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July 10, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to Mosul to declare it liberated from Islamic State, three years after the city’s abrupt fall to the jihadists alerted the world to the group’s growing strength, territorial ambitions and barbarity.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s facing re-election this year, defended his decision to fly to Germany and speak at a protest on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting, arguing that cities need to work around global leaders to fight climate change and income inequality.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Ukraine to reaffirm support for the former Soviet republic two days after the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump’s debut Group of 20 summit yielded a concluding statement covered with the U.S. president’s fingerprints. While the meeting was marred by clashes and vandalism in protests throughout Hamburg, inside the summit venue leaders largely avoided the incendiary – striking a deal on trade while agreeing to disagree on climate.

Two U.S. strategic bombers led a joint military exercise in South Korea on Saturday in response to this week’s launch by North Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking Alaska.

It’s finally here: The Model 3, Tesla’s $35,000 electric gamechanger. A single black Model 3 rolled off the production line Friday with a serial number all its own, kicking off a company-defining six months. The car will belong to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder, who shared images of it on Twitter over the weekend.

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his daughter Ivanka taking his seat at a Group of 20 meeting table in Hamburg when he stepped away for one-on-one discussions with other world leaders.

Almost 19 percent of people 65 or older were working at least part-time in the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. jobs report released on Friday. The age group’s employment/population ratio hasn’t been higher in 55 years, before American retirees won better health care and Social Security benefits starting in the late 1960s.

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, is scaling back senior cabin crew as well as the support department workforce including administration and IT. The cuts at Emirates, which froze hiring last summer and hasn’t taken on new crew in months, began in the last few weeks and affect middle and upper-level managers.

AP Top Stories

Wildfires roared Sunday across much of California, forcing thousands to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat and flames menaced thousands of structures.

Qatar on Sunday announced it was establishing a committee to pursue compensation claims potentially worth billions of dollars over the country’s “blockade” by Gulf states.

As the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, wrapped up, Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk trade and about North Korea. It was the second time the two leaders have met in person. Trump has become increasingly frustrated with China’s role in negotiating an end to North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

Supporters of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who oversaw Confederate forces in the US Civil War.

Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya’s southeast early Saturday, officials said, adding to growing concerns the Islamic militant group has taken up a bloody new strategy.

India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine. They are part of a project aimed at creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that provides everything humans need to survive.

The American economy added 222,000 new jobs in June – and many of those positions were likely taken by members of Generation Z. Precise definitions vary, but Generation Z generally comprises those who were born in the 1990s and came of age amid events such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis. In recent years, the first wave of Generation Z workers have turned 18. More of these people are entering the workforce – by 2021 it is expected they will constitute a fifth of all workers.

BBC

A video advising UK holidaymakers what to do in the event of a terror attack abroad has been released by police. The four-minute film depicts a firearms attack unfolding at a hotel and uses the “run, hide, tell” safety message.

South Korea has released what it says is the first known footage of “comfort women” forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two.

Ukraine’s president has asked for discussions to begin on an action plan that could eventually lead to membership of NATO.

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Somalia’s government says an ongoing internet outage is costing the country $10m each day.

WND

Viewing the United States as its main threat, Moscow is utilizing psychological information warfare as the key means of achieving its ambition to dominate the world stage, deploying disinformation tactics used by the KGB during the Cold War, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency report.


Top News – 7/10/2017

Uncovered: Germany on its Way to Fulfill Role as Israel’s Biblical Arch-Enemy Amalek
In a development that threatens the global balance of power, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has made several public announcements recently questioning the importance of the alliance between her country and the United States. One prominent End-of-Days scholar believes this development has powerful implications and will culminate in Germany revealing its true identity as Israel’s Biblical nemesis.

Church of England Votes in Favour of ‘Marking’ Gender Transitions with Religious Ceremony
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to ‘welcome transgender people’ by considering preparing a church service as a way to “mark a person’s gender transition”.

Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally, Not Hacked
New meta-analysis has emerged from a document published today by an independent researcher known as The Forensicator, which suggests that files eventually published by the Guccifer 2.0 persona were likely initially downloaded by a person with physical access to a computer possibly connected to the internal DNC network. The individual most likely used a USB drive to copy the information. The groundbreaking new analysis irrevocably destroys the Russian hacking narrative, and calls the actions of Crowdstrike and the DNC into question.

Astonishing’ Spike In Demand For Exorcisms
Leaders in the Catholic Church noted that the increased demand for exorcisms was not localized to the U.K. but is also seen in the U.S. Catholic leaders’ assessment of the issue. The cause for the increased demand, however, is not simply an issue of immigrant culture, but was also attributed to an increase in demonic activity, according to Father Vincent Lampert, lead exorcist of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Bolton: Tehran is problem, regime-change is answer
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton says the Middle East has a problem: Tehran. “For the first time in at least eight years that I’ve been coming to this event, I can say that we have a president of the United States who is completely and totally opposed to the regime in Tehran,” Bolton said. “This is the true feeling of the president, and he’s made it very clear.

SOLAR FLARE AND RADIO BLACKOUT
Sunspot AR2665 has grown into a behemoth almost as wide as the planet Jupiter: movie. Stretching more than 125,000 km from end to end and containing dozens of dark cores…A pulse of UV and X-radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere. This, in turn, altered the normal propagation of shortwave radio transmissions on the dayside of our planet… mostly Australia and east Asia.

Trump ‘knowledgeable’ & ‘skillful negotiator’ says Putin’s spokesman after ‘win-win’ G20 talks
“Accusations that Trump is somewhat incompetent or that he is a novice, can be classified as delusional trash,” Peskov told the Russia 1 news channel. “Trump is not some simpleton. He has expert knowledge, he is a very determined negotiator and skillful at using his knowledge to put his position across.”

Iraqi elite forces sweep Mosul, pushing out ISIS
ISIS’s defeat in Mosul three years after taking the city is a major blow for the hardline Sunni Islamist group, which is also losing ground in its operational base in the Syrian city of Raqqa from where it has planned global attacks.

NASA Prepares to Fire Defense Against Asteroid Threat That May Accompany Messiah
A colossal asteroid named Apophis is predicted to pass disturbingly close to Earth before 2030, an ominous astral event which Jewish mystical sources describe as having grave implications for the End of Days.

Qatar and the Saudis – Getting Ready for the Next Round
Tensions are at an all time high between the four countries – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Emirates and Egypt – and Qatar, supported by the large, powerful forces of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Hezbollah. The four countries handed Qatar a list of 13 demands and an ultimatum: either carry them out to the letter or else. They have since retracted them.

After Initial Hesitation, London Mayor Calls to Blacklist Hezbollah
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who faced criticism last month over his hesitation to support designating all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, plans to write to U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd to urge her support in blacklisting the Lebanese group. “I share the concerns of the Jewish community about support shown for Hezbollah, which is an illegal, proscribed and anti-Semitic organization,” Khan said, London’s Jewish Chronicle reported.

Poland to buy Israeli-made Patriot missiles
Poland has signed a memorandum of intent with the United States to buy the Patriot missile system along with interceptor missiles from Israel’s David Sling missile defense system in a deal worth close to $8 billion. “A memorandum was signed tonight that the US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration,” Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said on Thursday.

Brexit: Theresa May’s offer to EU citizens ‘falls short’
Theresa May’s offer to give EU citizens in the UK “settled status” after Brexit has been described as being “far short of what citizens are entitled to”. MEPs, including European Parliament chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt say the proposal is a “damp squib”. It offers Europeans in the UK fewer rights than Britons in the EU, they say in a joint letter to newspapers.

Austria bars Turkish minister from rally marking failed coup anniversary
The Austrian authorities have barred Turkey’s economy minister from entering the country to attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt. Nihat Zeybekci’s visit would represent a danger to “public order and security”, an Austrian spokesman said. The Turkish government did not comment immediately on the decision.

Living dragonfly drones take flight
Draper’s Dragonfl-eye is a living dragonfly with a solar-powered backpack that can control its movements using light pulses. By genetically engineering the “steering neurons” of the dragonfly, researchers hope to be able to use the insect to get to areas larger drones cannot reach.

China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing
Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine. They are part of a project aimed at creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that provides everything humans need to survive.

Jesus Painting Left on Islamic Center Investigated as Hate Crime
A large painting of Jesus on the cross was left at a Long Island Islamic center and police are investigating it as a hate crime. The painting was found Friday on a fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park, Nassau County police said.

