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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 07/01/2017

Lesbian Woman Creates ‘LGBT Bible App’ to Promote ‘Inclusivity’ Within the Church   Jun 26, 2017 10:22 am

Photo Credit: YouTube PHILADELPHIA – A lesbian woman who is frustrated by the lack of homosexual-friendly material available in Christian bookstores has created what she describes as “the first LGBT Bible app,” featuring resources that celebrate homosexuality and do not condemn same-sex sexual behavior as being sinful. “This app is for people who…

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Former Longtime President of Church Planting Organization Decides to Live as Woman   Jun 26, 2017 12:18 pm

Photo Credit: Milligan College/Facebook NEW YORK — The former longtime president of a church planting organization headquartered in New York has decided to live as a woman. Paul Williams led the Orchard Group from 1989 to 2009, an organization that has planted churches throughout the Northeast, and especially the New York City area, since the…

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Nebraska ‘Tri-Faith Initiative’ Building Church, Synagogue, Mosque Side by Side   Jun 24, 2017 03:11 pm

OMAHA, Neb. — 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 property. Temple Israel, the American Muslim Institute and Countryside Christian Church claim that they are being led by God to create the multi-faith location in Omaha. “We believe that we are being…

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Arkansas Must Allow Lesbian ‘Spouses’ to Be Listed on Birth Certificates   Jun 26, 2017 08:11 pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the State of Arkansas must allow the “spouses” of lesbian women who conceive by a male sperm donor to be recognized on birth certificates even though they are not the biological parent. “Obergefell proscribes such disparate treatment. As we explained there, a State may not ‘exclude same-sex couples from civil…

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‘Sesame Street’ Expresses Support for Homosexuality During ‘LGBT Pride Month’   Jun 30, 2017 11:59 am

The popular children’s television show “Sesame Street” recently expressed its support for “lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered” persons on its official Twitter page, generating a range of public responses, from positive to negative. “Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes, and colors,” it wrote on June 23, posting a heart next to…

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Pro-Family Groups Push Back After GuideStar Labels 46 American Organizations ‘Hate Groups’   Jun 25, 2017 08:34 am

Over 40 pro-family groups recently signed a letter to the charity database site GuideStar after it labeled dozens of organizations as “hate groups” based on a list compiled by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). “The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad…

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Man Destroys Newly-Installed Ten Commandments Monument on Arkansas Capitol Grounds   Jun 28, 2017 11:58 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas man was arrested on Wednesday after he destroyed a Ten Commandments monument that had been installed just yesterday on the grounds of the Arkansas capitol building. Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren was taken into custody on charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal…

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North Carolina Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Plotting Terror Attack Against Americans   Jun 28, 2017 07:37 pm

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for “attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries” by conspiring with a member of the barbaric Islamic group ISIS to carry out one or more terror attacks on American soil. “ Sullivan was actively planning the mass killing of innocent people with an attack…

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Preachers Acquitted of UK ‘Crime & Disorder Act’ Charges Over Public Offense at Exclusivity of Gospel   Jun 29, 2017 02:06 pm

Photo Credit: Facebook BRISTOL, U.K. — Two preachers who had been found guilty earlier this year of “intentionally alarming” the public with their open-air preaching have now been acquitted in a UK appeals court. “We hope and pray that today’s ruling will be an encouragement to Christians across the nation to continue preaching the good news,” defendant…

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Celebrations   Jun 26, 2017 05:44 pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and decide whether or not the government may order people of faith to use their talents for a same-sex celebration despite their belief that it would be a form of participation and thus a sin against God. According to USA Today, “The…

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Top News – 7/1-2/2017

Netanyahu blocks bill to prevent division of Jerusalem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked controversial legislation that would make it nearly impossible to divide Jerusalem ahead of a planned vote on Sunday. The Prime Minister’s Office said that the reason was that Netanyahu wanted the coalition to reach a consensus on what the bill would look like rather than use a version put forward by Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party.

Media Still Shilling for Obama
the press has gone all out to criticize Trump in whatever way possible. A recent Shorenstein Center Harvard study found that CNN and NBC had given Trump 93 percent negative coverage. The study, according to the researchers, followed the reporting of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, “CBS Evening News, CNN’s The Situation Room, Fox’s Special Report, and NBC Nightly News,” and “three European news outlets.”

Associated Press Corrects Big Falsehood In Four Trump-Russia Reports
The Associated Press “clarified” a false claim it’s been running in stories about President Trump and Russia on Friday, conceding in a release it’s not the case that 17 intelligence agencies “agreed” on the hacking narrative. The correction to four reports on Trump and Russia comes the same day The New York Times issued a similar correction to a Maggie Haberman report. Both The NYT and the AP now say the claim they’ve been floating for months is incorrect.

UNESCO experts: Hebron heritage request too focused on Muslim history
UNESCO experts warned the Palestinian Authority that it has overly focused on Hebron’s Muslim history, at the exclusion of the Judeo-Christian heritage, in its request that the West Bank’s city’s “Old Town” be inscribed on the “World Heritage in Danger” list. The failure to make a full case for inscription as a heritage site combined with Israel’s decision to ban experts from visiting the city make it difficult to conclude if an emergency situation exists…

Bennett initiative to block dividing Jerusalem heads to early vote
A bill that would make it practically impossible to divide Jerusalem is set to go to a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday. The proposal advocated by Bayit Yehudi chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett would require 80 lawmakers to approve any attempt to retreat from Israeli sovereignty in any part of the capital, blocking what is likely to be a key component of any final-status agreement with the Palestinians.

Saudi media threatens Qatar as ultimatum nears expiry
An ultimatum issued by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to Qatar that it drop support for terrorists and meet a list of 13 demands…is nearing its expiry amid a torrent of threats… Omar Ghobash, was quoted…“There are certain economic sanctions that we can take…” But Sultan went so far as to imply that military force might be employed, using the word “storm” several times, which has echoes of…the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, Decisive Storm.

Dahlan confidant says Abbas pushing Hamas toward war
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing Hamas toward a war with Israel, according to Sufian Abu Zaida…“If Abu Mazen’s [Abbas’s] pressure on Gaza continues with Israel’s participation, Hamas will not just accept it,” Abu Zaida, a former PA prisoner affairs and civil affairs minister, said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “Hamas will decide that it has no choice but to have another confrontation with Israel.”

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory’s new leader Carrie Lam, as Hong Kong marked 20 years since its handover to China from Britain. On Saturday afternoon, after Mr Xi had left Hong Kong, thousands of people took part in an annual march calling for greater democracy.

Europe migrant crisis: Italy threatens to close ports as ministers meet
The interior ministers of Germany, France and Italy are due to meet for crisis talks in Paris amid a warning from Italy that the influx of migrants into the country is unsustainable. Italy has threatened to close its ports and impound rescue ships run by aid agencies carrying people from Libya. It needs more support as people cross the Mediterranean from Africa in large numbers, the UN’s refugee agency said.

French Puzzle Over Macron as Their New President Gathers Up Power
Is he Machiavelli, Bonaparte or de Gaulle? Emmanuel Macron wrote a thesis about the first, is often compared to the second and frequently cites the third. That parlor game playing out in the French media, as France tries to figure out its new president, demonstrates one thing: Mr. Macron has already concentrated all the power, nearly by default.

NASA unveils plan to test asteroid defense technique
Humanity could face one less doomsday scenario if NASA has its way. On Friday, the space agency announced plans to redirect the course of a small asteroid approaching Earth, as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), according to a NASA press release. The release notes that asteroids hit Earth nearly every day, but most are small enough to burn up in the atmosphere.

Bill to create panel that could remove Trump from office quietly picks up Democratic support
For months, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have privately counseled…members to forswear talk of impeaching President Trump, telling them the political support…simply doesn’t exist… But 25 House Democrats…are now pushing an…alternative: They are backing a bill that would create a congressional “oversight” commission that could declare the president incapacitated, leading to his removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

House Republicans propose big change to tax code for churches
Republican members of the House of Representatives are working to…allow church leaders to openly advocate for politicians and political causes without fear of risking their church’s tax-exempt status. Under the Johnson Amendment…religious leaders who…advocate for politicians or political groups could have their church’s tax-exempt status removed by the IRS…Friday House Republicans are working to…gut the Johnson Amendment…by cutting off the funding used to enforce it.

What Are They Hiding? Democrat State Officials Refuse to Assist President Trump
Democrat state officials in various states across the union are refusing to assist President Trump in his voter fraud investigation.  Democrat politicians from California, Connecticut, Virginia and even Kentucky… We also reported on a massive voter fraud incident in Nevada where half of the 19,000 votes in one district alone were determined to be fraudulent….A study from the state of Kansas also found that there are over 7 million voter registrations that appear in two states simultaneously.

Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency
Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America’s most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey to this list.

United Nations Hosts Two-Day Anti-Israel Palestinian Forum at its Headquarters
The United Nations once again has displayed its anti-Israel bias by hosting what is called the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation.”  The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has organized the two-day meeting. Representatives affiliated or working with two terrorist organizations – Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – are taking part.

The Brilliance of Trump’s Mika Brzezinski Tweet
.. The Mika Brzezinski tweet was incredibly brilliant. The timing was perfect, as planned. While the Press is talking about Trump’s Tweet: The travel ban went into effect, two immigration bills were approved by Congress, and other things the Democrats would normally be screaming about are getting done. . . under the radar, because the people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome are too busy to notice because they are too occupied with screaming and yelling about Trump’s tweets.

America’s Pension Bomb: Illinois Is Just the Start
The problem with ponzi schemes is that eventually you get to the point where the ponzi is so large that you can’t possibly steal enough money from new entrants to cover redemptions from those trying to exit…

Pentagon Halts Obama’s Transgender Endorsement Plan
The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular. Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept “transgender” people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

DHS Cuts THESE Funds After THESE Organizations Aren’t Invited to the White House For Ramadan Officials from the White House administration declined to host a scheduled 2017 Islamic Iftar dinner as Presidents have done in the past. As well, they eliminated last year’s plans to help fund Islamic groups that former President Obama was associated with. This was made public on Friday when the Department of Homeland Security compiled and released a list of organizations that are receiving DHS funds to help prevent the creation of radical Islamic terrorists.

Trump Admin Won’t Defend Overtime Rule
President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would not defend an Obama-era rule that has doubled the salary threshold at which employers must provide overtime compensation to employees.

Dave Brat: 1st part of fix is Obamacare repeal
A key member of the House Freedom Caucus says the Senate health-care bill drifts too far towards the existing framework and that the smartest approach would be to repeal Obamacare and then get to work on a replacement, although he does not expect GOP leaders to choose that path.

Soldiers plead for release from ‘transgender training’
….“The duty of military officers is to appropriately lead and prepare their personnel to serve and protect. This ‘transgender’ directive undermines unit cohesion and preparedness. We also call upon Secretary of Defense Mattis to put an end to this Obama-inspired social engineering,” he said.

Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’
Former Attorney General, Eric ‘Fast N Furious’ Holder sent out a late night, ominous tweet to the ‘career men & women at the DOJ/FBI’: “your actions and integrity will be unfairly questioned. Be prepared, be strong. Duty. Honor. Country.” After an 8 year crime spree, also known as the Obama administration, it’s a little difficult to tell who Eric Holderis warning.

Turkey’s power-play in Qatar leads to warmer relations with Iran
On June 17th the Iranian ambassador to Turkey said that Tehran wanted to cooperate with Turkey in the struggle against terrorism. According to a report at the Daily Sabah Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard was asked if his country views Kurdish groups in Syria, the People’s Protection Units and Democratic Union Party, as terrorists, the way Ankara does. “[Iran] describes the PKK, the PYD and the YPG to be terrorist groups,” the ambassador said.

