderfluid mommies.

3.1 earthquake strikes near Mammoth Lakes
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Tuesday evening 14 miles from Mammoth Lakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:53 p.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 67 miles from Clovis, Calif., 67 miles from Sanger, Calif. and 70 miles from Reedley, Calif.

Three strong earthquakes in one hour shake central Italy
Three earthquakes measuring above 5 on the Richter scale hit the central Italian region on Wednesday morning, an area which was devastated by a series of quakes last year and is currently suffering from heavy snow. The quakes were felt in Rome along with other areas of Lazio, Abruzzo and the Marche, and as far away Umbria, Naples and Florence.

Fake Polls? How CNN And ABC Are Fudging The Numbers To Tank Trump’s Favorability
According to Gallup, 28 percent of Americans identify themselves as a Republican, while 25 percent identify as a Democrat. Despite this information, eight more percent of participants in both the ABC and CNN polls identified as Democrats, leading to an 11 point swing in partisanship breakdown off the national average.

Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs
Hungarian NGOs have long felt the heat under strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban — but they now fear that, emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory, the right-wing premier will turn the screws even tighter. First in line may be groups backed by Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros, whose foundation once funded the Oxford studies of a young Orban more than 25 years ago.

Israeli policeman and Bedouin killed in clashes over demolitions
Two people have been killed in southern Israel during a confrontation between police and Bedouin villagers over the demolition of illegally built homes. Police said an officer was killed in a car-ramming attack in Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev desert, and that the Israeli Arab driver of the car was shot dead. They said the driver was active in the Israeli Islamic Movement.

Mexico violence: Four killed in Cancun gunfight
An attack on the government offices in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun has left four people dead, officials say. Police intervened after gunmen opened fire at the Quintana Roo state attorneys’ office. TV showed footage in which intense gunfire could be heard. One policeman and three suspected attackers died, governor Carlos Joaquin said. Five suspects were arrested.

Quakes hit snow-bound central Italy
Central Italy has been struck by a series of earthquakes, as the region shivers in freezing temperatures. The biggest quake was 5.4 in magnitude and struck an area devastated by earthquakes in August. They hit between 10:25 (9:25 GMT) and 11:25 and were felt in Rome, 100km (60 miles) to the south-west.

Mali car bomb ‘kills at least 37 people’ in Gao
At least 37 people have been killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials say. The incident occurred when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a camp housing soldiers and members of rival armed groups in the city of Gao. Mali’s northern desert region has been restive since it was captured by militant Islamists in late 2012.

House bill would target Iran’s airline and test its nuclear deal
House Democrats and Republicans are considering a bill that would require…Donald Trump and his intelligence chiefs to investigate Tehran’s use of its state-run civilian airline to ferry military parts and figures to its battleground in Syria. The bill is…to interrupt Iranian business with…Boeing and Airbus…titled the Terror-Free Skies Act…

Flashing a peace sign in a photo could lead to identity theft
The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan claims that taking and publishing photos of subjects who are flashing the popular two-fingered ‘V’ or peace sign could lead to identify theft. It warns that fingerprint recognition technology is now so advanced that even casual snapshots can be used to retrieve fingerprint information. The report also says the technology is widely available and easy to use.

China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017
China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing.

World leaders find hope for globalization in Davos amid populist revolt
Amid growing doubts about the future of free trade and international economic cooperation, proponents of globalization found reasons for optimism as the World Economic Forum opened Tuesday.

Gambia Declares State Of Emergency As Leader Refuses To Cede Power
Two days before Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is supposed to cede power, he has declared a state of emergency in the country. He has refused to step down to make way for Adama Barrow, who won last month’s election.

Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers
The spending reductions are expected to be used to help pay for Trump’s plan to boost the Pentagon’s budget, tax cuts and some pet projects, potentially including the anti-immigration wall on the nation’s southern border.

North Dakota Lawmakers Want To Legalize Running Over Protesters
Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota, if conservative lawmakers are successful in advancing legislation introduced last week. House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense.”


