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May 22, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump landed in Israel on a groundbreaking direct flight Monday from Saudi Arabia and expanded a core theme of his Sunday speech in Riyadh: the U.S. will stand with Arab nations and Israel against the threats they all agree are posed by Iran.

North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test on Sunday, ratcheting up tensions in the region as Kim Jong Un persists with his nuclear program.

A rise in U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood will help drive an increase in lumber exports to China and other Asian markets, Canada’s top trade official said.

Saudi Arabia signed billions of dollars of deals with U.S. companies during President Trump’s visit to Riyadh. Estimates of their total value vary from $300 billion to close to $400 billion.

China’s President Xi Jinping wasn’t trying to bully the Philippines at a recent meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the Southeast Asian nation’s top diplomat. In a speech last Friday, Duterte said Xi had threatened to go to war with the Philippines after Duterte expressed an intention to drill for oil in the disputed South China Sea.

New Zealand’s top trade official said his country wouldn’t gain much from major changes to a Pacific trade pact, highlighting obstacles to finalizing the deal without the U.S. after Malaysia called for more negotiations.

After finding common ground among India’s 29 states, the finance ministry on Friday released detailed rates for the incoming goods and services tax, slotting more than 1,200 items — from sugar to steel pipes and motorcycles — into five tax brackets between zero and 28 percent. With that done, India is almost ready to implement a tax code that unifies more than a dozen separate levies, effectively creating a single market with a population greater than the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan combined.

President Donald Trump plans to propose $1.7 trillion in cuts to a category of spending that includes major social and entitlement programs for lower-income Americans, as part of an effort to balance the budget within a decade.

Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities.

AP Top Stories

With an astounding voter turnout of 74%, moderate Hassan Rouhani beat hard-liner Ibrahim Raisi by nearly 8 million votes. “The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world.”

The “totally unprovoked” murder of a young black soldier was committed by a white man who was a member of a “despicable” Facebook group, police have said.

Norway is repairing the entrance of a “doomsday” seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world’s food supplies.

A fast-moving wildfire has forced several hundred campers to flee a campground south of San Diego and is threatening homes in a nearby community.

Egypt referred 48 people to the country’s military judiciary on Sunday for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.

The Swiss voted Sunday in favor of a massive overhaul of the country’s energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources.

State lawmakers are reviving Texas’ version of a North Carolina-style transgender “bathroom bill,” moving to ensure it will at least apply to public schools by adding hotly debated language to otherwise unrelated legislation involving classroom safety.

China’s Hainan Airlines, which has poured billions of dollars into overseas acquisitions, announced plans Monday to buy 19 Boeing aircraft for $4.2 billion to help meet skyrocketing travel demand by Chinese consumers.

Authorities in Mexico City have ordered cars off the streets and warned people about exercising outdoors as sprawling metropolis chokes in its worst smog for nearly two decades.

BBC

The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in wildlife.

Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting alight a government supporter in Caracas on the 50th day of protests.

A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.

More than 20 people have been injured in a small bomb blast at a military hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen, according to charity Save the Children. Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, with hundreds of suspected cases being reported every day.

WND

Facebook is refusing to delete videos and images of “violent death”, abortion and self-harm because the web giant does not want to censor its users, it has emerged.

In 1910, Christians made up 13.6 percent of the Mideast’s population. A hundred years later, in 2010, that number had declined to 4.2 percent. By 2025, Christians are expected to represent just over 3 percent of the Middle East’s population.


The Briefing 05-22-17

Breaking with predecessor, Trump confronts “crisis of Islamic extremism” in address in Saudi Arabia

Why didn’t US presidents set foot on foreign soil before 1906? History of the presidential trip abroad

A moderate Iran? How a watching world interprets the reelection of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Emperor or “god”? The theology behind Japanese Emperor Akihito’s pending abdication of the throne

The post The Briefing 05-22-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top News – 5/22/2017

Saudis Rejoice Over ‘Death’ of Obama’s Policies
Israel was not the only country in the Middle East happy to see Barack Obama out of the White House. President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend served as a very public slap in the face of his predecessor. And it was the Saudis, not Trump, who delivered the blow.

Some On The Left Are Getting Sick Of DC Dems’ Russia Obsession
It’s not just Democratic strategists who are getting the message that voters don’t care as much about Russia as Washington media does. Some progressives and other writers are seemingly skeptical of the nefarious Russia narrative, too. Many see it as a distraction or a dodge from championing legitimate progressive causes.

