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June 8, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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If all of Washington will tune in Thursday as fired FBI Director James Comey testifies about the tense and politically fraught series of conversations he had with Donald Trump, perhaps no one will watch more closely, or with more at stake, than Trump himself.

Polls are open and voting is underway in a U.K. election dominated by Brexit, austerity and in the closing phases, security.

Angela Merkel is taking her campaign to buttress the global order against the disruptive presidency of Donald Trump to Latin America.

Perpetrators of the twin attacks in Tehran were recruited inside Iran by Islamic State and fought in both Iraq and Syria, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said on Thursday.

The United Arab Emirates banned all international flights serving Doha from flying through its airspace in an effort to deepen Qatar’s isolation, the latest in a series of unprecedented measures by the Saudi-led alliance that risk squeezing the country’s economy and finances.

Japan’s ruling party urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to consider building missile shelters and carrying out more evacuation drills in response to the growing threat from North Korea.

North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles early Thursday that appeared to be designed to attack ships, the latest provocation by Kim Jong Un’s isolated regime.

U.S. tax revenue is running as much as $70 billion behind estimates more than halfway through the fiscal year, leaving the government with less cash than planned and adding to pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

The U.S. labor market remains a bright spot in the economy as fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, with hiring managers decrying a scarcity of available workers. Jobless Claims (Week Ended June 3) decreased by 10k to 245k (forecast was 240k).

U.S. markets are at their highest risk levels since before the 2008 financial crisis because investors are paying a high price for the chances they’re taking, according to Bill Gross, manager of the $2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund.

Billionaire investor Paul Singer said “distorted” monetary and regulatory policies have increased risks for investors almost a decade after the financial crisis. “What we have today is a global financial system that’s just about as leveraged — and in many cases more leveraged — than before 2008, and I don’t think the financial system is more sound.”

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In a head-spinning shift that could affect the war on ISIS, President Trump on Wednesday accused Qatar of funding extremism and mused that the oil-rich U.S. ally’s growing diplomatic isolation might mark “the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism.”

Myanmar’s military said Thursday it has found the wreckage of a plane in the Andaman Sea that went missing with around 120 people on board, along with several bodies.

In one of his first international speaking engagements since leaving office, former President Barack Obama laid out his defense of his administration’s goals, including reforming immigration policy, ending extreme poverty and curbing carbon emissions through the Paris climate agreement. Obama is said to charge a speaking fee of $400,000 for such appearances, according to the Toronto Star.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, using his speech to sell the crowd of religious leaders and devotees on the spiritual bona fides of the new administration. Pence emphasized the need for religious freedom, both domestically and globally, and said the U.S. is dedicated to ensuring liberty for all faiths.

Major international finance institutions in Hong Kong made a landmark intervention Wednesday in the case of a gay couple struggling to get their rights recognized by the city’s courts. The 12 businesses — including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse — say they want to submit evidence to a hearing at the Court of Appeal next week in the case of a British woman refused a spousal visa because she is in a same-sex partnership.

Islamic State built prison cells inside an ordinary villa in Mosul as part of the group’s tactic of boosting the safety of its jails and security centers by concealing them among regular houses.

The Syrian government’s allies will strike at American positions inside Syria if it crosses any “red lines,” Hezbollah warned on Wednesday.

Lowe’s says it’s laying off approximately 125 information technology workers, the third round of job cuts this year. Some of the jobs will be relocated to Bangalore, India.

BBC

A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow “safe spaces” for young Muslims to discuss “inflammatory” issues has sparked a row. The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) said such forums enabled young people’s opinions to be “respectfully and intelligently debated and challenged”. But State Premier Daniel Andrews said he was “very troubled” by the idea of a space where people “could be radical”.

The UN has received reports that 231 Iraqi civilians have been killed by so-called Islamic State while attempting to flee Mosul over the past two weeks.

The Malaysian government has removed a category on “preventing” homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists.

Farc rebels in Colombia say they have handed over 30% of their arms to United Nations (UN) monitors, under the terms of last year’s peace agreement.

The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says.

WND

A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of deportation, activists and immigrants say.


The Briefing 06-08-17

Big news day: Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee & Britain to vote in snap election

Religious test for office? Sen. Sanders vehemently opposes nominee’s defense of biblical Christianity

New legislation in Ontario gives state power to seize children from parents who oppose LGBTQ agenda

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Top News – 6/8/2017

Stunning! Senate OKs U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem resolution 90-to-0
The U.S. Senate, in an extremely rare moment of action without any opposition, has adopted a resolution calling on President Trump to abide by a 1995 law that calls for the U.S. Embassy to be in Jerusalem. The vote actually was 90-0….

Is New Scientific Trial to Revive the Dead a Threat to God’s Final Resurrection of Believers?
“If they are able to revive a person from total brain death, it will be considered techiyat hamaytim (resurrection of the dead),” said Rabbi Halperin. “Torah law puts limits on man, forbidding him from some areas which are strictly divine. Reviving the dead is one of them.”“Not only does this effort by scientists go against this principle of faith, but we know that true resurrection can only happen by Divine will.

“Streaked, Speckled, Spotted”, First Jacob’s Lambs in 2,000 Years Born in Native Land
After a journey as dramatic as anything in the Bible, the first Jacob’s Sheep born in the land of Israel in over two millennia made their auspicious appearance last month in the Jordan Valley. One Torah Codes expert found an amazingly precise and detailed description of the flock’s arrival and the role it will play in bringing the Third Temple.

Philippines says Islamist fighters on back foot in besieged city
The Islamist militants holed up in the southern Philippines town of Marawi have been reduced to a “small resistance” after troops crippled their logistics and some fighters have fled from the battle, military officials said on Thursday. “In a few more days it could be over,”

Britons vote in election seen strengthening May’s Brexit hand
Britons began voting on Thursday in a snap election predicted to give Prime Minister Theresa May a larger parliamentary majority, which she hopes will strengthen her hand in looming divorce talks with the European Union. A final survey backed other opinion polls in the last 24 hours, suggesting that the Conservatives had widened their lead following a tricky campaign in which their support appeared at times to be ebbing away.

Trump effect rocking the Middle East
Even before the US president set foot in Saudi Arabia, different countries in the region were required to pay ‘earnest money’ to be able to join the Sunni bloc against Iran and ISIS. One of the demands was that all Sunni Arab states—particularly Qatar—would wash their hands off Hamas.

PA official: Settlement building not a barrier for resuming peace talks
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will forgo demands on stopping Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank in order to resume peace talks under the Trump administration, according to Bloomberg on Thursday. Mohammad Mustafa, Abbas’s senior economic adviser and former deputy prime minister, explained in an interview conducted Monday that: “We think it’s better for all of us right now to focus on giving this new administration a chance to deliver.”

US Senate proceeds with Iran sanctions bill hours after attack
The Senate voted on Wednesday to proceed with a bill that would sanction Iran over its ballistic missile activity, its human rights record and its funding of terrorist organizations across the Middle East, just hours after the Iranian capital suffered a significant terrorist attack. The timing of Wednesday’s vote – a procedural hurdle before the Senate votes on the bill itself, likely on Thursday – caused several Democratic senators to feel compelled to vote against the measure.

Netanyahu, Haley discuss UNIFIL mandate vs Hezbollah
Anticipating the possibility of another war in Lebanon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday with Nikki Haley, Washington’s ambassador to the UN, about a possible Security Council resolution calling for the removal of Hezbollah forces from southern Lebanon…According to senior government officials, Netanyahu and Haley…spoke about strengthening the mandate of UNIFIL…to make it more effective in enforcing Security Council Resolution 1701…

Al-Shabab fighters storm military base in Somalia
Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has carried out a major assault on a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Its fighters killed 61 government troops and seized 16 vehicles in the dawn raid, the group said. A Puntland government minister has denied the high death toll, but did not give separate casualty figures.

General election 2017: Voters to go to the polls
Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. Polls opened at 07:00 BST on Thursday, with counting starting once voting ends at 22:00 BST. A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 46.9 million people registered to vote.

