June 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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North Korea says it has moved closer to test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential of hitting the U.S. mainland.

Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.

Production of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Thaad — the U.S. missile interceptor that’s spawned an international dispute with its deployment in South Korea — was quietly halted for about four months last year because of a quality problem with a part.

Qatar is still waiting for specific demands from the Saudi-led bloc that has severed ties with the tiny Gulf state, and therefore sees no basis yet for a diplomatic solution

Russia and the U.S. are ready to help resolve a diplomatic rift in the Middle East over Qatar’s alleged support for militants and ties to Iran, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

Norway’s Conservative-led government proposed a ban on face covering clothing in all public and private schools and kindergartens.

The rout in U.S. technology shares worsened after spreading to Asia and Europe on concern the group had risen too far too quickly. The pound retreated as an embattled Theresa May fought to survive the fallout from the British general election.

In August, Elon Musk’s SpaceX will carry one of the Pentagon’s premiere yet highly classified platforms into orbit. The X-37B spy craft, an unmanned miniature version of the Space Shuttle, logs missions that are well over a year in length. The most recent X-37B sojourn ended in May after more than 700 days circling the Earth.

A deal among oil-producing countries to curb production and balance an oversupplied market will achieve its objective in the first quarter of next year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, after prices tumbled on news of a build-up in U.S. inventories.

A coalition of financial firms across the U.S. is finally ready to instantly beam your cash to friends, family and businesses. More than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions are unveiling a unified service to customers this week, called Zelle. It will supplant a patchwork of products the biggest banks have offered their customers for years. This time, the service is faster and so broad, that chances are it already has your money.

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An Algerian man who attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral was a loner with a deep interest in Islamic State jihadist propaganda, the Paris prosecutor said Saturday.

American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Muslim militants in a southern city where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, officials said Saturday.

This year’s Pride parades are more than just a symbol of support for the LGBT community: They are centers of opposition to President Donald Trump. The march drew inspiration from the hugely popular Women’s March, organized in protest of Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

The Navy’s newest combat ship was put into active service following a commissioning ceremony Saturday, named after former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was injured during a 2011 shooting.

Ukrainians were on Sunday celebrating the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic “exit” from Moscow’s grip.

Nationwide, drug costs are expected to rise as much as 11 percent this year, after climbing 11 percent last year. Specialty drugs are expected to increase by 18 percent.

Farmers and fishermen displaced by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria want to return home, saying it will help ease chronic food shortages for the remote region’s starving millions.

Someone is about to be $447.8 million richer. The single winning Powerball ticket matching all six numbers was sold in California, and will be the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The odds of winning were one in 292.2 million and pays off over 29 years, or to take home the cash prize of $279.1 million.

Delaware has become the first US state since Donald Trump became president to ensure that abortion will remain legal, even if the US leader appoints judges who will rule against abortion rights.

BBC

A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Aegean coast of western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, with tremors felt in Istanbul and Athens.

A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.

Hundreds of people have been detained at anti-corruption rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg.

US-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the western part of so-called Islamic State’s “capital” of Raqqa, they and a monitor report.

The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization said. A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease have been recorded in 19 out of 22 provinces since 27 April.

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Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

President Trump lauded the opening of the nation’s first new coal mine in recent memory. Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. – outside of Pittsburgh.


The Briefing 06-12-17

Religious liberals back in the political game? The left’s complicated relationship with religion

Amazing new study shows that unborn babies can recognize faces while still in the womb

Military transgender policy, a pregnant “man,” and the experiment in social self-deception

What new science caused Bill Nye to censor an old show where he connected gender to chromosomes?

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Top News – 6/12/2017

Trump’s EPA Chief Backs Approach to Science That Could Upend the Global Warming ‘Consensus’
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reignited a long simmering debate over a method of scientific inquiry that could upset the supposed “consensus” on man-made global warming.

Former CIA Director, James Woolsey ‘Stunned’ Comey Leaked Private Discussions With President to Press
Former CIA Director under Bill Clinton, James Woolsey, is ‘stunned’ that former FBI Directors, James Comey leaked notes of private conversations with the President of the United States to his friend and then the press. The CNN host, Fareed Zakaria, attempted to advocate on Comey’s behalf, suggesting that since Comey was a ‘private citizen’ he had the right to leak his notes. Woolsey was having none of that horseshit and said it was ‘stunning’ that ‘he would give up the secrecy of a conversation with the President of the United States.’