US-led coalition attacks Syrian army, Iranian-backed militia
Coalition jets bomb a convoy advancing against a Pentagon-backed rebel group in southern Syria; the US intervention will help the rebels hold their ground against any future incursions by the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militias.

Jewish Mystics Hope Trump’s Israel Visit Might ‘Raise The Temple’
Donald Trump’s transformation from real estate mogul and reality TV star to president reads like a strange American fairytale. Dogged by controversy, with no political experience, Trump is now the most powerful person in the world. To some, his triumph was so unlikely that there was only one way to explain in — God played a part. “President Trump can choose to be a part of a process to bring the Messiah,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss told Breaking Israel News, a religious website in Israel.

Bennett’s mid-handshake message to Trump: Recognize Jerusalem
While most cabinet members made do with a simple “Hello, Mr. President”, “Welcome to Israel”, or other pleasantries, Bennett took the opportunity to make a personal, if brief, appeal to the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. “Welcome to Israel. It’s Jerusalem’s birthday, you know – 50 years,” Bennett told the president. “This is the time to recognize Jerusalem.”

Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants
The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

‘We love Israel, we respect Israel, we are with you’
President Donald Trump calls Israel ‘one of the world’s great civilizations, pledges American support for the Jewish state.

‘Senators united on reining in the UN’
And while the Republicans and Democrats might fight about a lot of things, what we are 100% united on – which means we have a hundred senators in the United States Senate who are committed to reining in the United Nations and the abuses that we have seen there.

Trump, Israeli leaders boast of ‘unbreakable bond’ upon president’s arrival
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday, where they were greeted by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After Trump and Rivlin reviewed the Honor Guard, Trump’s welcome ceremony began. Rivlin spoke first, lauding the American leader’s trip as a symbol of the “unbreakable bond between Israel and America.”…Trump reaffirmed the “unbreakable bond between Israel and the State of Israel”…

Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear power
Switzerland has voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. More than 58% backed the move towards greener power sources in a referendum on Sunday. Switzerland has five ageing nuclear power plants, which provide a third of the country’s energy needs. There is no date yet to decommission the facilities, but the country will now aim to increase reliance on sources like solar, wind and hydro power.

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs
The Syrian government says its forces have regained total control of the central city of Homs after rebels left the last district under their control. About 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated on buses from al-Wair district, government officials say. “The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants,” provincial governor Talal Barazi said.

Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence
Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant. The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

Isis tests chemical weapons
Isis are conducting chemical weapons experiments on “human guinea pigs” before launching attacks on Western targets, according to secret documents. The extremist group has reportedly poisoned prisoners by spiking their food and water with compounds used in pesticides that are easy to obtain. Security forces now fear the terror network may hatch a twisted plot to contaminate Western food supplies with formulas that quickly dissolve in liquid.

North Korea fires off ‘unspecified missile’ into Sea of Japan as South condemns “irresponsible and reckless behaviour”
North Korea has fired an ‘unspecified missile’ in a latest act of aggression, according to military sources. A South Korean news agency are claiming that the projectile took off from a location near Pukchang. However, NHK News, a Japanese new agency, claims the missile ‘fell into the Sea of Japan’. South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the projectile was launched on Sunday afternoon (local time).

Iran accuses U.S. of ‘Iranophobia’, arming ‘dangerous terrorists’
Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said…

Disagreements surface over China-backed trade deal
Disagreements between Asian countries over a China-backed free trade deal surfaced at talks on Monday, raising questions over a target for concluding negotiations by the end of the year. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would create a free trade area of more than 3.5 billion people, bringing together China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand as well as Southeast Asian nations.

Three sentenced to death over Hamas commander assassination
A court in the Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced three men to death over the assassination of a Hamas military commander that the Islamist movement accused Israel of masterminding.

CNN Reports Comey’s 86-Year-Old Dad Thinks Trump’s A Nut Job Too, So There
“Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day…I think the man should be in a home quite honestly, he’s crazy as a hoot.”

Angela Merkel declares “Islam is not the source of terrorism” but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of “Islamophobia”
Angela Merkel’s speech that shocked the German people “Europe must take MORE Muslim refugees, ISLAM is a peaceful religion”.

Bill Introduced Allowing Cancellation Of Over $1 Trillion In Student Debt Through Bankruptcy
And since the government owns most of the student loans, it would basically be yet another taxpayers bailout for those who loaded up on debt and now are unable to repay it. Meanwhile, if massive amounts of debt were erased, it would be another bubble bursting, which would send the U.S. into a fresh round of economic instability.

