Daily Archives: June 25, 2017

June 24-25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 06/24/2017

Christian School Fires Preschool Teacher Who Refuses to Leave Porn Industry   Jun 23, 2017 03:51 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A Christian school in California has reportedly fired a preschool teacher after giving her the choice of leaving the pornography industry or losing her job working at the faith-based institution. Nina Skye told Fox11 News this week she was informed by the school, which has not been identified, that her lifestyle was in violation of the…

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Cities Across America Creating Rainbow Crosswalks to Celebrate ‘LGBTQ Pride’   Jun 19, 2017 03:32 pm

Several American cities recently approved the creation of rainbow crosswalks to celebrate “LGBTQ pride,” and homosexual advocacy groups are circulating petitions to request that more cities paint their crosswalks with the “diversity” stripes. Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. created rainbow crosswalks to coincide with their June homosexual…

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Tennessee Homeowner Credits Jesus Christ After Georgia Fugitives Surrender in His Driveway   Jun 17, 2017 03:36 pm

Photo Credit: Tennessee Borough of Investigations CHRISTIANA, Tenn. — A Tennessee homeowner rejected the label of hero and instead pointed to Jesus Christ while speaking at a press conference on Friday about the capture of two escaped Georgia inmates who murdered two correctional officers while in transport to another prison. Patrick Hale, 35, says that he…

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Oregon Becomes First State to Allow Residents to Be Neither Male or Female on Driver’s License   Jun 20, 2017 12:06 pm

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon has become the first state to allow residents to identify as neither male or female on their driver’s license and identification card. Beginning on July 1, residents can select an “X” for their gender instead of “M” or “F.” The new policy was unanimously agreed upon by the Oregon Transportation Commission. According to Reuters, the…

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Court Rules Woman Did Not Suffer ‘Emotional Distress’ From Planet Fitness’ Allowance of Man in Women’s Locker Room   Jun 17, 2017 11:59 am

MIDLAND, Mich. — The Michigan Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that a woman did not suffer sexual harassment and emotional distress when her local Planet Fitness allowed a man who identifies as a woman to use the women’s locker room. “Plaintiff’s allegations that defendants’ policy is extreme and outrageous because ‘it would allow men to be present…

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Big Bang in Trouble? Physicists Challenge Key Component of Cosmological Theory   Jun 19, 2017 06:01 am

A team of physicists from Harvard and Princeton universities recently ignited a controversy among the scientific community by pointing out apparent weaknesses in a key element of the Big Bang theory. Physicists Anna Ijjas, Paul Steinhardt, and Abraham Loeb wrote a critique of the standard model of the universe’s beginnings in an edition of the Scientific…

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Man Who Was Upset Girlfriend Didn’t Abort Allegedly Beats Daughter Into Coma on Father’s Day   Jun 22, 2017 04:35 pm

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Brooklyn man who had expressed hatred toward his girlfriend for not obtaining an abortion is accused of beating his infant daughter into a coma on Father’s Day. Shaquan Taylor, 19, had posted on social media in February of last year that he felt “disrespected” when his girlfriend told him that she planned on keeping their baby. “Told that…

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Atheist Activist Group Takes Issue With Alabama Police Department’s Mix of God With Government   Jun 18, 2017 05:59 pm

Photo Credit: Wetumpka Police Department/Facebook WETUMPKA, Ala. — A prominent professing atheist group recently sent a letter to officials with a city in Alabama to assert that its police department’s mixture of God with government is unlawful. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wrote to the City of Wetumpka on June 7 after learning…

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California AG to Refile After Judge Dismisses 14 of 15 Charges Against Man Who Recorded Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos   Jun 22, 2017 06:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A superior court in California has temporarily dismissed 14 of 15 charges filed against David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, but with leave to amend—that is, allowing the prosecution to refile their complaint with more specificity. “Following the defense’s complaint that there are too many surreptitious recordings to know…

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Woman Turns From Abortion, Trusts Christ and Marries the Father of Her Child—All in One Week   Jun 19, 2017 06:02 am

Photo Credit: Vicky Kaseorg CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina woman changed her mind about obtaining an abortion last week and instead turned to Christ, quickly becoming convicted in her new life that she and her longtime boyfriend should finally marry and honor God. Vicky Kaseorg of Cities4Life shared the story on her blog on Friday, referring to the woman…

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Top News – 6/24-25/2017

Loretta Lynch, Clinton Campaign, Soros Officials All Caught Up in Senate Probe of Comey Firing
The New York Times reported this April that not only had Lynch told then-Director Comey in September of 2015 to refer to the investigation of Secretary Clinton and her staff as a “matter,” but that the Justice Department obtained a Russian document in March 2016 showing a “Democratic operative” expressing “confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far.”

…Reasons why Nasrallah’s threat to use Iraq and Iran fighters against Israel is alarming
In a startling revelation on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the next war with Israel could see thousands of Shia militia fighters join forces with Hezbollah to fight Israel. “This could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate – from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said…

UN rejects Israeli claims of Hezbollah operating under guise of fake NGO
The United Nations rejected Israeli claims on Friday that Hezbollah militants were operating under the guise of an environmental NGO in order to setup observation posts near Lebanon’s southern border, according to AFP. The UN decision came one day after the IDF released footage of what it claimed were Hezbollah fighters operating near the Blue Line bordering Lebanon and Israel.

Berlin mayor allows Hezbollah to march in ‘Zionists out of Israel’ rally
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller permitted nearly 600 Hezbollah supporters and members – and pro-Iranian regime activists – to march on Friday in the heart of the German capital at the al-Quds Day rally calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. Writing in Israel’s embassy newsletter, Rogel Rachman, the head of Israel’s public diplomacy at the embassy in Berlin, said the Social Democratic mayor’s decision was “not to be tolerated and wrong as only wrong can be.”