Israel cedes to PA demand, cuts Gaza electricity by 40%
Israel’s security cabinet agreed late Sunday night to cut the electricity it sends to Gaza by 40 percent, now that the Palestinian Authority has said it intends to only pay 60% of it’s monthly bill, Army Radio reported. The 2 million people in the Hamas controlled Strip will now have only two to three hours of power a day, down from four hours of electricity they have lived on since April.

Israel’s quantum leap: NIS 7.5m. to go into secure communication system
Research at Israel’s leading quantum science center, which has won a tender to build a national quantum communications system, is paving the way for massive improvements in computation speed and secure communication. The goal of this project is to develop homegrown Israeli expertise and technology for a national quantum communications system that will prevent eavesdropping, protect data privacy and secure national infrastructure.

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote
Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters…he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island’s political status.

NASA discovers TEN ‘potentially hazardous’ rocks close to Earth
The space agency has been working tirelessly to identify dangers that Earth face from space, and has said that it has found 10 new asteroids of meteors which it believes could harm life on Earth. The discovery was made by NASA’s asteroid detecting mission – Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or NEOWISE…On top of the 10 “potentially hazardous” objects, Nasa says that they have identified 97 other space rocks and seen an unexplained spike in comet activity.

Arrow missile system to be tested in Alaska
Israel will test the Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile defense system from Alaska for the first time in 2018. Alaska Aerospace Corporation CEO Craig Campbell said the test was part a 5-6 year, $80.4 million contract between his company and the US Missile Defense Agency, which was signed last summer. The interceptor will be launched from a testing site in the Kodiak Islands.

Syrian army and allies step up bombing of rebels in Deraa city
The Syrian army and Iran-backed militia forces have escalated attacks against a rebel-held part of the southern city of Deraa, a possible prelude to a large-scale campaign to wrest full control of the city, rebels and residents said on Monday. The intensive raids and bombing strikes mainly pounded the southern part of Deraa, strategically located on the border with Jordan and where the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted six years ago.

U.S.-Backed Afghan Government Funding Taliban Schools, Hospitals
The U.S. taxpayer-backed Afghan government is reportedly funding schools and hospitals operated by the Taliban as the terrorist group attempts to establish itself as a legitimate administration in the large swathes of the country under its control. “They are trying to set up a mini-state – if not the actual state – in Helmand,” Auliya Atrafi, a journalist…who made a film about the deteriorating security conditions there…

Pope Francis Threatens Renegade African Priests, Demanding ‘Total Obedience’
In what is perhaps the most strongly worded address of the Francis pontificate, the Pope blasted a group of Nigerian priests who have rejected the papal appointment of their bishop to the diocese of Ahiara, comparing them to the “murderous tenants” spoken of by Jesus in the gospel…In the letter, he continued, the priests “must clearly manifest total obedience to the Pope,” and “must be willing to accept the Bishop whom the Pope sends and has appointed.”

Al Aqsa Imam: Western Wall Belongs Only to Muslims
In another egregious step towards claiming the whole of Jerusalem for the Muslim world, two Arab leaders said on Friday that the Western Wall, or Kotel, belongs exclusively to the Muslims.

Quake rattles Indonesia’s capital, but no damage apparent
Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the quake was a stronger magnitude-6.3 but had no potential to cause a tsunami.

Comey facing ‘three-pronged legal attack’ after Kasowitz’s detailed investigation
Kasowitz and his legal team are preparing a civil complaint against Comey that charges he violated a number of federal laws involving his private conversations with Trump just before his firing in May. The complaint will likely be filed next week with the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s office and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Poll: Impossible for Israel to reach peace deal with PA
Half of Israeli Jews say there is absolutely no chance for a peace deal with the PA in the foreseeable future.

Report: New details revealed on Israel’s part in ISIS hack, Trump intel leaks
Israel months ago hacked a cell of extremists making bombs in Syria. Intelligence gathered from those Israeli breaches reportedly led to the US revelation that ISIS was working to develop explosive devices that resembled laptop computer batteries and easily evaded airport screening methods. The information on ISIS terror operations was said to have in part prompted the Trump administration’s March travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, and was part of classified intelligence the US president was accused of leaking to Russia last month.

