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

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Top News – 3/18/2017

‘Known radical Muslim’ dead after seizing soldier’s gun at Paris airport
Security forces shot dead a man who seized a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly airport in France on Saturday soon after the same man shot and wounded a police officer during a routine police check, the interior minister said. The man was known to police and intelligence services, Interior Minister Bruno le Roux told reporters. A police source described him as a radicalized Muslim but did not identify him by name.

Rocket explodes in open area near Gaza border, no injuries
A rocket exploded in an open area Saturday morning in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Rocket alert sirens were heard in the southern Gaza border communities. No one was injured in the incident. Additional reports indicate that a second rocket was also launched but landed within the Gaza Strip.

Russia demands explanation for Israel’s Syria strikes
Israel’s ambassador to Russia was summoned by Russia’s Foreign Minister on Friday to give an explanation for Israel’s Thursday night air strikes in Syria, Israeli media reported…An IDF source told The Jerusalem Post that Israel has no plans to escalate or intensify tension with the Syrian army; however, Israel will continue to operate according it’s red lines, working to stop transfer of weapons, mainly accurate long-range missiles being transferred from Iran, through Syria, to Hezbollah.

Netanyahu: Syria strikes were to block transfer of weapons to Hezbollah
In a rare statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday acknowledged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, saying that they were conducted to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. “Our policy is very consistent,” Netanyahu said. “When we detect attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and we have the intelligence and feasibility to carry out an operation, we will work to prevent it.”

Rex Tillerson urged to be ‘cool-headed’ over North Korea
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the US to remain “cool-headed” over North Korean tensions. The situation was at a “crossroads”, but must not be allowed to develop into a conflict, he said after hosting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mr Tillerson spoke of “dangerous levels” of tension, a day after suggesting the US might launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

UK troops in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’
The first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia. The 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April. The defence secretary said they would deter “Russian aggression”.

Germany to use voice recognition to identify migrant origins
Germany is to begin testing new voice recognition software that can tell which country migrants without documentation come from, officials say. The Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees said the automated new system would begin within two weeks. But it will not be ready for routine use for at least a year and there are doubts over its effectiveness.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Globalization in China Speech
Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Tim Cook defended globalization in a rare public speech in China, as his company faces political pressure in the U.S. to bring back factories. Mr. Cook also said data privacy was one of the company’s values, although he stopped short Saturday of criticizing decryption demands from governments as Apple has previously in the U.S. It was his first time speaking at the China Development Forum, an annual conference sponsored by China’s central government.

New Republican bill seeks to keep traveling gun owners safe from states with anti-gun laws
On Tuesday, Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would protect the rights of gun owners traveling over state lines from falling into the complicated laws that differ in each state. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced S.618 , which would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify key provisions in the law…the bill will prevent anyone with a gun, ammunition, or magazines from falling outside of the law simply by passing through.

Trump Responds To Obama Wiretap Question: “At Least Merkel And I Have Something In Common”
Donald Trump: “on wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common.”

Trump’s Budget Revives Yucca Mountain After Obama Killed It
President Donald Trump’s budget revives plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The budget “provides $120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste, repository and initiate a robust interim storage program,” according to a budget summary. “These investments would accelerate progress on fulfilling the Federal Government’s obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden.”

Reagan intel analyst: Obama made world more dangerous
The man who successfully predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union says the world is increasingly dangerous because the U.S. takes less of a leadership role, but he is hopeful President Trump will reverse that trend.

Rush Limbaugh on Obamacare 2.0: ‘Why Do the Republicans Want to Hurt Trump’s Base?’
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh questioned why Congressional Republicans seem determined to inflict pain on Trump’s economically-struggling base with their healthcare bill on Friday: 

IRS Director Needs to Take the Perp Walk
Nearly two months into the Trump administration, the IRS commissioner remains on the job. IRS Director, John Koskinen, has harassed Tea Party members and audited the political enemies of former President Obama. He doesn’t need to just be fired, he needs to be prosecuted for abuse of power. Here is the complete story.