Tillerson says Russia must make first move in Ukraine peace process
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that Russia must take the first steps to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine, adding that Washington’s primary goal is the restoration of Ukrainian territorial integrity. On a maiden official visit to Ukraine, Tillerson also said the United States would explore ways of changing the status quo in the Ukraine crisis…

A North Korean EMP attack is a dark possibility
As the tension between North Korea and the US continues to grow, the possibility of war is rapidly evolving into a probability. Now some military experts worry that an attack via EMP (electromagnetic pulse) on the US mainland might be a feasible option for Pyongyang.

After 1,379 Days, New York Times Finally Corrects Claim That Iran “Sponsored” 9/11 Attacks
“CORRECTION:…While a federal court found that Iran had some culpability for the September 11 attacks as a state sponsor of terrorism, it has not been established that Iran sponsored the attacks, which were planned and executed by Al Qaeda.”

We Want God, They Want Anarchy
While the protest crazies were burning Hamburg, Merkel played the fiddle to the tune of ‘Ode to Joy’.

Iraqi Prime Minister Declares Mosul “Liberated” From The Islamic State
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday to announce the city’s “liberation” from the Islamic State, and to congratulate the Iraqi armed forces and people on their “victory” in the city after nearly nine months of urban warfare, and bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city.

The Economist: “Get Ready For A World Currency By 2018”
“[In 2018], Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies…”

DEMENTED: Angela Merkel Declares “Islam Is Not The Source Of Terrorism” But The Christians Who Make Muslims Feel Angry Because Of “Islamophobia”
Angela Merkel’s speech that shocked the German people “Europe must take MORE Muslim refugees, ISLAM is a peaceful religion”.


Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 07/08/2017

Megachurch Leader Says Critics of Choir’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Trump Slogan Ode Are ‘Evangelical Gnats’   Jul 06, 2017 03:06 pm

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore DALLAS, Texas — A well-known megachurch leader and Trump supporter says that those who have been critical of last Saturday’s choir performance of a song based on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan are “evangelical gnats” who are just upset that Trump won the election. “They are absolutely nothing but…

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Wisconsin Middle School Teacher Resigns Over Students’ Out-of-Control Abusive Behavior   Jul 04, 2017 04:56 pm

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — A Wisconsin teacher has resigned from her job in providing emotional testimony about the increasingly out-of-control violent and sexually harassing behavior of students, which she believes is a threat to the safety of both students and staff. “I must resign even though I have a broken heart, because I cannot survive in this unhealthy and…

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Audio Admission Released of Unremorseful 14-Year-Old ‘Twilight Killer’ Who Murdered Girlfriend’s Mother   Jul 02, 2017 05:42 pm

SPALDING, Lincolnshire — A recently-aired documentary that centered on a plot between a young teenage girl and her boyfriend to kill her mother has made public the boy’s confession for the first time. Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards, then 14, were both sentenced to 17 years in prison last year after Markham admitted guilt and Edwards was convicted for her part…

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Parents of UK Baby Barred From Experimental Treatment in US Prepare for Son’s Mandated Death   Jul 01, 2017 10:32 am

(Daily Wire) — Per Orwellian U.K. court rulings, ten-month-old baby Charlie Gard was set to have his life support removed on Friday, but due to a heartbreaking plea from the sick boy’s parents, they will now have more time, an undisclosed amount, to say goodbye to their child before his government-mandated death sentence. “Charlie suffers from a mitochondrial…

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Southern Baptist Choir Sings Ode to Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Slogan at ‘Celebrate Freedom’ Rally   Jul 04, 2017 11:59 am

DALLAS, Texas — A Southern Baptist choir sang a song based on President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan during Saturday’s “Celebrate Freedom” rally in the nation’s capital, sponsored in part by the First Baptist Church of Dallas. The song, which is now licensed by the worship music resource group Christian Copyright Licensing International…

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Park Service Reverses Decision, Allows Christian Geologist to Study Grand Canyon Following Lawsuit   Jul 03, 2017 11:50 am

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A Christian geologist who sued government officials for discriminating against his religious beliefs will be allowed to conduct research within the Grand Canyon after all, as the National Park Service (NPS) has reversed its initial decision to deny the request. As previously reported, Dr. Andrew Snelling of Answers in Genesis requested…

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Southern Baptist Military Chaplain Conducts ‘Transgender Policy Briefing’ for Army Reserves Unit   Jul 06, 2017 12:57 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Concerns are being raised after a Southern Baptist military chaplain recently conducted a “transgender policy briefing” for members of an Army reserves unit that is based in Nashville—a briefing that was mandatory and was determined by the chaplain as not being violative of the convictions of Christian soldiers. On June 23, the 304 Military…

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Canadian ‘Gender Neutral’ Mother Wants Sex Omitted From Baby’s Birth Certificate   Jul 05, 2017 12:49 pm

SLOCAN VALLEY, B.C. — A woman in British Columbia who identifies as “gender neutral” is asking the government to exclude sex information from her baby’s birth certificate so the child can decide later in life what he or she wants to be. Kori Doty, who sports both earrings and facial hair, gave birth in November to a child that she named Searyl Atli. The baby was…

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‘Gay’ Bar Owner Says He Gave Gifts to Now Jailed Philly DA for Legal Favors   Jul 04, 2017 06:00 am

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — During the criminal trial for former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, the co-owner of a popular bar in the city’s “gayborhood” acknowledged last week that he gave gifts to the now-jailed district attorney “in part” in hopes that he would receive legal favors. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Weiss, the co-owner of…

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Texas Supreme Court Rules ‘Spouses’ of Homosexual Govt Workers Not Clearly Entitled to Benefits   Jul 01, 2017 06:56 pm

Photo Credit: Faust Law Marketing AUSTIN,  Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the 2015 Supreme Court same-sex “marriage” decision did not clearly state whether the “spouses” of homosexual government workers are entitled to benefits. “The Supreme Court held in Obergefell that the Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex…

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14 Facts That Prove That America’s Absolutely Pathetic System Of Public Education Deserves An ‘F’ Grade

One thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that our system of public education is broken.  We spend far more money on public education than anyone else in the world, and yet the results are depressing to say the least.  Considering how much we are putting into education, we should be producing the best students on the entire planet, but it just isn’t happening.  Personally, I attended public schools from kindergarten all the way up through law school, and the quality of education that I received was extremely poor.  Even on the collegiate level, most of the courses were so “dumbed down” that even the family dog could have passed them.  And of course millions of other people all over the country would say the same sorts of things about their own educations.  Many refer to what is happening to our society as “the dumbing down of America”, and if we don’t get things fixed the United States is on course to become a second class nation. (Read More…)

Dying Middle Class: The Number Of Americans That Can’t Afford Their Own Homes Has More Than Doubled

Have you lost your spot in the middle class yet?  For years I have been documenting all of the numbers that show that the middle class in America has been steadily shrinking, and we just got another one.  According to a report that was produced by researchers at Harvard University, the number of Americans that spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing has more than doubled.  In 2001, nearly 16 million Americans couldn’t afford the homes that they were currently living in, but by 2015 that figure had jumped to 38 million. (Read More…)

CNN App Downgraded to ONE STAR in Apple App Store – From Hilarious Negative Reviews ????????????

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CNN’s app now has a one star rating in the Apple App store from thousands of negative reviews, many of them hilarious.

Mid-Day Snapshot

July 10, 2017

Trump Impresses So Media Distracts With Another Russian Collusion Story

It’s no coincidence that a year-old meeting became “breaking” news during Trump’s successful European trip.