Feinstein: “Congress Should Investigate If Lynch Pressured Comey To Cover For Hillary Clinton”
“I think we need to more about that, and there’s only one way to know about it and that’s to have the Judiciary committee take a look at that.”

Iran Sends 2 Warships To Oman, Flies Food To Qatar
If there was any confusion on which side of the Qatar crisis Iran found itself, it was swept away today after Iran’s Tasnim news, cited by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, reported that Iran plans to send two warships to Oman on Sunday, while sending four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day.

Food Review Website Suggests Patrons Avoid Chick-fil-A Due to ‘Unpalatable Baggage
It’s unlikely there are polls that show how many people make their fast-food dining decisions based on politics, but the restaurant review website Eater recommends customers avoid the popular Chick-Fil-A chain because of its “unpalatable baggage” of Christian values, Twitchy reported Sunday.

‘Greatest challenge the church is facing’ swells worldwide
“Islam is presently the greatest challenge the church is facing, and will continue to be so in the days ahead,” he said. “The problem, of course, is not in Islam’s strength so much as it is in the weakness and apathy of the church. While many Muslims are well trained to reach and evangelize Christians, most Christians are not equipped or even willing to evangelize Muslims. This is a travesty in so many ways.

Comey Covered Up Massive Obama Admin Spying Activities on US Public – Including Citizen Trump
As reported in prior posts — A massive amount of data on 47 hard drives obtained from a government whistle blower was turned over to Freedom Watch recently. The information proves prior President Obama and his government spied on anyone they wanted to.

‘This Is War’: Florida Sheriff Urges Citizens To Arm Themselves In Case Of Attack A Florida sheriff’s office posted a message on social media urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense, and to be prepared to defend themselves in the event of an attack

Catholic Cardinal Declares Mohammed A True Prophet Of G-d
He served as Archbishop of Washington, D.C.(imagine that) from 2001 to 2006, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. In Catholic theology, to be a prophet, to earn that title, one must be divinely inspired. To call Mohammed “The Prophet”, as he does, is to claim that Mohammed is a true prophet, inspired by G-d. This guy couldn’t be more wrong. I strongly suspect he is of the infamous Alinsky wing of the Church.

Atheists demand town remove church welcome signs
A group of perpetually-offended atheists, agnostics and freethinkers are threatening to sue a small Wisconsin town because of two welcome signs. The signs, which were posted some 50 years ago, read, “The Churches of Oconomowoc Welcome You.”


Legendary Investor Jim Rogers Warns That The Worst Stock Market Crash In Your Lifetime Is Coming ‘This Year Or Next’

If Jim Rogers is right, the worst stock market crash that any of us has ever seen is right around the corner.  For the past 15 years, Rogers has been a frequent guest analyst on CNBC, Fox News and elsewhere, and he is immensely respected for the depth of knowledge and experience that he brings to the table.  So the fact that he is warning that we are about to see the worst stock market crash in any of our lifetimes is making a lot of waves in the financial community.  And of course Rogers is far from alone.  Previously, I have written about several other prominent experts that are warning that a new financial crisis is imminent, and I have also discussed how a number of big investors are quietly positioning themselves to make an enormous amount of money when the markets crash.  Could it be possible that all of these incredibly sharp minds could be wrong?  Yes, but I wouldn’t bet on it. (Read More…)


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Goldman: “The Last Time The Market Acted Like This Was At The Tech Bubble Peak”

Yesterday’s dramatic “rotational” divergence between tech stocks and the rest of the market, which as Sentiment Trader pointed out the only time in history when the Dow Jones closed at a new all time high while the Nasdaq dropped 2% was on April 14, 1999, stunned many and prompted Bloomberg to write that “a crack has finally formed in the foundation of the U.S. bull market. Now investors must decide if any structural damage has been done.”

This year’s hottest stocks, companies from Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. to Netflix Inc. and Nvidia Corp., buckled Friday, spurring losses that sent the Nasdaq 100 to its biggest drop relative to the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2008.

An alternative explanation is that the purge in tech stocks, responsible for half the market’s gains in 2017…

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If you’re not familiar with the term, ‘confirmation bias’ suggests that once we’ve invested time and emotional energy into developing a worldview, we’ll then seek information to confirm that view.