Israeli-Indian ties reach new heights
When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian prime minister, it will mark the apex of a century-old relationship that has plodded forward in fits and starts, despite domestic Indian impediments, ideological misunderstandings, and Cold War considerations.

IDF strikes target in Syria in retaliation for spillover
The Israeli Air Force struck an Syrian regime position in the Golan Heights on Friday in retaliation for a projectile that landed earlier In Israeli territory. The projectile which landed in open territory in the northern Ramat HaGolan caused no damage or injuries. It is believed to be spillover from the fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups fighting near the town of New Quneitra close to the Israeli border.

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory’s new leader Carrie Lam, as it marks 20 years since its handover to China from Britain. He took part in a series of lavish events, including a flag-raising ceremony, amid tight police security.

Lebanon refugee camps hit by five suicide bombers
Five militants have blown themselves up during a raid by Lebanese troops on refugee camps near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s army said. A young girl was killed and three soldiers wounded by the blasts. Four others were hurt when an attacker threw a hand grenade, the army said. It happened during an operation to search for militants and weapons in an area near the town of Arsal.

Trump to Senate Republicans: kill Obamacare now, replace later
U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation. Senate Republican leaders had set Friday as the target for rewriting legislation for a simultaneous repeal and replacement of extensive parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act…

Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief
In a major shake up of the Vatican’s administration on Saturday, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism’s top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff’s vision of a more inclusive Church. A brief Vatican statement said Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller’s five-year mandate as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key department charged with defending Catholic doctrine, would not be renewed.

New Chinese Navy Destroyer Can Best Japan, India And Maybe The United States
The expansion of China’s military is no secret. Beijing raised the People’s Liberation Army budget by 7% this year, typical of its annual increases. Late last year it floated one aircraft carrier into the open Pacific and in April unveiled a domestically built aircraft carrier, its second in the fleet. On Wednesday the PLA navy announced it had finished work on a destroyer warship that can displace 10,000 tons, according to the state-run China Daily news website.

Trump “Overrules” Cabinet, Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War
In what may be one of the “most consequential and contentious” decisions about to be announced by Donald Trump, with the political world distracted by Trump’s media wars, Axios reports that Trump – defying virtually all his Wall Street advisors – is set to launch a global trade war.

Dakota Drought Sparks Biggest Spring Wheat Price Spike In 7 Years
“Basically, the crop is burning up…”

A Deadly Brain-Invading Worm Is Disturbingly Widespread in Florida
Scientists in Florida have found traces of rat lungworm in five counties, bolstering the idea that this potentially fatal parasite may be expanding its geographical range on account of…you guessed it….climate change.

US slams Damascus as chemical weapons monitor says sarin used in April Syria a
….An estimated 74 to 100 or more civilians were killed and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to various reports. Washington rushed to blame Damascus based on open-source intelligence…Damascus strongly denied responsibility for the April 4 incident. It said it did not possess or use chemical weapons, and that the Syrian Air Force destroyed a facility where the militants apparently stored nerve gas.

The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way
“The borrower is the servant of the lender, and through the mechanism of government debt virtually the entire planet has become the servants of the global money changers. ..”


The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and through the mechanism of government debt virtually the entire planet has become the servants of the global money changers.  Politicians love to borrow money, but over time government debt slowly but surely impoverishes a nation.  As the elite get governments around the globe in increasing amounts of debt, those governments must raise taxes in order to keep servicing those debts.  In the end, it is all about taking money from us and transferring it into government pockets, and then taking money from government pockets and transferring it into the hands of the elite.  It is a game that has been going on for generations, and it is time for humanity to say that enough is enough. (Read More…)


Those ’17 Intelligence Agencies’ Cited By Hillary Clinton About Trump And Russia Turned Out To Be Fake News

The New York Times placed a bombshell of a correction at the bottom of a pessimistic piece on President Donald Trump Thursday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past 48 hours, every, single bit of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative has collapsed. Project Veritas has released multiple videos catching CNN employees on video admitting the whole thing is a ‘nothing burger’. Today we hear that the famed ’17 intelligence agencies’ cited ad nauseum by Hillary Clinton and the fake news media were, how do you say, just made up. 

A previous version of Monday’s story by Maggie Haberman, titled “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies,” made reference to the “17 intelligence agencies” that have supposedly all concurred in the assessment of Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential race.

Despite the mainstream media and the political left making constant reference for months to the “17 intelligence agencies” agreeing on Russia’s actions during the campaign, this has repeatedly been debunked. The single released report on the matter from the American intelligence community was produced by only three intelligence agencies – the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Hillary Cites The ’17 Intelligence Agencies’ Fake News Narrative During Debate:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the “17 agencies” line was fake news. While there are 17 American intelligence agencies and none, to his knowledge, objected to the CIA/FBI/NSA report, none of the other 14 agencies have published any independent confirmation of its claims.

The phrase ’17 intelligence agencies‘ seems to have entered the public discourse after Hillary Clinton used it in her second debate with Trump. Despite its demonstrable inaccuracy, it continues to feature in articles from across the mainstream media. For example, an Associated Press wire story that Breitbart News carried last week uncritically uses the 17-agency figure.

For its part, the New York Times felt compelled to issue a correction after using the same phrase. The following was added below Haberman’s article:

Correction: June 29, 2017
A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

Note: The figure of four agencies is reached by including Clapper’s office in addition to the three agencies that compiled the published report. source


Obama Slams Trump And American Nationalism In Speech To Muslims At Indonesian Congress In Jakarta

Former U.S. President Barack Obama has pointed to the importance of the Paris climate accord while criticizing Donald Trump for pulling the world’s biggest economy out of the pact.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As long as he was president and America was pro-LGBT, pro-globalism, and every other ism associated with Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals’, Obama was as pleased as could be. But now that the American people have elected a president whose platform was returning power to the people and has instituted an America First policy, Obama is not happy. So unhappy, in fact, that he chose to bash America and the American president before Muslims in a foreign country. Ahhh, that’s the Barry Sotero I remember. 

President Trump said last month he would withdraw from the pact and seek to negotiate a better deal, in a move that attracted widespread criticism from counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. The decision by Trump to walk away from the 2015 agreement was also criticized by business leaders, with some describing it as a setback for the environment.

“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” Obama said Saturday in a speech at the opening of the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta. He said it was “an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance.”

“The challenges of our times, whether it’s economic inequality, changing climate, terrorism, mass migration; these are really challenges and we’re going to have to confront them together,” he said.

Obama Memuji Toleransi Warga Indonesia Pada Pidato Kunci Pembukaan Kongres Diaspora:

Obama, who has been holidaying in Indonesia and on Friday met with President Joko Widodo, also warned in remarks Saturday against rising sectarian politics around the world, as well as growing discrimination based on race and ethnicity.

“There are going to be some big decisions to make about Indonesia and about the United States and about the world in the years to come,” he said. “It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads, at an inflection point.”

He said in Jakarta there had been “enormous progress” which had occurred “in part because of the stability that the United States helped support here in the Asia Pacific.”

Obama cites ‘Global Challenges’ to promoting globalism

But the former president said there are also challenges, and that globalization and technology had created problems and “shifts in the foundations of societies” and in politics both in developing and developed countries.

“The world is more prosperous than ever before, but this has also brought significant changes that are dangerous.”

“We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism, we start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us.”

“We start seeing discrimination against people based on race or ethnicity or religion.” Those threats must be confronted, Obama said.

Obama, who spent four years in Indonesia as a child, met on Friday with Widodo, known as Jokowi, at Bogor on the outskirts of the capital. “I always found Jokowi to be a man of quiet but firm integrity and somebody who sincerely wants what’s right by all Indonesians,” he said.

Their meeting touched on issues such as infrastructure and economic development, according to Obama, who said Saturday that the U.S. and Indonesia shared the common values of “pluralism and tolerance and openness and rule of law.” source


Sec’y Of Defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Orders Halt To Obama’s Transgender Recruitment Program For Military

The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular.

EDITOR’S NOTE: President Trump is under such constant attack, it’s hard to tell what he’s accomplishing. But he is getting a tremendous amount done day in and day out. Month after month, like icebergs breaking off into the ocean, former President Obama’s signature executive orders and policy decisions are disappearing under the Trump onslaught. 

Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept “transgender” people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

Defense Secretary James Mattis explained his July 30 decision to delay Obama’s plan for six months, just before it was to begin operating:

Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation? It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military Services.

The six-month delay will encourage and help opponents lobby against Obama’s pro-transgender policy.

Throughout 2016, Obama used his power as president to push schools and other institutions to support the claim by transgender activists that people have a hidden “gender identity” which is independent of their sex and biology. These advocates also say that a person’s sex is determined by their “gender identity,” not their male-or-female body. In turn, the advocates demand that the federal government force Americans to accept the sex-switching “gender identity” claims made by each person, regardless of scientific data about genetics, biology and the variety of normal behavior and appearances shown by normal women and men.

Sorry, Rachel, Obama’s plan to turn the military transgender just got cancelled:

Transgender activists were furious about Mattis’ last-minute decision to block Obama’s directive, which would have resulted in a de-facto endorsement of the transgender ideology by the most respected government institution in the nation.

“For the past year, transgender troops have been serving openly … stonewalling on full inclusion will, just like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ compromise military readiness,” said a statement from the pro-transgender Palm Center in California.

Obama’s proposal is widely opposed, in part, because it would require soldiers to share bathrooms and shower facilities with people of the opposite sex, and would require the U.S. military pay for the expensive procedures — such as hormones and perhaps surgery — used by people trying to live as members of the opposite sex.

The military’s most famous transgender recruit, now named Chelsea Manning, was recently freed from military jail on Obama’s orders. When serving in Iraq, Manning illegally copied a huge haul of military records and videos and released them to the world.

The Rasmussen poll was published just before the Pentagon announcement. The June 26 to June 27 survey of 1,000 likely voters showed 48 percent of voters supporting a delay, only 32 percent oppose a delay and an unusually larger proportion — 21 percent — avoided comment, saying they were “not sure.” Read the poll here.

The cross-tabs, however, showed that GOP supporters split 60 percent for a delay and 23 percent opposition to a delay. Democrats split 33 percent for a delay and 44 percent opposition to a delay.

Importantly, 52 percent of the swing-voting independents back a delay, while only 25 percent oppose a delay — and 23 percent declined to comment. That is a two-to-one preference among swing-voters for delay, and most of the no-comment voters likely favor a delay also.

Among self-described conservatives, 64 percent want a delay, while only 22 percent oppose a delay. Self-described “moderates” split 42 percent for a delay, 35 percent opposed a delay.

The questions about a “delay” – instead of outright opposition — offered voters some opportunity to show opposition to the media-favored transgender agenda while protecting themselves from claims of bigotry.

That worry was clearly visible in a prior Rasmussen question, which asked likely voters whether the decision to allow transgender people into the military is good or bad for the military.

Twenty-three percent said transgenders are good for the military — including just 32 percent of Democrats. Thirty-one percent said transgenders are bad for the military — but only 16 percent of liberals.

Significantly, the largest group — 38 percent — of voters waffled by saying transgenders would have no impact. That 38 percent number likely hides some opposition to recruiting transgender for the military because it is actually larger than the 32 percent who oppose a delay.

