President Donald Trump plans an aggressive travel schedule, taking him to as many as 13 states over the next seven weeks, to sell the idea of a tax overhaul as the administration tries to avoid repeating the communications failures of its attempt to repeal Obamacare.
President Donald Trump will visit China in November, a person familiar with his plans said, as tensions flare on the Korean peninsula due to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.
The United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests after the U.S. dropped demands such as an oil embargo to win support from Russia and China.
In supporting a watered-down version of North Korea sanctions, China and Russia had a stern warning for the U.S.: Don’t try to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s regime.
North Korea appears to be stepping up efforts to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which could be used to avoid trade restrictions including new sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council.
Less than a year after being driven out of its Libyan stronghold, Islamic State is re-emerging in the North African oil producer.
Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.
A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday issued a short-term order restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.
On Tuesday, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will take the stage for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater at its new campus. Apple plans to unveil three phones-another first-including a premium model that could cast a halo over the rest of the line, and perhaps even the rest of the smartphone industry.
Chinese regulators aren’t the only ones getting nervous about the astronomical rally in bitcoin. Bullish bets on the cryptocurrency are now considered the most crowded trade in financial markets, according to fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
AP Top Stories
Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.
Russians shunned the polls Sunday for local elections which are the last vote before the presidential elections in March next year, with very low turnout rates as the opposition cried foul.
Russia’s military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants, a major turn-around two years after Moscow intervened to lend a hand to its embattled long-time ally.
Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
China is facing heightened threats from foreign infiltration via religion and from the spread of extremism, a top official for religious affairs said on Tuesday, after strict new rules were passed to manage religious practice in the country. China’s five officially sanctioned religions – Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity – vowed to fight “desensitization” at a forum on the topic held in Beijing last week, according state media.
Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.
Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage. The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.
At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources said.
Bangladesh’s prime minister has urged Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Some 370,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border since violence began last month.
A new program of free secondary school education started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah if longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch retires.
The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day-following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8.
A generous legal loophole in U.S. immigration laws is allowing thousands of illegal “students” to receive special visas to enter America, according to a new report on the scam. The report found that 42 of the country’s worst colleges and universities, some that aren’t even accredited, are providing the needed “student” documentation to immigrants to clear immigration requirements of the Department of Homeland Security. In the process, the mostly for-profit schools fill their classes and weak students get to come to the U.S.
Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.
The Briefing 09-12-17
Government is never neutral: A lesson in how bureaucracy really works
- New York Times (Ben Protess, Danielle Ivory, and Steve Eder) — Where Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Governing Does Not Apply
Search-and-destroy mission in Iceland as babies with Down syndrome are nearly eliminated
- CBS News (Julian Quinones and Arijeta Lajka) — “What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing
- National Review (Alexandra DeSanctis) — Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome
- The Federalist (David Harsanyi) — Pro-Choicers Should Explain Why They Think Eugenics Is Acceptable
Kate Millett’s legacy: A worldview that sees family as a problem cannot but end in sadness
- New York Times (Paul Sehgal and Neil Genzlinger) — Kate Millett, Ground-Breaking Feminist Writer, Is Dead at 82
News – 9/12/2017
North Korea rejects UN sanctions resolution, warns US
North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced.
World stocks build on record highs as Irma weakens
World stocks climbed to record highs on Tuesday as an easing in tensions over North Korea and signs that Hurricane Irma was causing less damage than feared in the United States boosted risk appetite.
Hurricane Irma: Florida residents warned to beware alligators, snakes
Florida’s Department of Health has warned residents to beware of alligators and snakes displaced by Hurricane Irma. “After storms, be alert to wildlife-snakes, alligators, etc. may have been displaced as a result of strong winds or rain,” the Department tweeted Monday.
9/11 now a time to repent
September 11 is no longer just a day for remembrance. It’s a day for repentance. President Donald Trump, responding to a petition from the Christian group “In God We Trust,” recently declared Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
On 9/11, US ‘Became’ State of Israel, Says Friedman
“On September 11th, 2001, the United States, in a very real and profound way, became the state of Israel. It was attacked by a hateful and barbaric enemy, obsessed by a culture of death and destruction. “It is so right and appropriate that apart from the United States, the only nation in the world to build a 9/11 memorial containing the names of each and every life that was stolen in this tragic act is the state of Israel.”
