July 1-2, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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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.

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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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