The question of whether the military should accept “transgender” people was unimaginable a few years ago. However, it is now an issue because the Democratic Party’s progressive leadership — and much of the elite media — has embraced the transgender ideology.

The ideology claims that people have a hidden “gender identity” which is independent of their sex and biology, and which justifies their claim to be members of the opposite sex. The ideology also demands that the federal government force Americans to accept the “gender identity” sex-switching claims made by each person, regardless of scientific data about genetics, biology and the variety of normal behavior and appearances shown by normal women and men.

The progressive push to bend Americans’ attitudes and their civic society around the idea of “gender” has already attacked and cracked popular social rules for how Americans handle the many charming differences between complementary men and women — the rules governing single-sex bathrooms and shelters for battered womensports leagues for girlshiking groups for boysK-12 curricula and university speech codesreligious freedomsfree speech, the social status of womenparents’ rights in childrearing, practices to help teenagers, women’s expectations of beautyculture and civic societyscientific researchprison safetycivic ceremoniesschool rules, men’s sense of masculinitylaw enforcement, and children’s sexual privacy.

To read more about the “transgender” ideology, click heresource


Michael Moore’s Fourth of July Plans Are Horrible

According to Zackary Leeman of LifeZette, controversial leftist filmmaker and “blatant opportunist” Michael Moore is calling for Trump haters to storm the offices of their Senators over the 4th of July week. Leeman writes:

While most people will be getting together with family and friends and celebrating the birthday of our great nation, filmmaker Michael Moore has different plans altogether.

“I call upon EVERYONE to observe this 4th of July week by nonviolently storming the local offices of your Senators, pack town halls, RISE UP!” Moore tweeted on Wednesday.

He continued in this vein by taking issue with the potential of an Obamacare repeal in the near future.

“The Snakes of the Senate languishing in their pit, unable to attack the millions of sick, elderly & newborn. The Resistance lives to fight on,” he wrote. “They now scurry home 2 ‘celebrate’ the birthday of the country & its people they despise so much. They’ll quietly regroup w/ rich backers…”

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Pentagon Halts Obama’s Transgender Endorsement Plan

Breitbart reports:

The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular.

Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept “transgender” people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

Defense Secretary James Mattis explained his July 30 decision to delay Obama’s plan for six months, just before it was to begin operating:

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New Device Allows Cops to Download All of Your Smartphone Activity in Seconds

According to Anti-Media, a new technology allows police to plug drivers’ phones into a tablet-like device that will tell the officer what the person was doing on their phone and exactly when they were doing it. Clearly, this is a violation of a person’s Constitutional right to privacy. Here’s the story:

New York – Any person who operates a motor vehicle in the state shall be deemed to have given consent to field testing of his or her mobile telephone and/or personal electronic device for the purpose of determining the use thereof while operating a motor vehicle, provided that such testing is conducted by or at the direction of a police officer.”

That’s language from the text of a bill currently working its way through the New York state legislature. The legislation would allow cops to search through drivers’ cell phones following traffic incidents — even minor fender-benders — to determine if the person was using their phone while behind the wheel.

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

JULY 1, 2017
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“[ObamaCare] offers ‘access’ by threatening and forcing people to buy insurance. This is tantamount to celebrating an increase in military recruitment after passing a draft.” —David Harsanyi

June 29, 2017

YAHOO — U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect late Thursday, after Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups…. (more)


June 29, 2017

BLOOMBERG — The Trump administration’s revised travel ban faced a new court challenge as soon as it took effect Thursday after the president’s signature immigration policy already weathered months of protests, legal wrangling and delays…. (more)


June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims…. (more)

June 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward chided the media for opting to engage in biased coverage of President Donald Trump rather than doing the hard work of investigative White House reporting…. (more)

June 29, 2017

NEWSMAX — Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times could bring the newspaper’s “libel lawsuit winning streak” to a screeching halt, according to a legal expert…. (more)


June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has weathered yet another round of calls for her ouster, but fellow House Democrats are beginning to look beyond her tenure and cast about for a list of successors…. (more)

June 29, 2017
JOE KOVACS — The U.S. Secret Service agent who said she would not “take a bullet” for President Trump is not suffering the same punishment that other agents received for “similarly serious or lesser misconduct,” says a report from the Washington Free Beacon…. (more)

June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI agent charged Wednesday with lying about firing his gun during a deadly confrontation during the 2016 Oregon-Bundy standoff may be only the tip of the iceberg…. (more)


June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — CNN was hit Wednesday with a second undercover video, this one featuring regular political contributor Van Jones calling the Russia controversy a “nothing burger.”… (more)


June 29, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — The media is taking it on the chin in the era of “fake news.” According to Gallup, less than three in 10 Americans have “confidence” in TV news and newspapers – – and that is better than it was last year…. (more)

June 29, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — In their condemnation of the Senate’s health-insurance bill, Democrats are seizing on the Congressional Budget Office’s conclusion that 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance if the legislation passed in its current form…. (more)

June 28, 2017

NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Republicans are making “steady progress” on healthcare, noting Tuesday the end goal is to lower the cost of premiums. “It’s gonna take more discussions,” Cruz said. “The most critical question is how do we lower premiums? That’s been my central focus from the beginning.”… (more)


June 28, 2017

PROJECT VERITAS — Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative…. (more)


June 28, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Whether it indicates Republicans are giving in, giving up or just concealing their opinions for fear of being sued, a new poll shows that for the first time, Republicans now are evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage…. (more)

June 28, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants extra housing cash for lawmakers – – in the form of a $2,500 monthly stipend. Thank goodness Chaffetz is already leaving office. Saves the trouble of drumming him out of D.C. His request represents everything that’s wrong with Congress, with politicians in general and with the flip-flop that’s taken place in U.S. politics in recent years that’s relegated the taxpayers to the role of public servant…. (more)

June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO BEE — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a voter-approved California law that would have forced gun owners to get rid of high-capacity ammunition magazines by this Saturday…. (more)

June 28, 2017
DALLAS NEWS — Steve Doud, a subscriber from Plano, emailed me to say he’d read something in the June 21 Dallas Morning News that couldn’t possibly be true. An eight-paragraph Washington Post article on page 10A reported on a national study about kids and guns. The last sentence said 4.2 percent of American kids have witnessed a shooting in the past year…. (more)

June 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — The GOP representative from Montana who assaulted a reporter raised $116,000 the day after the incident, The Guardian reported. Greg Gianforte in May body slammed a reporter from the Guardian and broke his glasses. He was charged with assault on election eve but still won the special election…. (more)

June 28, 2017
ST. GEORGE NEWS — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon…. (more)

June 28, 2017
NPR — Less than a day after a monument of the Ten Commandments was installed outside the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, it was destroyed when a man smashed a car into the stone…. (more)

June 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — A new report claims the Islamic State (ISIS) served a mother the remains of her 1-year-old son without her knowledge. The New York Post cites a Middle East Media Research Institute translation as saying the woman was a Yazidi sex slave…. (more)

June 26, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Someone recently asked me what I thought of the effort by a black American senior at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin, who is circulating a petition to change the name of the school, “citing the past president’s history as a slaveholder.” I responded that, however ironically, her effort may provide evidence that she’s doing the right thing, but for the wrong reason: “Any high school that produces seniors with so little understanding of their own and their nation’s history doesn’t deserve to be named after James Madison.”… (more)

June 26, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The latest propaganda piece from The Washington Post, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault,” is based, as usual, mostly on anonymous sources determined to make former President Barack Obama look good. The gist is that Obama tried his best to punish Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 election, but he fell short and left the matter in the hands of President Donald Trump, who has done nothing…. (more)

June 26, 2017

BYRON YORK — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s accusation that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lied about President Trump and the Russia investigation – – that Schumer said the president was under investigation after he, Schumer, had been specifically told by the FBI that Trump was not – – is shedding new light on the events that led to the president’s rising frustration over the Russia probe, the FBI, and Democrats who sought to make political hay out of Trump’s troubles…. (more)


June 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Progressives expecting a comforting anti-Trump presence Saturday morning on MSNBC were spewing their corn flakes after finding instead conservative Hugh Hewitt in his debut as host of a weekly show on the liberal network…. (more)

 This ‘n’ That

  • I haven’t read this yet, but I always appreciate Michael Haykin’s work.
  • Once again, I guess I just can’t identify with the humor of the Babylon Bee. At first I thought the headline was funny, then I read this and pondered and realized the implications. Have some celebrity pastors reached such a status that we might actually be more fearful of them then we are of God? If we’re joking about it, then there must be an element of truth, and that’s not good.
  • Big news! I mean, this is almost as big as when women leaders in Bible Study Fellowship (a group about which I have significant concerns, but that’s for another day) were allowed to wear pants!
  • I love so much about this article, like this quote: “Women are incredibly smart. Women excel in all walks of life because we are capable and intelligent. And yet, often we do not provide opportunities for women to use our great minds in the church. This is not only unfortunate, it is wrong. Women can and should use their intelligence to know the Bible. And we should teach one another using skillful exposition.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Paula!).
  • I pray they find this girl.
  • Aw, poor little things!
  • If you can stomach it, this article exposing the ongoing sexual abuse within the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism is an important read (warning: some content is graphic). We are quick to condemn the Roman Catholic Church for its scandals, yet the Protestant church has plenty of its own sin with which to deal.
  • I don’t know that we need to take time to be bored, so much as we need to be deliberate about being disconnected from a virtual world.
  • I’ll just leave this here.
  • sobering story and some biblical thoughts from Pastor Gabe Hughes.
  • Well, apparently chocolate Twinkies were announced a couple months ago. I just found them recently. What I find interesting, though, is that they are being treated as something new, when I know they made these when I was a kid! They used to only be available during the summer months. Does anybody else remember that?
  • Midwestern Seminary has launched a brand new Spurgeon website (i.e., treasure trove).
  • An extraordinary calling for ordinary men:

Top Headlines – 7/1-2/2017

Livni urges UNESCO not to pass Hebron decision

B’Tselem, MK decry ‘occupation’ at UN conference

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon joins ex-leaders promoting peace

Hundreds protest Western Wall backtrack in Jerusalem

AIPAC considers congressional letter over Western Wall crisis

Netanyahu risks religious ire to take part in Shabbat memorial to German leader

This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

Israel to build pipeline to absorb sewage from Gaza

Projectile from Syria falls inside Israeli Golan for 17th time this week

IDF destroys Syrian artillery after shells explode in Golan Heights

Israel warns Syria after stray fire hits Golan

Rebels accuse Syrian army of chlorine attack, army calls it fabrication

Syria says chemical attack probe work of ‘sick mind’

Erdogan slams opposition as ‘justice march’ nears Istanbul

Turkey’s power-play in Qatar leads to warmer relations with Iran

Qatar rejects Arab states’ ultimatum ahead of deadline

Qatar rejects Arab demands but ready for dialogue, says foreign minister

Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Obama preaches tolerance in world’s biggest Muslim majority nation

For Abused, Gay Iraqi in Turkey, U.S. Refugee Freeze is Cruelest Hit

2,000 evacuated after scare at Paris’s main airport

New Chinese Navy Destroyer Can Best Japan, India And Maybe The United States

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’

Venezuela confirms 4 more deaths in anti-government protests

Mexico: 19 killed in clashes near beach city of Mazatlan

Shooting at Little Rock, Arkansas, nightclub leaves 28 injured

Legal pot sales begin in Nevada

Trump attacks media as ‘fake’ and ‘fraudulent,’ pushes back about his use of Twitter

Trump argues his tweetstorms are ‘Modern Day Presidential’