Obama Holdouts In Trump Administration Hiding Hillary Emails
Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton is astounded: The Trump officials he finds working on Freedom of Information cases he files are still, typically, Obama holdovers.

The Obama Administration Repeatedly Leaked Intel To Spite Israel
Much of the media’s attention this week has been dedicated to fanning the flames on an anonymously sourced report that President Trump revealed national security secrets to Russian officials during  a meeting at the White House earlier this month….let’s take a minute to remember all the times the Obama administration leaked secrets in order to spurn Israel, a longtime ally.

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

“There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective.”

Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven?

There is a difference between failing to confess a sin and refusing to confess a sin.

What Is a Tarnation? (Video)

“We have the word ‘tarnation’ thanks to societal taboos against saying certain words–instead substituting in other words that often mean the exact same thing, but for some reason we find it acceptable to say the one rather than the other…”

The Pastor Must Fall On His Sword Before He Wields It

“You think of a pastor and a Bible, and you think of a book. But maybe our imaginations ought first to run to a different image: a pastor carrying around a sword. This is the pastor’s weapon.”

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins

There are Christians who “carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.”

Should I Send or Should I Go?

“Whenever missionaries speak at our church my heart leaps in my chest. Their PowerPoint slides get my spiritual adrenaline pumping. There is something undeniably compelling about the thought of being on the front lines of the Great Commission. And yet, the reality is that we cannot all go. Some need to stay in order to send.”

An Elephant-Sized Problem

“Identifying animals is much harder than you might think. Indeed, it touches on one of the most fundamental questions of biology. This difficulty actually has a name: “the species problem.’”

Flashback: 5 Ways Every Christian Grows

Here are five things that are true of fruit trees and, therefore, true of the fruit of the Spirit.

Mid-Day Snapshot

May 22, 2017

Trump Impresses and Presses in Speech to Top Muslim Leaders

“This region should not be a place from which refugees flee,” the president said, “but to which newcomers flock.”

The Foundation

“I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.” —George Washington (1795)

The Tens Of Millions Of Forgotten Americans That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

The evidence that the middle class in America is dying continues to mount.  As you will see below, nearly half the country would be unable “to cover an unexpected $400 expense”, and about two-thirds of the population lives paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.  Of course the economy has not been doing that well overall in recent years.  Barack Obama was the only president in all of U.S. history not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and U.S. GDP growth during the first quarter of 2017 was an anemic 0.7 percent.  During the Obama era, it is true that wealthy enclaves in New York, northern California and Washington D.C. did thrive, but meanwhile most of the rest of the country has been left behind. (Read More…)


CA Dem Chair: ‘All Together Now: F*ck Donald Trump!’ as Crowd Holds Up Two Middle Fingers (VIDEO)

The Democrats appear to have lost their minds.

They believe the propaganda while creating it. It’s a big government snake eating its own tail.

Consider if the chair of the Texas GOP got up in front of the state convention and got the crowd to chant “F–k Barack Obama!” The media would have flipped out. But, because the old media is on board, very little will be heard of this. A 1 day story at best.

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95% of Fed Gov Employees who gave gave to Clinton, Department of Justice 97%, State Department 99% (This is the deep state and they are comfy – right now)

Image: The Hill

(From FOX News)

The constant, anonymous leaks from disgruntled federal bureaucrats aim to provide ammunition for the propaganda news media to press the attack.

The Left’s dance of destruction is stunningly choreographed.

I have been overseas for the last three days, and it has been sickening to see so many foreigners terrified because they unknowingly believe the news media’s false reports and vicious attacks. The only version of President Trump they know is the one portrayed in the 24-hour cesspool of CNN and the daily acrimony of the New York Times.

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The Growing Civil War in America

By Bill Wilson

While these remarks seem incredulous, they are indicative of a growing civil war fomented by Marxists (progressives and liberals) to overthrow America.

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A Guide to Understanding the Trump-Saudi Deal – Joseph Farah

Exclusive: Joseph Farah answers America’s pressing questions in wake of big agreement

Question: Why did the Saudis treat President Trump so graciously?

Answer: They’re scared. Even though the Saudis are as responsible as any party for radicalizing Sunni Islam, they did so believing it would make them safe.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress: Trump Has Done More to Reach Out to Evangelicals

In an interview with The Christian Post, Jeffress, who is a member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, argued that the Trump campaign and administration has an unprecedented evangelical outreach.

“There’s been no American president in history who has reached out to evangelicals to the extent that President Trump has done,” said Jeffress.