The Briefing 01-18-17

In final days as president, Obama commutes sentence of traitor Bradley “Chelsea” Manning

Church of England Archbishops call for Christians to “repent” for the Reformation

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Top Headlines – 1/18/2017

  • Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, confusion (Read More)
  • Biden Lashes Out at Trump Over Comments on NATO (Read More)
  • Number of House Democrats Skipping Inauguration Grows (Read More)
  • Rising U.S. shale-oil output threatens OPEC’s production pact (Read More)
  • China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration (Read More)
  • IEA Sees Significant Gains in U.S. Shale Oil as Prices Rise (Read More)
  • Tom Price to Face Questions on Stock Trades, Obamacare (Read More)
  • Trump commerce nominee Ross to tell senators: ‘I am not anti-trade’ (Read More)
  • HSBC CEO Says Bankers Generating 20% of London Revenue May Move (Read More)
  • FTC Sues Chip Maker Qualcomm (Read More)
  • As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq (Read More)
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ Book Got Most of Its Funding From a Hedge Star (Read More)
  • Whistleblower Snowden can apply for Russian passport next year (Read More)
  • How Obama Changed Investing Forever (Read More)
  • F-35’s ‘Grotesque Overruns’ Now Past, Says Pentagon Chief (Read More)
  • Potentially nasty fight looms over Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick (Read More)
  • Capital curbs push Chinese firms to risky, costly dollar bonds (Read More)
  • Elder ex-president Bush recovering in hospital after breathing problems (Read More)
  • Billionaire Steyer Says There’s ‘No Limit’ on His Spending Against Trump (Read More)
  • Trump’s Options for Weakening Dollar Extend Beyond Tweets (Read More)
  • This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page (Read More)

Rebuking UN, Israeli envoy links anti-settlement resolution to terror

UN Middle East envoy says calls for Israel to annex parts of West Bank risks peace prospects with Palestinians

PA slams UK, Australia for not supporting Paris peace declaration

The Paris Conference: The costs of diplomatic delusions

The lame ducks in Paris did nothing except reward the Palestinians for their stubbornness

Obama On U.N. Condemnation Of Israel: I Wanted To Make A Point; Netanyahu Fired Up Isn’t New

Kerry tells Netanyahu: ‘You’re affecting the ability to make peace’

Kerry: US anti-settlement moves aimed to ‘ignite a debate’

Kerry tells CNN: Palestinians need state for Israel to survive

Knesset, president bid farewell to US envoy, an ‘island of stability’

Israel and US Jewry moving further apart

New embassy a sign of pope’s love for Palestine, President Abbas says

Hamas, Fatah announce deal to form Palestinian unity government

Palestinian tries to stab soldier in West Bank, is shot dead

Netanyahu’s son gives testimony in PM graft investigation

Daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy: ‘My father was killed for supporting Israel’

Israel raises height of fence on Egypt border

Sisi meets with Trump, excited for ‘more cooperation’

EU contacts Trump camp over Iran deal ‘misunderstanding’

Dismissing Trump, Rouhani rules out renegotiating Iran nuclear deal

Iran’s president welcomes Syria talks planned for next week

Obama’s Stark Options on ISIS: Arm Syrian Kurds or Let Trump Decide

US military official: 85-90 percent of eastern Mosul cleared of ISIS militants

Iraq’s battle for Mosul has made over 148,000 homeless

Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

170 dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya

Nigerian military jet ‘mistakenly bombs refugee camp’, killing more than 100

Boko Haram claims Nigeria university attack

Gambia Declares State Of Emergency As Leader Refuses To Cede Power

New photographs show inside of Pulse nightclub after deadly Orlando attack

Amnesty: ‘Draconian’ EU anti-terror laws target Muslims

A top NATO general echoes Trump, calling aspects of alliance ‘obsolete’

Trump adviser Scaramucci says parts, not all, of NATO obsolete

Trump nominee questions US funding of UN

Britain to leave EU market as May sets ‘hard Brexit’ course

German nationalist calls for end to Nazi guilt

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

World leaders find hope for globalization in Davos amid populist revolt

North Korea urges outgoing President to concentrate on packing rather than focusing on the country’s human rights record

