Daily Archives: May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


May 11, 2017 |


Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to boost Britain’s defense budget with above-inflation increases on top of meeting NATO’s target, making security one of the focal points of her election campaign.

Venezuela’s collapsing economy is taking a toll on its population’s health, with more children and women dying and various diseases skyrocketing amid persistent shortages of everything from medicine to drinking water.

Aetna will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it.

Nigeria – On days when Dayo Fabajo’s bosses can’t afford to pay the 1,250 naira ($4) wage she earns for a 12-hour shift packing biscuits, they send her home early. Sometimes on her way out, she walks past pockets of stragglers lingering at the factory gates, a glaring reminder she’s easily replaceable.

Turkey objected strongly to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria, calling the plan unacceptable and amounting to support for terrorists.

President Moon Jae-in told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he’s aware of Beijing’s concerns over a U.S. missile shield installed on South Korean territory and will work to resolve the problem.

U.S. prosecutors are investigating one of Wall Street’s darkest markets, focusing on hedge funds suspected of inflating the value of debt securities in their portfolios to juice the fees they collect. Having prosecuted traders who lied to customers about bond prices, the government is now scrutinizing hedge funds that allegedly solicited bogus price quotes from brokers, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.

A decline in U.S. jobless-benefit rolls to a 28-year low adds to signs of a tight labor market, as initial unemployment claims also remained subdued. Initial jobless claims decreased by 2,000 to 236,000 (forecast was 245,000).

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One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportunity to be released on Saturday chose to stay with her husband, the spokesman for Nigeria’s president said Tuesday.

The Dakota Access pipeline has suffered its first leak, outraging indigenous groups who have long warned that the project poses a threat to the environment.

A statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis was dismantled in New Orleans early on Thursday, the second of four monuments slated to be taken down by the city where critics say the displays glorify the era of slavery in the U.S. south.

Vermont lawmakers on Wednesday approved a measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which if not vetoed by the governor would make the state the ninth to legalize the drug and the first to do so by legislation rather than ballot initiative.

The Mexican army says its fight against surging opium production that feeds U.S demand is increasingly complicated by the rise of smaller gangs disputing wild, ungoverned lands planted with ever-stronger poppy strains.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to Washington this week riding a wave of Russian diplomatic activity to strengthen the Kremlin’s position in Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, and across the wider European continent. The visit is both a surprise and a warning – indicating that U.S.-Russia bilateral consultations are ripening and will likely culminate in a summit this summer between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin.

U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they fully seized the town of Tabqa and Syria’s largest dam from Islamic State on Wednesday, a major objective as they prepare to launch an assault on Raqqa, the jihadists’ biggest urban stronghold.


Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff said.

The 3,700-year-old burial chamber of a pharaoh’s daughter is believed to have been found near the remains of a recently discovered pyramid in Egypt. Inside the box were four canopic jars filled with the organs of the deceased, likely a daughter of King Emnikamaw.

India’s Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a number of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam. The court said it would examine whether the practice known as “triple talaq” was fundamental to the religion.

Venezuelans angry with the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been taking to the streets almost daily since the beginning of April. Despite dozens of people being killed in protest-related violence, the demonstrations show little sign of abating. There’s no freedom of expression here in Venezuela. There’s no freedom of any kind. On top of that you have shortages of medicines, of goods.


More families and churches are breaking ties with the Girl Scouts because of its connection to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

The Baldwin County Public School System has issued a warning to parents about a game that encourages players to harm themselves and potentially commit suicide. the player signs up to follow an administrator’s tasks over the course of 50 days, which can include anything from cutting yourself to listening to a song. The player wins when they complete the final task, committing suicide, on the 50th day. Teenagers supposedly “tag” each other and challenge them to play. The student then downloads the Blue Whale app, which hacks into their personal information and cannot be deleted. The app originators then threaten the teenagers with harm to their families or releasing of personal information until they kill themselves. (unproven but be aware)

The Briefing 05-11-17

Cognitive dissonance in the NYT: Defending a woman’s right to abortion & the disabled’s right to life

Scouting story #1: If Boy Scouts admit girls who identity as girls, does “Boy” mean anything anymore?

Scouting story #2: As Girl Scouts march ideologically leftward, many Christian groups are cutting ties

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Top News – 5/11/201

End-of-Days Prophecy Describes Erdogan Leading Ishmael to Final War for Jerusalem
This week, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan established himself as a leader in the End-of-Days by calling for the Islam to unite for Jerusalem. Erdogan’s perplexing statement could be the cry that rallies the world of Ishmael for the prophesied third and final battle of Jerusalem preceding the Messiah.

ISIS claims to behead Russian intelligence officer in Syria
DUBAI – Islamic State has issued a video showing the beheading of what it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria, the US-based SITE monitoring website reported on Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry and the FSB security service were not immediately available for comment.

Eight killed when magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits China’s northwest
Eight people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck in China’s northwest Xinjiang region on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, with photographs online also showing damaged buildings.

Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE – and it could cause an EU nightmare
AUSTRIA’S government is on the verge of collapse due to a shock resignation, opening the door to the far-right Freedom Party. And the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls.

U.S. Military to Move ‘Very Quickly’ in Arming Syrian Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition
The U.S. military will move forward “very quickly” with plans to distribute weapons and ammunition to Kurdish YPG fighters battling the Islamic State in Syria despite opposition from NATO ally Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Trump Admin Still Considering Moving U.S Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Trump administration sources confirmed to the Free Beacon that the embassy move is still under consideration, but that the process is in its infant stages.

As Modi visit approaches, Israel and India seem closer than ever
As Israel has emerged recently on the world stage, its foreign relationships have blossomed…Yet, while all these are important, there is another event that may be even more important in the long run – the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July. The prime minister is, significantly, visiting only Israel and skipping the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And his visit follows the visit to Israel last January by Indian Foreign Minister Shushma Swaraj.

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km (25 miles) west of IS-stronghold Raqqa. It comes a day after the US said it was going to arm members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting for the SDF.