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Mark Steyn: Congressional Republicans ‘Sending a Dangerous Message’ Saying ‘Elections Don’t Matter’

Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn opined on the “dysfunctional” state of the federal government. By not taking action that reflected the sentiment of the voter, Steyn said congressional Republicans were sending a dangerous message.

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Facebook Founder Calls For Creation Of New World Order ‘Global Superstructure’ To Control Humanity

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated his belief that the world is in need of a ‘global superstructure’ in a recent article from the New York Times Magazine.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 (KJV)

We have gotten to used to communicating on Facebook that we no longer see it for the prophetical fulfillment it truly is. As of this writing, Facebook has 1,860,000,000 daily users posting and reading content around the globe, and is growing at a rate of 17% each year. Is short, it is the single greatest communication device ever conceived by mankind, second only to the Internet itself.

In an article titled “Can Facebook Fix It’s Own Worst Bug?” author Farhad Manjoo poses the question, “Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped start. But is the most powerful tool for connection in human history capable of adapting to the world it created?”

Facebook and Oculus Want Your Head and Hands in Virtual Space

Zuckerberg highlighted Facebook’s “safety check” feature which allows users to publicly acknowledge that they’re safe during dangerous events. Zuckerberg later expanded on this, describing a “global superstructure to advance humanity.” Zuckerberg stated, “we’re getting to a point where the biggest opportunities I think in the world … problems like preventing pandemics from spreading or ending terrorism, all these things, they require a level of coordination and connection that I don’t think can only be solved by the current systems that we have.”

The author of the article states, “What’s needed, he argues, is some global superstructure to advance humanity.”

The prophet Daniel states that “knowledge will increase” in the end times, and people will “run to and fro”. In Facebook, nearly one-third of all humanity “visit” with each other every day. Without leaving your computer,  you can virtually travel to and spend time with anyone on your friends list. You can see their photos, watch their videos, and then tap to open Messenger and call them all without ever leaving Facebook. Soon, Virtual Reality devices developed by Facebook will let you interact in 3-D.

And now the person that created the single-largest communication device in human history is calling for a One World Government. Living in the end times is a lot like living in a city with a lot of smog. When I lived in Los Angeles, I could not see the smog no matter how thick it got because I was in the middle of it. But on my way back from the beach, and viewing LA from a distance, I could clearly see the ring of smog choking the city.

And so it is with Bible prophecy. Viewed from a distance you have clarity, but when you live in a time where it’s being fulfilled it is much harder to discern what’s happening. But God’s people know what’s going on.

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (KJV)


Piers Morgan Stirs Controversy for Asking ‘Non-Binary’ Couple If He Could Identify as Black Woman, Elephant

Christian News reports:

Talk show host Piers Morgan is under fire for asking a couple who say they identify neither as male or female if he could identify as a black woman or an elephant.

“Can I be an elephant? Can I literally say I’m now an elephant and do I get afforded elephant rights?” he inquired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning Britain.” “Can I go to London Zoo and demand to be put in an elephant compound because I have decided I’m an elephant?”

During the conversation with the couple who go by the names “Fox and Owl,” Fox explained that she was born a female, but later decided to present herself as male, and now doesn’t want to self-identify as either sex. She said that while her “gender expression” is male, her “gender identity” is non-binary.

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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 22

  • Trump Arrives in Israel, May Show His Cards on the Peace Process (Read More)
  • Taxes, Budget Are Focus for White House Despite Probes (Read More)
  • Paul Manafort’s Lucrative Ukraine Years Are Central to the Russia Probe (Read More)
  • Ford set to fire CEO Mark Fields as shares founder (Read More)
  • Producers Set to Extend Cuts as Rally Stalls: OPEC Reality Check (Read More)
  • Times Square Driver Says He Tried to Get Mental Help (Read More)
  • America’s Cities Are Running Out of Room (Read More)
  • Here’s Why the Fed Will Stay Central to Markets (Read More)
  • Commodity Traders Have a Really Big Problem (Read More)
  • The Quants Run Wall Street Now (Read More)
  • Huntsman, Clariant Agree to Merge, Creating $14 Billion Chemicals Giant  (Read More)
  • EU Discusses Brexit Position as U.K. Threatens to Quit Talks (Read More)
  • British PM May’s election lead halves after ‘dementia tax’: surveys (Read More)
  • Solar-Energy Giant Manipulated Sales Data, Say Former Managers (Read More)
  • Trump to Propose Deep Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs and Medicaid (Read More)
  • Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles (Read More)
  • Seth Klarman Scores Preakness Win (Read More)
  • Bomb Injures Dozens at Bangkok Army Hospital on Coup Anniversary (Read More)
  • Why Millennials Are (Partly) to Blame for the Housing Shortage (Read More)
  • Ghost of the 1997 Crisis Stalks Hong Kong’s Economy (Read More)
  • China Seeks More Private Money for Its Massive State-Owned Energy Companies (Read More)
  • Move Over Tesla, Europe’s Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories (Read More)
  • Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned international cyber raids (Read More)
  • Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug (Read More)