Bill to create panel that could remove Trump from office quietly picks up Democratic support

Ukraine: Russian security services were behind cyberattack

The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way

Trump “Overrules” Cabinet, Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War

Trump’s considering a tariff that could put the economy on a path to ‘global recession’

Dakota Drought Sparks Biggest Spring Wheat Price Spike In 7 Years

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chitose, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Delaware-Size Iceberg Is About to Break Off of Antarctica

Trump to Senate Republicans: kill Obamacare now, replace later

Trump tweet not signal to abandon Senate health care bill, White House says

Top Dem: Pentagon decision to delay transgender troop enlistment ‘outrageous’

World Pride: Thousands rally for global LGBT rights in Madrid

Some 3,000 attend Haifa Pride Parade

Turkish authorities ban transgender rights march in Istanbul

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in a week of Vatican turmoil

After UN hosts 2-day anti-Israel event, Israel’s envoy says it colludes with terror supporters

UN chief distances himself from Palestinian summit on 50 years of occupation

‘Israel can’t afford rupture with Diaspora over Western Wall’

Germany okays deal to sell nuke-capable submarines to Israel

B’Tselem chief: Israel sabotaging fight against anti-Semitism to retain West Bank

PLO to UN: ‘Hamas and PFLP are not terrorist organizations’

UN envoy seeks deal to end Gaza electricity crisis

Palestinian cleric calls on Allah to help us ‘slaughter Americans, Europeans’

Israeli forces enter Palestinian city to remove monument to Maalot terrorist

Trump is seeing how hard it can be to land the ‘ultimate’ deal between Israel and the Palestinians

Acid leak threatens plants, wildlife in Judean Desert

Futuristic tech dramatically illuminates the City of David’s past

Israeli Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount, despite ban

IDF reports more spillover from Syria

UK says sarin attack in Syria can’t be ignored

Suicide Bombers Attack Lebanese Soldiers Near Syria Border

Lebanon refugee camps hit by five suicide bombers

Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 – UN

Report Confirms That Chemical Arms Were Used on Syrian Villagers

Syria, Russia accuse US of plotting ‘provocation’

Afghanistan conflict: US says troop withdrawal was too quick

Gunman kills 1, injures 6 at NYC hospital before killing self

American Muslims decry Trump’s new travel ban

Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries

U.S. to Arrest Parents, Sponsors Who Hire Smugglers to Bring Children Across Border

House passes Kate’s Law, as part of illegal immigrant crackdown

U.S. plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms

China builds new military facilities on South China Sea islands: think tank

Blacklisted China bank cited as a North Korea conduit to global finance

Trump declares ‘patience is over’ with North Korea

Trump accepts invitation to visit South Korea

How Liberal Portland Became America’s Most Politically Violent City

Why some inside the White House see Trump’s media feud as ‘winning’

Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies

Trump’s voter-fraud commission wants to know voting history, party ID and address of every voter in the U.S.

Dollar posts biggest quarterly drop in nearly seven years

Household income falling at fastest rate since 1976 as UK savings rates crash

Unprecedented heat in the Southwest shatters energy use records

Merkel issues warning to Trump ahead of G20 summit

New Conspiracy Theory: Children Kidnapped for Mars Slave Colony

Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Lesotho: Govt Issues Bird Flu Warning

‘Alarming’ rat lungworm parasite spreading through Florida, researchers warn

Virginia law will give drug addicts clean needles

The U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out.

Sperm donor connects with 19 children he fathered

German parliament approves same-sex marriage

Why Angela Merkel, known for embracing liberal values, voted against same-sex marriage

Mattis delays Pentagon’s decision to allow transgender recruits six more months

Ingrid Schlueter – The ‘Can’t Talk’ Rule, Red Flags in Abusive Churches

Matt Walsh: Courts in Europe have sentenced a baby to death. This is socialized medicine

R. Scott Clark – Senator Sanders And The Twofold Kingdom

Report: Jay Sekulow’s legal firm steered millions in donations to family members

Finally, Jackie Robinson’s Faith Is Getting the Attention It Deserves

China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Preachers Acquitted of UK ‘Crime & Disorder Act’ Charges Over Public Offense at Exclusivity of Gospel

East Texas Woman Arrested For Threatening Pastor With a Rifle During Church Service

FBI Investigating 1,000 ISIS-Related Threats in All 50 States

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 01:01 PM PDT

Days, after Charlotte-area ISIS sympathizer Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life for planning mass murder in support of the Islamic State terror group, a North…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Battle for Jerusalem 2,000 Years Ago

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:56 PM PDT

Archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority have found evidence of the last battle between Roman soldiers and Jewish rebels which led to the destruction of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

8 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:51 PM PDT

(By Jentezen Franklin) There was a time when someone suffering from a heart attack had little chance of survival because he or she didn’t know…

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Japanese Men Are Marrying Virtual Reality Brides

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Japanese men are tieing the digital knot with Virtual Reality brides – and the ceremony is just as strange as it sounds. Footage from a…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

GOP Moves to Give Pastors Freedom to Endorse Political Candidates

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:32 PM PDT

Churches should have the First Amendment right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans, who quietly tucked a provision…

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Germany to fine social media sites over ‘Hate Speech’…

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within…

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UPDATE: University Admits “We screwed up!” “We won’t toss out Bibles or crosses”

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 12:16 PM PDT

The leadership at Oklahoma’s East Central University slammed on the brakes and jettisoned their decision to removes crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols from a…

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Secret to 80 Years of Marriage: ‘Put God First’

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 07:48 AM PDT

A Michigan couple is celebrating a huge milestone: 80 years of marriage. Donald and Vivian Hart, both 99 years old, married in 1937. They met…

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British Man Jailed for hitting Muslim Woman with Slab of Bacon

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 07:36 AM PDT

A British man has been jailed after hitting a Muslim teen with a slab of bacon after hurling insults at her and her mother. Alex…

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Muslim leader urges Indonesians to boycott Starbucks over LGBT stand

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 07:30 AM PDT

A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization has called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the…

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US fertility rate hits historic low

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 07:24 AM PDT

New data released Friday revealed the number of women giving birth in the United States has hit a historic low, causing some to fear that…

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CERN Breaking Records With Unprecedented Number of Particles In Record Time

Posted: 01 Jul 2017 07:18 AM PDT

An unprecedented number of particles has been reached in record time. Just five weeks after physics resumed, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is already running…

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A Giant Asteroid Will Come Extremely Close To Earth In 2029, And Impact ‘Can’t Be Ruled Out’

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 04:48 PM PDT

Scientists believe a 40-million-ton asteroid set to fly close to Earth in 12 years may end up colliding with our planet on a future pass….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Rabbi Believes Arch of Ba’al Is New World Order’s Model for “Temple of Darkness” in Jerusalem

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 04:43 PM PDT

A replica of an ancient Roman triumphal arch reappeared in Italy last week, accompanying yet another summit of world leaders while attracting over two million…

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University to Remove Crosses, Bibles and Altar from Campus Chapel

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 04:33 PM PDT

East Central University said they will remove crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols from a campus chapel to appease a bunch of out-of-town agitators. It’s…

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LGBT Mega-Donor Reveals Next Goal: ‘Punish the Wicked’ Gay Marriage Opponents

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:42 PM PDT

A prominent LGBT activist who has donated more than anyone else to LGBT causes has said that “wicked” people who advocate for laws protecting the…

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Public Schools Giving Psych Evals to Kids without Parental Consent

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:37 PM PDT

Dr. Aida Cerundolo, a New Hampshire physician, exposed public schools in his state for giving secret mental-health assessments to elementary children without the parents’ knowledge…

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Trump WH declines to recognize LGBT Pride Month

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:28 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has broken with recent precedent by not recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month. The decision marks an end to two of his…

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Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Between Scotland and Norway Shakes Buildings in Many Surrounding Areas

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:22 PM PDT

An earthquake has rocked Scotland this afternoon, leaving buildings shaking and residents shocked. The earthquake, which has been registered at 4.8 magnitude struck in the North…

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Heavy monsoon rains cause massive floods, leave 25 dead in Pakistan

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:12 PM PDT

Heavy monsoon rains started affecting Pakistan this week, causing massive floods and leaving widespread power outages. As of June 30, 2017, at least 25 people…

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‘Sesame Street’ Expresses Support for Homosexuality During ‘LGBT Pride Month’

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 01:07 PM PDT

The popular children’s television show “Sesame Street” recently expressed its support for “lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered” persons on its official Twitter page, generating a range…

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Teens Threatened With Arrest for Praying—in America!

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 12:35 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) It’s hard to believe American teenagers could be arrested for delivering a prayer, but that’s the kind of nation we live…

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Brain-eating amoeba detected in Louisiana water system…

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 11:46 AM PDT

A potentially deadly amoeba has been detected in a Terrebonne Parish water system, and while officials say tap water is safe to drink, they are…

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Trump warns his patience with North Korea over

Posted: 30 Jun 2017 11:41 AM PDT

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a “determined response,” and that the era of “strategic…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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America’s Rejection of Almighty God and Our Founding Fathers

If this 4th of July George WashingtonJohn Adams and Benjamin Rush and the rest of our Founding Fathers were to come back from the grave and testified against Americafor her national departure from our founding, the majority of American’s would NOT hear them and would fully reject them. I truly believe Americans would be fully enraged  by their words of condemnation and rebuke and seek to destroy and slander them 24/7 on all the media news outlets and then have them stoned. We as a nation are too far gone morally to restore this nation and the majority of Americans do not have an ear to hear the moral and social conservatism which our founders stood for and believed. This is the sobering reality of our hour and one must ask himself, “Am I strong enough to look into the eyes of this horrific beast of reality and by faith put ALL my trust in Almighty God and in His Word, promises and ETERNAL saving solution (Mark 11:22, Heb. 11:6).”

We as a nation are too far gone morally to restore this nation and the majority of Americans do not have an ear to hear the moral and social conservatism which our founders stood for and believed.
Many TRUE conservatives are scared and truly frightened to death about what lies ahead for our once great nation. They are trapped in a subjective world view without any ETERNAL or Heavenly objective perspective, which is based on Almighty God and His infallible Word. My dear friend, fear not about what is at hand for our doomed nation and the current over whelming crises of this temporal fallen world, for all these things MUST come to pass as the Lord Jesus said (Matt. 24).
Put NOT your trust in any man or woman in these final hours.
Put NOT your trust in any man or woman in these days, even in the conservative talk radio voices of the right for they are oblivious to the ETERNAL realities and only present a subjective world view for their listeners (Psalm 118:8, 146:3-5, Jer. 17:5, 1 John 2:17). May we always be doing our part for our nation, but never trusting in it in such days. May our focus and strength come ONLY from Almighty God and from His precious promises which are for us in His Holy Word (Rom. 8:28-39, 2 Cor. 1:20). From Heaven’s ETERNAL perspective the future is always bright.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand my beloved! May your trust be in the Lord of hostsand this reality be seen ever clearer as we head forth to that very hour?

RELIGION OF PIECES: Islamic Terrorists Murder 1,639 People In 30 Countries As Ramadan 2017 Came To A Close

The final fatality tally for jihadi attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan increased to 1,639, primarily fueled by victims who succumbed to their injuries, reveals an updated Breitbart News count of terror incidents during the period.

With a total of 3,343 casualties, including 1,704 injuries, Ramadan 2017 is one of the bloodiest holy months in recent history. The number of deaths this year marked a nearly four-fold increase from the estimated 421 people killed by Islamic extremists last year.