Austria convicts asylum seeker of Syria war crimes
An asylum seeker has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Austria after being found guilty of killing 20 people in Syria. The 27-year-old man was accused of shooting unarmed or wounded soldiers following a battle in the city of Homs. The man, who has not been named, had denied the charges. He was arrested in western Austria in June.

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets
Aetna Inc. will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it. While…the decision affects just Delaware and Nebraska. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer already said last year it would pull out of 11 states, and in the last month announced plans to exit Iowa and Virginia.

Emotion reading technology claims to spot criminals before they act
Emotion reading technology could soon be used by police after a Russian firm created a tool that can identify people in a crowd and tell if they are angry, stressed or nervous. The software, created by NTechLab, can monitor citizens for suspicious behaviour by tracking identity, age, gender and current emotional state. It could be used to pre-emptively stop criminals and potential terrorists.

Nasa unveils plans for a YEAR-LONG mission to the moon in preparation for the journey to Mars
Mars has become the next giant leap for mankind’s exploration of space. But before humans get to the red planet, astronauts will take a series of small steps by returning to the moon for a year-long mission. Details of a the mission in lunar orbit have been unveiled as part of a timeline of events leading to missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Netanyahu wary of Trump’s interest in solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned about President Trump’s growing interest in the Israeli Palestinian conflict and his desire to reach the “ultimate peace deal” at any cost, according to senior ministers close to Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s concern primarily stems from the fact that unlike Obama’s tenure, Netanyahu has no “brakes” in the Congress against Trump; Democrats will support any diplomatic move, as will Republicans.

Israel asks US to nullify UNSC settlement resolution
The Israeli Foreign Ministry appealed this week to US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley to nullify Security Council Resolution 2334 which calls for an end to settlement construction while simultaneously declaring them illegal, both in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The issue was just one in a series of requests made to Haley, in an effort to garner American support in implementing a number of changes vis-a-vis the world body’s treatment of Israel.

South Korea’s new leader discusses North Korea, defense system with China’s Xi
South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in told Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday that North Korea must cease making provocations before tensions over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in the South can be resolved, officials said. Moon came to power with a promise to review the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which is opposed by China…

North Korean university draws U.S. evangelicals despite risks
Like many other Americans who came to teach at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), Kim Hak Song was a Christian missionary who raised money from a church to come to North Korea…The university, which is open about its Christian affiliation, says its sole mission is to help North Korea’s future elite learn the skills to modernize the isolated country and engage with the outside world.

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary: Yeah, We Lied To The Israelis That We’d Stop Iran from Going Nuclear 
In a prolix profile in The New York Times of Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a startling admission comes from Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; he states that Obama was lying when he said he was serious about preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

James Comey Releases Farewell Letter, After Calling Trump “Crazy”
“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”

Connecticut State Capital Prepares For Bankruptcy Amid Collapse In Hedge Fund Revenue
Facing a dire fiscal situation, Hartfort, the capital of Connecticut is taking steps toward bankruptcy, soliciting proposals from law firms that specialize in Chapter 9, according to the Courant. It adds that the city is reviewing several firms and could hire an attorney as early as this week.

Experts Foresee Growing Friction Between Trump, S. Korea’s New President
New worries about the state of the U.S.-South Korean alliance are emerging after the swearing-in of liberal Moon Jae-in, whose conciliatory position toward North Korea is markedly different from that of the Trump administration, say analysts who …

Pro-Nazi Soldiers in German Army Raise Alarm
It started with an investigation into a suspected terrorist plot by an army soldier aimed at top government officials. But it quickly uncovered a larger problem.

U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April
The U.S. government had a $182 billion budget surplus in April, confounding market expectations for a deficit, according to Treasury Department data released on Wednesday. The budget surplus was $106 billion in April 2016, according to Treasury’s monthly budget statement.

Mark Zuckerberg, The Rock, Katy Perry And Oprah Winfrey Are All Thinking Of Running For President

Donald Trump has proven that you don’t have to be a career politician to successfully run for president, and so now a number of top celebrities are actually seriously thinking about running against him in 2020.  Unless Hillary Clinton runs again, the Democrats really don’t have an obvious choice, and so this next election cycle presents a unique opportunity for outsider candidates that may want to test the political waters.  In politics, timing is everything, and for celebrities at the peak of their popularity the 2020 election may be their best and only shot at the highest office in the land. (Read More…)

Hypocrite: Obama goes to “climate change speech” in Italy, stays in $20k/night villa, takes private jet, has 14 car convoy, 300 cops. Carbon footprint? More than you or me in a year?

Worth posting again.

This is Obama “living rich.”

It’s one thing if one makes one’s money in private industry where one must negotiate the whims of the market (at least to some degree) on the way to riches. (Hell, if one inherited money at least one is spending one’s own money.) It is quite another for someone to make one’s bones as a politician like Obama has.

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The President’s Pastor: Paula White Has Connections and Power. But Where Does She Get Her Money?

Jillian Kay Melchior has written a exposé on prosperity preacher Paula White for Heatstreet. Pastrix Paula is known for many things, but most recently she is known as President Donald Trump’s friend, close confident and his “pastor.” Melchoir gives us a glimpse into this wolf in sheep’s clothing’s early life and her rags to riches story. One thing we learn is how the girl who grew up in a trailer park managed to become a multi-millionaire….and chair of the president’s Evangelical Advisory Council. Melchior writes:

Donald Trump & Paula White. Photo credit: Christian Today

The most politically influential Christian in America is a controversial Florida preacher many evangelical Republicans may never have heard of: Paula White, a Florida televangelist.

“Inside this little blond Barbie package is a pit bull!” White recently said of herself. And that pit bull, who has known Donald Trump for about 15 years, is now chair of the president’s Evangelical Advisory Council—a powerful board of Christian leaders advising the administration on everything from political appointments and judiciary nominees to legislative priorities.