Obama’s Final Year: US Spent $36 Million in Records Lawsuits
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.


Homosexual Attorney Objects to Disney’s ‘Gay’ Content, Says It Steals Innocence From Children   Mar 11, 2017 11:07 am

Photo Credit: Beauty and the Beast Facebook page RIPLEY, Miss. — An attorney in Mississippi who identifies as a homosexual is objecting to the “gay” content in recent Disney productions, opining that children should not be exposed to such topics as it steals their innocence. “Prime-time network television is geared for an adult audience; one that understands…

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California Pastor Murdered While Meeting With Member for Prayer   Mar 17, 2017 06:02 am

SALINAS, Calif. — A pastor in California who was known for working with the addicted and those involved in street life was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening after going outside to counsel with and pray for one of his members. Herbert Valero, 68, of Victory Outreach Church in Salinas thought he was just stepping out of the house to pray with Servando Silva, 37,…

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Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1,000 Men Sues Motel Where Human Trafficking Took Place   Mar 15, 2017 06:04 am

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia teenager who says she was forced to have sex with an estimated 1,000 men over a period of two years has sued the motel where the abuse took place, alleging that they knew she was being held against her will. “She is devastated by what happened to her. She’s just trying to piece her life back together,” attorney Nadeem Bezar…

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Female Minister Who Identifies as Male Asserts: ‘God Is Transgender’   Mar 12, 2017 03:37 pm

Photo Credit: Twitter AUSTIN, Texas — A female minister in Texas who identifies as male recently declared at the state capitol that “God is transgender” in expressing her opposition to a proposed bill that requires those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their…

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Mother, Son on Quest to ‘Transition’ to Father, Daughter   Mar 17, 2017 01:14 pm

Photo Credit: Instagram DETROIT, Mich. — A mother and son from Michigan are going public regarding their quest to “transition” into father and daughter. Erica Maison and her 15-year-old son Corey recently appeared on Australia’s “60 Minutes” to talk about the matter. The younger Maison said that he came to his parents four years ago and disclosed that he felt…

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‘Viral Response’ to Plea to Find Adoptive Family for Five Children Who Want to Stay Together   Mar 14, 2017 06:02 am

TOPEKA, Kan. — Officials with an adoption agency in Kansas state that they have received a “viral response” to their plea to find an adoptive family for five children who are currently separated in foster homes, but would like to stay together. “This is a viral response … and it’s pretty insane,” Corey Lada of the Kansas Children’s Service League told…

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‘Our Mom Died’: Woman Finds Boy Who Left Heartbreaking Apology Note After Sister Stole Wind Chime   Mar 14, 2017 12:02 pm

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A woman in Washington has located an 11-year-old boy who left an apology note on her doorstep and $5 after his sister took her wind chime because it reminded the children of their late mother. Christina Reitz said she heard a knock on her door a little over a week ago, and when she went to answer it, all she found was a note. “I am sorry…

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Former Planned Parenthood Nurse: Abortionist Sorted Through Babies’ Remains to Ensure All Parts Removed   Mar 15, 2017 06:03 am

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A former nurse at a Planned Parenthood location in Indiana says that during her time at the facility, she observed the abortionist sifting through the body parts of unborn babies after killing them to ensure he got all the pieces out. Marianne Anderson worked at the Indianapolis facility for over two years, and once handed a note off to a…

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Students Stumped Over Whether Christian Photographers Have Right to Decline ‘Gay Weddings’   Mar 14, 2017 06:01 am

MADISON, Wisc. — Students who were recently interviewed at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison appeared to be stumped when faced with the question as to whether or not Christian photographers have a right to decline to shoot events that conflict with their beliefs. The religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently visited UW…

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Judge Awards Tri-Custody of Child to Former Couple and Their ‘Polyamorous’ Lover   Mar 13, 2017 05:34 pm

NEW YORK — A New York judge has awarded tri-custody to a former couple and their neighbor, who they entered into a “polyamorous” relationship with over a decade ago. “Tri-custody is the logical evolution of the Court of Appeals decision in Brooke S.B., and the passage of the Marriage Equality Act and DRL §10-a which permits same-sex couples to marry in New…

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Director Wants To ‘Rip Pages Out Of The Bible’ As He Defends Gay Character In Remake

During a 2012 interview with Passport Magazine, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could “rip pages out of the Bible” as soon as he arrives in a hotel room, though, to Condon’s disappointment, there are usually none available.