The Foundation

“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall chearfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself.” —Benjamin Franklin (1789)

July 7, 2017
WES VERNON — News and entertainment media, to say nothing of the history books, have inundated Americans with their own political versions of our nation’s founding and the political officials and other alert Americans who followed, including our 45 presidents (for whatever the proficiency of their efforts as “keepers of the flame” may have been). By no means, however, are those who made great strides in their contributions to the nation’s direction confined to our elected or officially appointed public servants. In fact, some of those “outside the Washington bubble” had an impact that was much more than simply “noteworthy.”… (more)

July 7, 2017
ART MOORE — Ten years ago, Warsaw hosted an international conference warning of a “demographic winter” that posed an existential threat to Europe as the rejection of the “natural family” was leading to plunging birthrates and the consequent importation of millions of workers from countries with historic colonial ties who spurn Western values and refuse to assimilate…. (more)


July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there’s some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But they also are applauding Mrs. Trump’s demeanor and diplomatic skills during her second overseas tour…. (more)

July 6, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Trump administration has faced an average of one leak per day to news organizations during its first 126 days – – “seven times faster” than the Obama and George W. Bush administrations combined – – that have been “potentially damaging” to national security, according to a new Senate report released Thursday…. (more)

July 6, 2017
NEWSMAX — The controversial co-chair of the women’s march against President Donald Trump, Linda Sarsour, is calling for a “jihad” against the president. During a a speech to the Islamic Society of North America convention in Chicago last weekend, Sarsour, a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention who is an anti-Israel and pro-Sharia activist, made the startling call – – and also urged against “assimilation” – – last weekend, Real Clear Politics reported…. (more)

July 6, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Perhaps most Americans never thought they’d see the day when cable news giant CNN became completely irrelevant, obsolete and even extinct. But President Trump is waging a full-blown war with CNN, and – – when it’s all said and done – – CNN will be wiped off the news map, according to talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh…. (more)

July 6, 2017
NEWSMAX — A prominent New York hospital is reportedly offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard amid an agonizing controversy that has drawn sympathy and support from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump…. (more)


July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that she plans to sign a sweeping, unprecedented bill requiring insurers to provide free abortions for their customers, including illegal immigrants. “The ability to control our bodies and make informed decisions about health are critical to providing all Oregonians the opportunity to achieve our full potential and live productive, thriving lives,” the Democratic chief executive said in an email. “Attempts to deny access to contraceptives and family planning are an attack on all Oregonians, particularly women of color, low-income and young women.”… (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A federal judge has denied Hawaii’s request to clarify the scope of the Supreme Court’s lifting of the blockade against President Trump’s travel ban. The ruling Thursday evening by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson leaves in place the Trump administration’s rules regarding what classes of people to exempt from the travel ban…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In a welcome surprise for the arms industry, 2017 is on a pace to easily be the second biggest for gun sales ever, and could beat last year’s record…. (more)

July 6, 2017
NEWSMAX — Roy Moore, the former Alabama chief justice who was twice removed from office over failure to follow federal court rulings, is the lead candidate in internal polling for his state’s U.S. Senate seat, Politico Pro reported…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A New York Police Department officer and mother of three has died after being shot early Wednesday morning while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that a New York City officer who was gunned down earlier in the day was “unjustly targeted” in an unprovoked attack. The attorney general condemned the killing of 12-year department veteran Officer Miosotis Familia, who was fatally shot as she sat in a marked police vehicle…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Media ethicists and watchdogs are criticizing CNN for conditioning the anonymity of a private citizen on his speaking and acting in a way approved by the multi-billion-dollar news network. In an article published on Independence Day, Andrew Kaczynski, senior editor of CNN’s KFile, tracked down the Reddit user who made a short video mocking CNN that President Trump gave wide circulation to in a tweet on Sunday…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz said CNN may have committed a crime by threatening to publish the identity of a private citizen who made a video depicting President Trump beating up the news network. The Texas Republican tweeted Wednesday that CNN may be guilty of “extortion.”… (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The conservative Club for Growth on Wednesday voiced support for an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz to the Republican healthcare plan that would provide some flexibility for insurers, while urging the Senate to repeal Obamacare’s tax on wealthy people…. (more)

July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is listed in “serious” condition after concerns emerged about possible infection as he continues recovery from a gunshot during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game on June 14…. (more)


July 5, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Pope Francis and President Trump agree: Sentencing a baby to death is simply wrong. These two men form the twin pillars of a peculiar alliance against Europe’s expanding culture of death, and the irony is frightening. After all, what does it say about the state of European society when it cedes a man who is perhaps the most vulgar president in American history the moral high ground?… (more)

July 5, 2017
PAUL BREMMER — Kori Doty had a baby eight months ago. What is the child’s gender? Well, that’s yet to be decided. According to Doty, only the child can decide which gender it wants to be. Doty, a Canadian who identifies as a “non-binary trans person,” is demanding the government issue Searyl Atli Doty the world’s first “gender unknown” birth certificate…. (more)

July 5, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration’s “unprecedented” effort to break up and shrink a national monument has been done at least 18 times before, with presidents of both parties exercising power to significantly reduce the size of U.S. landmarks established by their predecessors…. (more)

July 4, 2017
Thoughts on the nature of true freedom
ALAN KEYES — These days, we celebrate the Fourth of July as Independence Day. Actually, it’s the day when the first American patriots declared their decisions to break away from the people of Great Britain and stand thenceforth as the people of the United States of America. The Declaration includes, as it were, a bill of impeachment against the king of Great Britain. But it does not begin with a statement of grievances. It begins by stating the convictions, in respect of right, rights, and justice, upon which its signers concluded that the actions of the king’s government were violations of the highest Sovereign’s will, grave enough to justify the war that had already begun…. (more)

July 4, 2017
DAILY WIRE — Much to the White House’s credit, President Trump is supporting Sen. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s proposal to add more health insurance choices to the Senate health care bill. The Cruz/Lee proposal also might exclude some of the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing conditions…. (more)

July 4, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Will President Trump help medically transport a 10-month-baby from London to the U.S. before the government and his doctors pull the plug on his life support? That’s the question being raised on Twitter Monday. And it wouldn’t be the first time Trump has intervened to medically transport a sick child for treatment…. (more)

July 3, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Frustrated by its inability to win elections, the left is attempting to silence opponents through intimidation, either in the streets or in the courts. The latest example is the hijacking of Guidestar USA by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)…. (more)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 10

  • World stocks rally, dollar up to two-month high against yen (Read More)
  • Oil Prices Fall Amid Rising U.S. Production (Read More)
  • Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Proves to Be an Immovable Object at G-20 (Read More)
  • Russia says joint cyber unit with U.S. will take time to set up (Read More)
  • Senate Health Bill Fails to Pick Up Support After Week of Recess (Read More)
  • Trump’s Massive Tax-Cut Plan Faces ‘Train Wreck’ of a Calendar (Read More)
  • Trump’s push to replace Obamacare faces trouble as U.S. Congress returns (Read More)
  • Republicans debate Plan B if ObamaCare repeal fails (Read More)
  • Department Stores Are Starting to Discount Cosmetics (Read More)
  • Ready or not, New York commuters to get taste of ‘summer of hell’ (Read More)
  • Facebook Again Cuts Price of Oculus Rift VR Headset (Read More)
  • Markets No Longer Make Sense to Macro Managers (Read More)
  • BOJ Draws Line in Sand But Faces Battle to Cap Bond Yields (Read More)
  • Wanda’s Disney Dreams Are Frozen as It Retreats From Theme Parks (Read More)
  • Saudi Aramco Chief Predicts Oil Shortage (Read More)
  • Big financial woes linger in Illinois’ new budget (Read More)
  • Oil Up? Oil Down? Blame the Algorithms (Read More)
  • Iraq’s Abadi to declare Mosul victory, few pockets of resistance (Read More)
  • Blockchain too slow for banks, warns top blockchain firm (Read More)
  • Pimco’s Daniel Ivascyn on Staying Ahead of the Fed (Read More)
  • Apple’s iTunes Falls Short in Battle for Video Viewers (Read More)
  • Finance Chiefs Want You to Use Plastic, Not Paper (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 7/10/2017

At West Bank outpost, settlement building touted as ‘true Zionist response to terror’

Israel to complete east Jerusalem center after controversial UNESCO vote

Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet amid likely Gaza shakeup

Egyptian president tells Abbas he supports 2-state solution in 1967 borders

President Trump’s envoy to arrive in Israel next week ahead of peace talks

Iran seeking nuclear weapons technology, German intel says

Netanyahu warns against Iranian move-in amid ceasefire in southwest Syria

US-Russia ceasefire holding in southwest Syria, say rebel sources

Israel a key player in Syria ceasefire deal

ISIS claims Israeli UAV hovers over Sinai

Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS

Honking Horns Hail the Liberation of Mosul From Islamic State

Good news from Mosul does not signal the end of Islamic State

Mosul: Searching for survivors in city ‘liberated’ from IS

ISIS Wives Jealous of Sex Slaves; Husbands Buy Virgins for $10K on Apps, Rape 9-Y-O Girls

Qatar central bank says country has $340 billion in reserves, can weather Arab sanctions

Qatar seeks compensation over Arab blockade

Huge crowd rallies in Istanbul against Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

Kashmir: Clashes as protesters mark militant’s death

Virginia Muslim attempts U.S. military infiltration

Trump hails G-20 ‘success.’ Others see political chaos and American decline.