Putin: Those who leaked Trump dossier ‘worse than prostitutes’

Russia expects dialogue with Trump on nuclear weapons

Ukraine sues Russia over Crimea annexation and on-going war

Official: Puerto Rico govt could collapse if no steps taken

Venezuela’s new high value banknotes enter circulation

Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

Brazilians Want Their Own Donald Trump

Dollar Slumps After Trump Says Currency Strength ‘Killing Us’

Muslim Group Wants Trump to Drop ‘Islamophobe’ Franklin Graham From Inauguration

Trump shrugs off Dems’ inauguration boycott: ‘I hope they give me their tickets’

Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

Jumping the gun? Rep. Waters floats Trump impeachment as Dems vow boycott

Team Obama keeps laying new land mines for Trump

Assange would agree to extradition if Obama pardons Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks says

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning’s reduced sentence could strengthen Assange’s case, former prosecutor says

Top Congressional Republicans condemn Chelsea Manning decision

President Obama Has Now Granted More Commutations than Any President in this Nation’s History

Trump calls wave of polls with low approval ratings ‘phony’ and ‘rigged’

Liberal Preppers Stock Up On Guns, Food As Trumpocalypse Looms

Ex Trump Adviser Roger Stone survives Assassination by Poison

Flashback: Roger Stone petition asks Trump to prosecute Hillary

Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race-bias case brought by black agents

10 Killed, 29 Wounded In MLK Day Weekend Shootings in Chicago

49 Years After MLK, Christian Pastors Call For Arms: Guns & Prayer Are Necessary

North Dakota National Guard reportedly deploys anti-drone system at oil pipeline protest site

Amazon patented a highway network that controls self-driving cars and trucks

Tesla driver stranded in the desert after smartphone app failure

Flashing a peace sign in a photo could lead to identity theft

China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

British satellite set to revolutionise weather forecasts

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Guisa, Cuba

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits Southwest of Africa

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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

Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

More flooding, epic snowfall ahead for California, Southwest

Record warmth to build in eastern half of US ahead of possible central US snowstorm

France braces for coldest temperatures in five years

New drought strikes millions in Ethiopia

Chinese authorities tell local weather forecasters to stop issuing smog alerts

Chinese tourists seek ‘lung cleansing’ trips to Antarctica and Iceland as smog worsens

Navajo Nation vows to fight EPA for toxic mine spill

Obama gives $500 million to climate fund over GOP objections

More than 80 false killer whales die in largest stranding in Florida history

Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ show worrisome ability to diversify and spread

Marijuana-Related Illness Increases in Legalized States

‘Toxic masculinity’? Dude, now America’s universities are turning men into women

Abortion numbers in U.S. reach lowest point since 1975 – Study did not account for the Morning After Pill or abortifacient birth control in its numbers

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Make Abortion Illegal in the State

Over 900,000 Christians Martyred for Their Faith in Last 10 Years: Report

Roger Oakland – Certain Men Crept In

Leaving the NAR Church: Dina’s Story

Female Emergent Pastor Theologian Person Pens Book Denying Original Sin

House report: dozens of colleges trade in aborted fetal tissue

America’s Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low

Holy Spirit Drawing Thousands of Muslims to Pray With Christian Missionaries in Syria

Number of House Democrats Boycotting or Attending Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Growing

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 07:01 AM PST

As the date for Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration ceremony draws closer, the number of House Democrats who are boycotting the landmark event grows larger each…

Pelican Die-Off in St. Petersburg, Florida Leaving Many Baffled

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:53 AM PST

Pelicans are dying around Riviera Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou and so far no one knows why. “It’s awful, it is,” said Eddie Gayton of…
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? Jobs Boom Continues Before Inauguration Day

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:45 AM PST

The number of companies announcing investment — and in many cases a return to investment — in the U.S.A. with a corresponding rush to create…
A Release Will Occur in the Spirit on Inauguration Day

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:37 AM PST

(Reported By Bob Eschliman) Lana Vawser recently shared with The Elijah List a new word from the Lord she received while visiting in Washington, D.C….

