July 14, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jul. 14, 2017

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A federal judge in Hawaii ruled that the Trump administration didn’t conform with the Supreme Court’s instructions in rolling out its temporary travel ban. The decision means many people covered by the government’s restrictions would be allowed to enter the U.S.

Deep within the Treasury Department sits a once-secret plan written by the Obama administration that could lead to the first-ever default on U.S. debt. Bond traders are worried that Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary may have to use it.

India is considering tracking digital currencies like bitcoin through the central bank and capital markets regulator along with intelligence agencies to monitor money laundering and terrorist financing, people with the knowledge of the matter said.

The U.S. will seek to use a United Nations fund designed to aid nations hard hit by climate change to promote the construction of coal-fired power plants around the world.

Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Retail sales unexpectedly dropped for a second month in June, signaling consumers are providing only modest support for the U.S. economy, Commerce Department data showed Friday. Purchases dropped 0.2% (forecast was 0.1% gain) after falling 0.1% the prior month (previously reported as 0.3% drop)

Sepsis-a frequently lethal condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own organs while trying to fight off infection-is the top killer in U.S. hospitals, and the country has only recently begun to understand the scope of the problem. A new government report suggests that sepsis cases tripled in the decade from 2005 to 2014, causing 1.5 million hospital stays by the end of that period. Experts who study sepsis say the apparent increase is actually a reflection of how doctors are getting better at identifying cases they used to miss.

Italy’s absolute poor, or those unable to purchase a basket of basic goods and services, reached 4.7 million last year, up from almost 1.7 million in 2006, national statistics agency Istat said Thursday. That is 7.9 percent of the population.

The eclipse set to darken skies next month threatens to sideline solar farms and rooftop panels in a wide swath of the U.S., wiping out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes. The impact is a testament to the nine fold increase in solar installed in the U.S. since 2012 and highlights the risks associated with relying on an intermittent resource such as the sun for power.

AP Top Stories

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Wednesday that Congress should pad the budget for President Trump’s border wall by cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and food stamps.

Jeff Sieting, the village president in Kalkaska, Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of “every last Muslim” and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world’s 10-largest Muslim-majority cities.

China’s economic might is catching up to the United States – or is seen to be catching up. That’s according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, which released results of a 38-nation survey Thursday afternoon. While the majority of those polled still correctly believe the United States is the world’s biggest economy, 12 nations – including Canada, Russia, and most of western Europe – believe China has the largest economy in the world.

United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group’s last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday.

A group of scientists from the University of Cambridge have detected a star that is so small, even one of our own planetary neighbors happens to be larger, and it’s assumed to be the absolute smallest a star can possibly be.

A Democratic congressman on Wednesday became the first US lawmaker to formally file an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but the effort is likely to stall in the Republican-controlled Congress.

BBC

Two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in a shooting attack near a sacred site in Jerusalem. They were shot by three Israeli Arabs close to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).

Nigeria’s parliament is investigating reports that 97 fishermen have been killed in the Bakassi peninsula, which the country ceded to Cameroon. Reports say that the killings happened last week when a Cameroonian paramilitary unit was enforcing a $300 fishing levy.

Widespread opioid abuse is tied to a fall in the share of Americans working or looking for work, the head of the US central bank said. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she was not sure if it was a cause of the decline or a symptom revealing more longstanding economic problems.

Growing competition for land and natural resources saw a record number of environmental activists killed in 2016, says Global Witness. The green group’s report details at least 200 murders across 24 countries, up significantly from 2015.

President Donald Trump is attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris, where US and French troops are marching together down the Champs-Élysées. The parade marked 100 years since the Americans entered World War One.

WND

Scientists at the University of Alberta have put together from scratch a relative of the smallpox virus – and a reminder that the threat of deadly viruses created by humans is more than theoretical. The smallpox virus, which triggered brutal disease for centuries, was declared eradicated in 1980 after a successful global effort to end its reign of terror. But some scientists fear that it could be revived through what’s known as synthetic biology – the ability to make a virus by putting together by the recipe outlined in its genetic code.