White has led prayers at both the Republican National Convention and the inauguration. When Trump met in February with prominent conservatives to discuss appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, White sat at the president’s immediate right. She also opened a Rose Garden ceremony last week and stood behind the president as he signed an executive order on religious liberty.

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Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians

“What stood out most to us was how stark the shift was between the Boomer and Gen-Xer generations,” Hempell remarks. “We expected Millennials to be most influenced by other worldviews, but the most dramatic increase in support for these ideals occurs with the generation before them. It’s no surprise, then, that the impact we see today in our social fabric is so pervasive, given that these ideas have been taking root for two generations.

We live in a world of competing ideas and worldviews. In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, Christians are more aware of (and influenced by) disparate views than ever. But just how much have other worldviews crept into Christians’ perspectives? Barna’s research shows that only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview1. So, if Christians are open to nonbiblical perspectives, what are they believing?

In partnership with Summit Ministries, Barna conducted a study among practicing Christians in America to gauge how much the tenets of other key worldviews—including new spirituality, secularism, postmodernism and Marxism—have influenced Christians’ beliefs about the way the world is and how it ought to be. Barna’s new research found strong agreement with ideas unique to nonbiblical worldviews among practicing Christians. This widespread influence upon Christian thinking is evident not only among competing worldviews, but even among competing religions; for example, nearly four in 10 (38%) practicing Christians are sympathetic to some Muslim teachings (an aspect of the study Barna will explore elsewhere).

Here are a few notable findings among practicing Christians:

  • 61% agree with ideas rooted in New Spirituality.
  • 54% resonate with postmodernist views.
  • 36% accept ideas associated with Marxism.
  • 29% believe ideas based on secularism.

Before diving into the four worldviews, and as illustrated in the charts below, there are a few key demographic themes that emerge from the data. First, Millennials and Gen-Xers, who came of age in a less Christianized context, are, in some cases, up to eight times more likely to accept these views than Boomers and Elders. The same is true of gender; males are generally more open to these worldviews than women, often at a 2:1 ratio. Another trend is that Americans who live in cities, often melting pots of ideas and cultures, are more accepting of these views than those in either suburban or rural areas. And finally, when looking at ethnicity, Americans of color are, in about half of the cases, more likely than white Americans to embrace these worldviews….

“This research really crystalizes what Barna has been tracking in our country as an ongoing shift away from Christianity as the basis for a shared worldview. We have observed and reported on increasing pluralism, relativism and moral decline among Americans and even in the Church. Nevertheless, it is striking how pervasive some of these beliefs are among people who are actively engaged in the Christian faith,” Brooke Hempell, senior vice president of research for Barna, says.

“What stood out most to us was how stark the shift was between the Boomer and Gen-Xer generations,” Hempell remarks. “We expected Millennials to be most influenced by other worldviews, but the most dramatic increase in support for these ideals occurs with the generation before them. It’s no surprise, then, that the impact we see today in our social fabric is so pervasive, given that these ideas have been taking root for two generations.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 11, 2017

Five Observations on Comey’s Firing

The controversy is all about politics, and it’s only really just beginning. Here’s a recap of the last 24 hours.

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  • Traders Ask What Will Rouse Markets When Trump and Twitter Can’t (Read More)
  • EU Raises Growth Forecasts but Cites Threats From Brexit, Trump (Read More)
  • Oil bounces, world stocks hold near all-time highs (Read More)
  • McCain, Sasse to Vote Against Trump Trade Nominee (Read More)
  • Acting FBI Head to Testify Before Congress (Read More)
  • Aetna to Pull Out of Current Affordable Care Act Exchanges (Read More)
  • In Trump’s shadow, Fed official says trade barriers a ‘dead end’ (Read More)
  • Emirates Airline Battered by Trump Travel Ban (Read More)
  • Uber deemed transport service by EU top court adviser (Read More)
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  • Germany’s Schaeuble calls for euro zone parliament: La Repubblica (Read More)
  • The Secretive Firm Set to Expand in Retail Options: Two Sigma Securities (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo management expected to woo shareholders with new cost cuts (Read More)
  • Number of Illegal Cuban Immigrants Caught by Coast Guard Drops to Zero in April (Read More)
  • AIG plans to name Brian Duperreault CEO (Read More)
  • Student Loans Just Got More Expensive (Read More)
  • China April vehicle sales notch steepest fall in 20-months on tax hike (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 5/11/2017

The King of Saudi Arabia invites Mahmoud Abbas to participate in the summit of the Arab leaders with Trump

In DC, Israeli justice minister speaks out against Trump’s peace push

Archbishop of Canterbury to pray for Trump on Mideast peace

Netanyahu: Every country should move their Embassy to Jerusalem

Israel asks US to nullify UNSC settlement resolution

Son of Ethiopian immigrants travels to Ukraine to advocate Jews there move to Israel

How the Six Day War changed American Jews

German officials: Increase in US Jews seeking citizenship since election

Less than half of East Europeans would accept Jews in their family, Pew finds

New Watchdog Report: 2016 ‘Worst Year on Record for Antisemitism in Canada,’ With Spikes in Holocaust Denial and On-Campus Hate Incidents

China’s tech money heads for Israel as U.S. welcome wanes

Few takers for Israel’s new gas exploration tenders

Hamas assures critics Israel’s destruction still its goal

Report: ISIS fighters killed 10 Bedouin tribesmen in northern Sinai

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’

Trump, after meeting Russian FM, says ‘horrible killing in Syria must stop’

Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections

Turkey’s Erdogan wants US to reverse decision to arm Syrian Kurds, says America should support ally, not ‘terror’ group

Minister: Turkey warned Wikipedia over content, demands it open office

Top leader: Iran will ‘slap’ anyone causing election unrest

Experts Foresee Growing Friction Between Trump, S. Korea’s New President

North Korean Defector Says War With US ‘Unavoidable’ Amid End Times Warning

U.S. to Boost Surveillance For Russian Exercise

US criticises Russian build-up near Baltic states

High tensions as Russian diplomat visits Washington

With Awkward Timing, Trump Meets Top Russian Official

Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before he was fired by President Trump, officials say