Iran FM Zarif slams ‘repugnant’ Trump statement on Tehran attacks
Iran’s foreign minister has denounced as “repugnant” a White House statement on Wednesday’s terror attack in Tehran that said Iran was a “terror sponsor”. President Trump had said he was praying for the victims, but added that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote”. But Javad Zarif said Iran “rejected such claims of friendship” and claimed the attackers from so-called Islamic State had been “backed by US clients”.

North Korea fires suspected land-to-ship missiles as South Korea delays THAAD
North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday…a day after the South postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter a North Korean attack. The launches…come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state.

Trump picks white-collar crime lawyer to replace Comey at FBI
President Donald Trump on Wednesday ended a fraught month-long search for an FBI chief after firing James Comey by selecting Christopher Wray, who has prosecuted and defended white-collar crime cases…Wray, who must be confirmed to the post by the Senate, and Comey served together in the Justice Department under former President George Bush, and both worked on the government’s case in the Enron Corp fraud scandal in the early to mid-2000s.

Iran Burning: Isis Claims Responsibility For Massive Iranian Attacks That Left 12 Dead
Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacks on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine on Wednesday, the group’s state news agency AMAQ said.

Confirmed: Comey Planted Inside FBI as Clinton Fixer
FBI Director James Comey is a Clinton-fixer with a long history of running interference within the Department of Justice to make sure the Clintons are never prosecuted – a loyalty that the Clintons have repaid in corporate board appointments that have earned Comey millions of dollars.

Swedish Govt. Orders Clinic to End Treatment For Rape Victims in Favor of Treating Migrants
The Swedish government has announced that a clinic in Stockholm will no longer treat female rape victims and the money will be spent on treating ‘traumatized’ Muslim migrants instead. After 10 years of helping rape victims, the Stockholm Crisis and Trauma Center “will now only devote itself to patients with war and torture trauma,”reports SVT.

The Attack on Wonder Woman
Lebanon bans “The Israeli Soldier Film.”

Netanyahu: Israel Will Keep Control Over Golan Heights
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed to stay in control of the Golan Heights region, CGTN is reporting.   “Golan Heights will always remain under Israeli sovereignty. We will never leave the Golan Heights. It is ours,” Netanyahu said during a youth conference to note the 15th anniversary of the Six Day War in 1967, CGTN reports.

Public School Opens Up Rooms For Muslim Prayer- Atheist Group Says It’s “REASONABLE”
This is happening right here on American soil folks. A New York state public school has provided two vacant rooms so Muslim students can pray during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. This school’s principal, Donald Flynt, along with some other school administrators had invited a local imam to meet with them and learn more about the Muslim religion. Following this meeting Flynt made the call to open up the rooms for Muslim prayer

.An Illinois Town Denied This Muslim Congregation A Mosque. Now It Owes Them $580,000
Four years after a Chicago suburb denied a Muslim group’s request to convert a vacant building into a mosque, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that the city is required pay the congregation $580,000 in a settlement.


Central Banks Now Own Stocks And Bonds Worth Trillions – And They Could Crash The Markets By Selling Them

Have you ever wondered why stocks just seem to keep going up no matter what happens?  For years, financial markets have been behaving in ways that seem to defy any rational explanation, but once you understand the role that central banks have been playing everything begins to make sense.  In the aftermath of the great financial crisis of 2008, global central banks began to buy stocks, bonds and other financial assets in very large quantities and they haven’t stopped since.  In fact, as you will see below, global central banks are on pace to buy 3.6 trillion dollars worth of stocks and bonds this year alone.  At this point, the Swiss National Bank owns more publicly-traded shares of Facebook than Mark Zuckerberg does, and the Bank of Japan is now a top-five owner in 81 different large Japanese firms.  These global central banks are shamelessly pumping up global stock markets, but because they now have such vast holdings they could also cause a devastating global stock market crash simply by starting to sell off their portfolios. (Read More…)


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Bill Gross: “Market Risk Is Highest Since Before The 2008 Crisis”

Speaking at the Bloomberg Invest summit in New York, Bill Gross (of the recently merged Janus Henderson) who may or may not have been talking his bond book, issued a loud warning to traders saying U.S. markets are at their highest risk levels since before the 2008 financial crisis “because investors are paying a high price for the chances they’re taking.” Well, either that, or simply ignoring the possibility of all ETFs having to sell at once.

“Instead of buying low and selling high, you’re buying high and crossing your fingers,” Gross said Wednesday quoted by Bloomberg.

The rest of Gross’ complaint is familiar to long-suffering traders who have to navigate centrally-planned markets for much of the past decade: he said that central bank policies for low-and negative-interest rates are “artificially driving up asset prices while creating little growth in the real economy and punishing individual savers, banks and insurance companies.”

In other news, Gross’s fund has returned 3.1% YTD according to Bloomberg, outperforming 22% of Bloomberg peers (and underperforming 1-X that number). It has posted a total return of 5.4% since Gross took over management in October 2014 after he was ousted from PIMCO, which while modest is better than 90% of macro funds.


Brave New World’s Big Brother – Terry James

Evidence mounts that our own generation is moving swiftly into a new, troubling world, and the tools Huxley’s fictional world utilized seem like child’s toys by comparison with what is in view now. The technologies that have developed truly constitute what could be termed the “big brother” of those technological instrumentalities described in the long-ago novel. More about that in due course. For now, let’s look at the intrusions into everyday life that increase with each passing day.

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‘The Shack’ Book Sales Soar, Tops Best-Seller Lists Despite Controversy

Book sales for The Shack continue soar, boosted by the recently released movie of the same name, with the novel sitting on top of best-seller lists despite the controversy it has generated.

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YouTube Banned Me But Not Hate Imams – Michele Malkin

One of the many maddening takeaways from the London Bridge jihad attack is this: If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone.

But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your video will get banned.

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TBN’s Jan Crouch Found Liable for Cover Up

A California jury has found that the late Jan Crouch, the founder and popular face of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is partly to blame for mishandling an incident when her teenage granddaughter was allegedly molested and raped at a telethon in 2006.

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The Tyranny of Decadence

Society is experiencing the same sort of moral anarchy that occurred when the Weimar Republic ruled Germany and liberal ideas and pleasure seeking became the norm. Dr. Peter Jones is the Executive Director of truthXchange and one of the world’s foremost experts on paganism.  According to Dr. Jones, there has been a pagan transformation of the West, starting with the sexual revolution of the 60’s — and what the change agents have in mind is far worse than any of us can imagine.  He believes the battle for the spiritual health of our children has just begun.

In his latest blog post, Dr. Jones gives us a glimpse of what liberals have in store for the culture; likewise for Christians.  He writes:

In our present world, decadence is replacing decency. For the sake of personal freedom our culture sanctions a sexual revolution that German sociologist, Gabriele Kuby believes “will quite possibly prove to be the most destructive revolution in history.”  She goes on to state that “the extent to which that satanic system will go for [sexual] freedom…is nowhere better seen than in abortions.” Someone has said: “Abortion is the willingness to kill for the sake of the willingness to copulate.”

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MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JUNE 8, 2017

Comey’s Coy Testimony Indicts Himself Not Trump

The former FBI director’s released testimony provides no evidence of obstruction, but plenty to justify his own firing.

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Ramadan 2017 On Track For Breaking Record For Number Of Killings By Islamic Terrorists Around The World

The estimated 832 deaths and 912 injuries from the estimated 60 attacks that have taken place across about 19 countries during the first 12 days of this year’s holy Muslim month of Ramadan have already marked the bloodiest Ramadan in recent years for adherents of Islam.

 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” Qu’ran 8:12 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Muslim month-long-holiday of Ramadan means a lot of things to a lot of people. And for nearly 1,000 people during the first 12 days of the “celebration”, it means death. Why? Because they were killed by Muslims celebrating Ramadan. Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where, instead of “fasting and praying” for 30 days, Muslims simply refrained from killing innocent people? 

Jihadists believe martyrdom is doubly rewarded in paradise during Ramadan. Jihadist groups encourage martyrdom among their sympathizers and followers, promoting the belief that they will be doubly rewarded if they fatally castigate infidels during Ramadan. The holy month this year is on track to surpass the deadliest and bloodiest Ramadan in the modern record: Ramadan 2016.