Top Headlines – 5/22/2017

Jerusalem jubilee festivities begin

Netanyahu celebrates 50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem: ‘We did not conquer – we liberated’

Western Wall will always be Israeli, PM says ahead of Trump visit

Netanyahu cancels party leaders meeting after discovering not all of them will attend Trump’s welcome ceremony

Netanyahu orders reluctant Israeli ministers to greet Trump at airport

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll talk security and peace with Trump’

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of ‘ultimate deal’

Pollard to Netanyahu: Don’t forget me in talks with Trump

Ex-Arab League chief: Only settlement freeze can thaw ties with Israel

Ministers okay economic package for Palestinians ahead of Trump visit

Goodwill gestures to Palestinians came at Trump’s request, says PMO

Israelis worry Trump’s changing stands look more and more like Obama’s

A weakened president on an impossible mission

Egyptian president: Trump ‘capable of the impossible’

‘How can it hurt?’ Why Israel says it’s not worried by Trump’s huge Saudi arms deal

Ignoring Israel, Trump misses chance to push for peace where it counts

Israel, barely mentioned by Trump, can only hope his focus on tackling terror yields results

Gaza-Hamas rejects Trump’s description of the group as a terror organization, says it shows his ‘complete bias’ towards Israel

US, Gulf States, sign deal to end financing for terror

Contradictions add up during Trump’s Saudi visit

Trump says fight against terrorism is not a battle between different faiths, but between ‘good and evil.’

Trump Softens Tone on Islam but Calls for Purge of ‘Foot Soldiers of Evil’

Trump says US seeks ‘coalition of nations’ in Middle East with aim of ‘stamping out extremism’

Trump visits new Saudi terrorism-monitoring center

Gen. Keane: Trump Creating ‘Framework of an Arab NATO’ to Combat Terror

Donald Trump should worry about another 9/11 rather than making claims about Iran, says Tehran

Saudi king says Iran at forefront of global terrorism

Trump says Syria’s Assad has committed ‘unspeakable crimes’ with Iran’s support

Suicide attack in Syria’s insurgent stronghold kills 5

Erdogan extends Turkey’s state of emergency

Erdogan Says He Will Extend His Sweeping Rule Over Turkey

Taliban attacks kill at least 25 Afghan police

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ new ballistic missile test

North Korea missile passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuclear programme

Tillerson calls North Korea nuclear testing ‘disappointing, disturbing’

The cyber warfare cell that worries the West – North Korea’s Unit 180

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Sen. McCain Softens ‘Watergate’ Statement on Trump Administration Turmoil

Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount

Notre Dame graduates walk out on Pence as he touts free speech

Facebook will not delete videos of violent death, abortion and self-harm, leaked guidelines show

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump

Dollar hovers near 6-month lows amid U.S. political uncertainty

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sixth year anniversary of deadly Joplin, Missouri tornado

Record-breaking heat poised to bake the West Coast

Ebola Virus in DR Congo: CDC Not Ready to Issue Travel Advisory

Cholera outbreak spreading at ‘unprecedented’ speed kills 315 in Yemen

Texas revives transgender ‘bathroom bill’ for public schools

Here We Go Again! – Trump becomes first president to pray at Western Wall

Selling the Apocalypse – The Second Coming Of Televangelist Jim Bakker

Morris Cerullo Previews Legacy International Center to Area Pastors

Word of Faith Fellowship leader tries to get case moved out of Rutherford County

HB Charles Will Be First Black SBC Pastors’ Conference President in 172 Years

Boy Scouts, church leaders accused of covering up admitted rapist for decades

A Secular Biography of George Washington – Washington was not an outspoken devout Christian but wasn’t a secular stoic either. 

