Daily Archives: September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)



Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is consulting U.S. allies in Europe as he seeks a way to toughen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program a month before President Donald Trump faces a deadline to decide whether to walk away from what he’s called “the worst deal ever.”

North Korea rejected the latest round of United Nations sanctions on the isolated state, and vowed to accelerate its plans to acquire a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. homeland.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats are flirting with a single-payer health-care system, marking a shift within the party on what was once viewed as a politically treacherous issue that attracted little support from lawmakers.

Hurricane Harvey took aim at one of the nation’s most industrial regions, releasing a stream of toxic pollutants from chemical plants, refineries and Superfund sites in Texas. But when its bigger sister Irma slammed into Florida, environmental alarms rang over a different kind of discharge: raw sewage.

From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia — home to a fourth of the world’s people — as much as $215 billion each year by 2030, according to the World Resources Institute’s global flood analyzer.

Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see some 30 percent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years. Artificial intelligence and robotics reduce the need for staff in roles such as back-office functions

Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

AP Top Stories

Mexico isn’t going to help Texas after all. The country that initially promised to help victims of Hurricane Harvey north of the border now says “conditions of both countries have changed,” referring to Hurricane Katia, which made landfall on Mexico’s Gulf coast on Saturday, and a powerful earthquake that killed 95 people in southern Mexico last week.

The Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from much of the country where President Bashar al-Assad’s rule seemed in danger two years ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 39 people contracted a bacterial infection from contagious puppies at the pet store chain Petland. Of the 39 people who have sought treatment for Campylobacteriosis, 12 are Petland employees, while the other 27 people either visited the store, purchased a dog from the chain or simply come into contact with a Petland puppy. Nine people have been hospitalized so far.

France will not be turned into “liberal England’, Emmanuel Macron has been warned, as clashes broke out in protests against loosening labour regulations seen as a key public test of the president’s reformist resolve.

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest.

Three men, including two British soldiers, have been charged with terror offences as part of an investigation into the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Five men, including four soldiers, were held on suspicion of terror offences last week and two have since been released without charge.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Eastern European Union states must drop their resistance and accept their share of refugees who arrived in the bloc, officials and diplomats said on Tuesday after a court ruled they must abide by the quota.

Iraq has sentenced to death by hanging a Russian who fought for Islamic State in Mosul, in the first such ruling on a foreign fighter and one which could set a precedent.


Russian diplomats at its closed consulate in San Francisco were formally accused of violating state laws following a fire early this month. They might have to pay a fine .

Two sailors are confirmed dead and three are still missing after two ships collided in the waters off Singapore, port authorities have said. The collision was between an Indonesian-registered tanker and a Dominican-registered dredger. The accident comes less than a month after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 US crewmen dead.

Australia has introduced laws aimed at preventing hate speech during a national debate on legalizing same-sex marriage. The country is holding a two-month poll on whether to amend its Marriage Act to include same-sex couples.

For four days running, towns and cities across Russia have been hit by a wave of bomb alerts. Dozens of schools, shopping centers, railway stations and public buildings have been evacuated. Tens of thousands of people have been affected. So far, all of the alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the public has been urged to remain calm.

Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists said. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank of the river and passenger ferries outside the city of Deir al-Zour.


The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California.

Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.

The Briefing 09-13-17

Research finding that sexual orientation can be revealed by a computer highlights dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Is a Utah judge preventing two men from having a biological child, or is it biology itself?

The Wall Street Journal asks if we are we richer than we think we are

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News – 9/13/2017

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server
Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation. The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

EU pledges to ‘make our planet great again’
The EU president said in an annual address Wednesday that, with the United States stepping away, Europe will lead the global fight against climate change. “I want Europe to be the leader when it comes to the fight against climate change,” European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker said in the annual State of the Union address.

Judge orders probe of ‘destruction’ of Hillary emails
the lawyer who made the Freedom of Information Act request has filed a complaint in a Maryland court seeking to have Clinton and her lawyers disbarred, and a judge has ordered the state bar to investigate allegations of destroying evidence, the Washington Times reported. An Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said Monday the complaints against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.

Trump: North Korea sanctions just a very small step
Trump says latest UN sanctions on North Korea are nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country’s nuclear program.

Neo-Nazis plan to march near Swedish synagogue on Yom Kippur
Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week that would allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to march during the Gothenburg Book Fair, when some 100,000 people will gather in the city for the largest literary festival in Scandinavia.