Ramadan 2016 featured 1,150 casualties — both death and injuries. This year, terrorists – namely the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Taliban, and al-Qaeda, among other jihadists – have already killed or wounded more than 1,500 people across about 15 countries and there are still about 20 days left in the month.

During the first 12 days of Ramadan 2017 period, there have been an estimated 60 terror attacks carried out in the name of Allah (by Islamic extremists) resulting in the death of 832 people and injury of 912.

The death toll for the first few days of Ramadan this year has already surpassed the fatalities that occurred during the entire holy month last year —  421 deaths and 729 injuries. Among the 2016 fatalities are women, children, and members of the Christian minority. This year is no exception.

Ramadan-Bombathon-2017There are members of a wide variety of ethnic and religious groups among the victims: Westerners, Christians, Asians, Sunnis, Shias, and Arabs. Muslims of all sects made up the majority. As recent attacks in England, Germany, and France show, the West is not immune to the Islamic extremists’ call to attack during Ramadan.

This year, the first full day of Ramadan fell on May 27. Muslims follow the tradition of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex, and other physical needs each day, starting from before the break of dawn until sunset during the holy month.

Breitbart News’ count, gleaned from the Religion of Peace website in coordination with news reports, excludes the number of casualties directly linked to battles between U.S.-led coalition troops and jihadists groups, as well as Iranian- and Russian-backed troops loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad.

If all of the deaths from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan had been included, the total number would be much higher. The Religion of Peace website acknowledges their estimate is an undercount, so the number of Ramadan deaths and injuries could be higher.

Some of the terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017 include:

May 27 — Charchino, Afghanistan — Group fighting in favor of imposing Islamic law ambushes checkpoint, kills 11.
May 27 — Qadis, Afghanistan — Taliban kills 14, injures 17.
May 27 — Khost, Afghanistan — Taliban suicide bomber targets U.S-backed National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which includes army and police units, killing 18, woundin six others, including children.
May 27 — Kacha Khuh, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Brother hacks 18-year-old sister with axe to death for denying to abide by pre-arrange marriage.
May 27 — Marawi, Philippines — Jihadists kill 19 including women and a child.
May 28 — Marawi, Philippines — Jihadists murder 8 for “having betrayed their faith.”
May 28 — Ramo Adey, Somalia — Jihadists bury man to his neck, stone to death for adultery
May 28 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS sets hospital ablaze and kills a dozen young people inside.
May 28 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS kills at least 40 women and children trying to flee besieged city.
May 28 — Shirqat, Iraq — ISIS rocket attack kills three children and their parents.
May 28 — Gumsri, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills at least seven villagers.
May 28 — Shakhil Abad, Afghanistan — Islamic extremists kill district governor and his son inside their home.
May 28 — Baqubah, Iraq — Suicide bomber kills 3, injures up to 16 others outside court.
May 29 — Nguro, Nigeria — Boko Haram beheads five people.
May 29 — Ghat, Libya, — Suspected Islamic terrorists kill 1, injure 4.
May 29 — Shirqat, Iraq — Islamic shrapnel dismembers a child, injures 7.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — 17 killed, 32 wounded — ISIS launches suicide attack against ice cream parlor frequented by families who were breaking their Ramadan fast.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — 14 killed, 37 injured. ISIS attacked Shiites.
May 30 — Mattani, Pakistan — Islamist gun down four peace committee members.
May 30 — Peshawar, Pakistan — Suspected jihadist shoots leader of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i-Islami group while he was leaving a mosque.
May 30 — Shifa, Iraq — Mass grave found with 60 ISIS torture victims, including women, elderly.
May 30 — al-Joura, Syria — ISIS mortar kills 14, including children.
May 30 — Bay Hassan, Iraq — ISIS kills 3 Iraqi guards, wounds six others.
May 30 — Baghdad, Iraq — Jihadists kill 7, injure 19 in a blast.
May 30 — Baqubah, Iraq — A bomb explosion at mosque kills 7, wounds 6.
May 30 — Hit, Iraq — Fedayeen suicide bomber kills 8, injures 10.
May 31 — Kaya, Nigeria —Boko Haram kills 14.
May 31 — Fafi, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab burns down school, kills one teacher.
May 31 — Bab el-Beid, Iraq — Suicide bombers kill 3 civilians, including a child.
May 31 — Hit, Iraq — Shahid suicide bomber kills 3, injures 7.
May 31 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS kills 34 for trying to leave the city.
May 31 — Mangai, Kenya — al-Qaeda-linked bombers kill 8.
May 31 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suspected Haqqani Network kills at least 150, Wounds more than 460, including 11 Americans.
May 31 — Sinjar, Iraq — ISIS kills 2, injures 2.
June 01 — Abala, Niger — Jihadists kill 6 guards.
June 01 — Al-Hazm, Yemen — Terrorists kill 6, wound 15.
June 01 — Behsud, Afghanistan — Suicide bomber kills 1, wounds 4.
June 01 — Oldenburg, Germany — Muslim kills one for smoking during Ramadan and refusing to fast.
June 01 — Zanjili, Iraq — ISIS kills 7 for trying to flee caliphate.
June 02 — Kolofota, Cameroon — Islamist use two girls as suicide bombers killing 9 and wounding 30.
June 02 — Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia — Jihadist beheads one man.
June 03 — Marawi, Philippines — Islamic sniper kills 70-year-old man.
June 03 — Halabsah, Iraq — Four suicide bombers kill 1, injure 3
June 03 — London, England — Three Jihadists plow into pedestrians, then stab people, killing 7, injuring 48.
June 03 — Zanjili, Iraq — ISIS kills 43 for trying to flee caliphate.
June 03 — Lower Munda, India — Hizb-ul-Mujahideen kill 2 security troops, injure 4
June 03 — Nawabshah, Pakistan — Alleged victim’s brother-in-law kills two people for alleged adultery.
June 03 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suicide bombers kill 20, injure 87
June 04 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Afghan police insider attack leaves six dead, one injured
June 04 — Spini, PakistanTwo Shiites from Hazara minority group killed.
June 04 — Talibul, Moula, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Father kills 18-year-old daughter for allegedly “having an affair.”
June 04 — Zanjili, Iraq — Wave of suicide bombers kills 32, injures 24.
June 04 — Quaidabad, Pakistan — Jihadis kill 1 barber.
June 05 — Melbourne, Australia — ISIS-linked migrant from Somalia kills man, takes prostitute hostage, an injures 4.
June 05 — Baghdad, Iraq — Terrorist mortar fired into family home dismembers 10-year-old boy, injures 4.
June 06 — Lower Munda, India — Hizb-ul-Mujahideen kill 2 security troops, injure 4
June 06 — Paris, FranceJihadist wounds cop with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
June 06 — Herat, Afghanistan — Terrorist kill 7, injure another 16 near the northern gate of the Great Mosque of Herat.
June 06 — Garissa, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab jihadists kill 4 aid workers with land mine.
June 07 — Mosul, Iraq — Islamic State massacres 160 civilians trying to flee city, according to United Nations.
June 07 — Tehran, Iran — Sunni ISIS gunmen, suicide bombers attack Shiite country’s parliament and shrine to its revolutionary leader, kills 12, wounding up to 42. source


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 08

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Top Headlines – 6/8/2017

Netanyahu, Haley discuss UNIFIL mandate vs Hezbollah

In Jerusalem, Nikki Haley says she has ‘no patience’ for ‘bullies’ like the UN

Israel and US to work to annul UN anti-settlement resolution

Plans for first new settlement in 25 years approved

Construction of new Samaria town to begin right away

Have two ministers annexed Area C of the West Bank?