‘Israel to occupy parts of south Lebanon in next conflict with Hezbollah’
In the event of another war with Hezbollah the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution favorable to improving the security situation on Israel’s northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.
Israel warns of Europe terror threat in holiday travel advisory
Ahead of the mass exodus of Israelis looking to exploit remaining days of annual leave during the upcoming High Holidays, the Israeli National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau has issued a number of travel warnings for Israelis seeking to travel abroad. The travel warnings are based on the real likelihood of threats against Israeli and Jewish targets across the world…Most of the travel warnings relate to Arab and “enemy” countries.
IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’
At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.
North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test
The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports – an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes. The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports.
Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles
Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn). Turkey has the second-largest army in Nato. Alliance members are urged to buy compatible weapons systems.
Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote
The government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a “power grab” by ministers. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next parliamentary stage.
Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects
The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers say. The women and children, from at least 13 countries, mostly fled Tal Afar as troops recaptured the city last month. The Norwegian Refugee Council, which is providing assistance at the camp, said they were in “de-facto detention”.
Hurricane Irma: Florida to re-open storm-ravaged Keys
Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma when the category-four storm struck on Sunday, are to re-open. Entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands. Some 60% of homes in the state are still without power.
Anarchy In the Caribbean
Escaped prisoners and hundreds of looters armed with guns and knives are terrorising hurricane-hit islands amid anarchy in the Caribbean, it has emerged. Britain and France have both sent extra police resources and the Netherlands have dispatched troops to the region amid reports of lawlessness in the wake of the devastating 185mph storm.
Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions
Ismail Haniyeh, political chief of Hamas, said the organization is ready to talk reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions. Hamas had previously demanded that Abbas halt a series of measures taken against the Islamic militant group before sitting down to discuss a reconciliation deal.
Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup: jurists’ group
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has progressively dismantled the rule of law, becoming an instrument of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in what amounts to a coup against the constitutional order, an international human rights group charged on Tuesday. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the top court had undermined human rights and infringed the Constitution through a series of rulings since December 2015.
Inside The Opioid Crisis: What The Mainstream Media Won’t Let You See
“…the trend exemplifies the cry of the bottom 90% of Americans who have turned to opioids to escape the physical and or figurative pain of not being able to achieve the American Dream…”
BREAKING: Immigration Official Comes Forward, Drops Truth Bomb about DACA According to a former immigration official, the Obama administration never acted to prevent widespread DACA abuse. Matt O’Brien, the former manager of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) investigation unit, recently told reporters that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rife with fraud. As reported by Breitbart, O’Brien stated, “Based on what I had seen and what I discussed with my colleagues, the fraud rate is 40 to 50 percent. It’s possible that it was higher.”
Tesla’s Wireless Power Invention Finally Comes to Market After 118 Years
Once the darling of the elite Industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th century, fell into disfavor when Nikola Tesla invented wireless energy. The elite did not want anything that they could’nt put a meter on. After 118 years, Tesla’s invention is coming to market.
Just As Hurricane Hits Florida, Trump Bows His Head & Does Something Incredible
Hurricane Irma already looks to be one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history. As President Trump and his administration prepared for this hurricane, the president did something unexpected. While meeting with his cabinet at Camp David on Wednesday, President Trump bowed his head in prayer, according to a Tweet from Donald Trump. The prayer itself was led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Apocalyptic September? Here Is A List Of 27 Major Disasters That Have Already Happened So Far This Month
Two major hurricanes, unprecedented earthquake swarms and wildfires roaring out of control all over the northwest United States – what else will go wrong next? When I originally pointed to the month of September as a critical time, I had no idea that we would see so many catastrophic natural disasters during this time frame as well;
NASA: “Sun Erupts With Significant Flare”
The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Sept. 10, 2017. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the event. The full halo coronal mass ejection was so powerful and widespread, there actually appears to be an Earth directed component. If so, an impact to the earth’s geomagnetic field may be possible as soon as tomorrow.