There were nearly 160 terror incidents in about 30 predominantly Muslim countries this year, including one jihadi attack in the United States. Soon after the holiest month for Muslims ended last Saturday, Breitbart News reported that jihadist organizations had killed 1,627 people during Ramadan.

However, after taking into account people who succumbed to their injuries throughout the month and government entities changing the casualty count after Breitbart News initially documented the attacks, this news outlet has determined the final updated tally to be 3,343 casualties (1,639 killed, 1,704 injured).

Islamic terror attacks increased 400% over Ramadan attacks in 2016:

At the start of Ramadan 2017, ISIS had high hopes for a really good death toll. They succeeded by a four hundred percent increase over last year.

The Afghan government updating the casualty tally for the May 31 terror attack that killed at least 150 people and injured more than 300 others had the most significant impact on changing the final count.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani changed the number of people wounded from at least 460to more than 300, driving the total number of deaths up and injuries down. The May 31 incident, allegedly carried out by the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, is the deadliest attack of Ramadan 2017.

The Pentagon has deemed the Haqqani Network to pose the “greatest threat” to the United States military and its allies in Afghanistan. U.S. officials have accused jihadi sanctuaryPakistan of sheltering the group. Breitbart News’ primarily gleaned its count from the Religion of Peace website in coordination with news reports.

After analyzing every documented Ramadan terror incident, Breitbart News removed two events mentioned by Religion on Peace — May 31 assault in Sinjar and June 6 attack in Mosul, Iraq — because there were no credible news reports to back them.

Moreover, two attacks that occurred on the last day of Ramadan were added to the tally after Breitbart News published the article noting that Islamic terrorists had killed 1,627 people.

Breitbart News’ count excludes casualties directly linked to battles between U.S.-led coalition and Iranian- and Russian-backed troops loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad. Furthermore, it only includes some of the attacks in Iraq and Syria that involved the death of civilians, mainly women, and children, at the hands of jihadi groups.

News outlets and government officials may update some death tallies from individual attacks that occurred over the last few days of Ramadan as some of the injured victims succumb to their injuries after Breitbart News publishes this report.

The final Ramadan death toll could be higher. Most “Ramadan Rage 2017” victims are Muslims. As in previous years, the fatalities have included women, children, and members of the Christian minority.

In addition to Muslims, there are members of a wide variety of ethnic and religious groups among the victims: Westerners of all ethnicities, Christians, Asians, Sunnis, Shiites, and Arabs, among others.

The West, particularly London, has not been immune to the Ramadan carnage this year. Most Muslims follow the Ramadan tradition of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex, and other physical needs each day, starting from before the break of dawn until sunset.

However, Islamic extremists perceive Ramadan as a time when martyrdom and jihad are doubly rewarded in paradise, prompting a spike in the terrorist attacks during the period every year.

All the terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017, as documented by Breitbart News, include:

May 27 — Uruzgan, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban terrorists ambush checkpoint in the Charchino district, killing 11.
May 27 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban kills 14, including eight civilians, injures 17 in Qadis district.
May 27 — Khost, Afghanistan — Taliban suicide bomber targets National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), killing 18, wounding six others, including children.
May 27 — Punjab, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Brother hacks his 18-year-old sister to death in the Khanewal district for denying to abide by pre-arrange marriage.
May 27 — Marawi, Philippines — Jihadists kill 19 including women and a child for “having betrayed their faith.”
May 28 — Bay, Somalia — Al-Shabaab jihadists bury man to his neck, stone to death for adultery in Ramo Adey village.
May 28 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS sets hospital ablaze and kills a dozen people inside, including young people.
May 28 —Salahuddin, Iraq — ISIS rocket attack kills child and her parents in Shirqat district.
May 28 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills at least seven villagers before returning the the next village two days later to kill 14 more.
May 28 — Paktika, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban kill Shakhil Abad district governor and his son inside their home.
May 28 — Diyala, Iraq — Suicide bomber kills three, injures up to 16 others outside court in city of Baqubah.
May 28 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram beheads five people in Nguro village.
May 29 — Ghat, Libya — Suspected Islamic terrorists kill one, injure four.
May 29 — Salahuddin, Iraq — Islamic shrapnel dismembers a child, injures seven in Shirqat district.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — ISIS launches suicide attack against families breaking their Ramadan fast at ice cream parlor, killing at least 17, wounding 32.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — Sunni ISIS attack targeting Shiites kills 14 killed, 37 injured. ISIS attacked Shiites.
May 30 — Peshawar, Pakistan — Suspected Islamists gun down four peace committee members in Mattani village.
May 30 — Peshawar, Pakistan — Suspected jihadist shoots senior member of Hezb-i-Islami terrorist group while he was leaving a mosque.
May 30 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS shoots 60 civilians in the head, including women, elderly, buries them in mass grave in al-Shifa district.
May 30 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS mortar kills 14, wounds over 40, including woman and children, in government controlled  al-Joura district.
May 30 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS kills two Iraqi guards, wounds one other at the Bai Hassan oil field.
May 30 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists kill seven, injure 19 in a blast.
May 30 — Diyala, Iraq — A bomb explosion at mosque kills seven, wounds six in the cit of Baqubah.
May 30 — Anbar, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber kills 15, injures 23 in the town of Hit.
May 31 — Borno, Nigeria —Boko Haram kills 14 after killing seven in a nearby village two days earlier.
May 31 — Garissa, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab burns down school, kills one teacher, wounds three police officers in Fafi village.
May 31 — Mosul, Iraq — Suicide bombers kill seven members of the same family in Mashahda region.
May 31 — Mangai, Kenya — Al-Shabaab suspected on planting IED that killed eight, including seven police officers.
May 31 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suspected Haqqani Network, linked to Taliban and al-Qaeda, kills at least 150, wounds more than 300, including 11 Americans .
June 01 — Abala, Niger — Suspected jihadists kill six guards.
June 01 — Al-Jaws Yemen — Islamic terrorists kill 10, wound 15 in al-Hazm.
June 01 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Suicide bomber kills one, wounds another near airport in Jalalabad.
June 01 — Nangarhar Afghanistan — Suicide bomber kills one, wounds five, including a security guard near the airbase in Behsud district.
June 01 — Oldenburg, Germany — Muslim kills one for smoking during Ramadan and refusing to fast.
June 01 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS kills seven, wounds 23 in the Zanjili district for trying to flee caliphate.
June 02 — Kolofota, Cameroon — Islamist use two girls as suicide bombers: 11 killed, including two children, and 30 wounded.
June 02 — Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia — Jihadist beheads one man.
June 03 — Marawi, Philippines — Islamic sniper kills elderly woman.
June 03 — Baghdad, Iraq — Four suicide members kill one, injure three in al-Halabsah district.
June 03 —London, England — ISIS-linked jihadists plow into pedestrians, then stab people, killing seven, injuring 48.
June 03 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS kills 50 in  Zanjili district for trying to flee caliphate.
June 03 — Kashmir, India — Hizb-ul-Mujahideen kill two security troops, injure four.
June 03 — Sindh, Pakistan — “Honor Killing:” Man kills sister-in-law and lover for alleged adultery in Nawabshah.
June 03 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Jihadi suicide bomber kills 20, injures 87.
June 03 — Ferkane, Algeria — Muslim extremists kill two local soldiers, injure four.
June 03 — Burkina Faso, Soum — Suspected jihadists kill five.
June 03 — Mosul, Iraq — United Nations reports ISIS killed 231 civilians between May 26 and June 3 in al-Shifa district alone, as they tried to escape the city.
June 04 — Bijapur, India — “Honor Killing” — pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive by her family for marrying Hindu man.
June 04 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Afghan police insider attack leaves six dead, one injured.
June 04 — Balochistan, Pakistan — Two Shiites from Hazara minority group killed in Quetta.
June 04 — Singh, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Father kills 18-year-old daughter for allegedly “having an affair” in Tando Allahyar district.
June 04 — Mosul, Iraq — Suicide bombers kill 32, injure four in Zanjili district and  al-Shifa district.
June 04 — Punjab, Pakistan — Suspected Sunni terrorist kills one Shiite Hazara barber in Quaidabad.
June 05 — Melbourne, Australia — ISIS-linked migrant from Somalia kills man, takes woman hostage, an injures three.
June 05 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS terrorists fire mortar into family home, killing 10-year-old boy, injuring four of the same family.
June 05 — Kismayo, Somalia — al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab detonates bomb, killingthree, injuring 20.
June 06 — Sinai, Egypt — Suspected Islamic extremists kill two police officers.
June 06 — Paris, France — Jihadist wounds one cop with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
June 06 — Herat, Afghanistan — Terrorist kill seven, injure another 16 near the northern gate of the Great Mosque of Herat.
June 06 — Garissa, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab jihadists kill four aid workers with land mine.
June 06 — Mandera, Kenya — Unknown jihadist kill one woman, injure one.
June 06 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Terrorists attacked refugee camp in Kandahar province, killing three, including two children and wounding eight, including women.
June 07 — Tehran, Iran — ISIS claims responsibility for attacking parliament, shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini , killing  12, injuring  up to 46, marking first time the Sunni extremist group carries out attack in Islamic Republic.
June 07 —Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills 14, wounds 24 in Maiduguri.
June 08 — Puntland, Somalia — al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab kills 70, including some women who were decapitated, and wounds up to 20.
June 08 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS, kills 13 civilians, wounds 4, including two Iraqi soldiers.
June 08 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS fires chlorine-filled bombs at civilians, killing 13, mostly women and children.
June 08 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — ISIS claims to have killed two Chinese nationals kidnapped on May 24.
June 09 — Kerbala, Iraq — ISIS kills at least 30, wounds 35 in Shiite holy city.
June 09 — Kerbala, Iraq — ISIS attacks main bus station in Shiite city, killing three, wounding 15.
June 09 — Adamawa, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram jihadists kill two children, wound three others.
June 09 — Hambagda, Cameroon — Boko Haram slits throat of four villagers, kidnaps six.
June 09 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban/Haqqani Network jihadists killthree civilians, wound nine others while praying in mosque.
June 10 — Salahuddin, Iraq — ISIS kills 38 civilians, Iraqi troops, wounds 40 others in Shirqat district.
June 10 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS kills eight civilians, wounds five others.
June 10 — Kobane, Syria — ISIS landmine kills two children, wounds three other civilians.
June 10 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Three Boko Haram-recruited girls, between ages 11 and 15, killed as suicide bombers in Mayo-Sava border region.
June 10 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Taliban claims insider attack against U.S. troops, killing three, wounding one other.
June 11 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — Lashker-e-Jhangv jihadists kill three police officers, wound one civilian in “hit-and-run attack.”
June 11 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills eight members of civilian militia in the Kayamla village.
June 11 —  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan — Suspected jihadists kill one journalist in Haripur district.
June 11 — Diyala, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide attacker kills two, wounds five others.
June 12 — Baddah, Yemen — Al-Qaeda kills two local soldiers.
June 14 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Suspected Boko Haram suicide attack killsone, injures nine in locality of Sandawadjiri.
June 14 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber kills himself, but no one else in locality of Amchide.
June 14 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Shabaab kills at least 31 people, including women, at the Posh Hotel and wounds 40 others.
June 14 — Borno State, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills five civilians, six others missing.
June 14 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban kills five, wounds four from breakaway faction.
June 14 — Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one civilian, wounds three others, including police officer.
June 14 — Paktika, Afghanistan — Jihadists kill five civilians, including women and children, wound seven others.
June 14 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS launches wave of suicide attacks in Mosul, killing  at least 15, including 11 police officers and four civilians.
June 15 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suspected jihadists kill four, wound eight in mosque suicide attack.
June 15 — Wardak, Afghanistan — Clash between Taliban and security forces leaves three children dead, one woman wounded.
June 15 — Kashmir, India — Jihadists kill Indian police officer.
June 15 — Kashmir, India — Islamic militants kill one police officer, wound another in Srinagar.
June 15 — Limani, Cameroon — Boko Haram female suicide bomber kills three, including three-year-old child wounds at least seven others.
June 15 — Yarang, Thailand — Suspected Islamic insurgents shoot 52-year-old Buddhist in the head.
June 15 — Balcad, Somalia — Al-Shabaab kills three soldiers, wounds seven others.
June 16 — Marawi, Philippines — Clashes between ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf jihadists leaves an estimated 100 people dead.
June 16 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS-linked female jihadi and her two sons, ages six and nine, found dead.
June 16 — Baghdad, Iraq — Jihadi detonated explosive device wounds  four people.
June 16 — Kurdistan, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists wound five civilians at a mosque.
June 16 — Diyala, Iraq — Suspected jihadist shoots civilian in the head in Baquba.
June 16 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected terrorists kill one civilian, wound three others.
June 16 — Diyala, Iraq — Jihadi killed when bomb he was trying to plant exploded.
June 16 — Mandera, Kenya — Al-Shabaab kills four civilians, injures 11 others.
June 16 — Kashmir, India — Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) kills, mutilate faces of six Indian police officers with bullets. Two civilians caught in crossfire.
June 16 — Jerusalem, Israel — Palestinian jihadists, linked to ISIS, kill one policewoman, injure four others before security forces took them down.
June 16 — Laghman, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban terrorists kill four civilian workers in explosion.
June 17 — Bakol, Somalia — Clashes between al-Shabaab and Somali army leaves at least five dead, 12 others injured.
June 17 — Kashmir, India — Jihadists kill civilian in Pulwama.
June 17 — Kashmir, India — Clashes between Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Indian security forces leave two civilians and three jihadists dead.
June 17 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber kills seven local police officers.
June 17 — Bintagoungou, Mali — Jihadists kill five, injure eight others.
June 17 — Mosul, Iraq — Iran-backed Shiite militias kill family of five.
June 17 — Mudug, Somalia — Al-Shabaab kills cleric inside mosque in  Towfiq village.
June 17 — Cairo, Egypt — Suspected ISIS jihadists kill one, wound four in roadside bomb attack.
June 17 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram kill five civilians in Gumsuri village.
June 18 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Taliban attacks police headquarters, killing six police officers, wounding 30 others, including 21 civilians.
June 18 — Bamako, Mali — Jihadists kill two, wound 14 at resort.
June 18 — Mosul, Iraq — Two ISIS suicide bombers killed.
June 18 — Mosul, Iraq — Five ISIS-linked suicide bombers, including killed in al-Farouk area.
June 18 — Diyala, Iraq — Police kill suspected ISIS suicide bomber in  Baqubah.
June 18 — Salahuddin, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists fire rocket, killing one civilian, injuring another.
June 18 — Daraa, Syria — ISIS-linked militia kills five of its own fighters on charges of apostasy.
June 18 — Borno, Nigeria — Female suicide bombers, likely linked to Boko Haram, kill12 people, injure 11 others in the terrorist group’s birthplace.
June 18 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS kills 34 civilians.
June 19 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS IED kills three journalists, wounds one other.
June 19 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS terrorists kills one Sunni tribal fighter, wounds two others.
June 19 — Pattani, Thailand — Jihadists kill six soldiers, wound four others.
June 19 — Paris, France — Authorities take down “known extremist” who attempted to carry out terrorist attack at the Champs-Élysées.
June 19 — Parwan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills eight border guards near largest U.S. military base in Bagram, wounds two others.
June 19 — Adamawa State, Nigeria — Two female suicide bombers, likely linked to Boko Haram, blow themselves up, resulting in their death. No other casualties.
June 20 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Shabaab kills at least 15 civilians, injures 18 others in suicide car bomb.
June 20 — Brussels, Belgium — Authorities kill ISIS-linked suicide bomber at train station.
June 20 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Terrorists kill judge, wound three other civilians.
June 21 — Michigan, United States — Canadian terrorist Amor Ftouhi, 49, stabs and wounds police officer in the neck while yelling praises to Allah.
June 21 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills two civilians, wounds eight others.
June 21 — Borno State, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram jihadists kill two civilians, wounds six others.
June 21 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill six civilians in Kolofata.
June 22 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban kills an estimated 30, including soldiers and civilians, and wounds at least 60 others.
June 22 — Kashmir, India — Pakistani terrorists kill two Indian soldiers.
June 22 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists kill two, wound four others in car bomb attack.
June 23 — Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan — Lashkar-e-Jhangvi jihadists kill up to 67 and wound more than 261 in double bombing in the jihadi stronghold along the Afghanistan border.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber kills at least a dozen civilians, including women and children, and wounds 20 other civilians trying to flee the city.
June 23 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — ISIS and Pakistani Taliban linked jihadists from Jamaat ur Ahrar kill 13 people, including seven police officers, wound 19 others, including nine security guards, in car bomb attack.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers kill three people, including a police officer, and wound at least nine others.
June 23 — Anbar, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers kill eight civilians, one soldier, wound 11 others.
June 23 — Mandera, Kenya — Suspected al-Shabaab jihadists kill five people, including two police others, wound an unknown number of others.
June 23 — Karachi, Pakistan — Jihadists kill four off-duty police officers, wound two others in drive by shooting.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists fire rocket into marketplace, killing10, wounding 40.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up inside mosque, killing four, injuring others.
June 24 — Aleppo, Syria — Suspected Sunni militants kill 12, including three children and four women, and wound dozens.
June 24 — Mecca, Saudi Arabia — Suicide bomber planning to attack Grand Mosque blows himself up, injuring six foreigners and five security force members.
June 24 — Kashmir, India —Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) jihadists kill one security officer, wounds another one and a civilian.
June 24 — Kirkuk, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists kill ten civilians trying to flee homes, wound six others, including women and children.
June 24 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadists kill 10 Afghan soldiers, wound four at Salma Dam ahead of Afghan president’s address holiday marking end of Ramadan. source