Top News  – 7/14/2017

Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon “A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics”
In a relatively shocking article – don’t forget the Vatican has been extremely outspoken for a man in his office – a close ally of Pope Francis has written in a widely-read Vatican publication attacking Stephen Bannon, the senior White House strategist and lamenting a drift towards fundamentalism among some US conservative Catholics who backed Donald Trump as president.

Water Flowing From Temple Mount: A Messianic Precursor?
Josh Wander, a resident of the Mount of Olives, frequently prays at the Kotel (the Western Wall). One of his favorite spots is the indoor section to the north of the outdoor plaza. When he went to pray at the holy site on Tuesday, he was surprised to see water flowing in rivulets from between the stones.

U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties – officials
The U.S. measures would initially hit Chinese entities considered “low-hanging fruit,” including smaller financial institutions and “shell” companies linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, said one of the officials, while declining to name the targets.

We need to close the Temple Mount to Muslims’
Deputy Defense Minister blames UNESCO for terror attack, Jewish Home MK says Israel respond by closing Temple Mount to Muslims.

US bars Old City to American government officials until Saturday morning
As a result of Friday morning’s attack, the US Consulate-General in Jerusalem issued a rare directive to all US government employees and their family member to refrain from entering the Old City of Jerusalem until Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. “without prior approval” from the Consulate General. The statement said the directive was “due to a major security incident that occurred in the vicinity of the Lion’s Gate of the Old City.”

PA President Abbas Condemns Temple Mount Terror Attack
In a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Friday’s shooting attack on the Temple Mount, the official PA media agency Wafa reported. The PA president rarely condemns attacks on Israelis.

Two policemen killed in Temple Mount attack by Israeli Arabs
Three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday morning, killing two and injuring one before the attackers were killed by police, the Israel Police and paramedics said. The assailants, who were residents of Umm al-Fahm, near Haifa, fled to the Temple Mount where they were killed by police officers and guns were found in their possession, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Trump opposes House method for allocating Israeli missile defense aid
The Trump administration is concerned with a House committee proposal that would siphon Israeli missile defense aid from a fund that is typically reserved for current US wartime operations. The House Armed Services Committee proposed a $558 million increase in allocated Israeli aid for 2018 that would come from Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO – a fund that is effectively uncapped by the Budget Control Act…

Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of ‘close relative’
Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump’s travel ban, a judge has ruled. The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump’s immigration crackdown. The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly.

U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties – officials
Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks…The U.S. measures would initially hit Chinese entities considered “low-hanging fruit,” including smaller financial institutions and “shell” companies linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs…

Connecticut Bans Civil Forfeiture Without Criminal Conviction
Civil forfeiture remains a controversial issue in America since it’s “a process by which the government can take and sell your property without ever convicting, or even charging, you with a crime.” The procedures are civil, which means defendants do not receive the same protections given to criminal defendants. Connecticut has put an end to this procedure when the legislature passed a law that bans civil forfeiture without a criminal conviction.

More Christian Refugees Arriving under Trump than Muslims
Under President Donald Trump, more Christian refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first six months of 2017 than Muslim refugees, a departure from the Obama-era. Since Trump took office in January through June 30, nearly 9,600 refugees who are affiliated with the Christian faith have been resettled in the U.S., accounting for roughly 50 percent of all refugee resettlements, according to research by Pew.

Trump and Macron, once cast as adversaries, show they have much in common
For dinner on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron chose to dine with President Trump at Le Jules Verne, an opulent restaurant nestled in the Eiffel Tower that has earned a Michelin star yet still carries the reputation of being an overpriced tourist destination.

The Striking Reason Why The US Just Spent A Record $429 Billion In One Month
The US just saw the biggest one month outlay on record, at $429 billion, 33% higher than the $323 billion one years ago. The reason for this, however, is even more striking than the number itself: it appears the student loan bubble has started to burst.

War on Cash: Desperate VISA Begs Merchants With $10,000 Bribe to Go Cashless
“Visa Inc. has a new offer for small merchants: take thousands of dollars from the card giant to upgrade their payment technology. In return, the businesses must stop accepting cash.