When will America finally wake up? The borrower is the servant of the lender, and we now have a colossal 20 trillion dollar chain around our collective ankles. We have willingly enslaved ourselves, our children and our grandchildren, and yet our addiction is so insatiable that we continue to add more than 100 million dollars to our debt load every single hour of every single day. The national debt is sitting at a grand total of $20,162,176,797,904.13 at this moment, but now that the debt ceiling has been lifted that number is expected to shoot up very rapidly toward 21 trillion dollars by the end of the year. The national debt had been held down by accounting tricks to keep it under the debt limit for many months, but every time this has happened before we have seen the national debt absolutely explode back to projected levels once the debt ceiling was raised. (Read More…)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 12
- Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul (Read More)
- Trump to weigh more aggressive U.S. strategy on Iran (Read More)
- Florida Turns to Recovery as Irma Moves North (Read More)
- What to Expect at Apple’s Biggest Event in Years (Read More)
- A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong (Read More)
- North Korea warns U.S. of ‘greatest pain’, rejects sanctions (Read More)
- DowDuPont to Change Breakup Plan (Read More)
- U.K. Inflation Jumps More Than Forecast to Match 4-Year High (Read More)
- States to Trump: Leave Retirement Rule Intact or We’ll Act (Read More)
- Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors (Read More)
- Equifax Breach Tests Trump Pledge to Dismantle Rules (Read More)
- Corruption Battle Roils Ukraine (Read More)
- Less spark, slimmer profits for electric carmakers (Read More)
- Fintech Firm SoFi Says CEO Mike Cagney Will Step Down (Read More)
- Rich People From These Nations Hide the Most Offshore Wealth (Read More)
- Google Plots to Conquer Self-Driving Cars—by Making Peace With Detroit (Read More)
- Ferrari’s Entry-Level Portofino Confronts $2.5 Million Mercedes (Read More)
- How Two Years of Crisis Has Tested Volkswagen’s CEO (Read More)
- Move Over, Millennials: ‘Generation Z’ Has Arrived (Read More)
- BP files for IPO of U.S. Midwest, Gulf Coast pipeline assets (Read More)
- Fixing the Stock Market’s ‘Clogged Toilet’ Starts in Delaware (Read More)
Headlines – 9/12/2017
|North Korea warns US to prepare for ‘Greatest Pain’ ever in latest threat
Posted: 12 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT
North Korea has warned the United States to prepare for the “greatest pain” the nation has ever suffered as Kim Jong-un rejects UN sanctions. Pyongyang rejected a UN Security Council resolution to slap sanctions on North Korea following its sixth nuclear test and ramped up tensions with its latest threat sparking fears World War 3 could break out.
A defiant North Korea “categorically rejected” the resolution, saying the United States was “fired up” for confrontation and would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced. North Korea’s ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday the US was “fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation”. READ MORE
|US debt surpasses historical $20 trillion
Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:57 AM PDT
The United States has now officially accumulated a $20 trillion debt. The ceiling was broken after the White House allowed the Treasury to borrow more money. As of Tuesday, the American national debt stood at $20.16 trillion, according to the US Debt Clock website. This is almost $62,000 per person and over $167,000 per tax payer.
The debt number had been stagnant since March due to the debt ceiling, as the US Treasury faced a temporary ban on further borrowing. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a law to suspend the debt ceiling until December 8. The Treasury can now borrow freely till that date. Since Trump’s inauguration, the debt has increased about $215 billion from around $19.94 trillion. READ MORE
|Gnats Mysteriously Swarm Philadelphia; People Fleeing, Seeking Shelter…
Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:45 AM PDT
A large swarm of insects are creating a lot of buzz in Philadelphia. Residents across the city took to Reddit to share their concerns. “Probably an exodus from the hurricane,” one person said. “People are running all over Old City and fleeing seeking shelter,” another said. Others on Twitter were just as
mystified. But police say they don’t know where the gnats, or what some are calling flying ants came from. “Hmm. No, We don’t know where all of these gnats came from, either. However, we, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” said police in a Tweet. READ MORE
|20 Nigerian Christians Massacred In Nigeria
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:29 PM PDT
Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy who was a resident of Ancha village, Miango District in the
Bassa Local Government Area. But a village Christian told Morning Star News that the area’s terrified residents were at a loss to explain why they were targeted, as the murder of the Fulani took place at another village. “The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village, and we have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past,” READ MORE
|Franklin Graham Warns World Needs to Prepare for Jesus Christ’s Return
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:21 PM PDT
The numerous hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena affecting the world today should serve as a reminder that people need to be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, said evangelist Franklin Graham. “Wildfires raging on the West Coast. Violent hurricanes, one after the other, ravaging everything in their paths, with one of the worst — Irma—bearing down on Florida. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern parts of Mexico this week, and we even recently experienced a rare
solar eclipse,” Graham said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “The Bible says in Luke 21:25, ‘…there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves.’ In Matthew 24:7 it says, ‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.’ These are some of the Biblical signs before Christ’s return.” READ MORE
|Is YouTube Targeting Christians and Conservatives With Its Advertising Policy?