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G20 Pictures: Shops Looted, Firebombs Thrown in Second Night of Hard-Left Rioting in Hamburg

NY mayor De Blasio skips slain NYPD cop’s vigil to praise police in Germany

North Korea accuses US of ‘reckless military provocations’ after practice bombing run

Tillerson talks tough on Russia, vows US support for Ukraine

Following criticism, Trump appears to backtrack on joint US-Russia ‘cyber unit’

Report: Kremlin-linked lawyer offered Trump Jr. ‘damaging info’ on Clinton before 2016 meeting

Trump, son push back on NY Times story suggesting Russian collusion

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News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook

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Man arrested in strangulation of stepfather posted selfies with body, police say

Career of the Future: Robot Psychologist

Living dragonfly drones take flight

China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro, Philippines

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Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

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Amid Heat Wave, Fire Causes Power Failure for Part of Los Angeles

Raging wildfires across California force nearly 8,000 to evacuate: ‘It was terrifying’

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Is Google Censoring Anti-Abortion Group From Top Search Results Lists?

Top Pediatrician Says Pushing Transgender Ideology on Kids Is ‘Child Abuse’

Frankfurt police bust online child porn ring with nearly 90,000 members

Cardinal George Pell, a Top Vatican Cleric, Returns to Australia to Face Sexual Assault Charges

Jesus Painting Left on Islamic Center Investigated as Hate Crime

Vatican outlaws gluten-free bread for Holy Communion

Thomas S. Kidd – How Benjamin Franklin, a deist, became the founding father of a unique kind of American faith

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TBN Spends $20 Million on Attorneys’ Fees in Four Years

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Marvin Sapp: Christians Should Support Gospel Artists Even If Their Private Lives Are ‘Questionable’

Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science

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Abortion Clinic CEO: “Contraception Can’t Stop Abortion … Abortion is Birth Control Women Need”

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Iran: Christians face long prison sentences

Costi Hinn – Is it Always Gods Will to Heal?

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Jennifer LeClaire – Apostle Paul was a Religious Devil with a Jezebel Spirit?

Keith Giles – Rapture Postponed

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As Harvest Christian Fellowship joins Southern Baptist Convention, some question future of Greg Laurie’s church

Motorist films bizarre green ‘trailing UFO’ soaring into sky

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:54 AM PDT

This strange green object which appears to be soaring upwards into the sky has been called inexplicable by UFO conspiracy theorists. Footage uploaded to YouTube…

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Ancient Biblical ‘Nephilim’ Possibly Unearthed in China

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:44 AM PDT

Archaeologists have discovered a collection of 5,000-year old graves in China that contain remarkably tall skeletons, a description strongly reminiscent of the Biblical Nephilim who are believed…

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Atheist Group Demands Fire Dept. to Remove ‘Blatantly Unconstitutional’ Cross From Fire Station Lawn

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:37 AM PDT

A prominent atheist group is demanding that a fire department in Georgia take down a cross that has stood outside of one of their fire…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US sends missile warships, Navy Seals to massive war games off Ukraine coast

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:33 AM PDT

Several US missile warships, over 800 sailors and a Navy SEALs team have arrived in the Black Sea to take part in the 12-day Sea…

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Is Google Censoring Anti-Abortion Group From Top Search Results Lists?

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:10 AM PDT

A leading pro-life organization is accusing Google of manipulating the parameters of its search engine to drastically reduce its exposure when people search for information…

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FALLING AWAY: Church of England Votes to Affirm Transgender People; Top Bishop Says LGBT ‘Not a Sin’

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 07:06 AM PDT

The General Synod of the Church of England has officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church. A top bishop also…

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Raging wildfires across California force nearly 8,000 to evacuate

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 05:31 AM PDT

With a heat wave continuing to bake California and the rest of the West, wildfires forced nearly 8,000 people to dash for safety Sunday as…

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Are we witnessing Ezekiel 37 Coming to Pass?

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 05:28 AM PDT

In our generation, we are witnessing the restoration of apostolic and prophetic ministry (Eph. 4:11-13) in the body of Messiah worldwide. Little by little, apostolic…

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Dying Middle Class: The Number Of Americans That Can’t Afford Their Own Homes Has More Than Doubled

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 05:42 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Have you lost your spot in the middle class yet?  For years I have been documenting all of the numbers that show…

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DAYS OF LOT: Church of England Synod Urges UK Ban on ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 05:34 PM PDT

Leaders of the Church of England want to urge the government to ban the practice of conversion therapy, which seeks to help those who want…

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DAYS OF LOT: Doctors Back NHS-Funded ‘Womb Transplants’ for Transgender People

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 05:30 PM PDT

Leading doctors have said they back NHS-funded womb transplants for biological males who identify as women, a procedure which experts say will be possible within…

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea warns of nuclear war after US bombers carry out ‘provocative’ live-fire drills

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 05:24 PM PDT

North Korean state media has condemned a US bombing drill on the Korean peninsula, warning that the move could spark a nuclear war. An editorial published in…

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DISTRESS OF NATIONS: Huge crowd rallies in Istanbul against Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 05:19 PM PDT

Turkey’s main opposition leader told a huge protest rally on Sunday that the country was living under dictatorship and pledged to keep challenging the crackdown…

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Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – “for science”

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 05:58 PM PDT

A Catholic priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist walk into a bar and order some magic mushrooms. It may sound like the first line of…

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PROPHECY WATCH: New Saudi Royal Appointment Appears to Correspond with Prophecy

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 02:32 PM PDT

Recently the reigning Saudi monarch replaced one crown prince with another, dividing the fragmented world of Islam even further, increasing the tensions between Sunni Islam…

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WAR DRUMS: Trump assures Chinese leader that North Korea nuclear threat will end

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 02:27 PM PDT

President Trump, at the start of his meeting Saturday in Germany with Chinese President Xi Jinping, called the Asian nation a “great trading partner” and…

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Swedish Prime Minister Warns ‘Church ministers must marry same-sex couples’

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 02:20 PM PDT

Ministers in Sweden’s state church cannot “refuse to marry same-sex couples”, the country’s Prime Minister has said. Stefan Löfven announced that church leaders should be…

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Is There a Church Death Spiral?

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 02:14 PM PDT

(By Thomas S. Rainer) Please don’t shoot the messenger. And please wait on additional data and research that will be more positive and helpful. But…

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Thousands of cows dying as heatwave bakes Southern California

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 11:28 AM PDT

Despite efforts to keep cows cool during last month’s Valley heat wave the dairy industry still suffered big losses. Close to 10,000 animals died during…

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Jihadists Behead Nine Kenyan Villagers

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 11:12 AM PDT

Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an early-morning attack on a village in the southeast, Kenyan officials said Saturday, as concerns grew…

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LGBT ‘Acceptance Panel’ on Transgenderism, Gender Identity to Be Hosted at Virginia Public Schools

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 11:07 AM PDT

Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia will be hosting a taxpayer-funded LGBT panel discussion during the upcoming school year to discuss topics on gender identity…

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Pure Flix Gives $25,000 to Rebuild Ten Commandments Monument Destroyed in Arkansas

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 11:04 AM PDT

Pure Flix Entertainment, an independent Christian film and television studio, has donated $25,000 to the American History and Heritage Foundation for the rebuilding of a…

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WAR DRUMS: U.S. Bombers Carry Out Exercise in South Korea in Show of Force to North

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 06:09 AM PDT

Two U.S. B-1B bombers and American and South Korean fighter jets on Friday conducted an exercise that included practicing attack capabilities at a training range,…

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Don’t let your imperfections and weaknesses disqualify you from your calling

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 06:02 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will reveal to you how the Lord is not looking for perfect people with a perfect track record…

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Muslims offended at hearing Bible verses, so Christians prosecuted

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 06:18 PM PDT

After Muslims had a violent reaction as two street preachers cited quotes from the Bible, the preachers were brought to court by prosecutors in the…