White South Africans Are Preparing For “The Slaughter and Removal of All Whites Within Five Years
Back in March, the President of South Africa made a shocking suggestion, which left many white landowners fearing that they may face a race war in the near future. In a speech, Jacob Zuma announced that he wanted the government to begin confiscating white owned lands, before redistributing them to black South Africans.

Why Is Soros Colluding with PornHub, Tech Giants to Flood FCC with Russian Spam?
It’s the Russians again. But this time it’s George Soros’ strange bedfellows pro-censorship coalition including Internet giants Google, Facebook, Amazon, as well as the salacious extreme-and-abusive-sex website PornHub, that have flooded the FCC with thousands of “citizen comments” coming from Russia, of all places, opposing the FCC’s planned repeal of the Obama-era “Net Neutrality” rules.

Is This Why The UN Human Rights Council Is Silent As Venezuelans Die Oppressed Under Socialism?
The United Nations Human Rights Council has been silent on the death of Venezuelans at the hands of their democratic socialist government. The UN has sided with death, but that isn’t surprising, considering the horrific plans they have laid out for most humans.


July 14, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Senate GOP leaders hope offering more money for reducing insurance premiums for poor people is enough to get centrists to support their healthcare bill after they were cool to the latest version. Republican leadership released a new version of the healthcare bill that adds $70 billion to a stability fund to stabilize the individual market and $45 billion for fighting opioid abuse. However, leadership faces a monumental task of winning support from several key centrists, especially after leaving in place more than $700 billion in Medicaid cuts…. (more)


July 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — Tuesday’s release of photos of a chance encounter between evangelicals and President Donald Trump in the White House, which shows leading evangelicals laying hands on and praying for the president of the United States in the Oval Office, has touched off an angry backlash on Twitter and in the mainstream media…. (more)

July 13, 2017
BOB UNRUH — So the media claim there are links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. They make wild claims about a “set-up” that had Donald Trump Jr. meet last year with a woman claiming to have information from Russia about Hillary Clinton…. (more)

July 13, 2017
RALPH Z. HALLOW — President Trump is facing the double standard with which the left-wing press and Democrats have been soiling American politics for many years. Absurdity is now the norm in the left’s drive to undermine the public’s confidence in the institutions that have made this the go-to country for seekers of opportunity and freedom all over the world for more than two centuries…. (more)

July 13, 2017
MICHAEL BARONE — Overreach. President Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for provoking it in his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well…. (more)

July 13, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Members of the House Freedom Caucus are demanding GOP leaders cancel the annual August recess so they can tackle top-line policy issues, including the debt ceiling, repealing the Affordable Care Act, a tax overhaul and building a wall along the nation’s southern border…. (more)

July 13, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Senate Republican leaders are still scrambling to craft a health-care bill capable of attracting 50 GOP votes, and while success appears elusive right now, a prominent House conservative still believes a good bill can get passed thanks to the pressure from voters and the resolve of President Trump…. (more)

July 13, 2017
MCCLATCHY DC — Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., has introduced formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice. Sherman, who first drafted the articles in June, formally introduced H.R. 438 on the House floor on Wednesday…. (more)

July 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — Almost three-fourths of Democrats would give up drinking alcohol for the rest of their lives if President Donald Trump could be impeached tomorrow, according to a survey conducted by Detox.net…. (more)

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Two-dozen House Republicans broke with their pro-defense brethren Thursday and helped Democrats kill an amendment that would have barred the military from funding transgender sex reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies…. (more)


July 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Obama Justice Department allowed the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. into the country for a court case months before the meeting occurred, The Hill reported…. (more)

July 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — Evangelist leader Franklin Graham called it “unfathomable” that the parents of British baby Charlie Gard have been denied the right to bring him to the United States for treatment, calling it “one of the dangers of socialized medicine.”… (more)

July 13, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schindler Schiavo, has joined the pro-life leaders expressing support for Charlie Gard in his struggle to live. Gard is an 11-month-old British infant who suffers from a rare genetic mutation of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The infant has brain damage, is blind and deaf, and needs a ventilator to breathe…. (more)

July 13, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — If there were any issue that Republicans and Democrats could agree on in the current, brutal political climate, one might think it would be female genital mutilation and the need to ban it. Not a chance…. (more)