Santa Clara Officials Remove Cross From Public Park Following Atheist Lawsuit

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:32 AM PST

Officials in Santa Clara, California have removed a 14-foot cross from a public park in response to a lawsuit filed by a prominent professing atheist…

Obama Claims Settlements Contributing Factor in Inability to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:18 AM PST

In an interview with 60 Minutes from Sunday aired midweek, outgoing United States President Barack Obama addressed US-Israel relations as well his decision to not…
U.S. abortion rate drops to lowest level since Roe v. Wade

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:11 AM PST

The abortion rate in the U.S. has dipped to its lowest level since the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision that legalized the procedure nationwide, a…
Series of earthquakes in central Italy disrupt transport links, close schools

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:07 AM PST

Central Italy was struck with a series of earthquakes, measuring up to magnitude 5.7, with tremors reportedly felt across the regions of Abruzzo, Marche and…
Huge Sinkhole Swallows 55,000-Pound Tractor Trailer in Georgia

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:04 AM PST

An 18-wheel truck weighing approximately 55,000 pounds collapsed into a sinkhole Tuesday morning in Hall County, Ga. The Badger Hydrovac truck was carrying 1,600 gallons…
World Order At Risk Of Collapse

Posted: 18 Jan 2017 05:59 AM PST

Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gist of his…
Russian military conducts successful test launch of Topol-M ballistic missile

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 08:28 PM PST

The Intercontinental ballistic missile, Topol-M, has blasted off from the Plesetsk’s rocket site soaring through almost all of the country and successfully hitting its target…

DAYS OF LOT: America’s universities are turning men into women

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 08:23 PM PST

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Universities across the fruited plain are trying to convince men to grow lady parts. And that’s a problem, America. Campus Reform…
145 frozen people waiting to be resurrected in Arizona desert…

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 07:32 PM PST

HE lies frozen inside a thermal sleeping bag immersed in liquid nitrogen in an aluminium pod he shares with three other preserved humans within a…
Mexican Christians Forced to Live in Wine Cellar after Refusing to Recant Faith

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 07:21 PM PST

Seven Baptist families are living in a wine cellar after being expelled from their village because of their faith. In January 2016, the townspeople of…
largest gravity wave ever recorded in Solar System crossed Venus’ atmosphere leaving astronomers baffled

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 07:14 PM PST

A Japanese spacecraft has spotted a massive gravity wave in Venus’ atmosphere. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on the…
Radical Buddhists Destroy Sri Lankan Church but Christians Refuse to Stop Worshiping Jesus

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 06:57 PM PST

A small Christian community in Paharaiya, a village in northwestern Sri Lanka, say they won’t be seeking revenge against a group of radical Buddhists who…
South Carolina to Stop Giving ‘Grief Book’ After Atheists Protest Its Christian Content

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 06:49 PM PST

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety will no longer be giving its book on grief to people whose family members are killed in auto…
Will There Be War On The Streets Of Washington D.C. During The Inauguration On Friday?

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 06:41 PM PST

(By Michael Snyder) The stage is set for a potentially very ugly confrontation between radical leftist protesters on one side and law enforcement authorities and…
Concerns Raised After ‘Gay Marriage’ Supporter Carrie Underwood Sings at Passion Conference

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 04:57 PM PST

Concerns are being raised by a prominent pro-family organization after country music star Carrie Underwood, who has expressed her support for same-sex “marriage” and attends…
China to develop prototype supercomputer in 2017

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 04:55 PM PST

China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global…
Alabama Churches May Soon Have Gun Protected Church Services

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:40 AM PST

Rep. Lynn Greer proposed legislation that would offer guidelines, training and protection for church security teams. The measure is called the Alabama Church Protection Act…
Obama to increase federal control over school spending