Russia probe: Senate requests Trump documents from agency that monitors money laundering

John McCain on Comey firing: ‘There will be more shoes to drop’

Comey tossed ‘stick of dynamite’ into the DOJ, says White House

James Comey Releases Farewell Letter, After Calling Trump “Crazy”

Sacked FBI chief: President can fire me for any reason, or no reason

Trump defends Comey firing, says both parties will thank him

Paul: Dems Pushing a ‘Huge Myth’ About Trump Collusion With Russia

Democrats once blamed Comey; now they’re defending him

Maxine Waters Thinks It Would’ve Been Fine for Hillary to Fire Comey, But Doesn’t Support Trump Firing Him

‘Work for WikiLeaks’: Assange offers Comey job as Snowden condemns White House

Democrats talk of an ‘impeachment clock’ for Trump

U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April

Baby deaths soar in Venezuela crisis

Rising use of military tribunals alarms Venezuela activists

Far fewer refugees entering US despite travel ban setbacks

Report: Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016

Twilight Zone: Mexicans Are Upset About Immigrants Bringing Crime To Their City

Emotion reading technology claims to spot criminals before they act

U.S. likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe: government officials

Microsoft CEO: tech sector needs to prevent ‘1984’ future

MIT’s new robot can transfer its knowledge to other robots

Delivery drone sets U.S. record by flying a package 97 miles

NASA’s Mars Plan May Include Yearlong Mission to the Moon

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

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

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

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

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Murghob, Tajikistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tel’mankend, Azerbaijan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

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

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Murghob, Tajikistan

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

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Obama Uses Private Jet, 14 Car Convoy to Get to European Climate Change Speech

Snakebites on increase in Georgia in 2017

Vermont lawmakers become first to approve legal pot

Chile starts selling cannabis medicines at some pharmacies

433 Pain Pills for Every Man, Woman and Child in West Virginia

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

Minnesota Health Officials Seek $5 Million for Measles Outbreak

Aetna to Completely Pull Out of ObamaCare Exchanges by 2018

International furor erupts over embryo jewelry business

Oregon Considers Allowing Transgender Individuals to Identify as ‘X’ on Driver’s Licenses

Transgender cadets at military academies can graduate but not serve

IDF’s top lawyer comes out of closet

Prosecutors seek caning for gay couple in Indonesia’s Aceh

Knox County judge grants woman rights of ‘husband’ in Tennessee’s first same-sex divorce

Many Practicing Christians Agree with Marxism (and Other Competing Worldviews)

Mike Ratliff – Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh

The President’s Pastor: Paula White Has Connections and Power. But Where Does She Get Her Money?

Furtick Keeps Demonstrating He is Unqualified

Absolutely Bizarre “Sermon” Promo Video from Life.Church

Teach us to pray: “Grab some masking tape, make a circle…”

Survey: 61 Percent of Practicing Christians Agree With Some ‘New Spirituality’ Beliefs

White House Says Trump will ‘Fully Eliminate’ Global Threats to U.S. and Allies

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:51 AM PDT

Poised to decide whether to surge U.S. troops into Afghanistan, President Trump aims to “fully eliminate” threats to U.S. and allied interests around the world,…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Would You Let Your Company Chip You?

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:44 AM PDT

Remember scenes from movies like Mission Impossible or Minority Report where people are subjected to microchip implants?  Well, it’s not just in the movies anymore–it’s…

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Church Bans ‘Non-Christian’ Yoga for Focus on Oneself Instead of God

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:32 AM PDT

An Anglican church in Wales might face boycott from some in the community after it banned “non-Christian” yoga from the premises. St. David’s Church in…

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As Doomsday Clock Edges to Armageddon, Stephen Hawking Says Humanity Has 100 Years

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:24 AM PDT

The dreaded Doomsday Clock now stands at a perilous two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, and world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking has cut mankind’s lead time to disaster…

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Aetna to Completely Pull Out of ObamaCare Exchanges by 2018

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:18 AM PDT

Health insurance company Aetna (AET) announced Wednesday it will completely withdraw from the ObamaCare marketplace in 2018, a decision Health and Human Services Secretary Tom…

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5-year-old brings loaded gun to North Carolina elementary school

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:11 AM PDT

A handgun found in a restroom at an elementary school in the Lake Wylie area of Mecklenburg County was brought in by a 5-year-old, officials…

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Kirk Cameron Says Bible Is ‘More Powerful Than Any Book on Harry Potter’s Shelf’

Posted: 11 May 2017 07:08 AM PDT

Actor and producer Kirk Cameron is delighted by the success of National Bible Bee which premiered on Apr. 4 on Facebook Live. The game show…

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Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Fight Is About to Plunge Into the Unknown

Posted: 11 May 2017 06:34 AM PDT

Dealing with Puerto Rico’s crushing debt has started to resemble a circular firing squad. Simply put, the bankrupt island can’t pay everything it owes, so…

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Christians Leaving the Girl Scouts Over Its Connection to Planned Parenthood

Posted: 11 May 2017 06:25 AM PDT

More families and churches are breaking ties with the Girl Scouts because of its connection to the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. This month, the Catholic…

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What Feel-Good Preachers Get Wrong on Sundays

Posted: 11 May 2017 06:17 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But…

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Comey Sought to expand Trump-Russia probe of former campaign officials

Posted: 11 May 2017 06:06 AM PDT

The FBI-led probe into whether Russian influence operations helped put Donald Trump in the White House is on a knife’s edge and could easily veer…

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5.5 Earthquake kills 8 in China, Following 6.5 Earthquake In South Sandwich Islands

Posted: 11 May 2017 06:02 AM PDT

according to reports, A‍t least eight people were killed and dozens injured after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck China’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on May…

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Mother Reunited with Daughter 52 Years Later – Prayed Every Day!