July 13, 2017
THE BLAZE — One Fort Lauderdale police officer is facing disciplinary action after he “mis-gendered” a transgender person on a reckless driving ticket issued in late January. Four days after being pulled over for drag racing a Ford Mustang in a Chevrolet Camaro, Shelby Kendall, who was born male but began identifying as a woman in 2014, filed a complaint with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to The Sun-Sentinel…. (more)

July 13, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — An admissions letter from Harvard University was once considered cause for celebration, but in conservative households, that may be changing. David M. Whalen, provost of Hillsdale College, a school with a conservative reputation, said he has noticed an uptick in the number of parents who send their children to Hillsdale to avoid colleges where conservative thought is met with ridicule, suppression and violence…. (more)

July 12, 2017
BYRON YORK — Could there be a dumber, more obvious come-on than the one Rob Goldstone, described in press reports as a British-born publicist and former tabloid reporter, sent to Donald Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016?… (more)

July 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — New York City Police officers attending the funeral of one of their own Tuesday turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio in protest when he spoke…. (more)

July 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Doctors, parents and others involved in female genital mutilation in Michigan will face up to 15 years in prison under new laws signed Tuesday that were sparked by an ongoing criminal case involving six young girls…. (more)

July 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Top-rated Fox talker Sean Hannity piled on CNN’s lackluster ratings Tuesday, belittling the cable for ranking behind nightly kiddy shows. Hannity, who scored a scoop interview Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday night, tweeted his mock with a special dig that CNN will likely end up airing his Q&A with Trump…. (more)

July 11, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Earlier this week, I wrote a column questioning why our contemporary political discourse makes so little reference to the common good. The United States was the first nation in human history that acknowledged humanity itself to be the formal premise for the common identity of the people who comprised it…. (more)

July 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Friday hit back at Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer for labeling his latest health proposal a “hoax,” saying Democrats made a series of promises about their signature health program that have fallen flat…. (more)

July 10, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Unless you went to some lengths to access President Trump’s stunning address in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday instead of relying on media coverage, you missed a remarkable event. Garnering repeated applause and even chants of “Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” the president declared his and America’s admiration for the Polish people, made a commitment to ensure their liberty, and promised to eradicate terrorism and preserve the West…. (more)

July 10, 2017

RICH LOWRY — magine that President Donald Trump gave a speech praising a strong Europe. Imagine that he called forthrightly on Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine and join the community of responsible nations. Imagine that he embraced the mutual defense commitment, so-called Article 5, of NATO…. (more)


July 10, 2017

BYRON YORK — President Trump’s performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

July 14, 2017

Senate Reveals Latest Health Plan; Is It DOA?

Republicans are still at odds over various aspects of repealing ObamaCare. And it may sink Version 2.0.

The Foundation

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison (1792)

Key Connections

Evaluating Our Expectations: The American Dream vs. a Christian’s Hope (Melissa Kruger, Wit’s End)

The American Dream might best be summed up as the possibility for a life of freedom, personal happiness, material comfort, and lasting fulfillment (all nicely enclosed in a white picket fence)… In contrast to our typical image of the American Dream, Scripture offers us three images of the Christian life: a battle, a race, and childbirth.

Community Covers a Thousand Threats  (David Mathis, Desiring God)

Sadly, I have seen it happen over and over: how neglecting real, consistent, committed Christian community goes hand in hand with a cooling heart for Christ.

Grab for the Glory of God (Eric Davis, The Cripplegate)

We have a major hole in our Christian spirituality when we avoid the concept of sin. My mentor reminded me that it is a mark of conversion, spiritual maturity, and intimacy with the Lord Jesus to see, loathe, and confess personal sin, especially heart sins.

The Essential Second (John MacArthur, OnePlace)

It is very easy to love the whole wide world, and it is easy to love the church. However, it may be very difficult to love one particular person. But the love our Lord calls you to exercise is a practical, personal kind of love that is expressed primarily to individuals.

15 Questions to Apply Scripture to Your Life (Kevin Holloran, Unlocking the Bible)

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.