After writing about the economy for so many years, I’m now so convinced that we can’t print our way to prosperity that I find myself seeing signs confirming this view everywhere, every single day. So that’s the danger to be aware of when listening to me.  I’m going to keep repeating this mantra and Im going to keep finding data that supports this view.

Based on lots of historical inputs, I have concluded that Printing money out of thin air can engineer lots of things, including asset price bubbles and the redistribution of wealth from the masses to the elites.  But it cannot print up real prosperity.


Sanitized Socialism & Communist Goals

By David Fiorazo

A plot to take down the United States? No way. ‘It could never happen in America’ – right?

Enemies of God have done quite a good job convincing us through the years that there was never an agenda against this country. That’s conspiracy theory material, they say, insisting the cultural, economic, and moral deterioration we see of America has been natural and inevitable. But our culture has been compromised, and that they have purposefully achieved their objectives in part through America’s major institutions. In the last 25 years, radicals and yes, communists, have been emboldened by allies in our government.

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Understanding the Trump Derangement Syndrome

By David Kupelian/WND

First, let’s agree on what is indisputably true: The left frequently compares Trump to Hitler, and I’m not talking about just Facebook rants and anti-Trump protest signs. The Washington Post, as I documented last October in a pre-election article titled “5 Washington Post writers liken Trump to Hitler,” spent 2016 explicitly and continually comparing Donald J. Trump to one of history’s most evil and universally reviled genocidal monsters.

Specifically, five different Post writers, one after the other, cited Trump’s “Hitlerian thinking,” claimed his rise was “uncannily reminiscent” of Hitler’s, evoked “Nazi sympathizers,” called Trump a Hitler-like “megalomaniacal demagogue,” and, of course, pegged him as a dangerous “sociopathic liar” in the tradition of Hitler.

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Dodging the Climate Change Bullet – Todd Strandberg

We may have dodged the climate change bullet, but I don’t think we will have a respite from other similar entanglements. The devil will quickly be back with another ploy. The keep coming faster and faster because we are near to the time when Satan will soon have control of all nations. It is my hope that the Rapture is the only reason why America finally bows to the globalist cabal.

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Corruption and Collusion: Obama, Comey, and the Press

What a sleazy bunch they were! Hiding their corruption behind the color of their skin. Criticized for Fast and Furious in 2011, Holder said: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” What a sleazy bunch.

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Family Research Council Launches Petition for Apology from Bernie Sanders for Religious Attack

During the hearing Sanders didn’t ask Vought about his financial expertise but questioned his belief that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ, a belief expressed in a column he wrote last year.

Sanders quoted the column and this exchange followed:

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McDonald’s touts LGBT ‘rainbow fries’

From Friday through Sunday, McDonald’s restaurants in Washington, D.C, situated along the “Capital Pride” parade route are offering customers limited-edition “rainbow fry” boxes to celebrate the LGBTQ community and remind Americans that the Golden Arches is a major player and sponsor in promoting homosexual behavior across the nation.

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MELTDOWN: Bernie Sanders Viciously Attacks The Christian Faith Of Trump Nominee Russell Vought

First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: President Trump’s latest government nominee Russell Vought drew the unmitigated ire and fury of Bernie Sanders because of a statement of faith he signed while in Christian college. Vought stated that he believed that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, excluding all other beliefs, ideas and systems to the contrary. This is, of course, is what the King James Bible teaches from cover to cover. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, declared such thinking to be “anti-American” and called for Vought’s nomination to be blocked. I wonder if Sanders will be equally passionate about his anti-Jesus rant on the day when he stands before Jesus Christ to give an account for his life. 

On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith.

Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

Sen. James Lankford warned that Sander’s comments “dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.”

Bernie Sanders really, really, really hates Jesus Christ and Christianity:

“The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every American’s right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.”

The Vermont senator’s comments brought strong condemnation from Christians across the nation – including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

“Senator Sanders is taking the Obama era’s religious hostility and putting it on steroids,” Perkins said.

Thousands have signed a Family Research Council petition demanding Sanders apologize for his outburst of religious bigotry.

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said that there are only two choices for the senator: “Apologize to the country for his foolhardy attempt to introduce an unconstitutional litmus test that would exclude 41 percent of the country, or resign.”

The controversy stems from an article Vought wrote in 2016 defending his alma mater, Wheaton College. In that article, he described Islam as a “deficient theology.”