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan
More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday). Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks.

Qatar says list of demands not realistic
Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism. Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

Has China developed the world’s most powerful submarine detector?
Chinese scientists claim to have made a major breakthrough in magnetic detection technology that could bring unprecedented accuracy to the process of finding hidden metallic objects – from minerals to submarines. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, the country’s largest research institute, said in an article on its website on Wednesday that a “superconductive magnetic anomaly detection array” has been developed in Shanghai and passed inspection by an expert panel.

Vladimir Putin’s new weapon in Russian arsenal – lasers to shoot down enemy drones
VLADIMIR Putin’s scientists have developed technology capable of zapping enemy drones by laser while also remotely recharging friendly Russian unmanned flyers in the sky. The technology was presented at an innovation exhibition this week, but pictures were not permitted, it was reported. Researcher Grigory Filimonov said “highly efficient fibre lasers” are used which permit remote recharging.

China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization
China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week. “Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

Court Dismisses Charges Against Pro-Life Activists, For Now
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt now face only 1 of original 15 felony charges in California related to undercover videos about fetal tissue procurement.

MASSIVE oil discoveries in Israel is TEN TIMES larger than world average – could sustain the Jewish State for decades 
A big oil deposit has been found in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, with enough reserves to last Israel for decades, according to the country’s media. The Israeli presence in the Golan Heights is in dispute.

FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet “high-consequence” scenario has “the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.”

Some US Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans On Americans Flying Abroad
Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U.S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong.

Illinois’ Obamacare plans seek big 2017 premium hikes 
Insurers want to crank up the cost of health insurance premiums by as much as 45 percent for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

North Korea Blames Obama Administration For Warmbier’s Death
A day after US student Otto Warmbier was laid to rest at a funeral service in his home town of Cincinnati on Thursday, the North Korean foreign ministry released a statement to local state-controlled television saying his death was a mystery and dismissing accusations that he had died because he was tortured and beaten during his captivity, according to Reuters. Instead, the North’s foreign ministry blamed the Obama administration for Warmbier’s death, which never formally requested Warmbier’s release, claiming Warmbier was “a victim of the policy of strategic patience.”

President Trump Holds The Keys To A Dramatic Conservative Realignment Of The Entire US Court System 
It used to take 60 votes to advance district and circuit court nominees, but senate democrats changed the filibuster rule in 2013 in order to get around a republican blockade on Obama’s court picks. Now Trump the benefits of that change.

Netanyahu warns Iran over Syria involvement after Golan exchange
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border.

Israel bars UNESCO team from Hebron field visit
Israel has refused to allow a UNESCO investigatory team to make a field visit to Hebron in advance of pending July vote to register its Old City on the list of World Heritage in Danger under the “State of Palestine.” This is a “principled and strategic” stand, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Carmel Shama HaCohen said on Saturday.

Netanyahu hails ‘historic’ visit by Indian prime minister
Ahead of the expected visit to Israel next week of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, Israel’s cabinet was set to approve a number of measures aimed at enhancing the relationship between the two countries. Speaking at the start of the of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the visit, scheduled for July 5, “historic” and stressed its importance as a lever for a major increase in trade.

Netanyahu to attend Central European summit
Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Budapest next month for a meeting with the heads of the four central European countries that make up the Visegrad group, as Israel continues to try to build relationships with various regional subgroupings around the world…Israel has adopted a policy of forging close ties with specific countries or groupings of countries inside the EU who are more sympathetic to Israel’s position and are also interested in having close bilateral relations.

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 140
At least 140 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital. It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban
Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city. The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square. Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far-right groups.

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi King Salman a year ago. It was backed by Egypt’s parliament last week. It has sparked rare protests in Egypt, with Mr Sisi being accused of “selling” territory in return for Saudi aid.

Tornado knocks out half the Pentagon’s fleet of nuke-proof ‘Doomsday’ planes
Two of the Pentagon’s four specially reinforced ‘Doomsday’ planes, designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast, have been grounded after being damaged by a tornado. The Air Force said Friday that two E4-B Boeing 747s were damaged when a tornado whipped through Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base with little advance warning on June 16.

UN rejects Israel claim that Hezbollah violated cease-fire
The UN peacekeeping force on Lebanon’s border with Israel has not seen any violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire that ended a war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in 2006, as Israel claims, the UN said Friday. Israel filed a complaint Tuesday with the UN Security Council accusing Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group called Green Without Borders.

Angry Dems Turn On Obama, Pelosi, Schumer: “Talk Less About Russia”
“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Thursday.

Obama library snatches Susan Rice unmasking docs – for 5 years!
In a potentially bombshell development, the NSC said those documents have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library, while pointedly adding, “you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.” It’s not yet known if that would block congressional investigators, the FBI, or Special Counsel Robert Mueller from obtaining the documents.

Massive Russian collusion found, but not by Trump
Is it just me, or is everyone missing the biggest, most mind-boggling part of the never-ending “Trump-Russia collusion” drama? I’m talking about something more troubling than ex-FBI chief James Comey being one of the biggest leakers, or his refusing for months to inform Americans that Donald Trump was never under FBI investigation – while capitulating to Obama AG Loretta Lynch’s demand that he hide the fact that Hillary Clinton was under investigation. I’m talking about something more absurd than an investigation lasting almost a year – entirely without evidence of a crime!

Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Gerrymandering Case
Obama and Soros leading challenges to Republican-drawn districts

Preparing For War? US House Wants To Create First New Military Branch Since 1947
There’s currently a push in the halls of Washington D.C., to establish a new branch of the military by 2019, one whose focus would be operations among the stars. Proposed legislation by House representatives would create a ‘Space Corps’.