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:17 PM PDT
Since YouTube enacted a new advertiser-friendly strategy in March that gives more control to brands over where their ads show up on the online video sharing platform, alarms have been sounded that YouTube may be unfairly demonetizing videos posted by Trump supporters, conservatives and
Christians. As reports have surfaced in the last few months showing that conservatives of many stripes have had their videos marked as “unsuitable for all advertisers” by the Google-owned platform — thus making them ineligible to receive advertising revenue — READ MORE
|How Unified Prayer Brings Deliverance and Breakthroughs!
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 06:59 PM PDT
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, you will discover how the power of agreement in prayer will always bring powerful breakthroughs and deliverances in our lives. Discover how when we release our prayers on Earth it ultimately opens the hands of the Lord to bring the answers from Heaven! For the entire message watch the video below:
If you wish to help support this ministry, You can do so by simply clicking HERE
|Earthquake Swarm Continues In Idaho, Over 200 Plus Since Sept 2nd
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 03:25 PM PDT
The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday. But then Saturday arrived and by day’s end 19 quakes had struck. There have been 34 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 204 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda
Springs. They have been felt throughout Southeast Idaho and as far away as Logan, Ogden and Salt Lake City in northern Utah. Earthquake experts say the worst-case scenario is that the swarm ends with a destructive 7.0 magnitude quake that will destroy buildings and kill people, but the chances of that are slim. READ MORE
|Parents Face Backlash for Opposing Church of England School’s Transgender Policy
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:30 PM PDT
A Christian couple who pulled their young children out of school because of the school’s transgender policy is unwavering in their stance, despite increased persecution. The parents are now suing the school, which calls the parents “transphobic.” Lawyers for the couple will argue that the school is discriminating
against them by implying that their Christian faith makes them transphobic. They also say England’s Equality Act, which protects transgender rights, should not apply to people under age 18. Nigel and Sally Rowe of Isle of Wight, England, removed their two young sons, ages six and eight, from the unidentified Church of England school because the school allows boys to wear dresses to school and otherwise dress as girls. READ MORE
|Bizarre winds leave Meteorologists baffled in San Francisco…
Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:26 PM PDT
Meteorologists are baffled by strong wind gusts that ripped through concentrated pockets of the Bay Area early Monday morning, while other areas remained completely still. The National Weather Service reports that a gust of 54 mph roared through Pebble Beach at 2:30 a.m., while only 10 minutes away in Monterey conditions remained completely calm. “We had a very unusual event happen overnight,” says
Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area. “We had isolated strong periods of winds. It’s really remarkable. Usually wind storms are more widespread, while this wind occurred in concentrated pockets.” The first gusts roared through Pebble Beach and the southwesterly winds traveled north reaching up to 40 mph in Santa Cruz, up to 37 mph in Los Gatos and at the San Jose Airport. READ MORE
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?
Available online at: https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A335
COPYRIGHT ©2017 Grace to YouYou may reproduce this Grace to You content for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Grace to You’s Copyright Policy (http://www.gty.org/connect/copyright).
Truth2Freedom Blog Disclaimer
This post was originally posted on: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com
(Alternative News, Apologetics, Current Events, Commentary, Opinion, Theology, Discernment Blog, Devotionals, Christian Internet Evangelism & Missions Activist).
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
This blog is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will keep people informed about current trends, current events, discussions and movements taking place within our church and culture.
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107,material here is distributed without profit for research and educational purposes.
A headline link on this blog post doesn’t necessarily mean that there is agreement or approval with all the views and opinions expressed within the headline linked article. Caution is also warranted with regards to the advertisements and links that are embedded within the headline linked article.
*Please note that the preceding blog post content is formed by my personal conviction, values, worldview and opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.