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:53 AM PDT

Donna Pavey could not believe one of her biggest prayers was about to come true before her very eyes. “I can’t wait,” said Pavey. “Oh…

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Geologist Denied Samples from Grand Canyon Because of His Faith

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:48 AM PDT

Dr. Andrew Snelling is a highly learned and experienced geologist. He’s published numerous peer-reviewed materials, has had years of experience in various labs and has…

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Philippines moves troops, supplies to disputed S. China Sea island claimed by Beijing

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:44 AM PDT

The Philippines has begun moving troops and equipment to a disputed island in the South China Sea which is claimed by both Manila and Beijing,…

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25 great white sharks spotted off Southern California coast

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” is not something you want to hear when you’re enjoying a day at the beach….

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Black student group at UC Santa Cruz threatens more campus takeovers if additional demands not met

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:38 AM PDT

University of California Santa Cruz administrators recently agreed to meet to all four demands lodged by a black student group who commandeered a campus building…

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Confederate Monument Removed in New Orleans after 106 years

Posted: 11 May 2017 05:36 AM PDT

A large police presence, as well as large cranes and heavy equipment, were all part of the removal of the monument to former Confederate President…

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US and Israel to Conduct Joint Air Force Drill Over Arava Desert

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Deep 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes cyclone-affected Vanuatu

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korean Defector War is Now ‘Unavoidable’

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Only 37 Percent Of Evangelical Christians Believe That Going To A Strip Club Without Your Spouse Is Cheating

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10 Sad Reasons Many Christians Don’t Gather for Prayer

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Is a Global Cashless Society On The Horizon?

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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:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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May 11, 2017: Verse of the day



but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1:7)

Walk is used throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s letters, to describe the effect, not of justification, but of sanctification. Salvation is not only a change in one’s legal status as divine righteousness is credited to one’s account, but a change in behavior as actual righteousness is given to believers by the very indwelling presence of God’s Spirit. Daily living of the Christian life is a Spirit-enabled walk (John 8:12; 12:35; Rom. 6:4; 8:4; 1 Cor. 7:17; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 5:16, 25; Eph. 2:10; 4:1; 5:8; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:1). The verb is a present subjunctive, expressing continuous action that is nevertheless hypothetical because it applies only to some people.

Those who walk in the Light do so because the power of God has regenerated them. As “new creature[s]” for whom “new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17), they will behave in a way that reflects the power of God’s righteous life in them, just as God Himself is in the Light (see the discussion of 1:5 in the previous chapter of this volume). The general pattern of their day-to-day actions and attitudes will be godlike. Such walkers will experience fellowship with one another (1:3, 7; Acts 2:42; cf. Col. 1:12; Phil. 2:17–18), which derives from their union with the triune God (1:6; 1 Cor. 1:9; 6:17; 12:6, 13). All true Christians live and walk in the Light (i.e., the life of God) and the communion of the saints.

To all who walk in the Light, God grants His grace so that throughout their lives the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses them from all sin. This is not to say that Christians no longer struggle with sin, for no one will ever be totally free in this life from the unredeemed humanness of their flesh (Matt. 26:41; Rom. 7:18–24; Gal. 5:17; cf. Rom. 13:14). However, because the blood of Jesus Christ continually cleanses away every impurity, sin can never change a believer’s standing before God (cf. Rom. 8:33–39). The term blood is often used in the New Testament as a dramatic and graphic way to represent Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross (cf. Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:25; 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12; 10:19), by which He “released us from our sins by His blood” (Rev. 1:5; cf. Col. 1:20–22; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 2:17; Rev. 5:9).

The salvation cleansing John described encompasses all the sinner’s transgressions, past and future, and depends on no condition but God’s sovereign grace in response to saving faith. John is unmistakably in agreement with the Spirit-inspired teaching of Paul that the redeemed enjoy complete, unalterable, and unrepeatable forgiveness (cf. 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:18–19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Heb. 10:10).[1]

The First Denial (vv. 6–7)

John’s definition of God as light is followed by a denial of three false claims in which the reader is probably right in hearing an echo of the erroneous teachings of the Gnostics. These men claimed to have entered into a higher fellowship with God than was known by most other Christians. They professed great things, but there was a flaw in their profession. They claimed to know God; but even as they made their claims, they showed by their actions that they failed to take sin, which is opposed to the nature of God, seriously. Their religion consisted from the ethical standpoint of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “easy grace.” They claimed fellowship with God, but the fellowship was not costly. They separated religion and ethics. Consequently, they claimed the highest privileges while living precisely as they pleased. In answering their views John denies three of their claims, while on each occasion also pointing to the divine remedy for sin for all who will avail themselves of it.

The outline for this section is apparent from John’s threefold repetition of the phrase “If we claim” in verses 6, 8, and 10. In each case it introduces one of the false claims. This is followed by John’s denial of the teaching (“we lie,” “we deceive ourselves,” “we make him out to be a liar” ) and, finally, by a correct affirmation. In the third case the affirmation takes a different and slightly expanded form as a result of which it has been set apart at the beginning of chapter 2. It will be considered by itself in the next section of the present study.

The first false claim is a common one; namely, that a person can have fellowship with God at the same time that his life is characterized by unrighteousness. John expresses it as the claim to have “fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness.” Here, to “walk in the darkness” means to sin habitually, the contrast being, not a sinless life (for John teaches that everyone sins, v. 8), but a progressive growth in godliness. The present tense indicates a continual practice of that which is opposed to God. Naturally the Gnostic teaching is in view as John denies this erroneous assertion. But we must not miss the fact that his rebuke applies to anyone who claims to know God while at the same time treats either sin or the need for establishing and maintaining a moral life lightly. As Bruce says,

It may well be that the false teachers against whom John puts his readers on their guard were wide open to criticism in this respect, but it is equally necessary for those who adhere to the apostolic teaching and fellowship to be reminded that orthodoxy of doctrine is no substitute for righteousness of life. “Truth in the inward being” (Ps. 51:6) is what God desires in his people, and where that is present, it will manifest itself in all the ways of life.