Netanyahu okayed US draft setting ’67 lines as start for talks – report

Knesset, US Congress celebrate Jerusalem jubilee in joint live broadcast

Nikki Haley says ‘it was a blessing’ to visit Western Wall

Sears pulls ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from site after complaints

Amazon still selling ‘Free Palestine’ clothes

IDF head says Hezbollah remains Israel’s main priority

Palestinian expert: Hamas might end up biggest loser in Qatar dispute

Russian hackers to blame for sparking Qatar crisis, FBI inquiry finds

Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations

UAE says Gulf rivals not seeking Qatar regime change

Top Israeli intel official: Threat of Iran’s Mideast dominance ‘immediate’

Trump urges Gulf unity ‘but not at expense of stopping terror funding’

ISIS Publishes Video Allegedly From Tehran Parliament Attack

Iran symbols of power hit by its ‘first so-called IS’ attack

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Rouhani says Tehran attacks will make Iran more united

Trump to Iran: States backing terror risk ‘falling victim’ themselves

Iran FM says Trump reaction to Tehran terror attacks ‘repugnant’

Trump Has Busy Day in Vortex of Middle East Relations

Islamic State snipers targeting fleeing Mosul civilians

Hezbollah threatens to attack American forces in Syria

Pro-Assad alliance threatens to hit U.S. positions in Syria

Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Battle for Britain’s Soul

UK goes to polls in shadow of terror, with race tighter than expected

Jeremy Corbyn: Radical peril or amiable underdog?

Election campaign exposes faultlines in iron-clad May

French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Crosses the Line With Gruesome Theresa May Cover

Officials ‘sorry’ for ticketing cars in London terror zone

Anti-Muslim crimes spike in London after attack – mayor

ISIS Says Manchester Attack a Preview of Their ‘Rekindled’ Post-Caliphate Terror Ops

Terror Attacks In Britain Come As Summer Travel Season Kicks Off – TSA May Extend Ban On Laptops To Domestic Fligh

Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Kiev

Panic, Chaos Erupt Over Emotionally Disturbed Woman on B Train Near Central Park

DC Bouncers Learn How to Prevent, Respond to Terrorism

DC bars to open early for Comey hearing watch parties

RNC to lead ‘war room’ to defend White House

In dramatic testimony, Comey to say Trump demanded ‘loyalty’

Lewandowski: Trump asked Comey for ‘loyalty to the country,’ not him

Trump feels ‘totally vindicated’ by Comey testimony

Dershowitz: Comey’s statement fails to deliver the smoking gun Democrats craved

‘If This is Watergate, What’s the Crime?’

James Comey’s credibility problem

The ‘Independent’ Mr. Comey – His prepared testimony shows why he deserved to be fired.

Top Intel Community Officials Deny That Trump Pressured Them On Russia Probe

White House lawyers face a Clinton-era legal trap in Russia probe

2 House Democrats launch longshot bid to impeach Trump

Top Dems reject impeachment push

Long shot: Considering market reaction to a ‘President’ Pence

Violence engulfs Venezuelan capital, teenage protester dies

Puerto Rico goes to the polls for statehood

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy leaves US island facing hard times

98% Of Greeks Consider Their Economic Situation As “Bad”, Survey Says

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts

Trump backs permanent snooping powers for intelligence agencies

Autonomous cars (no human backup) may hit the road next year

South Korea suspends deployment of American missile defense system

North Korea launches multiple surface-to-ship missiles, South Korean military says

Head of U.S. missile defense says North Korea missile advances a ‘great concern’

Fukushima Remains “A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare”, In Pictures

China prepares for manned moon landing

SpaceX will launch secretive X-37B spaceplane’s next mission

Scientists defy Einstein’s prediction and use relativity to measure a star’s mass

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Reykjanes Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 28,000ft

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

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 11,000ft

Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 10,000ft

One dead, two missing as Taiwan battles floods

Lake Erie inches away from hitting record-high water level

California’s endless winter: 8 feet of snow still on the ground in June

Pollution ‘devastating’ China’s vital ecosystem, research shows

Paris pollution victim sues France for bad air

Hawaii ignores Trump, is first state to pass law committing to Paris Climate Accord

Growing evidence points to solar activity over carbon dioxide as climate change culprit

Doctors blame ‘selfies’ for jump in head lice cases

Feds drop bombshell: Up to 100 girls may have had their genitals cut in Michigan

The emergence of the ‘pornosexual’: internet users who shun sex with real people

Why house prices in gay neighborhoods are soaring

School nurses get training for gender talks with students

Court rules against gay man who sued Catholic church for firing him

Church says riot in Indonesia sparked by military burning bibles

Mike Ratliff: The mature in Christ have a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of God

Word of Faith Fellowship: MISTRIAL – Jury Foreman Charged with Misconduct!

Jim Bakker: Christians Should Study Trump Prophecies to Rightly Divide Word of God

False Teacher of the Day: Lisa Bevere

Leaving the NAR Church: Alicia’s story

‘Our Bible’ app aims to support LGBTQ Christians who feel excluded

Texas Governor Signs Abortion Dismemberment Ban Into Law

Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross : Abortions common among young female athletes

‘Mother of all storms’ fuels Western Cape’s largest and most destructive fire in recent memory

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:56 AM PDT

The worst winter storm to hit South Africa’s drought-stricken province of Western Cape fueled a massive wildfire near the city of Knysna (population 77 000)….

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Hawaii ignores Trump and becomes first state to pass law committing to Paris Climate Accord

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:44 AM PDT

The governor of Hawaii on Tuesday signed a bill that aligns the state’s carbon emissions with the Paris climate accord. Gov. David Ige signed the…

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Releases Statement Recognizing ‘LGBTI Pride Month’

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:40 AM PDT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement on Wednesday recognizing “LGBT Pride Month,” an act that some have noted President Donald Trump has…

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VP Mike Pence Says Genocide of Christians in Middle East ‘Must’ and ‘Will End,’

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:37 AM PDT

The persecution of Christians in the Middle East carried out by the Islamic State is a “genocide” the depletion of Christianity from its ancient homeland…

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Christian Couple Charged With Murder After They Prayed Instead of Taking Twin Daughter to Doctor

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:18 AM PDT

A young Christian couple who are members of the controversial Followers of Christ Church in Oregon have been charged with murder after one of their…

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Many Claim Wonder Woman Being Portrayed as Jesus

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:12 AM PDT

After 75 years in the making, “Wonder Woman” hit theaters last weekend, soaring at the box office. And although the action-packed film put DC back…

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The Church Must Drain Their Own Swamp of Dirty Money

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:06 AM PDT

(By Bret Farias) Filthy lucre is mentioned several times in the New Testament, especially in regards to ministers. Filthy lucre is dirty money, or money…

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Samsung smartphones listen and watch what you do on web; Monitor your emails…

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 05:49 AM PDT

Samsung phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox. The phones switch onto…

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The Rise of the Humanoid Robots!

Posted: 08 Jun 2017 05:46 AM PDT

Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke. Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could…

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Madrid Bans Man-spreading On Its Public Transport

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 06:29 PM PDT

The city has banned manspreading on its trains and buses. If only every city could take a cue from Madrid when it comes to manspreading….

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Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 06:13 PM PDT

ATTENTION: The following report does not reflect the views, opinions or personal beliefs of End Time Headlines Fossils recovered from an old mine on a desolate mountain…

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Sears announces 72 more stores closing!

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Sears is closing 72 more stores, in addition to the more than 180 closings that had already been announced this year.  The company released a list…

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Hezekiah’s secret weapon for obtaining quick breakthroughs!