Churches, Synagogues Openly Defy Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

Pro-Life Doctor Purchased an Abortion Clinic and Kicked Out the Abortion Doctor

Students Demand Apology Over Superintendent’s Christian Speech, Prayer at Graduation

Houston Area Pastor and Family Attacked, Beaten. Home Invader Shot & Killed by Son in Law

Australian Christian Group ‘Threatened, Harassed’ by Homosexual Activists

Christian Pastor’s Home, Church Burned Down in Southern India

North Korea now ready to ‘Mass Produce’ War-Ready Nukes which can strike US targets

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

North Korea boasts it’s now ready to deploy and start mass-producing new medium-range nuclear missiles capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases.  The…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Distant Star In Space Begins Flashing Again Leaving Scientists Baffled

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:52 AM PDT

A Distant star has begun exhibiting the same strange behavior which led astronomers to suggest an “alien megastructure” is orbiting it.  Tabby’s Star first attracted…

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Trump: ‘We love Israel, we respect Israel, we are with you’

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:41 AM PDT

Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, marking the beginning of President Donald Trump’s first state visit to Israel.  The president…

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Is the American Church Vulnerable to Fake Revival?

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:37 AM PDT

(By Eddie Hyatt) There have been great revivals without great preaching. There have been great revivals without great singing. But there has never been a…

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800 Churches and Synagogues Defy Immigration Crackdown…

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:33 AM PDT

There is a peaceful rebellion growing against federal immigration law and the interpretation of that law by the Trump administration. More than 800 houses of…

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‘World’s first Robocop’ hits the streets…

Posted: 22 May 2017 05:30 AM PDT

The “world’s first operational Robocop” has been unveiled in Dubai as part of the emirate’s planned robot police force. Robocop started work on Sunday and…

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Exotic Animals Could Go Extinct Within Months.

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:41 PM PDT

Some of the world’s most exotic animals could be extinct within months, conservationists have warned, with future generations growing up in a world without many…

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Christian Pastor’s Home, Church Burned Down in Southern India

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:31 PM PDT

Hindu nationalists in southern India burned down a church and the home of its pastor after some high “caste” Hindus converted to Christianity and joined…

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The Tens Of Millions Of Forgotten Americans That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:23 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The evidence that the middle class in America is dying continues to mount.  As you will see below, nearly half the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

New Evidence Reveals ISIS Performed ‘Nazi-style’ Experiments

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:19 PM PDT

ISIS has tested deadly poisons on prisoners in Nazi-style experiments in a bid to develop chemical weapons which could be used to contaminate Britain’s food…

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Comey now believes that Trump tried to influence his judgment about the Russia probe

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:11 PM PDT

Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with…

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Next Stop For Trump Is Israel, In Pursuit Of ‘ULTIMATE DEAL’

Posted: 21 May 2017 05:00 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the “ultimate deal.” But he will step foot in Israel…

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BREAKING NEWS: Kim Jong-Un Approves Deployment of New Missile for Action

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:54 PM PDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has approved the deployment of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile for combat use as the country succeeded in test-firing it,…

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Chris Pratt Just Took a Very Public Stand for the Bible

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:49 PM PDT

A superstar on and off the big screen known for freely sharing his love for Jesus Christ, Chris Pratt took a very public stand for…

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ALERT: Palestinian Factions Call For ‘Day Of Rage’ During Trump Visit

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:36 PM PDT

Palestinian factions in the West Bank are calling for “A Day of Rage” to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s visit to Bethlehem on Tuesday,…

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Scientists Report Largest Wave Ever Recorded in the Southern Ocean – Higher Waves Could Follow

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:26 PM PDT

A giant wave south of New Zealand earlier this weekend was the biggest ever recorded by a buoy in the Southern Hemisphere – and scientists…

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DEVELOPING: Ongoing Earthquake swarm continues shaking near Bremerton

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:20 PM PDT

Scientists say hundreds of tiny earthquakes have rumbled through the Bremerton area since the start of May— most too weak for humans to feel.  How…

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Twitter co-founder apologizes for helping elect Trump

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:07 PM PDT

The co-founder of Twitter apologized Saturday for the social media platform’s role in Donald Trump’s rise to the White House.  In an interview with the…

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HOUSE DIVIDED: New Barna Study Examines Which Christians Fight Online

Posted: 21 May 2017 01:02 PM PDT

Verbal fights on the Internet are common, be it comment sections or social media posts. Do Christians also fight online? Does one denomination argue more…

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Are Trump’s Promises to Israel Foretold in the Bible?