Senate Democrats Plan to Stall Obamacare Repeal, Threaten to Freeze Chamber in Protest
Senate Democrats plan to stall Obamacare repeal late Monday in a protest against the GOP’s ‘closed-door’ repeal and replace process.

CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump and Russia
On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump. But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.

Madison Wisconsin Building May Be Named For Obama
Local leaders in and around Madison, Wisconsin are seeking to rename the main county government building after former President Barack Obama — “the JFK of our generation.”

Yellowstone Super Volcano: 40 Earthquakes in One Week

Should we be concerned?

Yellowstone supervolcano has been hit by a series of earthquakes, with more 400 recorded since June 12. The latest was recorded on Monday, June 19, with a magnitude 3 earthquake striking 8.6 miles north northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana.

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Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers

Bernie Sanders’s economics are terrible. Just awful. No one as old as he is, who has seen what he has, should hold fast to “socialism” the way that he does. On the other hand I don’t dislike him personally and am impressed by his challenge to the Clinton machine.

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Canadian Christian School Reportedly Told Not to Teach ‘Offensive’ Bible Verses to Children

According to Christian News:

A Christian school in Canada says that it is shocked after recently being told by the local school board that it should not teach any “offensive” Bible verses to children, particularly those those that refer to homosexuality. Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, approximately an hour outside of the provincial capital of Edmonton, says that it was recently approached by the Battle River School Division and asked to remove 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 from its student handbook.

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Preacher who lived a life of luxury indicted on tax fraud

The indictment accuses prosperity preacher William Todd Coontz of a check-cashing scheme. Coontz is charged with hiding income from the IRS “by claiming travel as a business expense while using reimbursements as personal income.” Joe Marusak of Charlotte Observer has the story:

A former Charlotte preacher who wrote the book “Please Don’t Repo My Car” was indicted on tax charges Thursday.

William Todd Coontz enjoyed a life of luxury, federal prosecutors contend, by claiming as business expenses the $1.5 million condo he and his family lived in as their parsonage and the luxury vehicles they drove, including three BMWs, two Ferraris, a Maserati and a Land Rover.

He also claimed a Regal 2500 boat, 400 charges at movie theaters, $228,000 in clothing purchases and $140,000 in meals and other entertainment as business expenses with no proof the expenses were for business, according to a federal criminal bill of indictment returned by a grand jury in Charlotte on Thursday.

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The Success Affair

“Working with such couples, I’ve found it interesting to note when the affairs happen. Often pastors get into an affair when ministry is going well, when they are achieving their ministerial career goals and dreams. Why is this so? Why would someone have an affair when everything seems to be going well?”

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

This is a fantastic little overview of the history of ecumenism. “One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who were willing to call themselves Christians but who rejected fundamental Christian doctrines.”

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

Randy Alcorn takes on a question with important implications. “Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of faithfulness in this life, we should not expect equality of possessions and positions in Heaven.”

9 Things You Should Know About North Korea

Here is another of Joe Carter’s helpful FAQ articles.

India’s Dangerous Trend on Religious Liberty

ERLC tells how religious liberty in India is on the decline. This is background to how Compassion and other organizations were kicked out.


JUNE 24, 2017

“You have to look very hard — and you have to spend a long time looking — to find a genuinely happy or content left-wing political person. … The bottom line is: You just don’t encounter happy, laughing liberals. Even their comedians are consumed by hatred. The Democrat Party’s become the largest hate group in this country. Even their comedians are angry and enraged, and that suffices as comedy. I think it’s one of the reasons why left-wing comics have become primary sources of news for other left-wing liberals.” —Rush Limbaugh

Top Headlines – 6/24-25/2017

Abbas said enraged by Kushner meet, refuses to halt pay even to worst terrorists

Palestinians say US is not demanding end to terrorist stipends as a precondition to talks

Former Israeli generals warn against US bill slashing funds to PA

Israel Will Not Accept a Single Palestinian to Old Borders, Says Defense Minister

Palestinians reportedly return monument to Maalot terrorist after intense pressure from PM Netanyahu to remove it

Netanyahu to beef up security at Damascus Gate

Arrest extended for mother of one of terrorists responsible for Jerusalem terror attack

Turkey Says Israel Paid Compensation to Families of 2010 Flotilla Raid Victims

MK warns of rift with US Jewry if Western Wall plan nixed

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. begins drilling in Israel

Danon says UN turning a blind eye to Hezbollah

UN rejects Israel claim that Hezbollah violated cease-fire

UN rejects Israeli claims of Hezbollah posing as NGO

Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Neighboring Arab nations

C.I.A. Set Up Secret Back Channel With Syria to Try to Free U.S. Hostage

Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker’s Life

Commentary: Terrorism is winning in Europe

Trump considering Camp David-style summit to unite Arab leaders to fight terrorism

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Suicide bomber targeting Mecca injures 6 pilgrims, police say

Iran condemns plot targeting Mecca

Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Waging War in Yemen, Gives It $66.7 Million in Cholera Relief

How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East

U.S. air strike kills regional Al-Qaeda leader and two associates in Yemen’s Shabwa province

Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration’s ‘peculiar’ foreign policy

UAE minister: Qatar undermining reconciliation

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

Qatar: Demands made by Saudi-led allies not ‘reasonable’

‘We call on all governments to respect media freedoms’: al-Jazeera on Saudi demands for its closure

To end crisis, Arab states demand Qatar sever Iran ties

Iran’s president heckled at rally after criticism by supreme leader

Pakistan: 62 killed, 100 injured in multiple attacks on eve of Eid

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

Japanese warship takes Asian guests on cruise in defiance of China

North Korea denies it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who died days after North released him