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This ‘n’ That

  • Eugene Peterson has “changed his mind” on same-sex issues and gay marriage. Really? Anyone who has read his atrocious rendering of the Bible (aka, The Message) knows that he has long skirted and softened the edges on such issues.
  • Wait, wait, wait! He changed his mind again!
  • The salvation package; now that’s a good gift!
  • I’ve only read part one of this, but I fear that the patriarchal mindset described in this article may permeate more than those groups that outwardly identify with the movement.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thank, James!).
  • This is one of the dumbest things I read this week. Matthew 23:23-24, anyone?
  • If drinking more coffee leads to a longer life, I may never die. Four cups a day, at least.
  • Now you know.
  • Have today’s evangelicals become Marcionite in their thinking and practice?

Featured Blogs


Top Headlines – 7/14/2017

Middle East Quartet meets for first time in Trump’s presidency

Trump: Only thing more difficult than Israeli-Palestinian peace is healthcare

Ex-intel chief: Israel should advance peace initiatives now, while we’re strong

Abbas to visit China next week at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. China supports a Palestinian state.

Ex-defense minister says ‘corrupt’ Netanyahu should resign

Netanyahu: Political rivals, media want me convicted

PM says corruption insinuations are a left-wing plot against him

At Gaza war memorial event, Netanyahu, Rivlin call for return of soldiers’ bodies

Soros ‘distressed’ by ‘anti-Semitic’ Hungary campaign

Canada backtracks on banning ‘Product of Israel’ labels for West Bank wines

Israel, Palestinians reach landmark water deal for West Bank, Gaza

In Jerusalem, Gunmen Stage Brazen Attack Near Temple Mount

Three wounded in shooting terror attack near Temple Mount

Amid dramatic Temple Mount terror attack, Netanyahu resists calls to change status quo

Hezbollah threatens to ‘surprise Israel’ in next war

Israel Growing Concerned That Unresolved North Korea Nuclear Crisis Will Embolden Iran, Experts Say

Officials: US expected to say Iran still abiding by nuke deal

Solider accused of supporting ISIS thought 9/11 was inside job: ex-bunkmate

Fearing more terror attacks, Egypt churches suspend activities

Former UK envoy: Saudi Arabia funds extremist mosques in Europe

Turkish director arrested for film of Erdogan ‘execution’

Could North Korea turn America’s lights out? We’re living in the dark about our electric grid

Trump slams media for coverage of mysterious Russian lawyer, lays blame on Lynch

Trump’s Lawyer Apologizes for a Profane Tirade

Trump lawyer e-mail meltdown raises questions of competence

GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails committed suicide

Hawaii Judge Orders Loosening of Trump Travel Ban

Amazon is getting too big and the government is talking about it

Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery – A Citigroup analysis finds each box gets a $1.46 subsidy. It’s like a gift card from Uncle Sam.

U.S. asks nations to provide more traveler data or face sanctions

High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada

Watch a Giant Sunspot Whirl Across the Sun in Incredible NASA Video

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Oitui, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Vinchina, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Giant Antarctic Icebergs and Crushing Existential Dread

New York Man Dies From ‘Exceedingly Rare’ Tick Virus Transmitted Within Minutes

‘Cholera is everywhere’: Yemen epidemic spiralling out of control

GOP Lawmakers Bought Health-Insurance Stocks While Advancing Trumpcare

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

House defeats bid to block Pentagon funding transgender surgeries

Shock as teens arrested for alleged sex assault that thousands watched on Facebook live

Jeff Sessions Tells ‘Hate Group’ DOJ Will Issue Religious Freedom Guidance

Kim Riddlebarger – Civil Religion, The Chief Rival of Biblical Christianity in America?

After Lifeway Threatens to Pull The Message Eugene Peterson Changes His Mind on Gay Marriage

Walter Martin’s Family Demands Hank Hanegraaf Step Down From CRI

Tim Keller Claims People Cannot Be Reached Without Art

Winnie Banov Has Lost Touch With Sanity

Two Abortion Clinics With History of Health Violations Close in NE Ohio

Christians in Coastal Kenya Concerned After Slaughter of 13 Non-Muslims

 


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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