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:31 AM PDT

(By Tzippe Barrow) Donald and Melania Trump’s first stop on their premier international tour benefitted royalty. That’s how it was planned and that’s how it’s being…

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Trump pulled into Saudi Arabia and Iran conflict that could cause World War 3

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:22 AM PDT

Donald Trump has been sucked into the murky, hate-fuelled tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran as the threat of World War Three igniting in the…

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North Korea missile passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuclear program

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:12 AM PDT

The ballistic missile launched by North Korea on May 14 successfully re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, according to analysts, a significant breakthrough for Pyongyang’s missile program.  Defence…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Trump Says Mideast Peace Possible When All 3 Religions Unite

Posted: 21 May 2017 10:06 AM PDT

While the President of the United States, Donald Trump was delivering his speech in Saudi Arabia he emphasized, In order for Mideast Peace to be…

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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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Watching Your Spiritual Diet

According to Bible expositor Dr. John MacArthur, although Christians are supposed to be growing in Christlikeness, many are not. So Dr. MacArthur lays out the ways in which the believer can eat right and grow spiritually. He writes:

Most of us have known people whose bodies have not grown or matured properly. It’s sad to encounter people with cognitive handicaps, brain damage, or other developmental obstacles that have hindered their growth. Many of them remain locked in a child-like state—others tragically don’t progress even that far.

In a similar way, some Christians remain locked in a perpetual state of spiritual infancy. However, unlike those suffering with mental handicaps, Christians struggling with arrested spiritual development have no one to blame but themselves.

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Eliminating Spiritual Toxins

1 Peter 2:1-3

Code: B170522

Consider a person who exercises fastidiously and holds to a strict diet but also abuses alcohol and drugs. That kind of schizophrenic behavior would raise a lot of questions, and rightly so.

The same goes for Christians who carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.

Right now, these sinful toxins could be poisoning your life, eating away at your usefulness, and causing all sorts of decay and destruction. Peter recognized the threat these sins pose to our spiritual health and commanded his readers to “[put] aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Peter 2:1).

The King James translation of 1 Peter 2:1 tells us to “lay aside” all of these negative things. The Greek word used here actually means to “strip off your clothes.” It’s the same thing that is meant in Hebrews 12:1 where we are told to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us.” Peter highlights five specific toxins we should strip out of our lives for the sake of our spiritual health: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander.

Strip out the malice. In biblical times, malice meant “wickedness” or “heathen evil”—the characteristic evil of the world surrounding the young Christian church. Peter doesn’t advise laying aside some malice; he wants all of it gone. Today’s Christians are no different than those in the first century. Many of us like to play at Christianity while dabbling in worldly practices. But there is no place in the Christian’s life for the garbage of the world.

A young man once approached a great Bible teacher and said to him, “Sir, I’d give the world to know the Bible as you do.” The teacher looked him in the eye and said, “And that’s exactly what it will cost you!” If we want to grow and develop as Christians, we need to examine ourselves and identify those worldly remnants and scraps that we are hanging on to.

Strip out the deceit. Peter also instructs us that all deceit (or guile) has to be jettisoned from our lives. Impure motives lie at the root of deceit and this always leads to the conscious deception of others. But deceit never offers any long-term payoff—it’s always exposed eventually.

This is a hard lesson to teach children. I used to tell my own children, “It’s really a lot more expensive to lie, because every time I catch you in a lie you are going to be punished much more severely than if you told me the truth.” I had to prove this on occasion, and it was always a hard lesson for everyone—for me to teach and for them to learn—but it was worth it.

Strip out the hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a natural outgrowth of deceitfulness. Non-Christians always like to point out that the church is full of hypocrites, and unfortunately they are right.

Christians sometimes reply to this charge by rightly observing that the church—where people can hear the gospel and be taught the Bible in the right way—is the best place for hypocrites to be. Nonetheless, as Peter plainly shows us, we can’t be content with that as the status quo. Hypocrisy, once uncovered, needs to be repented of. There is no place for it in the life of a sincere Christian. If the believer glibly excuses his hypocrisy, he is taking advantage of God’s grace and is a bigger hypocrite than ever.

Strip out the envy. Reduced to its basic components, envy is simply self-centeredness. Envy is always the last thing to die, because it only dies when the self dies. But as most Christians know, the self is hard to kill.

How many churches have been wrecked, how many missionary organizations have been riddled with dissension, how many families have been destroyed—all by envy? In his letter, James joins with Peter in warning Christians about the demonic influence of envy:

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. (James 3:14–16)

Strip out the slander. Simply stated, Peter is telling us to quit gossiping. Gossip just might be the most attractive sin for Christians. We may nod vigorously when the preacher warns about it from the pulpit, but on the way home or even while walking to the car we engage in it in any number of ways. We are very clever, of course, to mask it behind words like, “I’m so concerned about Mary” or “Can you fill me in a little so I can pray about it?” Far too much gossip goes on under the guise of prayer and feigned piety.