North Korea says it is ‘biggest victim’ in US student’s death

North Korea Blames Obama Administration For Warmbier’s Death

Fears growing over N. Korea ability to launch EMP attacks

Russian jet buzzes US recon jet: Pictures released of ‘unsafe’ incident

CIA knew in August that Putin sought to boost Trump – report

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Frustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response

Trump appears to acknowledge Russian election meddling – and blames Obama

W. House says Trump tweet meets Comey tapes records request

Trump argues tape allegations meant to keep Comey honest, calls Mueller-Comey ties ‘bothersome’

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets

Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

‘I’m glad he got shot’: Nebraska Democrat caught on tape criticizing Rep. Steve Scalise

Google Redefines The Word ‘Fascism’ To Smear Conservatives, Protect Liberal Rioters

Trudeau: Trump does listen, NAFTA will remain

Number of refugees admitted to U.S. drops by almost half

Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization

Snapchat’s new map feature raises fears of stalking and bullying

McDonalds Is Replacing 2,500 Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks: Here Is Its Math

Some US Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans On Americans Flying Abroad

FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid

Forget Planet 9 – there’s Evidence of a Tenth Planet Lurking at the Edge of the Solar System

Hoax or not? 3-fingered ‘humanoid’ mummy reportedly found in Peru, sparks skepticism

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Dondo, Mozambique

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vaini, Tonga

Yellowstone earthquake swarm slowing, but ongoing – nearly 770 quakes so far

Bogoslof volcano on the Aluetian Islands erupts to 36,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Pavlof volcano in Alaska erupts to 12,000ft

Ulawun volcano on Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Landslide buries mountain village in southwest China, fears for 141 people

Southern Mexico to face increased downpours from budding tropical system

Floating Fire Ant Balls: Tropical Storm Cindy’s Lesser-Known Danger

Heavy rains have killed 15 in Ivory Coast

U.S. Military’s Vital ‘Doomsday Planes’ Damaged in Tornado

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

Jury awards $218 million to farmers in GMO corn suit

‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California

Republican senators’ revolt puts health bill in jeopardy

Clinton: GOP will become the ‘death party’ if Senate bill passes

Planned Parenthood Battle Could Sway Fortunes of GOP Health Bill

Pride and prejudice? Race tinges LGBT celebrations

Three Men Get ‘Married’ in Colombia and There Is No Slippery Slope

United Methodist Conference Faces ‘Unprecedented Financial Crisis’ After Election of Lesbian Bishop

Christian Orgs Labeled Hate Groups on Top Charity Site

Can Yoga Be Christian?

International Yoga Day: 300,000 participate in world’s largest yoga session

Breaking News – Prosperity Pimp Todd Coontz Indicted on Federal Tax Charges

Palestinian sources: Trump may drop Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

White House official rejects rumors of Trump planning to drop peace talks

Energy minister: Israel should restore full power supply to Gaza

Truck smashes into crowded gas station near Jerusalem

IDF arrests 23 Israelis for trying to illegally enter site of Joseph’s Tomb

Millions attend anti-Israel al-Quds Day rallies in Iran

Iran’s president rushed away from anti-Israel rally amid taunts

5 reasons why Nasrallah’s threat to use Iraq and Iran fighters against Israel is alarming

Amid Hezbollah threats, Israel said to warn Iran against arming group

Berlin mayor allows Hezbollah to march in ‘Zionists out of Israel’ rally

Lebanon’s Hezbollah condemns Mecca bombing

IDF releases footage of strikes on Syrian military targets

Israel attacks Syrian tanks in response to wayward projectiles in spillover from internal fighting

Several hits recorded in Golan Hights, no injuries or damage reported

Liberman: Assad regime will continue to suffer consequences of attacks

Syria Frees Hundreds of Detainees Ahead of Muslim Holiday

Commando Raids on ISIS Yield Vital Data in Shadowy War

Kurdish designers bring fight with IS to Paris catwalk

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

Iran says it captured IS cell planning bombing attacks

Jordan to cancel ‘marry the victim’ clause shielding rapists

Egyptian police say they foiled church bombing

Egypt’s Sisi ratifies agreement transferring Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

At center of Qatar crisis, a $1 billion ransom

UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar

Tale of 2 princes: Trump, Saudi king rely on son, son-in-law

Trump may call major summit to unite Arabs against extremism

Trump wishes Muslims ‘warm greetings’ for Eid

Turkish President Erdogan faints during Eid al-Fitr prayers due to low blood sugar

Muslims in Asia Pray for Peace as Ramadan Holy Month Ends

Battle for Philippine town abates as troops mark Islamic holiday

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120

CIA chief: Iran, North Korea threaten US national security

China, U.S. agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization

The grim video of a Venezuelan protester being shot on live TV

In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

Venezuelan bonds are a fabulous investment, if you don’t mind the starvation

Blackmail fears after Parliament hit by ‘sustained and determined’ cyber attack leaving MPs unable to access their emails remotely

UK Labour chief Corbyn will ‘try to force early election’

UK police brace for trouble as far-right and anti-racist groups protest

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’

Preparing For War? US House Wants To Create First New Military Branch Since 1947

Loretta Lynch, Clinton Campaign, Soros Officials All Caught Up in Senate Probe of Comey Firing

Chaffetz: Justice watchdog also looking at Lynch’s role in FBI’s Clinton email probe

Dershowitz: Mueller Made a ‘Mistake’ Hiring Lawyers Who Supported Clinton

Trump says Comey-Mueller friendship ‘bothersome’

Trump has ‘no intention’ of firing special counsel

CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump and Russia

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Retirement Rumors Has Washington on Edge For Next Term