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 04:01 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how Hezekiah understood how to touch Heaven and receive a quick breakthrough in the time of…

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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea fires ‘multiple unidentified missiles’

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 03:56 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: According to a developing report coming from RT News, North Korea has reportedly launched several unidentified ground-based projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, according to South…

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Jailed Pastor Issues Dire Warning About the Fate of Christianity

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 03:52 PM PDT

Christianity is “not welcome” in Sudan, according to the lawyer who defended a church leader and an activist abruptly released from jail last month.  Muhanad Nur, who…

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NY Public School Turns Classrooms into Muslim Prayer Rooms

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 03:47 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A New York high school has transformed two vacant rooms into areas where Muslim students can pray during Ramadan. A spokesperson…

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Facebook to spy on people through smartphone camera and analyse emotions of faces

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 03:42 PM PDT

Facebook has been secretly developing creepy technology which spies on people and automatically analyses their facial expressions. The social network applied for a patent to…

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Worst winter storm in 30 years strikes Cape Town, causing at least 8 deaths

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:35 PM PDT

A major winter storm hit South Africa’s province of Western Cape and the Cape Town metropolitan area around 23:00 SAST (21:00 UTC) on Tuesday, June…

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Trump Does Something On Twitter That Sparks Strange Free Speech Battle

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:32 PM PDT

There’s a strange free speech battle raging over President Donald Trump’s tweets, but it actually has nothing to do with his oft-times controversial proclamations.   As…

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Superintendent Punished After Students Demand He Apologize for Praying and Mentioning God During Commencement

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:25 PM PDT

A Missouri school district has decided to punish its superintendent for praying during a recent high school graduation ceremony. Superintendent Kent Medlin of the Willard School…

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Indiana toddler dies from suspected tick bite infection

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:07 PM PDT

An Indiana toddler died on Sunday after she caught a bacterial infection she may have got from a tick bite, her family said.  Kenley Ratliff,…

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Christian convert faces deportation and possible death sentence for conversion

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:03 PM PDT

An Iranian actress who left Islam for Christianity has twice been denied asylum in Sweden and could be sent back to Iran where the penalty…

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Prayers Answered! Mother and Son’s Emotional Reunion After 48 Years

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Kirk Kellerhals was just two years old when he was adopted from an orphanage in Vietnam.  Now 47, the Virginia Beach resident never imagined he…

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Sign of the Times? Facial-Recognition Software Coming to Stores

Posted: 07 Jun 2017 11:52 AM PDT

(By Jim Denison) I still remember my first crime. I was 6 or 7-years-old and was standing with my mother in the grocery store checkout…

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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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Don’t Pursue Feelings. Pursue Christ.

God has created us as emotional people. There is a time to weep and laugh, to mourn and dance, to hate and love (Eccl. 3:1–8). Neither stoicism nor emotionalism are marks of healthy faith. What is needed is robust, biblical theology that informs and transforms our emotions.

Human beings are emotional creatures. We love or hate, feel happy or sad, angry or joyful. And yet Christians sometimes struggle with integrating emotion into their spiritual lives and end up falling victim to dangerous tendencies when it comes to their emotions. These tendencies occupy two ends of a spectrum, and they have led many into a superficial kind of Christianity. We see these tendencies at both the personal level and at the corporate level.

One danger is emotionalism, in which we allow our feelings to interpret our circumstances and form our thoughts about God. This is putting feelings before faith. The other danger is a kind of stoicism, where faith is rooted in theology but void of affection. This tendency removes feelings from faith altogether. While it is true that our emotions should not lead our theology, it is vital to our faith that theology lead to a deep experience of our triune God.

Good doctrine is critically important to the health of the Christian and the church. But the church doesn’t need men and women who can merely define repentance. Rather, the church needs people who hate sin and love righteousness. Memorizing our catechisms is important, but it is useless if it isn’t also producing in us awe, humility, love, and worship. The substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ is not only something to affirm and defend, but it should also be something in which we rejoice. Yes, “zeal without knowledge is dead,” but knowledge without deep affection is just as lifeless.

It should be obvious that Scripture calls us to be a people who feel what we believe, who not only know truth but experience it. There is an order to this. Our feelings and emotions must be governed and guided by truth. We are to fear the Lord, hate evil, love the truth, mourn over sin and injustice, and rejoice in our sufferings. These are not naked commands but precepts given by God in light of who He is and what He has done. We are supposed to feel the weight and the power of the truth revealed in Scripture. Theology should do more than inform us—it should warm and stir our hearts. And if it doesn’t, then we have missed the connection that God’s revelation is designed to make between head and heart.

The key is not to pursue feelings themselves but to pursue the Lord Jesus Christ by looking to Him, knowing His ways, pondering His promises, and obeying His commands. Faith is what gives birth to feeling. The emotional component of the Christian life isn’t always as present as we would like. It often lags behind. As the English Reformer John Bradford said, “Faith must first go before, and then feeling will follow.”

Consider how often we find ourselves afraid when we face the unknown or the dangerous. When we run up against the fragility of life or the potential of loss, anxiety and fear are right beside us, working their way into our hearts. This is precisely when God calls us to “fear not.” yet the hope for relief from fear is not found in ignoring what lies ahead, but in looking to the God whose sovereignty is certain and whose promises are sure. It is when we seek the Lord and ground our faith in Him that our fears are overcome (Ps. 34:4). The trouble itself may not disappear, but the knowledge of God conquers what makes us afraid. His love for us, demonstrated in His adoption of us in Jesus Christ, is just one of the truths that replaces fear with comfort and confidence (Rom. 8:15).

Pain and suffering are not only common to all, but for the Christian, they are to be expected as a consequence of following Jesus. We know the feeling of dread that can accompany severe trials. But the lifting of our heads and the courage of faith is tied to God’s character and promise. We know that He is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18). We can cast all our anxieties on Him because we are assured that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

When we struggle with assurance and long for a confident hope in Jesus, we must learn to trust Him more. The assurance of our salvation is first and foremost based on the mercy and merits of Jesus Christ. We fix our eyes on Him by faith and find in His life, death, and resurrection all the hope necessary to stand before the face of God without the threat of judgment. Christ alone is our surety. This transforms us from a people who despair over our sin into a people who sing the praises of the Savior who has delivered us from our transgressions.

God has created us as emotional people. There is a time to weep and laugh, to mourn and dance, to hate and love (Eccl. 3:1–8). Neither stoicism nor emotionalism are marks of healthy faith. What is needed is robust, biblical theology that informs and transforms our emotions.

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Understanding The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals Video Series (Part 1-4)

The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Part 1

Eric Barger & Take A Stand! Ministries

Published on May 17, 2017

In part one of this new series Eric Barger exposes what is nothing short of a wholesale, end-time abandonment of the Bible – all in the name of “Evangelicalism.”

Carefully detailing the players, methods, and beliefs, Eric explains how this sweeping Postmodern-Emergent redefinition has led to the rejection of the orthodox doctrines that have defined Christianity for the past twenty centuries.


The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Part 2

Eric Barger & Take A Stand! Ministries

Published on May 23, 2017

In part two of our series, Eric Barger defines and expose the “NEW” Evangelicalism and demonstrates that it’s really nothing new.

Learn how this cultic ideology made its way into countless churches and the top seminaries subverting biblical teaching and placing the spotlight on man – instead of God.

Don’t miss this series – especially if you or your church have been effected!


The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Part 3

Eric Barger & Take A Stand! Ministries

Published on May 31, 2017

In part 3 of the current series, Eric Barger reiterates the growing need for discernment among remnant believers today.


The New, Truly Confused Evangelicals – Part 4

Eric Barger & Take A Stand! Ministries

Published on Jun 7, 2017

As the culture around us quickly declines, Christianity has its own set of resident anarchists determined to overthrow biblical truth with a new unholy reformation. The research is disturbing and the conclusions shocking to those uninformed but the fact remains – evangelicalism is in desperate trouble.

This 4th episode in the series is titled “Resisting and Combating” and make no mistake why. We are witness to an ongoing wholesale redefinition of Christianity made to fit the Postmodern paradigm – but these two worlds can never coexist without compromise. Eric asks, “Can there honestly be any such thing as “Postmodern Christianity?” Answer: Not if the Bible is still our guide!

Eric concludes with a list of issues for concerned Bible-believers to watch out for that may indicate the postmodern mindset is at work in their midst.


At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11

“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“I fear the day when technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” -Albert Einstein

Alexander: There WAS Collusion…

ALEXANDER’S COLUMN

The Smoking Gun: There WAS Collusion…

By Mark Alexander · June 7, 2017   Print

“[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own.” —George Washington (1795)

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The Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy is, arguably, one of the most successful “fake news” propaganda campaigns in the history of the Democratic Party‘s decades-long collusion with mainstream media PR outlets.