It is worthwhile to note how all of these five sins are interconnected. Malice (worldliness) inevitably fans the flames of deceit or guile. And deceit and guile lead to hypocrisy, which produces the envy. And the fruit of envy often leads to evil speaking—slanderous gossip.

As deadly as these toxins are, we still gravitate to them. In order to break their hold on our lives, we must develop a taste for what Peter calls the milk of God’s Word. He says, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:2–3). Peter is telling his readers they have tasted God’s grace by taking that first step into salvation. The imperishable seed has sprouted and now they need to feed the new life they have within. For the new Christian especially, God’s Word is like milk. Milk is crucial to the growth of any baby and God’s Word is crucial to the growth of the new Christian.

Paul had the same idea when he wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica and said, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7, NKJV). Paul passed on the same idea to Timothy, encouraging him to stand fast in the face of apostasy. He reminded Timothy that, if he is faithful in instructing the brethren in the truth of God’s Word, “You will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed” (1 Timothy 4:6, NKJV).

As important as milk is, however, the human body needs other foods to gain all its proper nutrition. While some Christians are doing pretty well with laying off spiritual junk food, they are perhaps too content with a weekly bottle fed to them by their preacher. They are failing to get into the Word of God for themselves where they can chew on more solid food.

True spiritual nourishment for the believer is God’s Word. However, as Paul told the Corinthians, there is more to God’s Word than just milk (see 1 Corinthians 3:1–2). The milk provides a good start for our spiritual growth but we must also desire meat, the rich spiritual truths that God wants us to have if we are to truly change and become what He wants us to be.

(Adapted from Why Believe the Bible.)

 


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Bible Q&A: Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven?

Question: Pastor Smith made a statement that “God only forgives the sins that we confess.” My question is in regard to the inference that the sins we do not confess are unforgiven. The problem I see is that we are all in trouble because no one can remember all of their sins to confess.

Answer: This really is a good question! And the original quote is from Dr. Alan Redpath: “God has not promised to forgive one sin that you are not willing to forsake.” And you’re absolutely correct: If we had to confess every single sin in order to be forgiven, that would be an unbearable burden!

The key words in the Redpath quote are “not willing.” The question is not, “Have you really confessed all your sins?” The question is, “Are you holding onto a sin, and refusing to turn from it?” These are two very different things.

The first is an issue of remembering all your sins; the second is the issue of a willful refusal to turn from sin. Pastor Colin (and Redpath) was, in fact, saying that God has not promised to forgive our willful refusal to turn from sin.

This is an important distinction because our forgiveness does not depend in any way on our performance in the Christian life. Our forgiveness depends entirely on the finished work of Christ in his perfect life and atoning death on the cross. The question that is being raised here with the Redpath quote is, “Do you have an authentic Christian life? Is the Spirit of God at work in your life?” The authentic Christian willingly turns from sin.

I pray that this explanation would be clarifying and helpful, leading you to find rest in the finished work of Christ.

Pastor Tim

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Assurance

John Calvin’s emphasis was upon certainty. He abhorred the way in which Romanism kept people wondering whether or not they were saved. In his Defense of the Reformed faith, p. 256; Eerdmans, Grand Rapids (1958), he wrote:

Thus nothing is left but constant disquietude, and slow torture, and perplexing doubts, which will wear out the soul not less effectively than open murder.

In speaking of Roman confession, he also said,

The Apostles did not discharge their office of binding and loosing by hearing Confessions, but by preaching the gospel . . . And the reason why they strongly urge Confession is, because they wish to make the world obsequious to them, and to hold it in subjection . . . yet to color Confession, and hold it forth as a thing necessary to salvation, is neither expedient nor lawful. Conscience cannot be squeezed by the chains of such laws, without being strangled. (Ibid., p. 257, 258).

He was concerned about poor, wretched people, deluded by the traditions of men, who were enslaved to a system purporting to be Christian, but in reality, anything but.

There is salvation neither in works of penitence, nor in any other ceremony or human action. Salvation—with the assurance it brings—is in Christ alone. It is because by His death and resurrection He satisfied God once for all, that those who believe can have assurance of salvation. In what are you trusting—that which brings certainty or that which brings confusion and terror?

Source: Assurance