Democrat official fired after caught on tape saying he’s ‘glad’ Scalise got shot

Marc Thiessen: America is on its way to divorce court

Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget

A Second, Even Bigger Foreclosure Reaches NYC Billionaires’ Row

L.A.’s new tallest building is poised to become a lightsaber with massive LED displays

Mark Zuckerberg’s snub of White House could backfire as Europe goes after U.S. Internet giants

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Coracora, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ina, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

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

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Ulawun volcano on Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Southern Mexico to face increased downpours from Tropical Depression 4-E

12 billion gallons of water pour into Lake Tahoe amid this week’s heat wave

Texas mom left 2 toddlers in hot car to ‘teach them a lesson,’ police say

Yemen Now Faces ‘The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,’ U.N. Says

UN: More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

Marriage equality to be on new Malta government’s agenda

Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM-to-be historic

Once cheering diversity, Istanbul braces for Pride Week

Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year

Vermont bar changes name under pressure from LGBT activists

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church

16 photos that show the evolution of American gay pride celebrations over four decades

Texas pastors reject LGBT school curriculum: ‘This is Houston, not San Francisco’

Turkey to stop teaching evolution in high school

South Korea ramp up tensions with the North as ballistic missile is tested in front of new president

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 07:52 PM PDT

South Korea has ramped up tensions with North Korea with a test-launch of a ballistic missile. President Moon Jae-in watched over the launch as tensions…

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Arizona so hot weather map almost runs out of colors

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 07:35 PM PDT

Arizona truly has some extreme heat going on today. It’s going to be so hot, the high-temperature map will almost run out of colors. I’ve…

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Top 10 Bible-Minded Cities in US for 2017 Revealed

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 07:22 PM PDT

How do Americans from each region interact with the Bible? A study by Barna Group explores the faith profile of 131 cities to identify the…

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Man Nearly Dies, Claims He Visited Heaven — and Here’s How He Describes Jesus

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 07:16 PM PDT

A man is sharing his harrowing story of reportedly visiting heaven after nearly dying as the result of a severe allergic reaction. Steven Musick, author of the…

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Strange meat allergies triggered by ticks, continues to spread

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 02:24 PM PDT

First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and—for the unluckiest few—difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In…

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NASA’s New Assignment Is To Find Aliens and Prove Evolution

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 02:15 PM PDT

The National Space and Aeronautics Administration has done some amazing things for the United States over the years: the initial short flights into space, then…

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DEVELOPING: 400 more homes evacuated by growing fire near Utah

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 01:50 PM PDT

A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has doubled in size in high winds and drove…

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DAYS OF LOT: Pregnant Mother Insists She Is a Man

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 11:13 AM PDT

A woman is insisting she is still a “transgender man,” even though she is visibly pregnant and has also stopped taking male hormones. Kaci Sullivan,…

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UPDATE: Earthquake Swarm at Yellowstone reaches 500-plus since June 12.

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Seismologists are studying a swarm of 500-plus earthquakes that have rattled the Yellowstone Park area since June 12. Most are centered 8 miles north-northeast of…

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5 Reasons the End Times are Upon Us Now

Posted: 23 Jun 2017 10:39 AM PDT

It may come as a surprise to some, but many contemporary theologians and pastors believe that they are observing numerous signs in our culture that…

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Thousands of Palestinians Flood Temple Mount on Last Day of Ramadan

Posted: 25 Jun 2017 05:50 AM PDT

Over 300,000 Palestinians flooded the Temple Mount in Jerusalem overnight on Thursday to observe Laylat al-Qadr (night of power), the last night of the month-long…

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Researchers Claim Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ is lurking at edge of solar system

Posted: 25 Jun 2017 05:46 AM PDT

A mysterious, unseen, planetary object with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar…

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A Deadly Deception Emerging in the Prophetic Movement

Posted: 25 Jun 2017 05:41 AM PDT

(By Jennifer Leclaire) The church needs prophets who can rightly discern the moving of the Lord—and the moving of the enemy. We need prophets who…

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Nebraska ‘Tri-Faith Initiative’ Building Church, Synagogue, and Mosque Side by Side

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 06:16 PM PDT

A groundbreaking was recently held as part of a Nebraska building project that will erect a church, synagogue and mosque side by side on the same…

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UPDATE: 770 earthquakes recorded at Yellowstone Park in 2 weeks

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 06:02 PM PDT

Almost 770 earthquakes have been recorded in Yellowstone Park over the past two weeks. This is more than normal but not a sign of volcanic…

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Illinois could be first state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 05:47 PM PDT

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Kushner looking for Middle East peace with Netanyahu and Abbas

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 05:42 PM PDT

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his senior advisers to try…

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It’s time to get back up and back in the fight

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 02:38 PM PDT

( By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how the enemy wants to knock you down and keep you down! But it’s time…

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Anonymous believes NASA is poised to announce discovery of aliens

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 02:26 PM PDT

Hacking collective Anonymous claims US space agency NASA is about to announce the discovery of intelligent alien life. “NASA says aliens are coming!” the group…

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New Law Protects Religious Liberties in Florida Schools

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 12:27 PM PDT

Florida lawmakers passed a bill that protects religious students, parents, and faculty from being punished by the school system for their religious beliefs. SB 436,…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Hezbollah warns ‘100s of thousands’ would retaliate if conflict with Israel erupts

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 12:24 PM PDT

The next war with Israel would draw hundreds of thousands of fighters from across the entire Middle East, Hezbollah’s leader has warned after the Israeli…

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Alabama school bans Reagan, Coulter and other Conservatives from reading list