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:35 AM PST

The Obama administration is considering a major last-minute policy shift that could force hundreds of school districts to cut spending at well-financed elementary and secondary…
Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:27 AM PST

Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said…
Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ showing worrisome ability to diversify and spread

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:23 AM PST

A family of highly drug-resistant and potentially deadly bacteria may be spreading more widely—and more stealthily—than previously thought, according to a new study from Harvard…
Satanic Temple of Los Angeles Holds Largest Event Ever

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:19 AM PST

On Saturday, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles held their biggest event ever: a massive satanic mass, complete with a live bloodletting ritual. The purpose…
Earthquake strikes Cuba with tremors felt 100 miles away ..

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:13 AM PST

An Earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude has rocked Cuba. The quake struck 50 miles off the south east coast at 4am local time. Tremors were reportedly…
RUMORS OF WAR: Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises…

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:10 AM PST

Taiwan began two days of military drills Tuesday simulating an attack by China as the government sought to reassure the public in the face of…

Liberal Preppers Stock Up On Guns and Food As Fears Of Trump Presidency Looms

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 11:08 AM PST

Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election. An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before….

Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Do You Know Him?


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

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


A Message from God

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

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

God

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

Mankind

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

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

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

But . . .

Jesus Christ

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

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

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

Our Response

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

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

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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


This is the Gospel:

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

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

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

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

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


A Gospel Presentation

God is Holy

The Bible teaches that the entire universe was created by God. And that God who has created everything has spoken to humanity in the Bible. And the Bible tells us that a fundamental characteristic of God is that He is holy. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” That’s a way of saying that He’s entirely pure. God’s character is one of perfect moral uprightness. He is the essence of all that is good—so much so that, as the verse says, He can have absolutely no fellowship with “darkness”—no fellowship with that which is not perfectly holy, righteous, and pure.

God’s righteous character was expressed in the law He gave to Moses and the Israelites. You’ve heard of the Ten Commandments. They summarized the perfection of God’s character. These laws were directives for how people who were in a proper relationship with God must act.

We are Sinful

The problem is: all of us are sinful. We have all broken God’s law. All humanity has “gone astray like sheep, and each one of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We’ve tried to live our lives without God, according to our own standards, in our own ways. Whether we’re drug addicts and murderers, or white collar, well-to-do, upstanding citizens, we do what we do because we want to do it, with no consideration for God and what He would have us to do. The Bible calls that sin. It is the missing of the mark, the falling short of God’s standard of righteousness.

And in your heart of hearts you know you’re a sinner. I don’t know anyone who would say that they are perfect, even by their own standards. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” And if God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all, then in order to have fellowship with Him, we’d need to be perfectly holy like Him. But we’re not. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are stained by the “darkness” of our sin. And this is a problem, because if darkness can’t dwell with light, and we’re darkness and God is light, we’re cut off from a relationship with Him. We become absolutely incapable of doing the very thing we were created and designed to do: to enjoy a relationship with our Creator.

There is a Penalty for Sin

But it’s not just that we and God can’t be friends. There’s a penalty to be paid for sin. The Bible tells us that that penalty is death, Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” But the death that Paul talks about there isn’t just physical death. It’s not like we pay for our sins by going out of existence. The death talked about in that verse is a spiritual death. This is hell: eternal conscious torment. Jesus Himself calls it “a furnace of fire,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:50).

The idea of hell grates against the sensibilities of modern people, because nobody thinks they’re really bad enough to deserve something like eternal torment. They might admit that they’re not the greatest of people, but surely they don’t deserve that. But their reasoning is skewed. The punishment for sin isn’t merely measured by the sin itself. In other words, while there are qualitative differences in the experience of divine punishment, murder, lust, and lying all receive the sentence of an eternity in hell. That’s because punishment for sin is measured by the One sinned against. All sin is fundamentally a sin against God, and He is infinitely holy. Therefore, sin against an infinitely holy God demands an infinite punishment. That’s why the punishment is so serious: because God is actually that righteous.