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Usually when we report on these types of things, we will receive emails from people berating us for saying that Hollywood has a very definite anti-Christian bias and agenda. But as you can see, Hollywood hates Christians, hates the Bible, and will do anything they can to promote the LGBTQP lifestyle as they are now doing in the latest Beauty And The Beast remake. The movie’s director wants to “rip the pages out of the Bible” whenever he checks into a hotel room as he travels. What does that tell you about the agenda of this movie?

“What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” asked Passport Magazine, in a now-archived interview.

“I wish I could say I’m like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don’t seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days,” answered Condon. “So it’s figuring out how to get online.”

Condon’s latest resurfaced remarks are sure to not sit well with already disillusioned potential movie-goers, particularly of the religious strain. The openly gay director generated controversy last month when he announced that his adaptation of the 1991 classic would feature Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment.”

Beauty And The Beast Has A “Gay Moment”

As previously reported by The Daily Wire, LeFou, who is Gaston’s sidekick in the flick, will reportedly “explore his sexuality and feelings” for Gaston.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told Attitude magazine“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” added the director.

In the remake, LeFou is played by actor Josh Gad, who Condon says “makes something really subtle and delicious” out of the character’s sexuality. In the end, there is a “nice, exclusively gay moment,” he said.

Displeased with the gay messaging, conservative groups have already moved to boycott the film.

LifeSiteNews, for instance, has already garnered nearly 130,000 signatures on their petition calling for a boycott of the film and it’s “LGBT agenda.”

Colorado Christian University has also called for pro-traditional family Americans to abstain from the film. “We will not allow you to bully us into going against our Biblically-based beliefs in natural marriage, and we will certainly not let you circumvent us as leaders of our families to force these beliefs on the impressionable young minds of our children,” says the CCU petition, addressed to Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Allen Iger. source


Top Headlines – 3/18/2017

AJC urges Congress to back letter to Trump calling for two-states

Donald Trump stuns the Middle East by sending an honest broker

The Costa Rica case: A demilitarized Palestinian state is a win-win for all

Is Dahlan Planning a Coup Against Abbas?

UN’s Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid

Guatemala government joins with Jewish community to teach the Holocaust

3 Israelis reportedly stoned atfter accidentally entering Palestinian refugee camp, rescued by Israel security forces

Palestinian teen said killed by IDF when hurling firebombs at cars

Sirens blare in south as rockets are launched from Gaza

No offense to the ‘Arrow,’ but greater threats loom from the north

Israeli missile defense systems now protect fighter jets

Syria confirms IDF jet attack, claims to have shot down Israeli jet, which Israel denies

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted ‘advanced’ Hezbollah arms

Syria to UN: Israel violated our territory

Russia summons Israeli envoy, demands clarifications on Syria strike

US admits Syria airstrike that killed 46 but denies targeting mosque

More than 40 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast

UN experts: 100,000 starve while South Sudan buys weapons

Former Muslim Introducing Kenyans to ‘the Real Jesus,’ Converting Many to Christianity

China, Russia block UN council concern about Myanmar violence

Philippines tells EU lawmakers to butt out after criticism of drugs war

Tehran rejects comments from US-Saudi meeting as “nonsense”

Iranian pilgrims ‘to attend Hajj again’ after Saudi rift

Iran challenges need to ship out excess material under nuclear deal

Turkish ambassador: Iran’s regional ambitions must be contained

Turkish daily depicts Merkel as ‘Frau Hitler’ on front page

Turkey threatens to send Europe ‘15,000 refugees a month’

Hungary to build new line of border fences to keep out migrants

Suicide bomber attacks Bangladesh police special forces base

Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

Justice Department Appeals Maryland Judge’s Decision to Block Trump Travel Ban

Radicalized Muslim man killed after trying to seize soldier’s weapon at Paris airport

‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacker Arrested After Father and Brother’s Throats Slit in Paris

Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’

Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her

Left-Wing Activists Prepare for ‘Resistance’ with Breathing Exercises

Despite outrage over cuts, federal funds are fraction of Meals on Wheels budget

Meals on Wheels’ donations, volunteer sign-ups soar after Trump eyes cuts

Laptop with Trump Tower Floor Plans, National Security Info Stolen from Secret Service Agent

President Trump no longer safe in White House: Former Secret Service agent

Trump stands by wiretap claim, jokes he has ‘something in common’ with Merkel

UK raps White House over ‘ridiculous’ Trump spy claims

House Democrat says Trump may have leaked government secrets

Clinton private email probe hindered by State Department, Chaffetz says

Brazile admits she forwarded town hall questions to Clinton camp

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’

Obama’s Final Year: US spent $36 million in record lawsuits defending its refusal to turn over federal records

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Globalization in China Speech

New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech

Google lets antisemitic videos stay on YouTube

UK to question Google after advertisements appear alongside extremist videos

EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

E-tattoos turn knuckles and freckles into smartphone controls

Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling

Army to get laser that can zap drones

US says ‘strategic patience’ on NK is over

Rex Tillerson: Pre-emptive military action against North Korea is an option

Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

War in space is becoming a real threat

Titanic tours to take trippers to ocean floor to see doomed liner

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Auki, Solomon Islands

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 16,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indoneia erupts to 10,000ft

Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with largest physical rise in recorded history

Rush Limbaugh on Obamacare 2.0: ‘Why Do the Republicans Want to Hurt Trump’s Base?’

Angola considers up to 10 years in prison for abortions

Court blocks law that threatened to close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic

Faith-Based ‘Clinics’ Want To Replace Planned Parenthood And That’s Dangerous As Hell

Military nude photo investigation expands into gay porn websites

Pope tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

Southern Baptist leaders tout unity amid rift that could cost church millions

MormonLeaks attorney threatens legal action against LDS Church

Obama Provided Special Treat For ‘After School Satan Clubs’

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:59 AM PDT

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Millions of Shellfish Wash Ashore Waihi Beach in New Zealand

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:49 AM PDT

Another day, Another strange occurrence. Now reports are coming in that “Millions” of dead shellfish have reportedly washed ashore at Waihi Beach in New Zealand…

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Is Google Profiting From “Anti Semitic Videos” on YouTube

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:38 AM PDT

Google is reportedly under fire for what appears to be failing to remove virulent antisemitic content from its YouTube video platform in what many are…

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Pakistan Urges Facebook and Twitter to Identify Blasphemous Posts

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:29 AM PDT

As we all know now Facebook as well as other Social Media platforms are cracking down on what is deemed as “Hate Speech” or “Offensive”…

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Trump’s First War? ‘All Options Are On The Table’ As The U.S. And North Korea Prepare For The Second Korean War

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:56 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) This may be the closest that we have been to war with North Korea since the original Korean War ended in…

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4 Warning Indicators of Your Fire Going Out

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:37 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will show you 4 warnings that indicate your fire is beginning to go out! Watch the video below…

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War Drums: Secretary of State Warns That Military Action is an Option Against North Korea

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 03:55 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the continuing standoff with North Korea, the United States is not backing down. Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said…

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University of Arizona Distributes 20 Page Booklet On How to Respond to “Micro-Aggression”

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:24 PM PDT

The University of Arizona has reportedly distributed a 20-page booklet suggesting to its faculty that when a student is victimized by a “microaggression” that the…

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The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:17 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) On Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be…

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Humpback whales behaving strangely leaving scientists baffled

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:02 PM PDT

It’s not often that something happens in the animal Kingdom that leaves scientists and leading experts baffled, but a new report coming out regarding humpback…

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DEVELOPING: Laptop with Trump Tower floor plans stolen from Secret Service agent…

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 12:53 PM PDT

A disturbing report indicates that a laptop containing the floor plans for Trump Tower, The information regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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