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 12:15 PM PDT

The summer reading list for Gene Ponder’s AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble.  Mr. Ponder filled…

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Turkey to stop teaching evolution in high school

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 12:09 PM PDT

Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution. The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to…

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Tornado Cripples 2 US ‘Doomsday Planes’ in Nebraska

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Two US E-4B aircraft, otherwise known as ‘Doomsday Planes’, which are designed to survive an electromagnetic shockwave in the event of war, were damaged and…

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Israeli warplanes target 2 Syrian tanks over spillover cross-border fire

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 11:56 AM PDT

The Israeli Defense Force has attacked two Syrian army tanks after a dozen spillover projectiles landed in the Israel-controlled part of the Golan Heights from…

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UK Parliament hit by cyber attack…

Posted: 24 Jun 2017 11:47 AM PDT

Hackers have targeted Parliament’s email system in an attempt to access the accounts of hundreds of MPs, Lords, aides, and staff. Security services are to…

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What is The Gospel?

Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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June 25, 2017: Verse of the day


Second Day, Second Group, Second Emphasis

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (1:29–34)

The phrase the next day introduces a sequence of days, which continues in verses 35, 43, and 2:1. Apparently, the events from John’s interview with the delegation from Jerusalem (vv. 19–28) to the miracle at Cana (2:1–11) spanned one week. On the day after he spoke to the delegation, John saw Jesus coming to him. Faithful to his duty as a herald, and defining a momentous redemptive moment, John immediately called the crowd’s attention to Him, exclaiming “Behold, the Lamb of God.” That title, used only in John’s writings (cf. v. 36; Rev. 5:6; 6:9; 7:10, 17; 14:4, 10; 15:3; 17:14; 19:9; 21:22–23; 22:1, 3), is the first in a string of titles given to Jesus in the remaining verses of this chapter; the rest include Rabbi (vv. 38, 49), Messiah (v. 41), Son of God (vv. 34, 49), King of Israel (v. 49), Son of Man (v. 51), and “Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (v. 45). That was not a guess on John’s part, but was revelation from God that was absolutely true, as the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus proved.

The concept of a sacrificial Lamb was a familiar one to the Jewish people. All through Israel’s history God had revealed clearly that sin and separation from Him could be removed only by blood sacrifices (cf. Lev. 17:11). No forgiveness of sin could be granted by God apart from an acceptable substitute dying as a sacrifice. They knew of Abraham’s confidence that God would provide a lamb to offer in place of Isaac (Gen. 22:7–8). A lamb was sacrificed at Passover (Ex. 12:1–36; Mark 14:12), in the daily sacrifices in the tabernacle and later in the temple (Ex. 29:38–42), and as a sin offering by individuals (Lev. 5:5–7). God also made it clear that none of those sacrifices were sufficient to take away sin (cf. Isa. 1:11). They were also aware that Isaiah’s prophecy likened Messiah to “a lamb that is led to slaughter” (Isa. 53:7; cf. Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 1:19). Though Israel sought a Messiah who would be a prophet, king, and conqueror, God had to send them a Lamb. And He did.

The title Lamb of God foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross for the sin of the world. With this brief statement, the prophet John made it clear that the Messiah had come to deal with sin. The Old Testament is filled with the reality that the problem is sin and it is at the very heart of every person (Jer. 17:9). All men, even those who received the revelation of God in Scripture (the Jews), were sinful and incapable of changing the future or the present, or of repaying God for the sins of the past. Paul’s familiar indictment of human sinfulness in Romans 3:11–12 is based on Old Testament revelation. As noted in the discussion of 1:9–11 in chapter 2 of this volume, kosmos (world) has a variety of meanings in the New Testament. Here it refers to humanity in general, to all people without distinction, transcending all national, racial, and ethnic boundaries. The use of the singular term sin with the collective noun world reveals that as sin is worldwide, so Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient for all people without distinction (cf. 1 John 2:2). But though His sacrificial death is sufficient for the sins of everyone (cf. 3:16; 4:42; 6:51; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 4:14), it is efficacious only for those who savingly believe in Him (3:15–16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:40; 11:25–26; 20:31; Luke 8:12; Acts 10:43; 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16; 3:21–24; 4:3–5; 10:9–10; 1 Cor. 1:21; Gal. 3:6–9, 22; Eph. 1:13; 1 John 5:1; 10–13). This verse does not teach universalism, the false doctrine that everyone will be saved. That such is not the case is obvious, since the Bible teaches that most people will suffer eternal punishment in hell (Matt. 25:41, 46; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 14:9–11; 20:11–15; cf. Ezek. 18:4, 20; Matt. 7:13–14; Luke 13:23–24; John 8:24), and only a few will be saved (Matt. 7:13–14).

John for the third time (cf. vv. 15, 27) stressed his subordinate role to Jesus, the eternal Word who had become a Man, acknowledging, “This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ ” John was created. Jesus’ higher rank was infinite. He was the One who created everything (1:1–3), including John. Though John was actually born before Jesus, Jesus existed before him. And though John was a relative of Jesus’ (probably His cousin), since their mothers were related (Luke 1:36), he still did not recognize Him as the Messiah until he baptized Him, so that He might be manifested to Israel. For that most significant of all John’s baptisms, he declared, “I came baptizing in water,” though he was reluctant to baptize Jesus (Matt. 3:14). It was at Jesus’ baptism that God, who sent John to baptize in water, fully revealed Jesus as the Messiah through a prearranged sign. John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him” (cf. Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22). That sign was supernatural proof of Jesus’ messiahship, because God had told John, “He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.” Like Peter (Matt. 16:17), John understood who Jesus truly was only through divine revelation. That Jesus is far greater than John is reinforced in that He baptizes in the Holy Spirit.