And so the bad news is that we’re sinful, separated from God, and doomed to spend eternity in hell. There’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t simply tell God we’re sorry and we won’t do it again. What would you say about a judge who let a guilty, convicted criminal go free because he was sorry and said he wouldn’t do it again? You’d call him an unjust judge. But God is a perfectly just, perfectly righteous Judge. God’s justice demands that sin be punished, and the only payment is eternal spiritual death.

God Became Man

But the Good News is: God saw the miserable condition of humanity, and took pity on us. He knew that there was no way we could ever earn our way back to Him. We could never pay for our sins. But just when man was absolutely hopeless, when we were all doomed to spend eternity in hell with no way to pay our penalty, God the Father sent His Son to the earth on a mission. He was miraculously born to a virgin. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit miraculously conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb. And so being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was God. And being born to a human being, He was human. This is the greatest mystery in the universe. As finite human beings, we can’t entirely wrap our minds around this, but it’s true: Jesus was fully God and fully man.

He lived for 33 years on the earth. He grew up just like every other child. He became a carpenter like Joseph, His earthly father. The great difference, though, between Jesus and every other human being, was that He never sinned. Never once did He ever break God’s law. He always loved God with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength in everything He did. He never sought satisfaction outside of the Father Himself. He never disobeyed His parents, He was never selfish, He never spoke sinful words. In a word, He lived the life that you and I should have lived, but failed to live. He lived a life totally worthy of God, a life that was purely “Light,” like we said before, with no darkness at all.

Jesus Paid the Penalty

And because He was perfectly righteous, He was fit to be the substitute for sinners. The Bible records for us that the Jews plotted to kill Jesus because He preached a message that was very different to the religious establishment of His day. It was against the Jewish law to put people to death, so they sought help from the Romans, who were the governing body in Israel. Because the governor, Pontius Pilate, feared that the people would riot if he didn’t give them what they wanted, he agreed to crucify Jesus.

At the same time, Scripture also tells us that God sent His Son to die this way. It was all part of God’s plan. God used the sinful desires of the Jews and the Romans to accomplish something for His own good purpose. On the cross, Jesus suffered for sins. But He didn’t suffer for His own sins. He had no sins. He lived an entirely perfect life. No, on the cross, God “caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

The verse right before that, Isaiah 53:5, says, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” What was happening on the cross was: God was carrying out the punishment against my sins—i.e., the pouring out of His wrath—on His innocent Son. Jesus voluntarily laid down His life in order to pay the penalty for sins. On the cross, God treated Jesus if He lived my life. And because I believe in Him, He treats me as if I lived Jesus’ life. See, because God is perfectly righteous, the only way to get to heaven is to be perfectly righteous. But because Jesus was perfectly righteous, and traded places with me on the cross, the perfect righteousness I need to go to heaven is His righteousness applied to my account.

After Jesus died, God miraculously raised Him from the dead three days later in order to show that He was satisfied with His sacrifice. Jesus was dead, but then He came back to life! It was a miracle. The Bible says God did this to “furnish proof to all men” that this message is true (Acts 17:30-31).


Law or Gospel — Which comes first?

Sometimes in life, the question is posed to us, “Which do you want first — the bad news or the good news?”

In response to this question, some choose to hear the good news first. It appears they desire to be thoroughly overwhelmed with the positive before getting their dose of the negative.

Others choose differently. They would rather hear the bad news first, get it out of the way, and put behind them their wonder and worry. Then, after processing the ramifications of the bad news, they hope to soothe the pain an end the conversation on a good note with positive vibes.

Well, Scripture does not offer us options. The Bible makes the choice for us, and it chooses to present the negative before the positive. The Bible declares bad news before declaring good news. It first presents the holy, wise, beneficial and condemning Law, then it publishes the “good tidings of great joy” or the Gospel. (Is. 60:1-2)

Understanding God’s Law

God’s Law was first presented in the opening chapters of Genesis. Some of it was stated; all of it was written upon man’s heart. Adam and Eve were to be entirely holy and obedient. They were to worship God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, all the time. Whether they ate, or drank, or whatsoever they did, they were do to it all for the glory of God. As image-bearers, they were to keep up God’s image. As men and women created in his likeness, they were to be like God. Vocationally, they were to enjoy and steward the garden and all God’s creatures. Relationally, they were to love one another and populate the planet. Ceremonially, they were to enjoy and glorify the Lord by walking with him in the cool of the day and never eating from the forbidden tree. These were some of their obligations, and as long as they performed perfectly they were guaranteed life in the family and kingdom of God.