“This is a fundamental problem,” he wrote in The Resurgent. “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

Sanders confronted Vought during the congressional hearing. The following is a transcript provided by FRC:

Sen. Sanders: “‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.’ Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?”

Mr. Vought: “Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith…

Sanders: “…Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?”

Vought: “Again, Senator, I’m a Christian, and I wrote that piece in accordance with the statement of faith at Wheaton College…”

Sanders: “I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you suggesting that these people stand condemned? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too?”

Vought: “Senator, I’m a Christian…”

Sanders [shouting]: “I understand you are a Christian, but this country [is] made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”

Vought: “Thank you for probing on that question. As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals…”

Sanders: “…Do you think that’s respectful of other religions?… I would simply say, Mr. Chairman that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

As Perkins pointed out, salvation through Jesus Christ is a core biblical tenet held by Christians for millennia.

“Yet Senator Sanders is making it clear that he believes the U.S. Senate should disqualify nominees who express this most basic biblical belief,” Perkins said.

“Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service. Nor should the U.S. Senate try to impose a stealth litmus test that says ‘you can be religious as long as you don’t actually believe or talk about what the Bible teaches.'”

After Sanders’ wrapped up his rant, David French wrote a powerful rebuke of Sanders for National Review.  “There is nothing ‘extreme’ about his statements, and they mirror the statements of faith of countless Christian churches and schools across the land,” French wrote. “Are these believers also not fit for public office?”

It’s a fair question and one that I posed to Sen. Sanders’ office. Does he believe Christians are unfit to hold public office?

The senator’s press office did not answer that question directly.

“The question at hand is not about Mr. Vought’s freedom to hold certain religious beliefs,” the senator’s spokesman told me. “The question that concerns Sen. Sanders is whether Mr. Vought will carry out the duties of his office in a way that treats all Americans equally, even those whose beliefs he has criticized.”

It was an ugly moment in American politics, but it was also an instructional moment for American Christians.

Progressives and secularists are waging a brutal assault on people of faith – and it’s only gotten worse since President Trump took office. People of faith must stand together and renounce anti-Christian bigots and bigotry – especially when those bigots walk the halls of Congress. source


L.A. Gay-Pride-Turned-‘#ResistMarch’ Feels the Hate for Trump

Breitbart has the story along with some photos showing disgusting signs held by some marchers, which should surprise no one becuse this is the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from the LGBTQ community:

Unhinged LGBTQ protesters defaced Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo credit Gay West Hollywood.

The annual Gay Pride march in Los Angeles was officially renamed the “Resist March,” with a message devoted to attacking President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and conservatives in general.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Hollywood on an overcast Sunday morning, waving rainbow flags, pink-white-and-pastel-blue “trans flags,” and anti-Trump signs — many of them profane.

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Leading liberals develop blueprint to expand ‘deep state’ and undercut Trump

Ryan Lovelace of Washington Examiner reports that a meeting of the far-left American Constitution Society was held to discuss how to encourage the “deep state” to undermine President Donald Trump. He writes:

Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the “deep state” resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside.

“The election of Donald Trump was an assault on the federal bureaucracy,” William Yeomans said to a room full of students and civil servants, including those recently displaced by Trump’s administration. “His values are simply not consistent with the values of people who are committed to public service and who believe deeply in the importance of public service.”

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We Need Discernment Ministries? Yes Absolutely!

I stumbled upon this gem over at Apprising Ministries that was penned in 2005 by G. Richard Fisher of Personal Freedom Outreach. Ken Silva ran across Fisher’s piece and posted it on AM in 2011. In it Fisher presents his view of why discernment ministries are necessary. For example, discernment ministries like AM and PFO hammer home the fact that the Word of Faith movement is not biblical Christianity — it is a theological cult.  WoF “may superficially speak of Christ,” says Fisher, “but their Christology of a born-again Jesus who suffered in hell, denies the Christ of the Bible and is rank heresy. Using Christian words and defining them in non-Christian ways is the essence of deception and cultism.”

With this background in mind, listen as Richard Fisher argues why online apologetics and discernment ministries are important. He writes:

In a day of pluralism and tolerance, apologetic and discernment ministries are viewed by some as anti­quated, unneeded, and in the way of getting together and getting along.

In a day when unity is put far above truth, counter-cult ministries are seen as passé and even obstructionist.