Indeed, there is no foreseeable end to the Demo/MSM transparent collusion to delegitimize the legitimate election of Donald Trump and to undermine his legislative agenda and that of congressional Republicans, including the restoration of Rule of Law.

The Demo/MSM charade centers on the claim that Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a deal to undermine Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Apparently, we are to believe that Mr. Trump’s agenda in support of Liberty is more aligned with Putin’s socialist ideology than Clinton’s mega-socialist ideology, or that of her hyper-socialist opponent, Bernie Sanders.

Of course, it’s much more likely that, if the Russians endeavored to undermine Clinton’s abysmal campaign specifically, it was because she colluded with the DNC to undermine the campaign of Vladimir Putin’s preferred candidate — the aforementioned Bernie Sanders. If Russian surrogate hackers had a candidate-specific objective, it was to punish Clinton for rigging the Democrat campaign against Sanders. It was certainly not to reward Trump, with whom they had nothing in common politically, and whom they undoubtedly assumed would ultimately be crushed by the Clinton machine in the general election.

While punishing Clinton might have been a factor, there is no question that there was a Russian dezinformatsiya campaign in 2016, but the primary objective was to further erode American citizens’ confidence in our government, regardless of who was elected, by undermining the integrity of our election process. Russians have endeavored to hack away at our republican government since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, but, until the digital age, they had to rely on socialist agitators in the U.S. — like Barack Obama and his long list of mentors.

As for collusion with Russia, while there is absolutely no evidence of collusion between Trump and Putin, there is clear and substantiated evidence of such collusion between Obama, Clinton and Putin.

Let’s review…

Vladimir Putin, a hardened communist KGB aggressor, who said famously that the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century was the disintegration of Russia’s Soviet empire, knew that Obama was a milquetoast president, and an ideological socialist sympathizer at that. Putin is a chess player, while Obama struggled with checkers.

And Clinton, Obama’s understudy, set the tone for relations with Russia as his secretary of state, when, as you recall, she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a giant “reset” button prop with “Peregruzka” stamped on the front. “We worked hard to get the right Russian word,” said Clinton, asking “Do you think we got it?” Lavrov replied, “No,” and informed her that “Peregruzka” didn’t translate as “reset” but “overcharged.”

That faux pas was a fitting metaphor for the Obama/Clinton reset, because they short-circuited our established foreign policy around the globe, but most notably giving rise to the “Russian Spring,” allowing Putin to roll tanks into Ukraine and annex the strategically vital Crimea region.

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And if there was ever conclusive evidence of treasonous election collusion between Obama and Putin, it would be Obama’s 2012 hot mike assurance to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would surrender NATO’s plans for anti-ballistic missile defenses in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria after his re-election. He told Medvedev, “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this — this can be solved, but it’s important for [incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin] to give me space. This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

Medvedev replied, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” He added, “I stand with you.”

Again — “I stand with you.”

As for Clinton, the benefit of collusion with Russia prior to her 2016 campaign was much more personally enriching. Recall how she approved the back-channel sale of 20% of our uranium reserves to Putin’s cronies at Rosatom. Remember how she and her campaign chairman John Podesta lied about that deal until emails hacked from her secret communications server exposed their collusion. Recollect how the Clinton Foundation received $145 million in connection with that deal, and millions more from other Putin oligarchs.

And Podesta certainly profited handsomely, his company receiving millions from a fund established by Putin, while Podesta’s brother Tony was also on the Putin payroll. And all this while Bill Clinton picked up a $500,000 check for a speech in Russia.

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And what howls of protest from Demos and the MSM did we hear about all this authentic collusion? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

So what about Trump and Putin?

This week, all of the MSM shock banner ALERTS are promoting the upcoming congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who Obama and Clinton wanted to fire, but Trump finally fired for plenty of good cause.

This would be the same James Comey who Hillary Clinton recently blamed for her election loss, as trumpeted in thousands of headlines nationwide: “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president. It wasn’t a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey’s letter and Russian WikiLeaks.”

Expect to hear Comey parse his answers to Republican questions, but provide no smoking gun in the Democrats’ quest to ramp up their Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy charade.

On the subject of smoking guns, while there is plenty of evidence establishing a wide range of collusion between Obama, Clinton and Putin, what evidence is there tying Trump to Putin?

Of course, there has not been even a puff of smoke affirming the Demo/MSM alleged Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election — unless by “interfere” Democrats mean that Russian surrogates may have hacked Clinton’s illegal and unsecure email server, where she unlawfully maintained official and classified communications to hide them from the public record in advance of her 2016 election — and then, as Clinton asserted last week, turned those communications over to WikiLeaks for public disclosure. The irony of Clinton’s charges is that her official communications were mandated by law to be public record.

According to leftist Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, nothing, nada, zilch.

Asked in a CNN interview if she had seen any evidence of such collusion, she said, “Well, no — no…” When pressed by the interviewer about her “access from the Intelligence Committee, from the Judiciary Committee, all of the access you have had to very sensitive information, so far you have not seen any evidence of collusion, is that right?” Feinstein replied, “Well, there are all kinds of rumors around, there are newspaper stories, but that’s not necessarily evidence.”

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, reinforced Feinstein’s views regarding the Russian collusion charade: “We have no smoking gun at this point.”

Michael Morell, Barack Obama’s former CIA director, said of the Trump/Putin connection, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”

So the MSM has trumpeted every conversation about anything between any person with whom Donald Trump has any association, and someone connected with Russia.

Allow me to repeat my assessment about the Demo/MSM collusion conspiracy theory: The very real collusion between the Democrats and their MSM propagandists has one objective — to keep the agenda of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans on the ropes.

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JUNE 8 – ANYTHING HE WILLS TO DO

Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

—Deuteronomy 4:39

To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is supreme over all things, that there is no one above Him, that He is absolute Lord over creation. It is to say that His Lordship over creation means that there is nothing out of His control, nothing that God hasn’t foreseen and planned….

God’s sovereignty logically implies His absolute freedom to do all that He wills to do. God’s sovereignty does not mean that He can do anything, but it means He can do anything that He wills to do. The sovereignty of God and the will of God are bound up together. The sovereignty of God does not mean that God can lie, for God does not will to lie. God is truth and therefore God cannot lie, for He wills not to lie. God cannot break a promise, because to break a promise would be to violate His nature, and God does not will to violate His nature.

Therefore it is silly to say that God can do anything. But it is scriptural to say that God can do anything He wills to do. God is absolutely free—no one can compel Him, no one can hinder Him, no one can stop Him. God has freedom to do as He pleases—always, everywhere and forever. AOGII144-145

God in heaven above and on the earth beneath, I willingly give You my life; take it and sovereignly do whatever You will to do with it. Amen [1]


39–40 Based on all the marvelous things the Lord has done for them already, God’s children are exhorted to acknowledge his utter uniqueness and obey his commands with the result that this generation and all future generations will experience God’s abundant blessings. Moses challenges his fellow Israelites to “take to heart” or internalize the fact that Yahweh is the universal sovereign (“in heaven above and on the earth below”) and the only sovereign (“there is no other”). In the light of that theological reality, they should gladly obey his commands. Moses affirms that Israel’s genuine obedience to God’s commands will occasion long tenure in the land (and continued enjoyment of covenantal blessings).