The contrast to a claim to fellowship with God while actually walking in darkness is an actual walking in the light, which is of necessity accompanied by the reality of Christian fellowship and continual and repeated cleansing from present sin. The fact that John speaks of cleansing from sin, using the present tense of the verb, indicates that he does not understand “walking in the light” to mean perfection. Rather, he means a genuine and continuous pursuit of holiness out of which increased fellowship with other Christians and confession of sin will come. It is this that must characterize all who know God.

The two results of walking in the light deserve special notice. First, since John has already said that one who claims fellowship with God while actually walking in darkness lies, we might, in verse 7, expect John to reply that the one who walks in the light has fellowship with God. This would be true, of course. But John, in a somewhat condensed form of writing, skips over this to show that it also means that he will have fellowship with other believers. Indeed, it is in fellowship with one another on the horizontal dimension that our fellowship with God on the vertical dimension is demonstrated. Did the Gnostics claim fellowship with God? Then how did they see their way clear to separate from other believers, as they had done? Why did they not maintain the fellowship? The same critique applies to those who in the name of a better or purer fellowship with God break Christian fellowship today.

Second, John says that the one walking in the light will find the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ available to him for continued cleansing. At first glance this seems a contradiction. For why does the one who already walks in the light need cleansing? Is he not already cleansed? Or, on the other hand, if he is being cleansed from sin, does this not imply that he was walking in the darkness previously? The contradiction is only superficial, for John is merely saying that one who walks in fellowship with God will find forgiveness for any sin that might enter his life. In fact, such forgiveness is already provided for by the sacrifice of Christ. This is not said to encourage sin, as some might think (“Let us do evil that good may result,” Rom. 3:8), but to encourage holiness.[2]

6–7 The first test in the first series of tests builds directly on the statement that “God is light.” The Greek word koinōnia (“fellowship”) is used again, suggesting that two parties “have something in common” (Marshall, 105). This being the case, if anyone walks in darkness, then that person cannot be in fellowship with the God in whom “there is no darkness at all” (1:5). Those who claim to have fellowship with God but “walk in darkness” are therefore liars who cannot be members of John’s group because they do not enjoy the same fellowship with God that John does (1:3). The positive converse is stated as a second test at verse 7: If someone “walks in the light,” then that person has fellowship with God and John because, again, God is “in the light.”

These two tests follow a pattern that will continue throughout 1 John. First, all the tests John offers are objective and observable, designed to reveal a person’s true intentions apart from verbal claims. Deeds are the test for words, and while words can be false John seems to believe that a person’s actions reveal his or her true nature. Second, many of John’s tests follow the “if … [but] … then” pattern evident here, giving them an absolute quality consistent with his dualistic stance. This presentation effectively eliminates any gray area, for a single premise (“if”) always leads to a single conclusion (“then”), irrespective of any contingent circumstances (“but”). Here, “if” one claims to have fellowship with God “but” walks in the darkness, “then” he is a liar; on the other hand, “if” one walks in the light, “then” her sins are forgiven, granting fellowship with God. There are no exceptions.

What does it mean, then, to “walk in the light” or to “walk in the darkness”? Since vv. 8–10 stress the need to acknowledge sin, it is reasonable to understand vv. 6–7 in ethical terms. Marshall, 110, observes that “to live in the darkness means to live without the benefit of divine illumination and guidance and so to live in sin.” Similarly, Brown, 230–31, is surprised that “the first overt attack on dangerous ideas [in 1 John] is in the moral sphere. One might have expected the author to begin with the Christological errors that are so much on his mind.” It may be, however, that Brown’s expectation is more accurate than his conclusion. While vv. 8–10 clearly address the problem of sin, “walking in the darkness” is not typically used in this way in the fourth gospel. In John 8:12, for example, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” During his final public appeal in Jerusalem, Jesus urges the Jews to believe in him and “walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going” (Jn 12:35; cf. 11:9–10). Each time Jesus refers to “walking in darkness,” he does so in the context of a claim that God’s “light” is available, and 1 John 1:5–7 also explicitly contrasts “walking in the darkness” with the claim that “God is light.” These texts suggest that “walking in the darkness” refers to a failure to accept the revelation of God through Jesus. To “walk in the light” presumably means to accept John’s teaching about Jesus, which is why he and such people “have fellowship with one another.” This fellowship is based on a common experience of forgiveness of sins, which in John’s view only true Christians enjoy.

The question remains as to whom John wishes to distinguish with this first set of tests (1 Jn 1:5–10). Many scholars believe that his remarks are aimed at the Antichrists, whose life and doctrines indicate that they “walk in the darkness.” Most who hold this position detect echoes of the Antichrists’ teaching in the tests John offers, suggesting that they used slogans, such as “we have communion with him” (v. 6) and “we do not have sin” (v. 8), which John wishes to refute (so Marshall, 110–13; Brown, 231–32; Culpepper, 16–18; Johnson, 29–32; Rensberger, 49–50). While this is certainly the case later on in the letter (2:22; 4:1–3), there is no way to tell whether or not the Antichrists advocated the doctrines mentioned here. It is clear that they did not share John’s view of the human nature of Jesus, but this belief would not inherently lead to the conclusion that Christians have no sin or that people who “walk in the darkness” can have communion with God.

On the other hand, John states on numerous occasions that “the world” is guilty of unrepentant sin and that those who are of the world, particularly the Jews, have serious misconceptions about their relationship with God. The world does not recognize Jesus (Jn 1:10; 12:47–49; 14:31; 17:25) and rejects him because his “light” exposes their evil deeds (Jn 3:19–20; 7:7; 16:8–11), and the Jews, who “do not have the love of God in [their] hearts” (Jn 5:42), have misunderstood Jesus and thereby rejected God (cf. Jn 1:5, 11; 5:39–47; 6:26, 36; 7:28–29; 8:14–15; 10:25–26, 34–38). The Jews, in fact, continue to cling to the false notion that salvation may be found in the Scriptures, Moses, and their lineage from Abraham, even after witnessing Jesus’ signs (Jn 5:39, 45–46; 6:32–33; 8:31–44). It seems more likely that John is speaking of these people rather than the Antichrists when he refers to those who “walk in the darkness.” Christians can easily distinguish themselves from such people on the basis of their faith in Jesus. Those who do not have faith—the world and the Jews—cannot be in good fellowship with God because their sins are not cleansed by Jesus’ blood.[3]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2007). 1, 2, 3 John (pp. 36–37). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2004). The Epistles of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 30–32). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Thatcher, T. (2006). 1 John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 430–432). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

May 11 – Leading Others to Christ (Andrew)

The twelve apostles included “Andrew” (Matt. 10:2).