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Thousands Set to Attend the Largest UK Evangelism Event Since Billy Graham

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 06:14 PM PDT

The UK’s largest evangelism event since Billy Graham’s crusade decades ago is about to hit the heart of Britain. Evangelist J. John has traveled the…

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Sears to axe 43 more stores…

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O) is closing eight of its namesake department stores and 35 Kmart locations to cut costs and square footage in an effort…

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Phoenix Sees 117 Degrees, Breaks 1905 Record

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 06:02 PM PDT

Phoenix has broken an 112-year record for heat. National Weather Service meteorologists say the Arizona city had a high of 117 degrees on Friday. That…

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WAR DRUMS: Pentagon plans to test THAAD missile defenses as N. Korea tensions mount…

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 05:55 PM PDT

The United States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days,…

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Bench That Features ‘God’ Quote From Pennsylvania’s Founder Relocated Following Atheist Complaint

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 11:47 AM PDT

The Oil City Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) held a public rededication ceremony outside its facility on Monday after a bench featuring a God-centered quote…

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This One Line Might Have Ruined ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 11:38 AM PDT

(Reported By Ben Kayser) Last week, I attended a pre-screening of the first Spider-Man solo movie that’s included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since Sony…

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WHO warns of imminent spread of untreatable superbug gonorrhea

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 11:33 AM PDT

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex,…

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Unannounced Military Drills Shakeup Residents in South Carolina

Posted: 07 Jul 2017 11:24 AM PDT

A mysterious sight flew over Rock Hill Wednesday night; a military plane coming in so low, it rattled windows in several neighborhoods. Neighbors who live…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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15 Questions to Apply Scripture to Your Life

A good question in Bible study helps uncover riches in the text that we may not see. This is true for observation, interpretation, and application stages of Bible study.

The following questions¹ will help you apply a passage of Scripture to your life and rely on God for transformation. It may help you to print off the list and tape it inside your Bible (download it below!).

15 Questions to Apply Scripture to Your Life

1. What does this say about God?

2. What does this say about the human condition?

3. What does this say about God’s provision in Christ for the human condition?

4. What response does God want from me?

5. What response does God want from the church?

6. What does it look like for me to believe and obey this Scripture in a genuine, non-superficial way?

7. How can I obey this passage externally but not internally?

8. Is there anything I need to confess?

9. Is there any sin from which I need to repent?

10. How do I need help in believing or heeding this Scripture?

11. What can I be thankful for because of this passage?

12. How can I praise God because of this passage?

13. How can I encourage myself with this passage today?

14. How might I encourage others with this passage today?

15. How does this passage deepen my longing for the return of Christ and the joys of heaven?

A Transformed Life

As you engage these questions, bring your responses to God in prayer, asking for deeper faith and an obedient heart. Faithfully seeking transformation from God’s Word will plant you firmly in truth and lead to great joy and satisfaction in Christ (Psalm 1:3; Psalm 119).

Happy reading!

[1] Questions adapted from Martin Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray, Joe Thorn’s Note to Self, LRI’s Dig & Discover Hermeneutical Principles Booklet, and “Keeping Christ Central in Preaching” from Telling the Truth, ed. D.A. Carson. A version of this article first appeared at Anchored in Christ.]

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12 Signs of Genuine Repentance

I have sinned against you. I have apologized. But how do you know if I mean it?

How do you know when someone is repentant? In his helpful little book Church Discipline, Jonathan Leeman offers some guidance:

A few verses before Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 18 about church discipline, he provides us with help for determining whether an individual is characteristically repentant: would the person be willing to cut off a hand or tear out an eye rather than repeat the sin (Matt. 18:8-9)? That is to say, is he or she willing to do whatever it takes to fight against the sin? Repenting people, typically, are zealous about casting off their sin. That’s what God’s Spirit does inside of them. When this happens, one can expect to see a willingness to accept outside counsel. A willingness to inconvenience their schedules. A willingness to confess embarrassing things. A willingness to make financial sacrifices or lose friends or end relationships. (p. 72)

These are good indicators, and I believe we can add a few more.

Here are 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart:

1. We name our sin as sin and do not spin it or excuse it, and further, we demonstrate “godly sorrow,” which is to say, a grief chiefly about the sin itself, not just a grief about being caught or having to deal with the consequences of sin.

2. We actually confessed before we were caught or the circumstantial consequences of our sin caught up with us.

3. If found out, we confess immediately or very soon after and “come clean,” rather than having to have the full truth pulled from us. Real repentance is typically accompanied by transparency.

4. We have a willingness and eagerness to make amends. We will do whatever it takes to make things right and to demonstrate we have changed.

5. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized, spending as much time as is required listening to them without jumping to defend ourselves.

6. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized as they process their hurt, and we don’t pressure them or “guilt” them into forgiving us.

7. We are willing to confess our sin even in the face of serious consequences (including undergoing church discipline, having to go to jail, or having a spouse leave us).

8. We may grieve the consequences of our sin but we do not bristle under them or resent them. We understand that sometimes our sin causes great damage to others that is not healed in the short term (or perhaps ever).

9. If our sin involves addiction or a pattern of behavior, we do not neglect to seek help with a counselor, a solid twelve-step program, or even a rehabilitation center.

10. We don’t resent accountability, pastoral rebuke, or church discipline.

11. We seek our comfort in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, not simply in being free of the consequences of our sin.

12. We are humble and teachable.

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

—2 Corinthians 7:9-11

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8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness

Our life in this fallen world will be filled with many expected and unexpected forms of suffering. The curse in the Garden announced this, Jesus confirmed it in His teaching, and the experience of the New Testament church testifies of it. Therefore, as long as we live–awaiting the glorious return of the Savior, there will be need for biblically wise and compassionate counsel.

HELP! I’m Living with Terminal Illness is a resource from the pastoral heart of Reggie Weems. For those suffering with a terminal diagnosis and for their family and friends, this mini-book conveys practical advice, spiritual consolation, and, most importantly, an eternal hope which the dying process cannot diminish and death cannot extinguish.

In the first chapter, Weems provides several lists of action points. The following 8 action points fall under the heading “Planning Care,” and were derived from conversations with health-care and mental-health professionals as well as friends enduring the dying process.

  1. Death is an extremely emotive issue. The people around you may not know how to begin talking with you about it. Take the initiative to openly and candidly speak about end-of life concerns. It is also important to gain your family’s agreement on essential issues. Conduct private conversations if disagreement exists. You will not want to spend this important time in estrangement from those closest to you. Take the necessary time to encourage everyone to respect your decisions.
  2. Do your best to be open and clear about your wishes regarding medical care, financial concerns, your will, your funeral, and life after your death. Explain what caused you to make certain decisions. How do your decisions give meaning to your life and death?
  3. Share your end-of-life concerns. Do you desire independence? What will happen if or when you cannot remain independent? If this happens, with whom or how will you live? Would you prefer to die at home?
  4. Is there a hospice care facility in your vicinity? [For a very helpful discussion of the benefits of hospice, see Deborah Howard, Help! Someone I Love Has Cancer.] If so, I would encourage you to use their services. As a former board member of a local hospice and the husband of a former hospice nurse I know that hospice personnel combine professionalism and compassion in a unique way as they care for patients and families.
  5. If you currently have no ongoing Christian influence in your life, I recommend that you contact an evangelical minister of the gospel. He will certainly be willing to visit with you and your family to offer biblical counsel. Ask someone you love to call a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area to inquire for a pastoral visit.
  6. Do you have a living will or advanced directives that detail your medical preferences? Both will speak to the specifics of your medical care if you are unable to speak for yourself.
  7. Consider creating a durable power of attorney. It allows someone else to act on your behalf when you are unable to do so. A durable power of attorney can go into effect as soon as you sign it, when you deem it appropriate, or when a doctor confirms you are incapacitated. As long as you are mentally competent, you can revoke a durable power of attorney anytime you wish.
  8. Of course, every decision is subject to change. Maintain open lines of communication and keep the conversation going with your family and other significant people in your life. Your openness and frankness will encourage the same from others. Many important and meaningful discussions can be held during this time. You and everyone around you will benefit from the transparency you exhibit.

Other action point lists include “Funeral and Business Arrangements” and “Emotional and Relational Needs.” Get either or both of these mini-books from Cumberland Valley Bible and Book Service.