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour
Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists say. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank of the river and passenger ferries outside the city of Deir al-Zour. It was not possible to verify the reports, and Russia has not commented.

Hurricane Irma: Quarter of Florida Keys homes ‘destroyed’
Hurricane Irma evacuees are returning to scenes of devastation in the Florida Keys with reports of a quarter of homes destroyed on the low-lying islands. The latest images show homes torn apart after the storm pummelled the region with winds of up to 120mph (192km/h). Search and rescue teams are moving through the worst affected areas with emergency supplies of food and water.

College Park to allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections
The College Park City Council has voted in favor of a measure that would allow city residents who are not U.S. citizens to vote in local elections. College Park joins six other towns in allowing legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants to vote in municipal elections.

Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri
Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion…Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.

Storms, love and nonsense of biblical proportions
Our Smart Phones have no chance when the big rains pour and our computers have no life when the big winds blow. We are human after all. What’s it all about? We don’t know. Maybe it is so — God is coming. Sure sounds like it all right. Must be tough being an atheist when all you have left is prayer. The most powerful nation on earth, and we tremble at the word…the word LANDFALL. God is coming.

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For “Significant, Disturbing Story” About Wasserman Schultz
according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.

Hamas, Palestinian Authority to Form Dangerous Unity Government
Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, announced Monday that his organization is prepared to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, without preconditions.

Are We Seeing the Return of the Eighth Plague?
In addition to the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, at least one of the plagues of Egypt has returned as swarms of locusts descended en masse on two separate parts of the globe in recent weeks. Huge swarms of locusts devastated farms throughout large areas of Southern Russia last month as well.

Fifteen no-cost abortions scheduled through Harvey relief effort
Fifteen patients have scheduled no-cost abortions as part of an effort launched by Whole Woman’s Health Clinic to pay for procedures for women affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Calls To Imprison “Climate Change Deniers” Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma
“In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable.  Climate denialism is literally killing us.  Murder is murder…we should punish it as such.”

What Fiduciary Duty? San Fran Politicians Try To Force Pension To Dump $470MM Of “Fossil Fuel” Stocks
As if avoiding the next pension-induced global financial crisis weren’t hard enough, the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors seems hell bent on forcing their public pension board to completely ignore their fiduciary duty to retirees (and all taxpayers, frankly, as we’ll all be left holding the bag when these ponzi schemes implode) and immediately dump all “fossil fuel” investments.

Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew
About half of Protestants in the U.S. now agree with the “historically Catholic belief” that both faith and good deeds are needed for salvation, rather than faith alone, a Pew Research Center survey shows.

Seattle’s mayor resigns after 5th sex abuse claim emerges
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday after a fifth man — one of his cousins — came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray, who had already announced that he would not seek a second term even as he denied wrongdoing, said he would step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts
The trash talk, criticism and negative narratives continue. Much of the news media continues to offer coverage which is both hostile and biased against President Trump and his administration. Case in point: a wide-reaching new study from the Media Research Center finds that 91 percent of the recent coverage which aired on ABC, CBS and NBC has been negative.

Russia: Moscow does not want to escalate situation around U.S. diplomats
Moscow does not want to escalate the situation around U.S. diplomats in Russia, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Tuesday after talks with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Helsinki.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 13, 2017

ESPN — The Entertainment Sports Political Network?

After firing a conservative for political speech, the network gives a mild reprimand to a leftist race ranter.

The Foundation

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 13

  • Apple takes shine off global stocks rally (Read More)
  • Apple’s New iPhones Gamble on Allure of Premium Pricing (Read More)
  • North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed (Read More)
  • Crews Face Herculean Task Restoring Power in Florida (Read More)
  • Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban’s Refugee Restrictions (Read More)
  • Seadrill Files for Bankruptcy in Effort to Shrink Debt Burden (Read More)
  • There’s a Speeding Mass of Space Junk Orbiting Earth, Smashing Into Things (Read More)
  • Act or Wait? Fed Debate Heats Up After Inflation Misses Target (Read More)
  • Congress votes to call on Trump to denounce hate groups (Read More)
  • Uber’s Legal Chief Salle Yoo Is Resigning (Read More)
  • Greece to beat budget target, plans more bonds: finance ministry official (Read More)
  • Inequality Persists Despite U.S. Progress on Incomes and Poverty (Read More)
  • Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems (Read More)
  • 30% of Bank Jobs May Disappear in Next Five Years: Ex-Citi CEO Pandit (Read More)
  • After the Equifax Hack, LifeLock Sign-ups Jump Tenfold (Read More)
  • Emails Show How the Food Industry Uses ‘Science’ to Push Soda (Read More)
  • IEA Sees Strongest Global Oil-Demand Growth in Two Years (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Pushes OPEC on New Tack to Curb Oil Supplies (Read More)
  • J.C. Penney Missed Out on 3300% Rally as Dumped Asset Skyrockets (Read More)
  • No federal charges for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray’s death (Read More)
  • China Prepares Sale of $2 Billion in U.S.-Dollar Bonds (Read More)