Leading others to Christ should be a top priority in your life.

Andrew was Peter’s brother and a native of Bethsaida of Galilee. From the very start we see him leading people to Christ—beginning with his own brother.

The Gospel of John records his first encounter with Jesus: “John [the Baptist] was standing, and two of his disciples [Andrew and John], and he looked upon Jesus as He walked, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. … One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which translated means Christ). He brought him to Jesus” (John 1:35–37, 40–42). Later Jesus called both Andrew and Peter to become His disciples, and they immediately left their fishing nets to follow Him (Matt. 4:20).

Our next glimpse of Andrew is in John 6:8–9. It was late in the day, and thousands of people who were following Jesus were beginning to get hungry, but there wasn’t enough food to feed them. Then Andrew brought to Jesus a young boy with five barley loaves and two fish. From that small lunch Jesus created enough food to feed the entire crowd!

Andrew also appears in John 12:20–22, which tells of some Greeks who were traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast. They came to Philip and requested to see Jesus. Philip took them to Andrew, who apparently took them to Jesus.

Andrew didn’t always know how Jesus would deal with a particular person or situation, but he kept right on bringing them to Him anyway. That’s a characteristic every believer should have. Your spiritual gifts might differ from others, but your common goal is to make disciples (Matt. 28:19–20), and that begins with leading sinners to Christ. Make that your priority today!


Suggestions for Prayer:  When was the last time you told an unbeliever about Jesus? Pray for an opportunity to do so soon.

For Further Study: Do you know how to present the gospel clearly and accurately? As a review read Romans 3:19–28, 1 Corinthians 15:1–8, Ephesians 2:8–10, and Titus 3:4–7.[1]

10:2 the names of the twelve apostles. The 12 are always listed in a similar order (cf. Mk 3:16–19; Lk 6:13–16; Ac 1:13). Peter is always named first. The list contains 3 groups of 4. The 3 subgroups are always listed in the same order, and the first name in each subgroup is always the same, though there is some variation in the order within the subgroups—but Judas Iscariot is always named last. Peter … Andrew … James … John. The first subgroup of 4 are the most familiar to us. These two sets of brothers, all fishermen, represent an inner circle of disciples often seen closest to Jesus (see note on 17:1).[2]

10:2 Apostles (plural of Gk. apostolos; used only here in Matthew; see note on Rom. 1:1) describes those commissioned to be Jesus’ special representatives, while “disciples” (Matt. 10:1) was also used more broadly to refer to anyone who believed in Jesus. Peter heads all the lists of the Twelve (cf. Mark 3:16–19; Luke 6:13–16; Acts 1:13) and serves as their spokesman. Peter, along with James and John, made up Jesus’ inner circle.[3]

10:2 apostles. The Gk. word apostolos designates an authorized representative or emissary whose word has the authority of the sender (cf. 2 Cor. 8:23, where it is translated “messengers,” and 2 Cor. 1:1 note). Here the Twelve receive authority to do exactly what Jesus has been doing (vv. 7, 8).[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 144). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 10:2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1839). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2015). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (2015 Edition) (p. 1687). Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust.


For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.


Anything that gets as much space as the doctrine of human suffering gets in the Scriptures should certainly receive careful, reverent attention from children of the new creation.

We cannot afford to neglect it, for whether we understand it or not we are going to experience some suffering.

From the first cold shock that brings a howl of protest from the newborn infant, down to the last anguished gasp of the aged man, pain and suffering dog our footsteps as we journey here below. It will pay us to learn what God says about it so that we may know how to act and what to expect when it comes.

Because suffering is a real part of human life, Christ Himself took part in the same and learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

It should be said that there is a kind of suffering which profits no one: it is the bitter and defiant suffering of the lost. The man out of Christ may endure any degree of affliction without being any the wiser or the better for it.

There is a common suffering which we must share with all the sons of men—loss, bereavement, heartaches, disappointments, partings, betrayals and griefs of a thousand sorts.

But there is such a thing as consecrated griefs, sorrows that may be common to everyone but which take on a special character when accepted intelligently and offered to God in loving submission.[1]

  1. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

That Jesus’ humanity is genuine can be demonstrated, says the author of Hebrews, by the fact that Christ was tempted. He personally experienced the power of sin when Satan confronted him and when the weaknesses of our human nature became evident. Jesus experienced hunger when he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, thirst when he asked the woman at Jacob’s well for water, weariness when he slept while the storm raged on the Sea of Galilee, and sorrow when he wept at the grave of Lazarus.

As high priest, through his sacrificial work, Jesus removed the curse of God that rested on man. Because of the forgiveness of sin, God’s love flows freely to the redeemed, and Jesus stands ready to help. Those who are being tempted may experience the active support of Jesus. They can expect nothing short of perfect understanding from Jesus, because he himself suffered when he was tempted.