However, things soon went from glorious to ghastly. Outside of them, they experienced the testing of God and the temptation of Satan. Within them they chose to question God’s truth, wisdom, and affection. Then, drawn away by their own lusts and enticed, they followed their internal sinful inclinations and externally ate of the forbidden fruit. Therefore, the holy, wise, and beneficial Law became a harsh taskmaster. It showed them the standard, showed them their guilt, and plagued their consciences. It encouraged them to hide, fear, and religiously self-medicate. It declared them wicked, separated from God, at enmity with God, and deserving of death, and it promised this for both them and their children. Yes, the Law of God promised to give them that which they deserved. It promised to pay them based upon performance, and this proved to be very, very bad news.

Understanding God’s Gospel

God, through the Law declared to Adam and Eve who they were, what they had done, and what they had justly earned — condemnation. Then God mercifully, graciously, and lovingly went to work. He performed on their behalf and promised them an eternity of undeserved blessings:

He predetermined to love his enemies.
He sought out his enemies while they hid from him in fear.
He called to the man and woman who vainly had self-medicated themselves.
He promised to rescue them and their children; they would be removed from Satan’s family.
He promised to do so by means of a special Son – one to come who would be fiercely bitten yet ultimately victorious.
He promised to damn the Evil One.
He then covered or clothed Adam and Eve by means of his ceremonial sacrifice.
He perfectly performed for and made promises to them who had performed so wickedly for him.
Friends, are we seeing the difference? The Law presents our duty to perfectly perform, and it only results in bad news. For there is none who keep all the Law, all the time, both internally and externally. However, the Gospel is not like the Law. The Gospel presents not our duty to perform for God, but it presents God’s performance and promise for us. Through the Law we lose our credentials to be a part of God’s family and enjoy his kingdom. Through the Gospel we gain credentials that cannot be earned or lost.

A Great Illustration

Perhaps nowhere is the distinction better seen between Law and Gospel than on Calvary’s cross. On that day, the Law had placed a criminal beside Jesus. There he was guilty, vile, dying, hopeless, and still hurling insults at the Son of God. He was getting that which he earned and deserved. He was being treated justly and fairly. His payment was based upon his performance, and he had hell to pay. The Law had nothing good to say to the thief on the cross. But then God went to work; Jesus granted the Law-breaking criminal complete pardon, intimate communion, and never-ending paradise. These blessings were not based upon any labors of his own, but only based upon the performance and promise of God. These blessings were not earned; they were a gift. A divine swap occurred. Jesus (The Law Keeping Man) received that which he did not deserve so that the thief (The Law Breaking Man) might also receive that which he did not deserve. And this is a fantastic picture of the Gospel. Communion with God that was lost by man seeking to keep the Law, was granted to man as a gift of God.

Responding to the Gospel

Therefore, how should we respond to the Gospel? While believing in divine sovereignty, what is our human responsibility?

Let us make the Gospel our Gospel. Along with the Apostle Paul let us call it “mine.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit offer this gift to you. They command you to receive it and enjoy it. If you find yourself with faith, willing to repent and receive, call out to Jesus in prayer right now. Call Jesus, “My Jesus.” Call Jesus’ righteousness, “My Righteousness.” Call Jesus’ Gospel, “My Gospel.” (Rom. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:8) Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. As a matter of fact, if you draw near to God, it is only because he has already been drawing nearer to you.