As seen in 4:1 (see comments there), Moses is not simply holding before Israel the hope of long tenure in the Promised Land as a bribe or incentive. Granted, Israel’s obedience or disobedience to God’s covenantal expectations did affect whether they would remain in the Land of Promise. Nevertheless, Yahweh intended that Canaan would serve as a platform for his people to demonstrate his greatness to the surrounding world. God offered them the opportunity to live lives that exalt his greatness before the world around them for the undetermined future.[2]


4:37–39 Juxtaposed with God’s universal sovereignty is his love of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see notes on 1:8; 4:31). loved. A key, and unique, theme of Deuteronomy is the love of God for the patriarchs (here and 10:15), or for his people in general (5:10; 7:9, 12–13; 23:5), and Israel’s reciprocal love for God (6:5; 7:9; 10:12; 11:1, 13, 22; 13:3; 19:9; 30:6, 16, 20). as it is this day. See note on 2:30. know … and lay it to your heart. Deuteronomy is constantly concerned with the state of Israel’s heart (see 6:4–5; 7:17; 8:2, 17; 9:4; 10:16).[3]


4:39–40. In light of such electing grace and such unique revelation the Israelites were to acknowledge that the Lord is God alone (cf. v. 35) and to keep His decrees and commands. Only in doing these two things would the Israelites find prosperity and long life in the land (cf. 5:33; 6:2). The words so that it may go well with you occur eight times in this book, undoubtedly to emphasize this motive for obedience (4:40; 5:16; 6:3, 18; 12:25, 28; 19:13; 22:7). The idea that righteousness lengthens life and sin shortens it is common in the Old Testament (Prov. 3:1–2, 16; 10:27).[4]


4:39 God in heaven … there is no other: Since no other God was Creator, Lord of history, Teacher, and the Lover of His people, Israel had to respond to God alone. This is a major theme of Deuteronomy and of the prophets. The incomparability of Yahweh is also the heart of the basic creed of Israel, the “Shema” (6:4).[5]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Grisanti, M. A. (2012). Deuteronomy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Numbers–Ruth (Revised Edition) (Vol. 2, p. 529). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 339). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Deere, J. S. (1985). Deuteronomy. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 271). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 240). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

June 8, 2017: Verse of the day

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” …

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (22:13, 16)

The first reason for sinners to accept God’s final invitation is because it comes personally from the exalted, majestic, glorious Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord’s threefold identification of Himself repeats the same truth for emphasis. Since the original readers of Revelation spoke Greek, Jesus identifies Himself first as the Alpha and the Omega (cf. 1:8; 21:6). Alpha and Omega are, respectively, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Together with the parallel phrases the first and the last (cf. 1:17) and the beginning (the source of all things) and the end (the goal of all things), it expresses Christ’s infinity, eternity, and boundless life transcending all limitations. This threefold description describes the completeness, timelessness, and sovereign authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This description of Jesus Christ is also a statement of His deity. Obviously, there can be only one Alpha and Omega, first and last, and beginning and end—God. In 1:8 God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” while 21:6 describes Him as “the beginning and the end.” In Isaiah 44:6 God declares, “I am the first and I am the last” (cf. Isa. 41:4; 48:12). That all three titles, which can apply only to God, are used here of Jesus Christ offers convincing testimony to His deity. He is not a created being; He is not merely a great prophet or a great moral teacher; He is not a misguided martyr. He is God the Son, the second Person of the eternal Trinity.

Salvation in Jesus Christ is the theme of Scripture. In the Old Testament the ark in which Noah and his family were saved, the Passover lamb, and the kinsman redeemer are all pictures of Christ. In addition, Christ fulfilled more than 300 Old Testament prophecies at His first coming. He is the focus of the New Testament as well. The gospels record His life and ministry, and the rest of the New Testament expounds their doctrinal and practical implications. To be saved is to be saved by Christ; to be a Christian is to be in Christ; to have forgiveness is to be forgiven by Christ; to have hope is to have hope in Christ; in short, for the Christian “to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).

Christ further identifies Himself in His own words in verse 16. But before doing so He tells John, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you.” Though angels communicated the Apocalypse to John (v. 6; 1:1; 17:1, 7; 21:9), its source was Jesus. The expression “I, Jesus” appears only here in the Bible. It establishes that this final invitation in Scripture is not a human invitation, but a divine call issued personally to sinners by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apocalypse is addressed to the churches (1:11), but though it is written to believers (1:1), they are to proclaim it to the entire world (cf. 22:10).

Then, in an astounding, seemingly paradoxical statement, Jesus declares Himself to be both the root (ancestor) and the descendant of David. That phrase sums up the biblical teaching on Christ’s two natures; only the God-man can be both David’s ancestor and his descendant. In His deity, Christ is David’s root (cf. Mark 12:35–37); in His humanity, He is David’s descendant (2 Sam. 7:12–16; Ps. 132:11–12; Matt. 1:1; Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 2:8).

Finally, Jesus describes Himself as “the bright morning star.” To call someone a star was in biblical times (as it is today) to exalt him (cf. Dan. 12:3). In extrabiblical Jewish writings, the coming Messiah was called a star (Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation, The New International Commentary on the New Testament [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977], 395). Though Balaam was a greedy prophet for hire, God nevertheless used him to make an accurate prediction of the coming Messiah: “A star shall come forth from Jacob, a scepter shall rise from Israel” (Num. 24:17). Peter wrote of the time when “the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19). Jesus promised to give the overcomers at Thyatira the “morning star” (2:28)—that is, Himself. As the morning star heralds the arrival of the day, so Jesus’ coming will herald the end of the darkness of man’s night, and the glorious dawn of His kingdom. Christ is the “Light of the world” (John 8:12) who calls sinners to drink of the water of life. And to those who heed that call He promises, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28); and “The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37).[1]

 

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). Revelation 12–22 (pp. 306–307). Chicago: Moody Press.

June 8 – Being a Doer of the Word

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

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A doer of the Word obeys what Scripture says.

Effective Bible study is built on three key questions: What does the Bible say? What does it mean? How does it apply to my life? Each of those questions is important, but applying the Word must always be the highest goal. Knowledge without application is useless.

Both the Old and New Testaments emphasize the importance of applying Scripture. For example, just prior to leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, Joshua received this message from God: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:8). That’s a command to be a doer of the Word—one who receives, studies, and understands Scripture and then applies it to every aspect of his or her life. That was the key to Joshua’s amazing success.

James 1:22 is a New Testament counterpart to Joshua 1:8 and is directed to every believer: “Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” It’s not enough to hear the Word—you must also do what it says.

The phrase “doer of the word” doesn’t refer to the person who obeys periodically, but the one who habitually and characteristically obeys. It’s one thing to run in a race; it’s something else to be a runner. It’s one thing to teach a class; it’s something else to be a teacher. Runners are known for running; teachers are known for teaching—it’s characteristic of their lives. Similarly, doers of the Word are known for their obedience to Biblical truth.

Never be content to be a hearer of the Word only, but prove yourself a doer in the Christian life. Your claim to love Christ will mean something only if you obey what He says.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Joshua 1:8, and pray regularly that God will make you a faithful doer of the Word.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 1. ✧ What are the benefits of delighting in God’s law? ✧ How does the psalmist characterize those who reject righteousness?[1]


1:22 It is not enough to receive the implanted word; we must obey it. There is no virtue in possessing the Bible or even in reading it as literature. There must be a deep desire to hear God speaking to us and an unquestioning willingness to do whatever He says. We must translate the Bible into action. The word must become flesh in our lives. There should never be a time when we go to the Scriptures without allowing them to change our lives for the better. To profess great love for God’s word or even to pose as a Bible student is a form of self-deception unless our increasing knowledge of the word is producing increasing likeness to the Lord Jesus. To go on gaining an intellectual knowledge of the Bible without obeying it can be a trap instead of a blessing. If we continually learn what we ought to do, but do not do it, we become depressed, frustrated, and callous. “Impression without expression leads to depression.” Also we become more responsible to God. The ideal combination is to read the word and obey it implicitly.[2]


22. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

In the next four verses, we see the following parts:

  • A direct command

The command has a negative and a positive part. “Do not merely listen.… Do what it says.” Here is a more literal translation of the text: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (RSV). The New International Version reverses the order because in actual experience hearing comes before doing. Also, the phrase and so deceive yourselves applies only to hearing. Therefore, the choice to place the words do what it says separately at the end of the verse is commendable, for it shows emphasis.

First, let us look at the term hearers. This expression is closely linked to the word disobedience in the Greek. The writer of Hebrews joins the verb to hear and the noun disobedience in the same breath. “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For … every violation and disobedience received its just punishment” (2:1–2). James also warns his readers to pay attention to the Word of God. If they neglect to hear God’s message, they deceive themselves. They merely listen to the preaching of the gospel and at the conclusion of the worship service walk away as if the Word of God has nothing to say to them.