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I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse

Michelle Cretella is the pediatrician.  In a piece over at The Daily Signal, Dr. Cretella, who is a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, reveals what pediatricians who don’t go with the flow are up against. For one thing, “The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.”

Read it and weep.

Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.

Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women’s access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.

But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.

As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.

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July 10, 2017: Verse of the day

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Persons Who Might Seem to Threaten Our Security

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. (8:31b-34)

Paul begins with an all-encompassing rhetorical question, If God is for us, who is against us? The word if translates the Greek conditional particle ei, signifying a fulfilled condition, not a mere possibility The meaning of the first clause is therefore “Because God is for us.”

The obvious implication is that if anyone were able to rob us of salvation they would have to be greater than God Himself, because He is both the giver and the sustainer of salvation. To Christians Paul is asking, in effect, “Who could conceivably take away our no-condemnation status?” (see 8:1). Is there anyone stronger than God, the Creator of everything and everyone who exists?

David declared with unreserved confidence, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?” (Ps. 27:1). In another psalm we read, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. … The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold” (Ps. 46:1–3, 11).

Proclaiming the immeasurable greatness of God, Isaiah wrote,

It is He who sits above the vault of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. … Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing. … Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. (Isa. 40:22, 26, 28)

In Romans 8:31 Paul does not specify any particular persons who might be successful against us, but it would be helpful to consider some of the possibilities.

First of all, we might wonder, “Can other people rob us of salvation?” Many of Paul’s initial readers of this epistle were Jewish and would be familiar with the Judaizing heresy promulgated by highly legalistic Jews who claimed to be Christians. They insisted that no person, Jew or Gentile, could be saved or maintain his salvation without strict observance of the Mosaic law, and especially circumcision.

The Jerusalem Council was called to discuss that very issue, and its binding decision was that no Christian is under the ritual law of the Mosaic covenant (see Acts 15:1–29). The major thrust of Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia was against the Judaizing heresy and is summarized in the following passage:

If you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. (Gal. 5:2–6; cf. 2:11–16; 3:1–15)

The Roman Catholic church teaches that salvation can be lost by committing so-called mortal sins and also claims power for itself both to grant and to revoke grace. But such ideas have no foundation in Scripture and are thoroughly heretical. No person or group of persons, regardless of their ecclesiastical status, can bestow or withdraw the smallest part of God’s grace.

When Paul was bidding farewell to the Ephesian elders who had come to meet him at Miletus, he warned, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:28–30). Paul was not suggesting that true believers can be robbed of salvation but was warning that they can be seriously misled, confused, and weakened in their faith and that the cause of the gospel can be greatly hindered. Although false teaching cannot prevent the completion of a believer’s salvation, it can easily confuse an unbeliever regarding salvation.

Second, we might wonder if Christians can put themselves out of God’s grace by committing some unusually heinous sin that nullifies the divine work of redemption that binds them to the Lord. Tragically, some evangelical churches teach that loss of salvation is possible. But if we were not able by our own power or effort to save ourselves-to free ourselves from sin, to bring ourselves to God, and to make ourselves His children-how could it be that by our own efforts we could nullify the work of grace that God Himself has accomplished in us?

Third, we might wonder if God the Father would take away our salvation. It was, after all, the Father who “so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). If anyone could take away salvation, it would have to the One who gave it. We might argue theoretically that, because God is sovereign and omnipotent, He could take away salvation if He wanted to. But the idea that He would do that flies in the face of Scripture, including the present text.

In answer to such a suggestion, Paul asks, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? How could it possibly be that God would sacrifice His own Son for the sake of those who believe in Him and then cast some of those blood-bought believers out of His family and His kingdom? Would God do less for believers after they are saved than He did for them prior to salvation? Would He do less for His children than He did for His enemies? If God loved us so much while we were wretched sinners that He delivered up His own Son … for us, would He turn His back on us after we have been cleansed from sin and made righteous in His sight?

Isaac was an Old Testament picture of Christ. When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the only son of promise, both Abraham and Isaac willingly obeyed. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac is a beautiful foreshadow of God the Father’s willingness to offer up His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Isaac’s willingness to be sacrificed foreshadows Christ’s willingness to go to the cross. God intervened to spare Isaac and provided a ram in his place (Gen. 22:1–13). At that point, however, the analogy changes from comparison to contrast, because God did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.

Isaiah extolled the wondrous love of both God the Father and God the Son when he wrote,

Surely our griefs He Himself [Christ, the Son] bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God [the Father], and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. … But the Lord [the Father] was pleased to crush Him [the Son], putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering. (Isa. 53:4–6, 10)

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only is the foundation of our salvation but also of our security. Because the Father loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Because the Son loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, He “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. 1:4; cf. 3:13).

Jesus promises all those who belong to Him: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2–3). The Lord makes no allowance for any of His people to be lost again, but promises each one of them an eternal home in His eternal presence. Jesus also assures us that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever (John 14:16), again making no allowance for exceptions. What power in heaven or earth could rob the God-head of those who have been divinely saved for eternity?

Beginning in verse 8 of chapter 12, Paul speaks almost entirely in the first and second persons, referring to himself and to fellow believers. It is the same spiritual brethren (us) he speaks of twice in verse 32. If the Father delivered up His Son for us all, he argues, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? In his letter to Ephesus the apostle is also speaking of fellow believers when he says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). If God blesses all of us, His children, with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” loss of salvation is clearly impossible. All believers receive that eternal inheritance.

Freely give translates charizomai, which means to bestow graciously or out of grace. In some of Paul’s other letters the same word carries the idea of forgiveness (see 2 Cor. 2:7, 10; 12:13; Col. 2:13; 3:13). It therefore seems reasonable to interpret Paul’s use of charizomai in Romans 8:32 as including the idea of God’s gracious forgiveness as well as His gracious giving. If so, the apostle is also saying that God freely forgives us all things (cf. 1 John 1:9). God’s unlimited forgiveness makes it impossible for a believer to sin himself out of God’s grace.

In order to assure His people of their security in Him, “in the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us” (Heb. 6:17–18). The two unchangeable features of God’s unchangeable purpose are His promise and His oath to honor that promise. What greater proof of security could we have than the unchangeable purpose of God to save and keep His elect, the heirs of promise?

Fourth, we might wonder if Satan can take away our salvation. Because he is our most powerful supernatural enemy, if anyone other than God could rob us of salvation, it would surely be the devil. He is called “the accuser of [the] brethren” (Rev. 12:10), and the book of Job depicts him clearly in that role:

And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face.” (Job 1:8–11)

Satan accused Job of worshiping God out of selfishness rather than out of reverence and love. Although Job at one point questioned God’s wisdom and was divinely rebuked (chaps. 38–41), he repented and was forgiven. From the beginning to the end of Job’s testing, the Lord affectionately called him “My servant” (see 1:8; 42:7–8). Although Job’s faith was not perfect, it was genuine. The Lord therefore permitted Satan to test Job, but He knew Satan could never destroy Job’s persevering faith or rob His servant of salvation.

In one of his visions, the prophet Zechariah reports: “Then he fan angel] showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?’ ” (Zech. 3:1–2). Although “Joshua was clothed with filthy garments” (v. 3), that is, was still living with the sinful flesh, he was one of the Lord’s redeemed and was beyond Satan’s power to destroy or discredit.

Satan also tried to undermine Peter’s faith, and Jesus warned him of that danger, saying, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat.” He then assured the apostle, “but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31–32).

Because every believer has that divine protection, Paul asks, Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? The world and Satan are continually bringing charges against God’s elect, but those charges amount to nothing before the Lord, because He is the one who justifies, the one who decides who is righteous before Him. They have been declared eternally guiltless and are no longer under the condemnation of God (8:1), the only one who condemns. God conceived the law, revealed the law, interprets the law, and applies the law. And through the sacrifice of His Son, all the demands of the law have been met for those who trust in Him.

That great truth inspired Count Zinzendorf to write the following lines in the glorious hymn “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness,” translated by John Wesley:

Bold I shall stand in that great day,

For who ought to my charge shall lay?

Fully absolved through Thee I am

From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

It is not that the accusations made against believers by Satan and the unbelieving world are always false. The fact that we are not yet sinless is obvious. But even when a charge against us is true, it is never sufficient grounds for our damnation, because all our sins-past, present, and future-have been covered by the blood of Christ and we are now clothed in His righteousness.