Headlines – 9/13/2017

UN Assembly’s new leader wants ‘compromise over conflict’

Trump and Netanyahu to meet on sidelines of UN confab, US confirms

Jimmy Carter says almost no hope of Trump progress on Mideast peace

Netanyahu: Either change Iran deal or cancel it

Intelligence minister urges PM to lobby Trump for Iran deal do-over

Netanyahu in Buenos Aires: Iran remains source of world terror

Trump considering more hawkish approach to Iran

Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran

Russia reassures Israel over Iranian presence in Syria

Russia says Syria’s government controls 85 percent of the country

Hezbollah chief claims Syrian regime has won the civil war

Simulating war with Hezbollah, IDF looks to avoid past mistakes

Liberman warns Hezbollah next war will end with ‘decisive’ Israeli victory

Hamas commemorates 12 years since Gaza Disengagement: ‘resistance is our solution’

Israel could get something from Arab states for fighting terror, PM hints

Argentina hands Israel thousands of WWII files to probe aid to Nazis

Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion

Coca-Cola, Teva on UN blacklist of settlement-friendly firms

Devastating UK survey finds half of Britons agree with anti-Israel statements

Rabbis urge removal of Shas MK who attended nephew’s gay wedding – letter slams MK’s ‘public desecration of Heaven’

ADL alarmed by author speaking to Congress who links gun control, Holocaust

Israel warns of Europe terror threat in holiday travel advisory

Netanyahu chides Turkey for not recognizing Hamas as a terror group in kind, expresses support for Kurdish independence

For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons

Iraqi parliament rejects ‘unconstitutional’ Kurdish referendum

Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems

Germany’s Merkel rejects total ban on arms exports to Turkey

Child soldier recruits double in one year in Middle East and North Africa

Egypt cuts ties with North Korea

South Korea confirms traces of radioactive gas from North Korea’s nuclear test

S. Korea conducts cruise missile drill amid N. Korea threats

North Korea rejects UN sanctions resolution, warns US

North Korea says will make US suffer over ‘vicious’ UN sanctions

North Korea vows to step up weapons program in sanctions blowback

US warns China, Russia to comply on N. Korea sanctions

Stocks set new highs as Irma, North Korea fears ebb

Russia: Moscow does not want to escalate situation around U.S. diplomats – agencies

Supreme Court lifts restrictions on Trump travel ban

Hands On with the TSA’s New ‘Enhanced’ Pat-Down Procedure

Congress sends condemnation of white supremacists to Trump for signature

Waiver issued so construction of border wall can begin

U.S. Warns Border Wall Construction Could Spark Large-Scale Protests

Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts

$2 trillion man? Market value added since Trump’s election win passes milestone

Tiger Management’s Robertson says ‘we are creating a bubble’ in stocks

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup: jurists’ group

Face-reading AI will be able to detect your politics and IQ, professor says

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tres Picos, Mexico

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 10,000ft

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

Typhoon Talim to strike Taiwan, eastern China with damaging winds and flooding

Hurricane Jose’s strange path may bring it back toward the Bahamas and US

Celebrities Turn Hurricane Benefit Concert into Left-Wing Sermon

A $150 Billion Misfire: How Disaster Models Got Irma Wrong

Heat, humidity and ongoing flooding to add to misery as Floridians recover from Irma’s wrath

25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone after Irma, FEMA estimates

After Irma, Florida prepares for days – and maybe weeks – without power

More than 7 million customers without power in Southeast

Chainsaw-wielding nun cleans up Hurricane Irma debris in viral video

Hurricane Irma Survivors in Caribbean Fear They Will Be Forgotten After ‘Apocalyptic’ Storm

Flooding, landslides kill four in Philippines as tropical depression unleashes on Manila and nearby towns

Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate over what role global warming is playing in this phenomenon

Calls to punish skeptics rise with links to climate change, hurricanes

Septembergeddon? 27 Major Disasters Have Already Happened So Far This Month

Bay Area sees 1,200 lightning strikes in rare September thunderstorms

UN slams UK government over ‘plague’ of air pollution

Fifteen no-cost abortions scheduled through Harvey relief effort

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation

Israel’s High Court won’t hear man claiming to be ‘Messiah’

Michelle Lesley – Basic Training: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality

Jackie Alnor – Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

Delusion on Parade: Word of Faith “Weather Warriors” Ignore Reality

2017 Rick Warren Update on Purpose Driven Life Sales Claim

‘Fight Church’ pastor charged with forcible touching

Russell Moore to Speak at Conference Promoting Wealth Redistribution

Bones attributed to St Peter found by chance in 1,000-year-old church in Rome

20 Christians, Including 9 Children, Massacred in Nigerian Village

DEVELOPING: Over 10,000 evacuated across Moscow over various bomb threats

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 07:04 AM PDT

More than 10,000 people were evacuated from shopping centers, railway stations and universities in Moscow, following “almost simultaneous” warnings that they had been rigged with explosives. “Twenty sites are currently being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed,” an emergency services source told news agency Tass. “This

appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages,” said the source, who noted that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun. Emergency services said that specialist units and officers with sniffer dogs are examining the buildings. READ MORE

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:45 AM PDT

Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings. At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a pastor’s wife, set out from Chengdu, Sichuan, to attend the Three-Fold Vision Training

Conference, a Christian training session in Hong Kong. Police followed them, and, at 7:00 a.m., numerous government personnel intercepted Wang at customs. Agents from a governmental sub-bureau in Qingyang District took him to the Dongpo Police Station, where he was detained for one hour and returned home. READ MORE

Eurozone May Be On Verge Of Crashing

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:36 AM PDT

The European Central Bank fears that the Euro might Crash after its value has been rapidly increasing against the dollar, a top economist has revealed. The exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollar has been tightening throughout the summer. Writing in the Financial Times, Italian economist Lorenzo

Bini Smagh said: “The European Central Bank seems to be increasingly concerned about the exchange rate of the euro, which has been rapidly appreciating against the US dollar over the summer. “Rightly so, considering past experience.” Currency tends to rise and fall in cycles lasting a period of years, but a fast appreciation could suggest a sudden downturn. READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: Washington birth certificates could roll out Gender ‘X’ option

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:29 AM PDT

The Washington state Department of Health filed a proposal that would allow people to change the gender on their birth certificates to neither male nor female. The clinical term for this is non-binary, but is better known as gender X. According to the Department of Health, people born in Washington can

currently request a new birth certificate with a different gender than the one on their original. The state is taking the first steps of proposing a non-binary option for people who don’t identify as male or female. The Health Department filed the to put the process in motion August 22. The state of Oregon became the first state to offer the third gender option on driver’s licenses in July. READ MORE

Pensacola Bay Left Looking Like a Giant Sandbox After Irma

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:23 AM PDT

Florida’s Pensacola Bay was turned into a “giant sandbox” by Hurricane Irma over the weekend. Irma sucked the water out of the bay, turning it into a morass of mud and puddles. One news outlet, the Pensacola News Journal, remarked that it looked like a “giant sandbox.” A woman captured a video of the phenomenon. “The water is gone,” the woman says in the clip. “There are people out … people have

metal detectors. People are walking in the mud,” she said. It was nowhere near where Irma came into Florida. The storm hit the Florida Keys on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Pensacola Bay is located on the far western end of the Florida Panhandle in the north—near the Alabama border. READ MORE

Top New Age Guru Renounces the Occult to Embrace Jesus

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:14 AM PDT

She’s isn’t a nobody. Doreen Virtue was one of the leading voices in the New Age movement and appeared on Oprah, CNN, the BBC, The View and Good Morning America. Yet in Feb. 2017, Virtue renounced the occult to embrace Jesus. Her salvation, though, was not met with ringing cheers of enthusiasm in her community. “Since I announced my baptism in February 2017, there’s been a lot of speculation and

confusion and even people who are upset at my baptism,” Virtue says in a video. “Even people saying things like I’d given up my life work because of Jesus.” Virtue says she always loved Jesus growing up, but didn’t understand He was the Savior of the world. She was raised in the New Thought churches of unity and Christian Science. Virtue says these religions focused only on the positive aspects of the Bible. READ MORE

‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor Defends Letting Son Wear Dresses

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:09 AM PDT

Actor Brian Austin Green, the former star of the “Beverly Hills, 90210” series, says in a media interview that he doesn’t care what people say or think about him allowing his 4-year-old son to wear dresses. “My son, you know, he’s 4, and I’ve heard from some people that they don’t agree … with him wearing dresses. To them I say, ‘I don’t care,’” Green said in an interview with former TMZ staffer Dax Holt.