Of course, Jesus did not share with us the experience of sin; instead, because of his sinlessness, Jesus fully experienced the intensity of temptation. He is able and willing to help us oppose the power of sin and temptation. As he said to the sinful woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee, “Your sins are forgiven.… Go in peace” (Luke 7:48, 50), so also Jesus shows his mercy, peace, and love to us. He is our sympathetic High Priest.[2]

18 This verse underlines the assertion that Jesus can be a “merciful” high priest because he (unlike the angels) has shared and therefore understands our human weakness. In the NT it is always difficult to know whether peirazō (GK 4279) should be translated “tempt” or “test”; both senses are inherent in the verb, and both apply to the experience of Jesus, “tested” by his Father and “tempted” by Satan (Mt 4:1–11); his passion was the supreme “test” (12:2–3). In Hebrews the verb is used of the Israelites “testing” of God (3:9) and of God’s “testing” of Abraham (11:17); but in 4:15, where it is used again specifically of Jesus, the qualification, “yet without sin,” suggests temptation to do wrong. That Jesus shared our experience of temptation, though without succumbing to it, is one of the most profound indications of his real humanity—and our assurance of his understanding and effective help when we are tempted.[3] 2:18 The fourth blessing is help for the tempted. Because He Himself has suffered and has been tempted, He is able to aid those who are going through temptation. He can help others going through it because He has been there Himself.

Here again we must add a word of qualification. The Lord Jesus was tempted from without, but never from within. The temptation in the wilderness shows Him being tempted from without. Satan appeared to Him and sought to appeal to Him by external stimuli. But the Savior could never be tempted to sin by lusts and passions within, for there was no sin in Him and nothing to respond to sin. He suffered, being tempted. Whereas it pains us to resist temptation, it pained Him to be tempted.[4]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, p. 78). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[3] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 57). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2164). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.

Colossians 2:6

I think it is a completely wrong concept in Christian circles to look upon Jesus as a kind of divine nurse to whom we can go when sin has made us sick, and after He has helped us, to say, “Good-bye, Jesus”—and go on our own way.

Suppose I go into a hospital in need of a blood transfusion. After the staff has ministered to me and given their services, do I just slip out with a cheery “good-bye”—as though I owe them nothing and it was kind of them to help me in my time of need?

That may sound far-out to you, but it draws a picture of attitudes among us today.

But the Bible never in any way gives us such a concept of salvation. Nowhere are we ever led to believe that we can use Jesus as a Savior and not own Him as our Lord. He is the Lord and as the Lord He saves us, because He has all of the offices of Savior, Christ, High Priest, and Wisdom and Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption!

He is all of these—and all of these are embodied in Him as Christ, the Lord!

Father, You are my Savior and my Lord. My debt to You is huge! I owe You my life.[1]

Therefore builds the concluding exhortation on what Paul has said in verses 2–5. The Colossians have received Christ Jesus the Lord, they have settled convictions about His deity and sufficiency, and are standing firm against the attacks of false teachers, so they must continue to walk in Him. The familiar term walk refers to daily conduct. In this context it means primarily to continue believing the truth about Christ, not allowing their Christology to waver.

In broader terms, however, walking in Christ means living in union with Him. It means to maintain a lifestyle patterned after His. “The one who says he abides in Him,” the apostle John writes, “ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). When faced with the dilemmas that confront Christians in their daily lives, the guideline should be, “What would Jesus do in this situation?” The hymn “O to Be Like Thee” expresses what should be the desire of every Christian:

O to be like Thee!

Blessed Redeemer, this is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,

Jesus Thy perfect likeness to wear.

O to be like Thee!

O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art!

Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;

Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.[2]

6 The hōs oun (NIV, “so then”; NASB, “therefore as”) with which v. 6 begins marks a transition in Colossians. At this point, Paul moves from applauding the assembly to admonishing them in the(ir) faith. The apostle offers the fellowship warning and teaching, lest they be shifted from the gospel and stunted in their spiritual growth (cf. 1:23, 28). Paul’s instruction is predicated on the congregation’s reception of “Christ Jesus as Lord.” At a point in the past (the verb is a second aorist), the Colossians received Christ. Paul employs the verb paralambanō (“take” or “receive,” GK 4161) both here and elsewhere to refer to the oral transmission and subsequent reception of the gospel tradition, replete with both doctrinal and ethical instruction (see, e.g., 1 Co 11:23; 1 Co 15:1, 3; Gal 1:9; Php 4:9; 1 Th 2:13; 4:1; 2 Th 3:6). In contradistinction to the “philosophy,” Paul propounds that the traditions they had received were divine, not human, in origin or orientation (2:8; cf. Mk 7:4, 8; 1 Co 11:2; 2 Th 2:15; 3:6). The instruction that had been passed on to them and was subsequently received by them centered on the person Jesus, who is further depicted here as both “Christ” and “Lord.” The Colossians’ life in faith began with their reception and confession of Jesus Christ as Lord (cf. Ro 10:9; 1 Co 12:3; Php 2:11) and their baptism in him (Col 2:12; cf. Ro 6:3–5; Gal 3:27). It is “in him” (the Greek sentence structure emphasizes this prepositional phrase), the one in whom the gospel is grounded and on whom their faith is founded, that the Colossians are commanded to walk (NIV, “live”; cf. 1:10). They are not to live in him periodically in fits and starts but continuously, as indicated by the present active imperative verb peripateō (“walk” or “live,” GK 4344). Because the Colossians have received Christ as Lord and presently dwell in him (the so-called “Pauline indicative”), Paul calls the congregation to walk in him (the so-called “Pauline imperative”). (On the indicative/imperative pattern in Paul, see Michael Parsons, “Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul’s Writing,” EvQ 88 [1988]: 99–127.) Their standing in and service of Christ are meant to be congruent and complementary.[3]

2:6 Now he encourages them to go on in the same way in which they had originally begun, that is, by faith. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. The emphasis here seems to be on the word Lord. In other words, they had acknowledged that in Him there was complete sufficiency. He was enough, not only for salvation, but for the whole of their Christian life. Now Paul urges the saints to go on acknowledging the lordship of Christ. They should not stray from Him by accepting the teachings of men, however convincing they may sound. The word walk is one that is often used of the Christian life. It speaks of action and progress. You cannot walk and remain in the same place. So it is in the Christian life; we are either going forward or backward.[4]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1992). Colossians (p. 91). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 309). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2001). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.