Next, to all of us James says, “Do what it says.” The Christian faith is always active and stands in sharp contrast to other religions that practice meditation and general inactivity. In one of his epistles, John delineates the Christian’s duty to be active. Says he, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18; also consult Ezek. 33:32).[3]


22 In 1:22–25 James comes to the heart of a major problem among those he addresses (see 2:14–26) and a point eminently relevant to the church of any age. There are, of course, various ways a person can interact with the word of God. Yet here James asserts that listening to the word without actively applying it to life is deficient interaction. Thus he exhorts his readers to become doers of the word, not only hearers. His concern is strikingly similar to Paul’s concern in Romans 2:13: “it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified” (NASB). The point is clear. If one merely listens to the word taught and takes no action to incorporate it into the patterns of life, this does not constitute true receptiveness. God’s word should change behavior, not just stimulate the mind. The concept of doing the word is Semitic and anticipates the discussion of “faith and works” in 2:14–26.

In fact, those who hear the word without acting on it “deceive themselves” (paralogizomenoi [GK 4165] heautous). The word translated “deceive” can carry the meaning “cheat” or “defraud,” but based on the analogy to which we will turn momentarily (1:23–24), deception, or the idea of misleading, clearly is in view. Paul uses this term in Colossians 2:4 of being deceived by persuasive arguments. So the sense of James’s assertion is comparable to one saying, “If you think it is OK to listen to the word without acting on it, you are fooling yourself![4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 172). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2223). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of James and the Epistles of John (Vol. 14, p. 60). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 226–227). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

JUNE 8 – A SPIRITUAL RULE: HOT FURNACE, COOL CHIMNEY

Now we have received…the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:12

In our Christian fellowship two opposite dangers are to be recognized and avoided: they are the cold heart and the hot head!

For downright harmful effects the hot head is often the worst of the two.

The human heart is heretical by nature. Unless well instructed in the Scriptures and fully enlightened by the indwelling Spirit, it may confuse the fervor of the Spirit with the heat of the flesh, and mistake the scintillations of the overheated imagination for the glow of the true Shekinah.

It may be said without qualification that there can never be too much fire if it is the true fire of God, and it can be said as certainly that there cannot be too much cool judgment in religious matters if that judgment is sanctified by the Spirit.

Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely any one is of greater practical usefulness in these critical times than the gift of discernment. This spiritual gift should be highly valued and frankly sought.

Human sweat can add nothing to the work of the Spirit, especially when it is nerve sweat. The hottest fire of God is cool when it touches the redeemed intellect. It makes the heart glow but leaves the judgment completely calm.

Let love burn on with increasing fervor but bring every act to the test of quiet wisdom. Keep the fire in the furnace where it belongs. An overheated chimney will create more excitement but it is likely to burn the house down. Let the rule be: a hot furnace but a cool chimney![1]


2:12 The we of verse 12 refers to the writers of the NT, although it is equally true of all the Bible writers. Since the apostles and prophets had received the Holy Spirit, He was able to share with them the deep truths of God. That is what the apostle means when he says in this verse: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” Apart from the Spirit who is from God, the apostles could never have received the divine truths of which Paul is speaking and which are preserved for us in the NT.[2]

12. Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may know the things freely given to us by God.

  • “Now we have received.” In the previous verse, Paul spoke in generalities that involved man’s spirit. But here he specifies the Corinthians and himself by using the plural personal pronoun we. This pronoun takes the first place in the Greek sentence and so receives emphasis. With this inclusive pronoun, Paul has come to the heart of the paragraph on God’s Spirit versus man’s spirit. He offers the comforting assurance that we have received the Spirit, whom God has given us.
  • “Not the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God.” The negative clause not the spirit of the world has been interpreted in various ways:

it describes the rulers of the world who crucified Jesus (v. 8);

it denotes evil that has established its own rules and objectives (see 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 John 4:4; 5:19);

it is equivalent to the wisdom of this world (1:20);

it is the spirit in man that is worldly.

We say that the spirit of the world is the spirit that makes the world secular. From the time Adam and Eve fell into sin, the spirit of this world has revealed itself in opposition to God’s Spirit: for example, in the lawlessness prior to the flood, in the building of the tower of Babel, and in the false teachers who sought to destroy the church in apostolic days (2 Peter 2; 1 John 4:1–3; Jude 4–19). It is the spirit that rules a person in whom God’s Spirit does not live. It is a power that determines “all the thinking and doing of men, which places itself over against the Spirit who is of God.”

By contrast, as Paul expresses in eloquent Greek, believers have received the Spirit that proceeds from God (see John 15:26; Gal. 4:6). God’s Spirit comes to the believers from a sphere other than this world and conveys knowledge of God, creation, redemption, and restoration. Since Pentecost, God’s Spirit dwells in the hearts of all believers (6:19).

  • “That we may know the things freely given to us by God.” Why does God grant us the gift of his Spirit? The answer is that we may know innately the things that pertain to our salvation. The Spirit teaches us the treasures we have in Christ Jesus, whom God handed over to die on a cross so that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). If God delivered up his Son, he certainly will graciously give us in him all things (Rom. 8:32). Believers appropriate the gift of salvation through the work of the Holy Spirit. They realize through faith that in Christ sin and guilt have been removed from them, that God is reconciled to them, and that the way to heaven has been opened for them.[3]

By Inspiration

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (2:12–13)

The process of the Spirit’s transmission of God’s truth is called inspiration. His truth cannot be discovered by man; it can only be received. In order to be received, something must first be offered. God’s truth can be received because is it freely given. The Spirit who is from God, not the spirit of the world (that is, human wisdom) has brought God’s Word—which comprises the things freely given to us by God. The Bible is the Spirit’s vehicle for bringing God’s revelation.

The we’s and the us of verses 12–13 (as in vv. 6–7, 10) do not refer to Christians in general but to Paul himself. God’s Word is for all believers, but was revealed only to the apostles and the other writers of Scripture. Only those men properly can be said to have been inspired. The promise of John 14:26 (“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit … will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you”) is for the benefit of all believers, but was given only to the apostles. Paul and the other writers of Scripture did not record their own ideas and interpretations. They recorded what God gave them and only what He gave them. We have received … that we might know. The Spirit used words that the human writers knew and used, but He selected them and arranged them in precisely the order that He wanted. The Bible, therefore, not only is God’s Word but God’s words.

It is not simply the “Word behind the words” that is from God, as many liberal and neoorthodox interpreters maintain. “All Scripture is inspired by God [lit., ‘God–breathed’]” (2 Tim. 3:16). Scripture means “writings,” and refers specifically to what God’s chosen men wrote by His revelation and inspiration, not to everything they said and wrote. It refers, as Paul explains, to the things freely given to us by God, to the “God–breathed” words they recorded.

When Jesus responded to Satan’s first temptation in the wilderness, He said (quoting from Deut. 8:3), “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). God gave His own Word in His own words. “Every word that proceeds out the mouth of God” is revealed, inspired, and authoritative. Which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.[4]


12 The amazing thing is that such communication is indeed possible! For when one becomes a believer in Jesus, that person receives the Holy Spirit as a gift (see Ac 2:38; Ro 8:9b, 14–15). This is what Paul now reminds the Corinthians of—that believers have “received … the Spirit who is from God.” This reality enables us to understand the foregoing about how, through the cross and resurrection of Christ, the powers of this age are coming to nothing. Those, however, who have not received God’s Spirit—those who are still caught up in the “spirit of the world”—do not understand this “secret wisdom” (v. 7).

With this message, of course, the apostle is able to address on the deepest level possible those among the Corinthians who loved the sophisticated rhetoric and wisdom of the world. If that is the level on which they desire to operate, says Paul, they will miss out on the full meaning of Jesus Christ, the purpose of his coming into the world, the salvation he has to offer, and the many gifts he has to offer. “What God has freely given” is actually a passive participle of the verb charizomai (GK 5919), with God as the expressed agent (called a “divine passive”; cf. NASB, “the things freely given to us by God”). It denotes in the broadest way possible all communication of teachings and gifts from God to us.[5]


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

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1753). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 88–89). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 62–63). Chicago: Moody Press.

[5] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 279). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.