For the sixth time in his gospel (cf. 1:7, 8, 15, 19, 32), John the apostle refers to the Baptist’s witness to Christ, recording his affirmation, “I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” As noted in chapter 1 of this volume, witness, or testifying, is thematic in this gospel. John’s testimony in verse 34 is a fitting conclusion to this section, as the narrative makes the transition from him to Jesus. Although believers are in a limited sense children of God (Matt. 5:9; Rom. 8:14, 19; Gal. 3:26; cf. John 1:12; 11:52; Rom. 8:16, 21; 9:8; Phil. 2:15; 1 John 3:1–2, 10), Jesus is uniquely the Son of God in that He alone shares the same nature as the Father (1:1; 5:16–30; 10:30–33; 14:9; 17:11; 1 John 5:20).

To his first emphasis—Messiah is here—John added an equally compelling exhortation: Recognize Him for who He is—the Son of God, the Messiah, the ultimate sacrificial Lamb for the sin of the world.[1]

Witnessing to Jesus Christ

John 1:29–34

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

How can a believer witness to Jesus Christ? It is an important question, not only because each of us is called upon to witness (as we have already seen) but also because the expansion of the gospel in our time (as in all ages of the Christian church) depends in no small measure upon whether or not we will do it and, if we do, how well.

We have already looked at the first great principle for being a witness: the witness must recognize that he has no independent importance in himself. The evangelist expresses this in the case of John the Baptist, whose witness has been the basis of our story, by reminding us that he was not the Light. This teaches us, among other things, that a Christian will never be an effective witness if he is placing either himself or his own needs first in his thinking. Our own needs possess a certain degree of importance, of course. But we will never be able to focus on the needs of others if our own needs dominate us. For one thing, there is a sense in which our own needs are already met, whether we recognize it or not, for Paul wrote to the Philippians, saying, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). Our needs are met in Christ, and we have little to testify of if we do not see that clearly. Besides, we cannot really show love to the other person, which is the essence of witnessing, if we are not placing his needs before our own.

All that is true. Yet, we must go on from this point to see that our recognizing that we are not the Light is not in itself witnessing. That is only the first and preliminary principle.

A Verbal Witness

The second great principle for witnessing is that we must bear witness to the Light, and this means that we must witness verbally. Our witness must move out of the area of life and into the area of words. If it does not, we will be like the young man who went from a Christian home to a secular college. His parents were concerned how he would make out. So when he arrived home at Christmas they asked him anxiously, “How did you get along?” He answered, “Oh, I got along great. No one even knows that I’m a Christian.” I am not denying the importance of the Christian life, of course. There must be the kind of upright character and true commitment to Christ that will back up the witness by words. We will see more about this in our next study. But, important as it is, the living of the Christian life by itself is not enough for a complete witness; there must also be a verbal witness.

We can easily see why this must be so. For one thing, a nonverbal witness is at best merely puzzling to the non-Christian, and it can be totally misunderstood. Some time ago, after I had mentioned witnessing in the context of a message I was giving in a church other than my own, a woman came up to me to tell how she was bearing a witness in her place of employment. She apparently worked in a large office. Just that morning, so she said, as she was going out to lunch, one of the other workers handed her fifty cents and asked her to pick up a packet of cigarettes for him. What did she do? She returned the money, saying that she did not believe in smoking. She said to me that she believed God had helped her to bear a witness for Christ in that situation.

I do not want to be too hard on this woman. She had a right, if she wished, to disapprove of smoking. In view of the warnings being given in our day about smoking, probably more non-Christians than ever before are taking this position. Still, the point that I want to make here is that in this case the “witness” to Christ that the woman thought she was giving was really no witness at all. For had I been the man who had asked the favor and been refused, I would probably have considered her rude and never even have thought of her views in terms of Christianity.

The second reason why a nonverbal witness is inadequate is that, if it is effective at all, it should lead to a verbal witness. That is, if you are attempting to honor Christ by the way you are living, the things you are doing should lead to conversation about Jesus Christ and what he has meant in your experience.

Someone will say, “Oh, but isn’t it true that many persons have been led to Jesus Christ by means of the conduct of some Christian?” That is quite true; many have! The conduct of Christians has been an important step, even an essential step, in the salvation of many thousands of persons. But I am convinced that the matter has never stopped on that level and that these thousands would never have come to Christ unless the witness through the lives of Christians had not moved beyond actions at some point to a consideration of the person and claims of Jesus Christ as these truths were presented to them verbally.

People who have greatly moved the world for Christ have been ready to speak at any opportunity. In his book Henceforth, Hugh E. Hopkins tells of Douglas Thornton, an English believer who was being seen off at a railway station in Egypt. With some difficulty his friend found him an empty compartment on the train: “An empty compartment!” Thornton exclaimed. “Why, man, I want to fish.” He moved into a crowded compartment. It is also recorded that, when exploring the Great Pyramid on the outskirts of Cairo, Thornton redeemed the time by evangelizing the guide who was then crawling up a narrow passage on his hands and knees behind him.

We find another example in the conversion experience of John Wesley, the father of the Methodist church. Wesley had been a preacher for years before he was genuinely born again, and during this time (as might be expected) his ministry was a failure. After a particularly discouraging experience in the United States, as he was returning from Georgia to England by ship, he came into contact with a body of Moravian Christians. He was very much impressed with the calm they maintained in the midst of a storm at sea. It was not on the ship, however, but later at a meeting in the little chapel at Aldersgate in London, while someone was reading from Luther’s exposition of the letter to the Galatians, that Wesley “felt his heart strangely warmed” and was converted. After that he became one of the greatest evangelists in church history.