Let us not water down the Gospel. This is always our tendency, to add human works to the sufficient work of Jesus Christ. Friends, re-read the letter to the Galatians. If we must perform, it is not Gospel. If we must labor, it is not Gospel. If it involves our works, it is not Gospel. If it is conditioned upon us in anyway, it is not Gospel. If it is a contract, it is not Gospel. If it can be lost, it is not Gospel. The Gospel represents the unilateral work of God on behalf of men. The Law ought never be divorced from the Gospel, but it must never be confused either.

Let us celebrate the Gospel. William Tyndall wrote of the Gospel, “It makes a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy.” It is the best of news. It means we can sabbath. It means we can boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence. It means we are seen as Christlike image-bearers. Give God the celebratory praise he deserves. He has labored perfectly on your behalf, give him reverent and radical praise and worship.

Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel. (Rom.1:16) Paul wrote, “Woe if I do not preach the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:16) He wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who spread the Good News.” Friends, just as Adam and Eve were to physically reproduce, we are to spiritually reproduce around the world. This is our mission. This is our great mission. This is our Great Commission. Let us be humble, for we cannot make someone believe. Let us be zealous, for God has a tendency to honor those who labor hard. And let us become flexibly relevant in order to better spread the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:22-23) As Gospel-lovers and Gospel-beneficiants, let us do that which is Lawful and bring in the Gospel-harvest.

Then, let us live Lawfully in accordance with the Gospel. Now that we have been saved from having to perform, let us perform. Yes, with Gospel-eyes, let us look at the Law and enjoy practicing that which is holy, wise, beneficial, and worshipful. Living in the power of the Gospel, let us enjoy becoming more and more like Jesus — the Author and Finisher of our Faith. And when we look at the Law, let us not get frustrated and despondent. Instead, let us glory in the Law, for there is the description of who we are in Christ today, and it also shows us all we will be in glory tomorrow when our old flesh is finally exterminated.

Bottom line, the Law shows us how to perform for God, but the Gospel shows us how God performs for us. This is radical. This is crazy. This is beautiful. This is truth.


Our Response

And now, God promises that…

  • if you acknowledge that you are a sinner—that you have broken His law,
  • and if you admit that there is no way that you could earn His favor and His forgiveness,
  • and if you purpose to turn away from your life of sin and commit your life to Him,
  • and if you trust in Jesus’ righteousness alone for your acceptance before this holy God,

…then He will have treated Jesus as if He lived your life, and will treat you as if you lived Jesus’ life. You will be saved from the penalty of your sin, and will be able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in heaven, and even fellowship with Him starting now.

In other words, if you believe that you’re a sinner and deserve God’s punishment because of your sin, but you also believe that God sent Jesus to endure that punishment in your place, and that His sacrifice is the only way you can be forgiven, then God promises that He will forgive you and you will be saved. You’ll know the God who created you.

Don’t Waste Your Life

God designed your soul. And He designed you so that, just as a car engine is designed to run on gasoline, you’re designed to run on Him. He is what life is about. All of the disappointments, discouragements, and uncertainties of your life find their resolution in Him. And all of the satisfactions, fun experiences, and joys of life find their consummation in Him. Everything good in our lives is like a trail of breadcrumbs that leads us to the feast of God Himself. And everything bad in our lives is a reminder that life lived apart from knowing God in Christ is not the way it was meant to be.

And I also don’t want to see you waste your life. God created us for the purpose of rightly knowing and worshiping Him. That’s the meaning of life. That’s where true happiness and satisfaction are found. When you don’t live your life for that purpose, you waste it. So many people go through life seeking that happiness, but never find it because they don’t know what life is really about. I don’t want that for you. I don’t want you to suffer God’s wrath eternally for your sin. I want to spend eternity in heaven worshiping God with you, praising Him for how gracious He was to forgive our sins because of Christ’s sacrifice.

Receive Forgiveness

So would you receive Christ? Would you acknowledge your sinfulness before God and admit you can’t do a thing about it? Would you turn from your sin, and seek to live your life in submission to Jesus Christ? Would you trust in Jesus alone for your righteousness before God? Would you join me in worshiping the God we were created to know?

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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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