Source: RELIGION OF PIECES: Islamic Terrorists Murder 1,639 People In 30 Countries As Ramadan 2017 Came To A Close

Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism | The Cripplegate

Whom can the faithful church of God legitimately partner with in ministry? That question has been a point of contention among professing Christians for the past 100 years. And that’s been illustrated by what is known as the ecumenical movement, the history of which we surveyed last week.

And the principal dogma of the ecumenical movement of the 20th century was that anyone who called themselves a Christian was to be regarded as a Christian. It didn’t matter if they were a theological liberal who denied the bodily resurrection of Christ or penal substitutionary atonement, or if they were a Roman Catholic who denied the Gospel of justification by faith alone. The important thing was that those who called themselves Christians, and held somewhat to a “Christian” view of morality, were able to unite together in order to show strength in numbers, and therefore to compete in the culture wars for larger societal influence. Whether it was religious liberty, the unborn child’s right to life, race relations, a free-market economy, or improving education—all good things!—winning the battle over these social issues became more important to these people than the doctrine that divided them. So they downplayed the importance of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in order to partner together on these issues.

Again, this is always done in the name of seizing influence, which, it is always assumed, is absolutely necessary for successful evangelism and for revival. It’s a fundamentally man-centered concept of salvation, because it supposes that unbelievers will be more likely to convert to Christianity if they see how popular, influential, and culturally relevant it is. The fruitlessness of this kind of thinking was illustrated in a classic interaction between a pro-ecumenical minister and Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The man believed the ecumenical movement to be a sign of hope for the future. He said, “But surely, when so many churches are coming together in a World Council of Churches, revival must be on the way.” Do you recognize the unspoken assumption? “If we can have worldwide movements and such large gatherings in the name of Christ, surely unbelievers will want to join us!” And Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ reply was just brilliant.  He said, “You seem to be arguing that if you succeed in bringing together a sufficient number of dead bodies they will come alive!” (G. N. M. Collins, “The Friend,” Chosen by God, 262–63).

Lloyd-Jones’ response reveals a different fundamental conviction about human nature and about what it means to be a Christian. Becoming a Christian isn’t joining a cultural movement. It’s not deciding to join a social club or some sort of fraternity. Becoming a Christian happens when a sinner who is spiritually dead is miraculously raised to spiritual life by God’s sovereign work of regeneration. A Christian is one whom God has made alive from the dead through the preaching of the one true Gospel of Christ. And those who are possessed of different fundamental convictions concerning the Gospel are not just “separated brethren;” they are the one spiritually alive and the other spiritually dead. And as Lloyd-Jones said, it doesn’t make a difference how many dead bodies you could gather into one place. What matters is whether God, by the Holy Spirit, breathes spiritual life into men and women by the preaching of the Gospel.

That is the test of whether Christianity is advancing in the world. Not how big our churches can get, but whether sinners were united to Christ by faith in the Gospel, and thus had found forgiveness of sins in Him. And if that’s what mattered, then it is the height of folly to downplay the importance of the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the only way of salvation, in service of a substance-less “unity.” There can be no genuine unity between those who have been saved from their sins through the Gospel, and those who yet remain enemies of that Gospel—no matter what people are willing to call themselves. And so there can be no partnership in ministry between believers and unbelievers, because there is such a radical difference between them. And history has shown us that when we water down fundamental doctrinal distinctives for the sake of a bigger “tent,” we lose the Gospel—the Evangel itself. And if you lose the Gospel, there is no ground for genuine unity.

And it’s precisely this issue that Paul takes up in 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1:

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ 17Therefore, ‘Come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ Says the Lord Almighty. 7:1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

The apostolic instruction could not be clearer: because there is this radical, objective difference between believers and unbelievers at the most fundamental level, there can be no partnership between them in ministry.

The Idolatry of False Religion

Now, you can see this passage’s consistent emphasis on the theme of idolatry. Verse 16 asks, “What agreement has the temple of God with idols?” And the context of the Old Testament quotations to “Come out from their midst and be separate” and to “not touch what is unclean” (Isa 52:11) has to do with Israel’s separation from the idolatry of the pagan nations.

And Corinth is one of those pagan nations! When the Corinthian Christians came to Christ, they had to repudiate the Greco-Roman polytheistic system of idol worship. Like the Christians in the pagan city of Thessalonica, they had to “turn to God from idols to serve [the] living and true God” (1 Thess 1:9). And they did that. But their conversion to Christ didn’t remove them from a society where the worship of idols absolutely dominated everyday life. Holidays, festivals, celebrations—even the ideology and philosophy that dominated everyday conversation—was influenced by pagan temple worship. Idolatry was simply part of their culture, and as believers in Jesus, they had to do everything they could to guard against any syncretism, any blending of idolatrous worship with Christianity.

And the Apostle Paul knew that was a temptation for them, and so he addressed the issue of idolatry with the Corinthians in his previous letter to them. He devotes almost two entire chapters in 1 Corinthians (8 and 10) to instructing them how to live in a society dominated by idolatry without compromising commitment to Christ. And in those chapters he makes clear the absolute incompatibility between the worship of Christ and the worship of idols: “Do not be idolaters” (1 Cor 10:7); “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry” (1 Cor 10:14); “Or do you not know that . . . idolaters . . . will [not] inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Cor 6:9–10).