Televangelists and Word Faith teachers can draw tens of thousands to their meetings while discernment confer­ences struggle to get a hundred. Truth, dear thinking, and biblical precision are definitely not in, and heresies are gaining popularity. Orthodoxy is out and false doctrine is in vogue.

Of course, there are many reasons for this: Men love darkness rather than light. We have an unseen enemy who goes about like a roaring lion. And liberalism has so eroded confidence in Scripture that many are turning to mysticism and experience. Subjectivism is the drug of choice. Many of the religious are addicted to their own adrenaline.

Truth be known, the deception is getting deeper and more subtle. This only underscores the need for organi­zations such as Personal Freedom Outreach. Someone needs to sound the alarm. Without discernment minis­tries, who will do it?

The evangelical Church has tried so hard to be relevant to the world that it is becoming irrelevant. Rather than compromise with the dominant culture, we need to stand more strongly for our distinctives and distinctiveness.

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 Berean Research has an excellent White Paper on Discernment.


‘I Understand You Are a Christian!’: Bernie Sanders Angrily Erupts During Questioning of Nominee Who Believes Christ Is Only Way to God

Christian News reports:

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders became agitated and hostile on Wednesday during the questioning of Deputy Budget Director nominee Russell Vought, as he noted a social media post written by Vought that remarked that Muslims “do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

Sanders began by reading a joint letter from the Arab American Institute, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and Muslim Advocates, which expressed objection to Vought’s nomination because he had “denigrated Muslims” and therefore has shown “hostility to religious pluralism.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

June 12, 2017

The Fallout After Comey’s Testimony

Democrats attempt to shift their anti-Trump agenda narrative, while Trump goes on the offensive against Comey.

The Foundation

“To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 12

  • Tech selloff spreads to Europe and Asia, politics lifts euro (Read More)
  • GE Names Flannery CEO as Immelt to Step Down After 16 Years (Read More)
  • Trump to Call for Curbs on CFPB (Read More)
  • Sessions Testimony Will Keep Attention on Russia Probe (Read More)
  • France Is on the Verge of an Astonishing Political Transformation (Read More)
  • Fed Finds Foe in Financial Markets (Read More)
  • Britain, U.S. deny that Trump state visit delayed (Read More)
  • Qatar Says It Can Defend Currency and Economy in Gulf Feud (Read More)
  • Aldi fires $3.4 billion shot in U.S. supermarket wars (Read More)
  • Cruz Goes From ‘Lucifer’ to Dealmaker in Health-Care Overhaul (Read More)
  • Former Amazon Warehouse Manager Sues for Overtime Wages (Read More)
  • Foxconn says Apple, Dell join its bid for Toshiba chip business (Read More)
  • China, Singapore Vow Trade Cooperation in Sign of Thaw (Read More)
  • When Activists Enter the Kitchen, the CFOs Feel the Heat (Read More)
  • Russian police detain Putin critic Navalny ahead of Moscow protest (Read More)
  • A Graft Machine’s Collapse Sows Chaos in the Caribbean (Read More)
  • These Cities Have Too Many Stores, and They’re Still Building (Read More)
  • Does Anyone Remember How to Make a Subprime Mortgage? (Read More)
  • Risk and robots: Ripping out a radioactive heart (Read More)
  • Why You Don’t Want to Buy a Sharp TV in the U.S. (Read More)
  • The Other Eric in Trump Tower Reaches Down in New Hotel Push (Read More)
  • How Trump Digs a Deeper Legal Hole When He Tweets (Read More)

Top Headlines – 6/12/2017

1,800 US rabbis call on Israel to end occupation, lay groundwork for peace

UNRWA should be dismantled, Netanyahu told Nikki Haley

An unusual confrontation in front of Ambassador Nikki Haley

Top Israel and UN officers spar in front of Nikki Haley – report

Failed US policies at the heart of Middle East problem

Netanyahu Demanded Settlers Be Allowed to Remain in Palestine After Future Peace Deal, Document Reveals

Lieberman: Israel plans most settlement homes since 1992

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US-backed Syrian fighters seize parts of IS ‘capital’ Raqqa

Jordan shoots dead five approaching its borders from Syria

Russia Says It’s Willing to Help U.S. Mediate Qatar-Saudi Rift

Saudis move to ease humanitarian crisis spawned by Qatar blockade

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Iran says two warships heading to Oman