Fifth, we might wonder if our Savior Himself would take back our salvation. Anticipating that question, Paul declares, Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. It is because Jesus makes continuous intercession for all believers, God’s elect, that “they shall never perish” and that “no one shall snatch them out of [His] hand” (John 10:28). For Christ to take away our salvation would be for Him to work against Himself and to nullify His own promise. Christ offers no temporary spiritual life but only that which is eternal. He could not grant eternal life and then take it away, because that would demonstrate that the life He had granted was not eternal.

In verse 34 Paul reveals four realities that protect our salvation in Jesus Christ. First, he says that Christ Jesus … died. In His death He took upon Himself the full penalty for our sins. In His death He bore the condemnation that we deserved but from which we are forever freed (8:1). The death of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf is the only condemnation we will ever know.

Second, Christ was raised from the dead, proving His victory over sin and over its supreme penalty of death. The grave could not hold Jesus, because He had conquered death; and His conquest over death bequeaths eternal life to every person who trusts in Him. As Paul has declared earlier in this letter, Christ “was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. 4:25). His death paid the price for our sins and His resurrection gave absolute proof that the price was paid. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He demonstrated that His Son had offered the full satisfaction for sin that the law demands.

Third, Christ is at the right hand of God, the place of divine exaltation and honor. Because “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, … God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:8–9). David foretold that glorious event when he wrote, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet’ ” (Ps. 110:1).

There were no seats in the Temple, because the sacrifices made there by the priests were never finished. They were but pictures of the one and only true sacrifice that the Son of God one day would make. The writer of Hebrews explains that “every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He [Christ], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:11–12; cf. 1:3).

Fourth, Christ also intercedes for us. Although His work of atonement was finished, His continuing ministry of intercession for those saved through His sacrifice will continue without interruption until every redeemed soul is safe in heaven. Just as Isaiah had prophesied, “He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors” (Isa. 53:12). Jesus Christ “is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).

If we understand what Christ did on the cross to save us from sin, we understand what it means to be secure in His salvation. If we believe that God loved us so much when we were wretched and ungodly that He sent His Son to die on the cross to bring us to Himself, how could we believe that, after we are saved, His love is not strong enough to keep us saved? If Christ had power to redeem us out of bondage to sin, how could He lack power to keep us redeemed?

Christ, the perfect Priest, offered a perfect sacrifice to make us perfect. To deny the security of the believer is therefore to deny the sufficiency of the work of Christ. To deny the security of the believer is to misunderstand the heart of God, to misunderstand the gift of Christ, to misunderstand the meaning of the cross, to misunderstand the biblical meaning of salvation.

Even when we sin after we are saved, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” because in Him “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:9; 2:1). When we sin, our Lord intercedes on our behalf and comes to our defense against Satan and any others who might bring charges against us (see Rom. 8:33). “God is able to make all grace abound to you,” Paul assured the believers at Corinth (2 Cor. 9:8). Through our remaining days on earth and throughout all eternity, our gracious Lord will hold us safe in His everlasting love by His everlasting power.[1]


Our Wonderful Mediator

Romans 8:34

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Up to this point our study of the last part of Romans 8 has taught the doctrine of eternal security by presenting what God the Father has done on our behalf. This was particularly clear in verses 28–30, where it was a case of God’s working, God’s choosing, God’s predestining, God’s calling, God’s justifying and God’s glorifying. It was also the case in the following three verses in which Paul began to ask his unanswerable questions: (1) “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (2) “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” and (3) “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”

Even when the death of Jesus was mentioned, as it is in question two, it was mentioned from the viewpoint of God’s giving up his Son.

With the fourth of these five questions, Paul’s approach changes, as the work of Jesus Christ himself is suddenly brought forward. “Who is he that condemns?” Paul asks. Again there is no answer, because “Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

In other words, having just said that God justified his people, Paul now speaks of the ground of that justification and offers four reasons why those who have been justified can be assured that they are forever free from condemnation. These reasons, all of which have to do with Jesus Christ’s work, both past and present, are: (1) Christ’s death, (2) Christ’s resurrection, (3) Christ enthronement at the right hand of God, and (4) Christ’s continuing intercession for us.

Christ’s Death for Sin

As soon as we reflect on the teaching in this verse we are immediately impressed with how much doctrine Paul has compressed into it. He has done this with an economy of words, and nowhere is this more evident than in the first of his four statements. “Christ Jesus, who died” is all he says.

Why did he not elaborate on this a little bit?

The answer surely is that he has already done so in the earlier parts of the letter. In those earlier chapters we learn that Jesus died for sin, making an atonement for it. By means of his atonement he propitiated or turned aside the wrath of God, which sin deserved. Moreover, since Jesus had no sin of his own for which to atone, we learn that he did this on our behalf, or vicariously. Some years ago the great Swiss theologian Karl Barth was asked what was the most important word in the Bible, the questioner no doubt thinking that Barth would say “love” or some such godly quality. But instead Barth answered, “Hyper.” In Greek, Hyper is a preposition, meaning “on behalf of” or “in place of” another. Barth called this the most important word because it signifies that the death of Jesus was in our place and for us. He died so that we might not have to die spiritually.

I suppose the most common response to this, particularly from a Christian congregation, is that we already know all about it. Indeed, we have known it for a long time. Why do we have to keep saying it again and again? Why repeatedly bring up the death of Jesus Christ?

Well, if you really do know this and really do live by faith in Christ and his atonement, there probably is no need to keep on repeating it, although those who know it best generally are those who love hearing it most often. Katherine Hankey’s hymn says rightly, “I love to tell the story, for those who know it best/Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.”

But I suggest that we do need to hear it (and often), for the very reason Paul is repeating himself in Romans. Remember, he is writing about assurance. And the reason he is writing about assurance and at such length is that we tend to waver on this subject and doubt our salvation. This is particularly true when we fall into sin, whether outright sins of commission or those more subtle sins of the mind or spirit, perhaps even the sin of doubting God’s word about salvation. In such a frame of mind we find ourselves wondering whether we really are saved or are still saved, assuming that we were saved once but have perhaps fallen away.

If you find yourself thinking like this, you need to hear that “old, old story” again. You need to hear what Jesus did for your sin, bearing the punishment of God upon it in your place.

“But suppose I sin?” you ask. Don’t say “suppose.” You have sinned and will continue to sin. That is not the right question. The question is rather, “Did Jesus die for my sin or did he not?” If he did, then the punishment for that sin has been undertaken by Jesus in your place, and there is no one (not even God) who can condemn you for it. Jesus took your condemnation.

“But suppose I question this?”

This questioning of yours—is it a sin or isn’t it? If it is not a sin, if it is only a mere intellectual puzzling over the full meaning of what Jesus Christ has done and why, there is no problem. Christians are free to ask God questions and state what they do not understand. If it is a sin, that is, if it is outright disbelief of God’s Word, even then why should this sin more than any other separate you from God’s love and condemn you—if Jesus has, in fact, died for it?

I do not mean by this that your sin is covered by Christ’s blood if you are among those who reject his atonement and scorn it. That is an unbelief that has never known faith. If you do this, you are not regenerate. I am speaking to those who are born again and love Jesus but who have doubts concerning their salvation. To them I say, as Paul does, “Christ died.” He died for you.

When he hung on the cross, Jesus said of his atoning work, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And it was! It was finished forever. There is nothing that can ever be added to it or be taken away.

Christ’s Resurrection

The second reason why we can be assured of our salvation on the basis of Jesus work for us is his resurrection, which Paul introduces with the words “more than that, who was raised to life.”

That is a strange way of introducing the doctrine of the resurrection, because it is linked to Christ’s death as if it adds something to it. And how can that be, if the atonement is a finished work, as I just said? Once again, this is something Paul explained earlier in Romans when he was dealing with the work of Jesus more extensively. Think back to what the apostle said at the end of chapter four, as he brought the first great section of the book to a close and prepared to move on into the second great section, which we are now studying: “He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25).

What does that mean, “raised to life for our justification”? As the Bible describes them, both the resurrection and justification are works of God. So the verse is saying that God raised Jesus from the dead in some way that relates to his work of justification. Since justification is based on Christ’s propitiation, the connection between resurrection and justification is not one of cause and effect. Rather, it must be one of demonstration. The point of the resurrection is to verify the justification, which is based upon the death. It is God’s way of showing that Jesus’ death was a true atonement and that all who believe on him are indeed justified from all sin.