The Demonic Nature of Idolatry

He explains why in 1 Corinthians 10:16–22. Even though idols don’t exist and are no true gods at all, it’s not that there’s no spiritual component to idolatry. “No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God” (1 Cor 10:20). You could imagine the Corinthians thinking, “Now Paul, you just said that an idol is nothing and sacrifices to idols are nothing. So we should be able to take part in those rituals, right? They aren’t true gods!” And Paul replies, “No. It’s true that they’re not true gods; there’s no such thing as any god but the true God. But those idols are demons.”

This is a startling point. Every false religion in the world is not just wrong. It is demonic. It is energized and powered by the kingdom of darkness that is ruled by Satan himself.

Paul says the gods of the pagans are demons. And, just as when we sit down at the Lord’s table to worship Christ we share in the body and blood of Christ, so also when idolaters sacrifice to their demonic gods they are partaking of fellowship with demons. And so Paul says, “I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons!” (1 Cor 10:20–21). In other words: You can’t participate in the worship of Christ while you continue to participate in the worship of demons. That’s just ridiculous! There is absolutely no fellowship or spiritual partnership between the people of God and the people of this world.

The Context of 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1

Now, that was Paul’s concern throughout the letter of First Corinthians. But in Second Corinthians there’s a bit of a different context. The Corinthians are still guarding themselves against the paganism of their surrounding culture, to be sure. But the pressing issue as Paul writes Second Corinthians isn’t so much the pressure of unbelieving paganism, but rather the corrupting doctrine of the Judaizing false apostles (2 Cor 11:13; cf. 11:4, 22). These were professing Christians who are claiming that faith in Christ was necessary, but not enough for salvation. If you’re really going to be saved, you also have to be circumcised, and observe the Mosaic ceremonies, too (cf. Acts 15:1).

And in order to make room for their false doctrine, these interlopers had done everything they could to undermine Paul’s integrity and credibility with the Corinthians—hurling accusation after accusation against him, and inciting a mutiny against Paul that prompted an unplanned, painful visit (cf. 2 Cor 2:1) as well as a tearful letter of severe reproof (cf. 2 Cor 2:4). And from 2 Corinthians, we learn that, through Paul’s severe letter, the majority the church saw these charlatans for what they were and reaffirmed their loyalty to Paul (2 Cor 2:5–11; 7:5–16). But there was still a significant minority who were deceived. So before visiting them again, Paul writes 2 Corinthians to affirm his love for the repentant majority, and to exhort the unrepentant minority to break fellowship with these false teachers and return to him and the unadulterated Gospel he preaches with their whole hearts.

And it’s worth mentioning that 2 Cor 6:14–7:1 comes sandwiched in between a twofold appeal for the Corinthians to open their hearts, be reconciled to Paul, and affirm their loyalty to the Gospel he preaches (2 Cor 6:11–13; 7:2–4). But because the heart of this relational crisis is a moral crisis, in between that twofold appeal for reconciliation, he calls them to separate from these false apostles.

Apostate “Christianity” is No Better than Paganism

Now, wait a minute. These false apostles are Judaizers. They’re professing Christians who were just saying that you needed to add a few religious ceremonial works to your faith in Christ for salvation. But this text is all about separating oneself from pagan idolatry. How does that work?

And that is the genius of this passage. Paul’s saying, “Do you remember my instruction from my previous letter concerning the necessity of your total break from the idolatry and the paganism of your culture? Do you remember how I explained how incongruous it is to be involved in a spiritual partnership with Christ and with demons? Well, my dear Corinthians, that’s not only true of the out-and-out heathen—of the pagan idolaters who deny Christ outright. It also applies even to professing Christian teachers who corrupt the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

“Because these false apostles teach you that salvation comes by faith in Christ plus religious ritualism, they preach another gospel which is really no gospel at all (Gal 1:6–9). And though they call Christ their God, He is another Jesus whom we have not preached (2 Cor 11:4), and therefore is nothing but a demon, right alongside the false gods of the Greco-Roman pantheon (1 Cor 10:20–21). They are idolaters! And just as much as you cannot have any spiritual partnership with the idols of the Gentiles, neither can you have any spiritual partnership with these heretics, who fashion a god into their own image and idolize a demon they call ‘Jesus.’ You must come out from them and be separate!”

What implications does this have for the philosophy and theology that undergirds the ecumenical movement?

It teaches us that simply calling yourself a Christian, or mentally assenting to the doctrine of the Trinity, or confessing faith in someone named “Jesus,” does not automatically make you a Christian.

It teaches us that there are people who will claim to “believe in Jesus,” who are nevertheless, as Paul calls them in this passage, unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14, 15).

It teaches us that there are people, like the Judaizers, who profess to be Christians but who are not Christians, because they’re not united to Christ through genuine faith in the Gospel—because they teach that faith alone in Christ’s work alone (though necessary) is not sufficient for salvation, but that we must add works of ceremonial and religious ritualism to “preserve and increase” our justification. The Judaizers required circumcision; today’s heretics require baptism, or penance, or door-knocking, or deeds of charity; but the Gospel of Christ is fatally undermined just the same.

And it teaches us, therefore, that if we compromise by making light of the fundamental doctrinal differences that do genuinely divide us, and if we unite together in ministry while we are not united in the Gospel—even in the name of combatting genuine social evils—we are guilty of the grossest kind of idolatry, and are no better than pagans.

Now, all of that (today and last Friday) was introduction. We’ll get to the text itself starting next week.

Source: Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism | The Cripplegate

The ‘Can’t Talk’ Rule – Red Flags in Abusive Churches

At a time when spiritual abuse in churches is epidemic, being able to spot it when it occurs is crucial. I’ve written a number of posts on this topic, and time and again, I am reminded of why understanding how abusive church leaders operate is important. Abusive leaders all tend to operate with the same play book. The difference between a secular abusive environment and one that is religious is that abusers in high places of a church have some extra tools in their control toolbox to bludgeon those under them into submission. Throughout history, on a grand scale or on a small scale, you can see how corrupt religious leaders make full use of speaking for God in order to consolidate and wield their power. It’s how they roll.

One of the hallmarks of this kind of corruption in churches is the application of the “Can’t Talk Rule.” This rule is best explained by authors David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen in their book, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse. (See image below.)

That book is just one of the many that spells out, in clearest terms, how these pastors and church boards operate. They fear exposure. More than anything else, these corrupt, prideful leaders fear having the harm they do to others laid bare to the public. The only recourse they see, like so many before them, is to try to crush talk. Spiritual manipulation of a congregation is easy enough. Call it gossip. Call it sin. Rebuke those who speak up for innocent people run off from the church and characterize the cries of those being injured as also being gossip and malicious undermining of church “authority.” It’s all so very easy to do.

Meanwhile, those members who value friendship, history and comfort over what is right and true smugly inform those who are deeply troubled over spiritual leadership that is biblically off the rails that they choose not to get involved. These are the abuse enablers who contribute to the destruction of reputations, faith and families.

The good news is that when a church engages in this conduct – a sign of desperation – they cannot succeed in their growth plans for very long. If churches looked to the political scene alone, they would see that corruption always becomes public eventually. Rot on the inside of any leadership always makes its way outward. It’s only a matter of time. Tick Tock. Those pastors and leaders who behave like crime families should not expect anything but a revolving door of members and staff. Anyone with an ounce of discernment should hit the road when they see this happening. There’s always a reason for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The ‘Can’t Talk’ Rule – Red Flags in Abusive Churches

Abuser-Enabling Pastors: A Vital Question

This post from Crying Out for Justice is spot on. A warm thank you to Jeff Crippen for writing it. Over and over again, I have heard the stories of those affected by abuse-enabling pastors and churches. The churches themselves are abuse systems far too often. The testimony of the targets is disregarded and disbelieved in these places. The abuser is believed, backed up, enabled, and strengthened in harming.  It’s worth looking more closely at this.

The post from Crying Out for Justice asks the question, “Where are all these abuser enabling pastors coming from?” I add my own. question: “Why are secular counselors more often equipped to identify evil and provide help to those being abused than these pastors who claim to speak for the Lord?”

Yes, I believe seminaries are not adequately preparing pastors to  recognize evil when they see it, and when there are so many books that spell out, exactly, how it operates in people, there is no excuse for not knowing these things.  Evil doesn’t normally come billowing clouds of sulfur in the form of a red devil with a pitchfork and a tail. It comes beautifully, deceptively and with a tongue that can spin clever lies.

I believe something else as well. The lack of love in pastors and churches blinds them and prevents discernment from the Lord. When you have two people with two vastly different stories, how do  pastors know who is lying and manipulating in a counseling session? Wouldn’t you think that the real presence of the Holy Spirit would allow the truth to be seen? If these were men of prayer doing the counseling, wouldn’t the indwelling of the Lord in their thoughts show clearly the truth in the testimony of the abused and help them spot the smoke blown by the liar? The absence of discernment from the Lord is the hallmark of our times.

Pastors are not only enabling abuse. They sometimes are the abusive ones. As our culture spins more and more out of control, and  we see more and more churches that long ago lost their first love, if they ever had it,  there are a growing number of abusive pastors  with fawning, sycophant followers who refuse to see their malignant narcissistic leadership for what it is.

There is no denominational corner on this. These abusive and corrupt leadership structures exist in churches across the spectrum. Seeker big box monstrosities are just as likely to have an abusive pastor as a dried up little doctrinal sermon club/church. The common denominator is sin unchecked and the the ensuing absence of love that means an absence of discernment from the Lord.

No pastoral training is complete without warnings from teachers and professors about how evil operates . Knowing the enemy’s devices is absolutely essential. Without that knowledge, pastors, tragically, can end up enabling  evil and further harming those already abused, resulting in lasting damage to the faith and families in their care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Abuser-Enabling Pastors: A Vital Question

Where are all the Abuser-Enabling Pastors Coming From?

A Cry For Justice

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1)

It is a fact. Hundreds and hundreds if not thousands and thousands of our readers here at ACFJ will attest to it. Pastors and church leaders in local churches are (with some refreshing exceptions) dealing out IN-justice to the oppressed and enabling, protecting, and covering for the wicked who are doing the oppressing. Oh there are still many professing Christians who will say that such a charge is way harsh and exaggerated, but all we would have to do is point to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of testimonies you all have given on this blog to support the charge.

Now, my question that is on my mind this evening is this – Where are these shepherds coming from? Where is the factory that is cranking out these “shepherds who destroy…

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July 2, 2017: Verse of the day

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The Command

I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (3:18–20)

The Lord Jesus Christ could have instantly judged and destroyed this church filled with unredeemed hypocrites. Instead, He graciously offered them genuine salvation. Christ’s threefold appeal played on the three features the city of Laodicea was most noted for and proud of: its wealth, wool industry, and production of eye salve. Christ offered them spiritual gold, spiritual clothes, and spiritual sight.

The Lord, of course, did not teach that salvation may be earned by good works; lost sinners have nothing with which to buy salvation (Isa. 64:5–6). The buying here is the same as that of the invitation to salvation in Isaiah 55:1: “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” All sinners have to offer is their wretched, lost condition. In exchange for that, Christ offers His righteousness to those who truly repent.

Christ advised the Laodiceans to buy from Him three things, all of which symbolize true redemption. First, they needed to purchase gold refined by fire so that they might become rich. They needed gold that was free of impurities, representing the priceless riches of true salvation. Peter wrote of a “faith … more precious than gold” (1 Pet. 1:7), while Paul defined saving faith as “rich in good works,” having the “treasure of a good foundation for the future” (1 Tim. 6:18–19). Christ offered the Laodiceans a pure, true salvation that would bring them into a real relationship with Him.