Iran arrests almost 50 after deadly Tehran attacks

Tunisians protest for right not to fast during Ramadan

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Facebook blasphemy: Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Muhammad

Germany: Facial recognition software will identify terrorists

Convicted terrorist featured in Puerto Rican Day parade

Puerto Rico votes to ask US congress to make it the 51st state

Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Mueller adds muscle for Russia investigation

Attorney general to face questions on Comey firing, Russia

Trump attorney signals a firm stance in dealing with special prosecutor

Trump accuses ex-FBI director Comey of cowardice over ‘leaks’

Trump says Comey leaks are the real issue, in Sunday morning Twitter flurry

McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report

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Hedge funds face a crisis of confidence

Digital rights groups fight back against biometric campaign

Brain-computer interfaces are coming: ‘Consensual telepathy,’ anyone?

NASA video shows asteroids circling Earth after it spots 10 ‘potentially hazardous’ space rocks

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

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Gulf of Mexico could yield second Atlantic tropical system of 2017 next week

Culls, poultry transport ban as S. Korea fights bird flu outbreak

Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

Insurance Companies Increasingly Using Cheap DNA Testing To Deny Coverage

Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children

Activists Display a Mixture of Pride and Anger at LGBT Marches Across the U.S.

Washington gay pride parade draws thousands, briefly blocked by protest

L.A. Gay-Pride-Turned-‘#ResistMarch’ Feels the Hate for Trump

Pentagon continues LGBT pride celebration; conservatives say it’s a shame in Trump administration

North Korea Arrests Senior Citizen for Contacting Christians in China

Jackie Alnor interviews David Keesling, the attorney that won the lawsuit against TBN in the Carra Crouch vs. Trinity Broadcasting rape case

Molestation scandal is latest setback to once-mighty Trinity Broadcasting Network

Warning for children’s ministries “Turning Orange” – Is Your Church Usiing Andy Stanley’s “Orange Strategy”?

Insight into the lunacy of Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry

Jim Bakker: Pat Robertson Has The Power To Pray Hurricanes Away

Saddleback and its Meulenberg dilemma

Welcome to Rome!

Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible

Missouri School Superintendent Forced Out After ‘Offending’ Students for Praying at Graduation

Over 200,000 Attend Israel’s Gay Pride Parade

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Georgia family loses everything in a fire, except a Bible

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:48 AM PDT

God works in mysterious ways. At least, that’s what one Glynn County family believes after they lost everything in a fire, except a Holy Bible….

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Thousand Gathered in Arizona This Weekend to Praise Jesus

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:41 AM PDT

Tens of thousands of Christians flocked to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday night for Harvest America, an event aimed at spreading…

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Legendary Investor Jim Rogers Warns That The Worst Stock Market Crash In Your Lifetime Is Coming ‘This Year Or Next’

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:36 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) If Jim Rogers is right, the worst stock market crash that any of us has ever seen is right around the corner. …

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New York Times Advises Parents How to Raise ‘Feminist Boys’

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:32 AM PDT

The New York Times is dispensing parenting advice in its latest identity politics piece all about raising “feminist sons.” “We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue…

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RUMRS OF WAR: Is North Korea Pushing For World War 3?

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:28 AM PDT

North Korea’s World War 3 nuclear threat is just one of the reasons for anxiety surrounding the new millennium. Terrorism, economic distress, and countless real…

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Watch Out For Those Who Prostitute the Prophetic

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 05:24 AM PDT

(By Jared Laskey) Balaam was once a prophet. The Old Testament Scripture reveals he had known Yahweh, speaking on His behalf. He knew the covenant…

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Pence Tells Christians Trump Is ‘Fighting Hard’ for Them

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 07:00 PM PDT

Vice President Mike Pence is reiterating the support of President Donald Trump for the causes dear to Christian conservatives, saying in a speech that the…

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3 Signs You Might be a Lukewarm Christian

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 06:52 PM PDT

(By Christina Patterson) My hair was styled, my church clothes on, and makeup done. I was ready for Sunday morning service. I recently purchased a…

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Indiana mom sues principal, teacher after son ‘forced’ to recite Pledge of Allegiance

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 06:26 PM PDT

An Indiana mom filed a lawsuit on Friday against an elementary school teacher and principal for allegedly forcing her son to recite the Pledge of…

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RETAIL APOCALYPSE: 25% of Shopping Malls will be gone in 5 years!