Let me put it this way. When Jesus was alive on earth he said that he was going to die for sin, becoming a ransom for many. In time he did die and was placed in a tomb where he lay for three days.

Had he died for sin? He said that was what he was going to do, but the words alone do not prove his death was an atonement. Suppose Jesus was deluded? What if he only thought he was the Son of God and the Savior? Or again, suppose he was not sinless? He claimed to have been sinless. He seemed to be. But suppose he had sinned, even a little bit? In that case, he would have been a sinner himself, and his death could not have atoned even for his own sin, let alone for the sin of others. The matter would remain in doubt.

But then the morning of the resurrection comes. The body of Jesus is raised, and the stone is rolled back from the opening of the tomb so the women and later others can see and verify that he has indeed been raised. Now there is no doubt, for it is inconceivable that God the Father should thus verify the claims of Jesus if he was not his unique Son and was not therefore a true and effective Savior of his people.

As the great Bible teacher Reuben A. Torrey said in one of his writings, “I look at the cross of Christ, and I know that atonement has been made for my sins; I look at the open sepulcher and the risen and ascended Lord, and I know that the atonement has been accepted. There no longer remains a single sin on me, no matter how many or how great my sins may have been. My sins may have been as high as the mountains, but in the light of the resurrection the atonement that covers them is as high as heaven. My sins may have been as deep as the ocean, but in the light of the resurrection the atonement that swallows them up is as deep as eternity.”

“Who is he that condemns?”—who could possibly condemn us if Jesus has died for us and has been raised as proof of our justification?

Christ’s Enthronement at God’s Right Hand

We are climbing a grand staircase in studying these four phrases that speak of the saving work of Christ, both past and present. But we are likely to miss a step at this point if we are not very careful, because the third step deals with the ascension and enthronement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is not something heard a great deal about in most churches. (In the more liturgical churches there is a special day known as Ascension Day on which the doctrines associated with Jesus’ return to heaven are often noted.)

There are two chief teachings involved. The first is Jesus’ glorification. This was God’s answer to the prayer Jesus uttered just before his arrest and crucifixion, recorded in John 17. He said, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:4–5). Jesus laid this glory aside in order to become man to accomplish the work of redemption. But now, contemplating the end of his work, he asks for that glory to be restored.

And it has been! According to Acts, at the moment of his martyrdom Stephen saw the glorified Jesus “standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56), and Paul was stopped and redirected by Jesus’ voice while on the way to Damascus to persecute the early Christians (Acts 9:3–5). The apostle John later had similar visions of Jesus, according to the Book of Revelation.

The other teaching associated with Ascension Day is the one Paul seems chiefly to be concerned with here. It is Christ’s “session,” his being seated at God’s right hand. Since the “right hand” was considered the place of honor, for Jesus to be seated there involves his exultation. That alone is significant in regard to our eternal security, for it means that the One who has achieved it for us by his death has been honored for precisely that achievement.

But there is more to the doctrine than even this. The most important thing about Jesus’ being seated is that sitting implies a finished work. As long as a person is standing, there is still work to do. But once it is finished, the person rests from that work, as God rested from his “work of creating” (Gen. 2:2).

This point is developed carefully in the letter to the Hebrews, where a comparison is made between the work of Israel’s earthly priests, according to the pattern of temple worship that had been given by God, and the work of Jesus, who was the high priest to come. This theme dominates Hebrews, beginning as early as chapter 4 and continuing as far as chapter 10. The point is that Jesus’ priestly work is superior to and replaces the preparatory work done by earthly priests.

Then comes this important statement in chapter 10: “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest [Jesus Christ] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:11–14, emphasis added). The Jewish temple had no chairs in it, though there were other articles of furniture. This signified that the work of the priests was never done. Indeed, even the great sacrifice offered on the Day of Atonement had to be repeated year by year. But when Christ offered himself as a sacrifice, that sacrifice was the perfect fulfillment of the prior types and a true and utterly sufficient atonement for sin. It did not have to be repeated. Therefore, when Jesus had offered this sacrifice and it was accepted by God the Father, he showed that the work was completed by sitting down at God’s right hand.

Where is Jesus now? He is seated at God’s right hand. So whenever you doubt your salvation and are becoming disturbed by such thoughts, look to Jesus at the right hand of the Father, realize that he is there because his work of sacrifice is completed, that nothing can ever add to it or take away from it, and that you are therefore completely secure in him.

What would have to happen for you to lose your salvation, once you have been foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified by God? For that to happen, God would have to throw the entire plan of salvation into reverse. Jesus would have to rise from his throne, go backward through the ascension (now a descension), enter the tomb again, be placed upon the cross, and then come down from it. For you to perish, the atonement would have had never to have happened. Only then could you be lost. But it has happened, according to the plan of God. And the fact that Jesus has been raised from the dead, brought to heaven, and been seated on the right hand of God the Father is proof that it has been accomplished. Your security is now as certain as the Lord’s enthronement, which means that it is as unshakable as Jesus himself.

Christ’s Present Intercession

The final reason why the believer in Christ can be assured of his salvation based on the work of Christ is Jesus’ present intercession. Paul says that Jesus “is also interceding for us.”

In light of the ideas of accusation, judgment, and acquittal that have appeared throughout this section, it is natural to see this intercession as Jesus’ pleading the benefits of his death on our behalf in the face of Satan or any other individual’s accusations. Bible teachers have often spoken of the verse that way, and I have done so myself on occasion. But this is probably not quite the right idea. Why? Because Paul has introduced the verse with the question “Who is he that condemns?” and the answer to that is “no one,” as long as Jesus has died, been raised, and is now seated at the right hand of God and making intercession for us. There is no need for that kind of intercession, because in view of Christ’s finished work and God’s judgment no one is able to accuse us.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “There is no need … for our Lord to defend the believer. He has already done so, ‘once and for ever.’ But, in any case, it is God the Father himself who sent his Son to do the work. There can never be any query or question in God’s mind with regard to any of his children.”

In view of that, what does intercession mean here? In this context it must refer to Jesus’ prayers for his people, much like his great prayer of John 17, in which he prays for and receives all possible benefits of his death for them for the living of their Christian lives.

It means that there is no need you can possibly have to which the Lord Jesus Christ is indifferent.

It means that there is no problem to which he will turn a deaf ear or for which he will refuse to entreat his Father on your behalf.

Let me share a paragraph on this subject from the writing of Donald Grey Barnhouse, which has blessed me:

You do not have a problem too great for the power of Christ. You do not have a problem too complicated for the wisdom of Christ. You do not have a problem too small for the love of Christ. You do not have a sin too deep for the atoning blood of Christ. One of the most wonderful phrases ever spoken about Jesus is that which is found on several occasions in the gospels. It is that “Jesus was moved with compassion.” He loved men and women. He loves you. [Do] you have a problem? He can meet it, it does not matter what it is. The moment that the problem comes to you in your life, he knows all about it. … If there is a fear in your heart, it is immediately known to him. If there is a sorrow in your heart, it is immediately a sorrow to his heart. If there is a grief in your heart, it is immediately a grief to his heart. If there is a bereavement in your life or any other emotion that comes to any child of God, the same sorrow, grief or bereavement is immediately written on the heart of Christ. We find written in the Word of God, “In all their afflictions he was afflicted” (Is. 63:9).

Jesus intercedes for us in precisely those things. Moreover, he is heard in his intercession, and he ministers to you out of the inexhaustible treasure house of his glory. That is why Paul was able to write to the Philippians, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).

Bobby McFerrin, the popular singer and entertainer, has a little song called “Don’t worry; be happy.” It made him famous. I like the song, even though I know it is misleading for anyone whose sin is not atoned for by the blood of Christ. A person in his or her sin should worry. There is no happiness for one who stands under God’s dreadful condemnation. But “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”! That first verse of Romans 8 tells us what the chapter is all about. There can be none because Jesus has died in our place, been raised for our justification, is seated at the right hand of God, and is even now carrying on a work of intercession for us.

Should people with such an intercessor worry? In their case, “don’t worry” is a proper thing to say. And so is “be happy,” though those words are undoubtedly too weak. We should rejoice with joy unspeakable.[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Romans (pp. 502–509). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 975–982). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.