A verbal witness is a true witness. Thus, throughout the Gospel of John, the stories of those who are reached by Jesus Christ almost without exception end with a spoken profession of their belief. The man born blind is last seen in an attitude of worship, voicing the confession: “Lord, I believe” (John 9:38). The woman of Samaria grows in her understanding of Jesus. At the beginning of the narrative she regards him merely as a Jew (John 4:9). In verse 12 she raises the possibility that he may be greater than the patriarch Jacob. In verse 19 she calls him a prophet. The conclusion comes in her testimony to her neighbors when she argues that he is the Messiah (v. 29). In the same way John the Baptist testifies to the One who takes away the sin of the world.

The Message

Now, if we are to bear a witness to Jesus Christ, clearly we must know something about him. And this means that we must have a message. What is our message? The major parts of the answer to this question are suggested in our story. They are: 1) a witness to who Jesus Christ is; 2) a witness to what he has done; and 3) a witness to how a man or woman can come to know him personally.

First, we witness to who Jesus Christ is. John did this when he testified, “This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me’ ” (v. 30). Again, “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God” (v. 34). This is where we begin in our witness, because most of the points of Christian doctrine gain their significance from the fact that Jesus Christ is God. If Christ were only a man, then his death on the cross might have been inspiring as an example or a means by which we are excited to good works. We might say, “I never want such a tragedy to happen again” and become a great social worker. But if this is all that Christ is, then his death was in no sense an atonement; he did not die for our sin, and we are still under the condemnation of God and are still the children of wrath. In the same way, if he is not God, then we have no living God to worship, for we cannot know God apart from Jesus Christ.

As you begin to witness, let me suggest that you begin here. Begin with Christ’s claims about himself. You might refer to John 5:18, which tells us that Jesus “was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). He told the disciples: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Most non-Christians have never actually faced these claims, and many have never even heard them.

Second, we witness to what Jesus Christ has done. In one sense, of course, this is an overwhelming topic. For if Jesus is God, then all that God has done, and does, Christ does. He has been active in the creation of the world, in guiding the history of redemption, in giving us the Old and New Testaments, in helping us today in temptation, and in other things. Yet there is a sense in which the work of Christ focuses on something much more limited and therefore much easier to share. The focus of Christ’s work is to be found in his death on the cross. Hence, we want to share the meaning of his death when we try to tell others about him.

In his day, John the Baptist did this by reference to the Jewish sacrifices. He said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (v. 29). Have you ever given thought to what must have been involved in that statement—for John and for his hearers? For centuries Israel had known all about the sacrificial lamb. They had learned about it first from the story of Abraham, who was the father of their nation. At God’s command Abraham had been going up the mountain to sacrifice his son Isaac when Isaac had turned to him and asked, “Father, … Behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb?” Abraham had answered, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” And God did! Israel had also known about the lamb as a result of the institution of the Passover. On that occasion the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of the house was the sign for the angel of death to pass by. Moreover, they knew that daily in the services of the temple lambs and goats were sacrificed. They knew that in every instance the sacrifices meant the death of an innocent substitute in place of the one who had sinned.

On this basis John the Baptist came along and exclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God.” He recognized that the sacrifices were to be fulfilled in Jesus and that he would bear our sin as Isaiah had said. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. … he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5).

I like to think, as many other commentators have suggested, that as John identified Jesus as the sin-bearing Lamb, there may have been passing by the flocks of lambs that were driven up to the walls of Jerusalem each year to serve as sacrificial lambs for the Passover. The Passover feast was not far off (John 2:12–13). Perhaps John was led to refer to Jesus in this fashion because it showed vividly that he was able to deliver from death those who believed on him.

Do you believe that? Jesus is able to deliver us from death today. There is that final death, the second death, which is the separation of the soul of the individual from God. He delivers from that. But there are also the little deaths that we experience daily because of our natural alienation from God. Jesus is the answer to those deaths also. If you are a Christian, it is your privilege to tell others of the means by which sin is removed—through faith in the person and death of Jesus Christ—and that the one who believes in him is given new life, peace, joy, and freedom of access to God.

Finally, we also witness to the way in which a person can come to know and trust Jesus for himself. John did it by pointing to the fact that Jesus is the giver of the Spirit. He said, “I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit’ ” (v. 33). What does that mean? It means that Jesus Christ was the One who would give of his Spirit to those who should follow him. Or, to put it another way, it means that Jesus would come to live within the lives of his followers. Thus, when we bear witness to Jesus today, we talk not only of who Jesus is and of what he has done but also of how a person can come to have him enter his life and fill it.

Opening the Door

Someone will ask, “You say that Christ must enter our lives, but you have not told us how that can happen. How does that happen?” The answer is that it happens by faith as we “receive” him or “open” the doors of our lives to his knocking. One statement of that principle occurs in this same chapter in the verse that says: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (v. 12). Another verse is Revelation 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” According to these verses there are two steps to the process. There is the step in which we first “hear” his voice or “believe” in him. Then there is the step in which we “receive him” or “open” to his call.

We do this by praying. We say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner and in need of the salvation that you bring to men. I believe that you died for me, so that my sin is atoned for and borne away forever. I now open the door and invite you into my life and ask that you will cleanse me and rule my life forever. Amen.” It is as simple as that, but it must be a definite commitment. The act itself is indispensable.

Have you done that? If you have not, you are not a real Christian. It is not enough merely to know about Christ; you must belong to him. On the other hand, if you have done that, then let me ask whether you have ever invited another person to make the same commitment. I can tell you on the basis of my own experience—and that of many others—that there are few joys equal to that which is ours when the invitation is given to believe in Jesus and the person to whom we are witnessing responds and comes to him.[2]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 55–57). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 109–114). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.