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Wisconsin and Minnesota Struck with Wicked Storms – 80,000 homes without power, 2000 flights delayed

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 06:05 PM PDT

A powerful weather apocalypse with strong thunderstorms, giant hail and strong winds hit Wisconsin and Minnesota on June 11, 2017 leaving at least 80,000 homes…

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There is a mysterious disappearance of UFO researchers taking place

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 05:58 PM PDT

In recent months the deaths of famous UFO hunters Max Spiers and Guarav Tiwari have prompted many to ask if someone is killing off our…

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North Korea Arrests Senior Citizen for Contacting Christians in China

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Authorities in North Korea’s Yanggang province tied with rope, assaulted, dragged and arrested a 61-year-old resident days after he returned from China on charges of…

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Nearly Half of Iraqi and Syrian Christians Have Fled Middle East Since 2011

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 12:30 PM PDT

An investigative report on displacement and emigration of Christians in Syria and Iraq estimates that at least 50 percent and up to 80 percent of…

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Christian Church in China Destroyed and worshippers drug in street and beaten

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Chinese police destroyed a church after dragging worshippers out of the building and beating them in the street. Violence broke out in Shanggiu in Henan…

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University Student Sues Over Failing Grade Allegedly Tied to Complaint About Lesbianism, Profanity in Reading List

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 12:13 PM PDT

A 59-year-old University student has sued her teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for giving her a failing grade, as she believes the F is…

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UK Churches Choose Courage Over Fear

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Despite enduring two terror attacks in one month, a group of UK Christians are working hard to spread a message of love. The threat level…

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Abbas Drops Settlement Freeze Precondition to “Give Trump a Chance” to Make Peace

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:58 AM PDT

Amid the Trump administration’s Mideast peace push, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will temporarily shelve his longtime demand that Israel freeze construction in Judea…

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Neanderthal Remains Discovered in Israel May Rewrite History

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:52 AM PDT

A rare archaeological discovery of 60,000-year-old Neanderthal bones in northern Israel may result in anthropologists rewriting history.  The Neanderthal remains were uncovered in Ein Qashish…

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This Might Be Why You’re Under Constant Demonic Attack

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:48 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through dry places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says,…

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Iran sends warships to Oman amid Gulf tensions

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:42 AM PDT

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Feared removal of Texas hero’s statue prompts armed protest

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:38 AM PDT

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Pakistan sentences man to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 11:35 AM PDT

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Germany to test face recognition software to target terrorist suspects

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 07:18 AM PDT

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New study reveals that even moderate drinking could harm the brain

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Quakes near New Madrid fault Continue as magnitude 3.6 rattles part of Arkansas

Posted: 11 Jun 2017 07:05 AM PDT

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As U.S. Soccer Celebrates Gay Pride, Christian Player Quietly Withdraws from Team

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 06:12 PM PDT

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Nearly 1,000 migrants leave Libya bound for Europe

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Mayhem broke out in the Mediterranean on Friday as more than 900 migrants set off from Libya to reach Europe in just 24 hours.  Desperate…

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Transgender Sprinter Wins Girls Track Meet

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 06:03 PM PDT

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RUMORS OF WAR: Gulf crisis could spiral into full blown war!

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 05:53 PM PDT

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Obesity may soon surpass smoking in death risk…

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Nationwide Marches Against ‘Sharia Law’

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 05:42 PM PDT

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Pat Robertson Raises Many Eyebrows on “Polygamy in the Bible”

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 05:33 PM PDT

Popular televangelist Pat Robertson, who serves as chancellor of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, has said he doesn’t know of anything…

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Northern Illinois United Methodist Conference Commissions Deacon Who Identifies as Neither Male or Female

Posted: 10 Jun 2017 05:29 PM PDT

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Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves in case of attack

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DEVELOPING: North Korea gearing up to test newest nuclear missile

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Massive Crowd of 14,000 Christians Gather in Times Square for Event Dedicated to Prayer and Scripture

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Father Sells Infant Son on Social Media to Buy New Phones for Him and His Girlfriend

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Atheist Group Pushing Schools to Ban Any References to God and Prayer at Graduations

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Pilotless planes could soon be a reality!

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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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