Second, Christ advised them to buy white garments so that they might clothe themselves, and that the shame of their nakedness would not be revealed. Laodicea’s famed black wool symbolized the filthy, sinful garments with which the unregenerate are clothed (Isa. 64:6; Zech. 3:3–4). In contrast, God clothes the redeemed with white garments (3:4–5; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13–14; cf. Isa. 61:10), symbolizing the righteous deeds that always accompany genuine saving faith (19:8).

Finally, Christ offered them eye salve to anoint their eyes so that they might see. Though they prided themselves on their allegedly superior spiritual knowledge, the Laodiceans were in fact spiritually stone blind. Blindness represents lack of understanding and knowledge of spiritual truth (cf. Matt. 15:14; 23:16–17, 19, 24, 26; Luke 6:39; John 9:40–41; 12:40; Rom. 2:19; 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 John 2:11). Like all unregenerate people, the Laodiceans desperately needed Christ to “open their eyes so that they [might] turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in [Him]” (Acts 26:18; cf. 1 Pet. 2:9).

Some argue that the language of Christ’s direct appeal to the Laodiceans in verse 19, those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, indicates that they were believers. Verses 18 and 20, however, seem better suited to indicate that they were unregenerate, desperately in need of the gold of true spiritual riches, the garments of true righteousness, and the eye salve that brings true spiritual understanding (v. 18).

Christ has a unique and special love for His elect. Yet, such passages as Mark 10:21 and John 3:16 reveal that He also loves the unredeemed. Because the Laodiceans outwardly identified with Christ’s church and His kingdom, they were in the sphere of His concern. To reprove means to expose and convict. It is a general term for God’s dealings with sinners (cf. John 3:18–20; 16:8; 1 Cor. 14:24; Titus 1:9; Jude 15). Discipline refers to punishment (cf. Luke 23:16, 22) and is used of God’s convicting of unbelievers (2 Tim. 2:25). Thus, the terminology of verse 19 does not demand that Christ be referring to believers. The Lord compassionately, tenderly called those in this unregenerate church to come to saving faith, lest He convict and judge them (cf. Ezek. 18:30–32; 33:11).

But in order for the Laodiceans to be saved, they would have to be zealous and repent. That is tantamount to the attitude of mourning over sin and hungering and thirsting for righteousness of which Jesus spoke (Matt. 5:4, 6). While repentance is not a meritorious work, the New Testament call to salvation always includes it (e.g., Matt. 3:2, 8; 4:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3, 5; 15:7, 10; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10; 2 Tim. 2:25; 2 Pet. 3:9). In repentance, the sinner turns from his sin to serve God (1 Thess. 1:9).

Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty, vile sinner in the presence of God, that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound. It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you, that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ. (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974], 2:248)

The message to this lost church, as it is to all the unsaved, is to zealously pursue the “repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18).

The Lord Jesus Christ followed the call to repentance in verse 19 with a tender, gracious invitation in verse 20. The apostate Laodicean church could only have expected Christ to come in judgment. But the startling reality, introduced by the arresting word behold, was that Christ stood at the door of the Laodicean church and knocked; if anyone in the church would hear His voice and open the door, He would come in to him and dine with him, and he with Christ.

Though this verse has been used in countless tracts and evangelistic messages to depict Christ’s knocking on the door of the sinner’s heart, it is broader than that. The door on which Christ is knocking is not the door to a single human heart, but to the Laodicean church. Christ was outside this apostate church and wanted to come in—something that could only happen if the people repented.

The invitation is, first of all, a personal one, since salvation is individual. But He is knocking on the door of the church, calling the many to saving faith, so that He may enter the church. If one person (anyone) opened the door by repentance and faith, Christ would enter that church through that individual. The picture of Christ outside the Laodicean church seeking entrance strongly implies that, unlike Sardis, there were no believers there at all.

Christ’s offer to dine with the repentant church speaks of fellowship, communion, and intimacy. Sharing a meal in ancient times symbolized the union of people in loving fellowship. Believers will dine with Christ at the marriage supper of the Lamb (19:9), and in the millennial kingdom (Luke 22:16, 29–30). Dine is from deipneō, which refers to the evening meal, the last meal of the day (cf. Luke 17:8; 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25, where the underlying Greek is rendered “sup,” “supper,” and “supped,” respectively). The Lord Jesus Christ urged them to repent and have fellowship with Him before the night of judgment fell and it was too late forever.[1]


3:18–20 (Command). All is not yet lost for this congregation. Christ cares for its members. His command has a biting irony: I counsel you to buy from me things that you do not think you need. Of course, the metaphor buy does not mean that spiritual benefits may be earned or purchased. Christ by his grace supplies them freely. Gold refined in the fire is genuine gold rather than fools gold. It stands here for righteous character that has been proven genuine through testing. Only Christ can take the self-righteous and make them truly holy.

White clothes to wear have already figured in this chapter as the reward of unveiled righteousness given to the “few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes” (3:4). The only way to have such garments is through the provision of Christ, symbolized here as covering your shameful nakedness (lack of righteousness). The symbolism repeats the previous provision of “refined gold” and stands in somewhat ironic contrast to the homespun black woolen clothing they wore so proudly.

Salve to put on your eyes recalls the miracle of Jesus in which he applied a salve of saliva mixed with dirt in healing the man born blind (John 9:1–12). On that occasion he told his accusers, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains” (John 9:41). The Laodicean church claimed that it had spiritual insight. Would it recognize its blindness and ask for Christ’s wisdom and insight (Col. 1:9)?

The Lord’s criticism is based on his love. Surprisingly, the Greek verb here is a form of phileō (“to have tender affection”) rather than agapaō (“to value unconditionally,” see Rev. 2:19). The verb phileō appears in Revelation only one other time, in 22:15 (but ten times in John’s Gospel). The most undeserving of all the churches is the one for which Christ declares—most emphatically for the I is stressed—the kindest feelings! Yet his declaration of love is balanced by a severe expectation of rebuke and discipline. Proverbs 3:12 is perhaps the basis for this: “The Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

This church must repent of its self-sufficiency (the verb form suggests a decisive act) and be earnest (the verb suggests an ongoing attitude). Laodicea now joins the ranks of sister churches Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, and Sardis in needing repentance (2:5, 16, 21; 3:3). Only Smyrna and Philadelphia escape this command of the Lord.

Christ not only wants to provide gold, clothing, and sight to this congregation; he wants them to enjoy his person, his fellowship. If only they admit their Lord, he will give them the richest of fare. His plea, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock,” is poignant and urgent. The verb form for knock suggests insistent, repeated pounding. Although he wants the entire congregation to open the door to fellowship with him, the individual is ultimately the one who must decide, as the singular forms indicate: anyone … him … he.[2]


Admonition

3:19–20

19. Those whom I love I reprove and discipline. Be zealous, therefore, and repent. 20. Look, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and I will dine with him and he with me.

  • “Those whom I love I reprove and discipline.” In these two verses, Jesus admonishes the church in Laodicea. As with much of his teaching, he bases it on the Old Testament Scriptures. Thus, the words “Those whom I love I reprove and discipline” allude to Proverbs 3:12 (see also Heb 12:6): “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves.” Jesus changes the clause from the third person to the first person and adds the verb to reprove. Also, the Greek has the pronoun I at the beginning of the sentence for added emphasis. And last, the Lord speaks in general. He utters the pronoun “those” when he says, “those whom I love,” to indicate that love and discipline go hand in hand in renewing their relationship.

Although the Greek verb agapaō can be translated “I truly love” and the verb phileō “I love” (John 21:15–17 NIV), these verbs are often seen as synonyms. The word agapaō appears in the letter to the church of Philadelphia, “I have loved you” (v. 9), but the verb phileō here. This does not mean that Jesus loved the Philadelphians with true love and the Laodiceans with affection. Rather, it signifies that within the context of rebuke and discipline, Jesus addresses the church of Laodicea in love.

  • “Be zealous, therefore, and repent.” Renewal takes place when the recipients of this letter obediently follow the twofold command: “be zealous” and “repent.” Logically, the act of repenting precedes that of being zealous, but the oriental mind is interested in concepts, not analyses. The Greek shows a play on words: the adjective zestos (hot, vv. 15–16, from which we have the derivative “zest”) and the verb zēleue (be zealous!) have the same root. Jesus tells them to begin being zealous for him with a passion that generates spiritual fervor. Zeal is a necessary component of love for God.

Whereas being zealous is a command in the present tense to denote continuity, the imperative “repent” is a once-for-all action. That is, the Laodiceans must make a 180-degree turn by forsaking the past and wholeheartedly adopting their new life in Christ.

  • “Look, I stand at the door and knock.” Being shut out from the spiritual life of the individual members of the Laodicean church, Jesus figuratively stands outside the door of their heart and knocks to gain entrance (compare James 5:9). He persistently knocks to gain their attention, so that no one will ever be able to say that the Lord failed to call them. He calls them individually by continually rapping on the doors of their hearts as though the owners are asleep. The stress is on human responsibility to go to the door and answer the one who is seeking entrance. The Lord opened Lydia’s heart (Acts 16:14), but here he waits for the sinner to do so. Here is the crux of divine action and human responsibility. When these two appear with reference to God’s electing grace in human beings, we encounter a mystery that defies human understanding. Scripture teaches God’s intervention and human accountability as the two sides of the proverbial coin (Phil. 2:12–13).

Some scholars view this passage eschatologically as a parallel to the parable of the watchful servant (Matt. 24:33; Mark 13:29; Luke 12:36). They relate the text to the Second Coming of Christ and contend that an eschatological interpretation agrees with a similar motif in Revelation (2:5, 16, 25; 3:11). But formidable objections dissuade other commentators from seeing this parable in the context of the church members in Laodicea whom Jesus told to repent. The Lord stands at the door of their heart, knocks repeatedly, and expects a response from them. The context of the watchful servant parable differs in its details from this passage.

  • “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and I will dine with him and he with me.” The term anyone indicates that the call to repentance is broad and inclusive. Jesus not only stands at the door of a sinner’s heart and knocks repeatedly, but he also speaks and calls him or her to repent. As soon as a person responds to Jesus’ voice (compare John 10:3; 18:37), Jesus enters his or her heart. Note well that Jesus is fully in control, for the emphasis in this sentence is on Jesus who speaks, enters one’s heart, and dines with the person who responds. It is clear that the responsibility for listening and responding to Jesus’ voice rests with the hearer.

This sentence teaches “a distinctively Johannine doctrine.” That is, Jesus desires to fellowship with us. In the Eastern mind, hospitality at mealtime demonstrates the host’s trust in and respect for the guest (Ps. 41:9), for the host has opened his home to the guest and breaks bread with him. But here it is Jesus who assumes the role of host, for he says that he will enter and dine with his guest for the main meal of the day. This meal was enjoyed near the end of the day, after working hours, in an atmosphere of leisure and close fellowship. This was a time of conversation during which wholesome topics were discussed, laughter was heard, and counsel was given for solving problems. This passage speaks of union with Christ in a day-by-day walk with him. Although it hints at the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and the wedding feast at the return of the Lord, especially in light of the eschatology of verse 21, that is not the main emphasis in verse 20. The emphasis is on communion with Christ.[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1999). Revelation 1–11 (pp. 138–140). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Easley, K. H. (1998). Revelation (Vol. 12, pp. 60–61). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Vol. 20, pp. 173–175). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.