“He’s 4, and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it. And it’s dresses or goggles or, you know, slippers, whatever,” he continued. “I feel like, you know, at 4, at 5, that’s a time when he should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone, wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, awesome; good on him, you know?” READ MORE

Why the Church Doesn’t Need Any More Starbucks

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:00 AM PDT

(By Kimberli Lira) More and more on my social media feeds I have been seeing a lot of churches boast of the cool, trendy new initiatives that they have begun. I have seen pictures of coffee bars that resemble Starbucks. I have seen lighting that resembles one seen on Broadway. I have read catchy sermon titles and have seen how people have brought the movies into their sermons. In so many of these posts, I see all that churches are doing to attract new members, but I don’t hear them talking about the power of Jesus. My husband

passed away February 14th, 2017 after a two-year battle with cancer. To say he battled cancer is an understatement. He was hospitalized two weeks out of every month during the first year of treatment. He was hospitalized a total of 18 times. He was rushed to the emergency room 8 times. He spent close to 500 days separated from his two children over the course of two years. And eventually, the chemo, designed to get rid of the cancer, caused him to be paralyzed. And for the last four months of his life, he was paralyzed and confined to a bed. READ MORE

Irma leaves her destructive impression in Florida Keys

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:56 AM PDT

After Hurricane Irma ravaged the string of islands known as the Florida Keys, officials are now warning tourists and residents to stay away until further notice, noting: “The Keys are not open for business.” Houses and mobile homes were uprooted and other infrastructure was destroyed, while an innumerable amount of boats in the Keys also suffered damage from Irma’s powerful winds.

In a tweet Monday morning, a WFOR reporter said “it’s hard to describe” the lower Florida Keys, but it could be best described as a “war zone.” “For most of the Florida Keys, there is no fuel, electricity, running water, or cell service,” Monroe County officials said in a news release. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Congo cholera epidemic spreading, Over 500 Dead

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:51 AM PDT

More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water.But this

year’s epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes as about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region. The WHO said at least 528 people had died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces. READ MORE

What is The Gospel?

Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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New iPhone Panic Button Will Quickly Switch To Bible App When You’re Caught Browsing Facebook At Church

CUPERTINO, CA—The new Apple iPhone will now include a “panic button” that will allow Christians to quickly switch from Facebook, other social media, or video games over to the Bible app for whenever they get caught messing around on their phone in church, Apple announced Tuesday. The feature can be added on for just $299 […]

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Feeling is not a Fruit (Or: Feelings and the Faith)

The Reformed Reader

Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something by [Hansen, Brant] In evangelical circles, there’s a major emphasis on feelings.  Much popular Christian music is aimed at making us feel good so the lyrics are aimed at the emotions.  Many popular Christian books say so much about experiences and feelings.  Preachers preach with emotion and feeling and they preach to people’s emotions and feelings.  I’ve heard sermons where preachers spend quite a bit of time telling the congregation how a verse makes them feel.  They are very passionate and emotional about their feelings.  This even happens in Reformed and Calvinistic circles.

There’s a negative consequence when feelings are over-emphasized: Christians who don’t feel that way begin to think of themselves as inferior, less spiritual believers.  When a preacher talks about how a verse makes him feel, a Christian in the pew thinks, “I don’t feel that way at all…am I a bad Christian?”  Brant Hansen puts it this way:

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Though the Justified are Released From the Law The Sin Nature Remains

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23 (NASB) 

For the several years of this ministry I did almost daily battle against the emergent movement. That meant I had to know what they were “all about.” To do that I had to listen to their sermons and read their articles and whatever else I could get my hands on. To this day I am still amazed at their reasoning…

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The Honor of Biblical Submission

The God like us – stunning. Descending from majesty. Grappling with the confines of flesh, with skin and hands. Hearing others’ voices through two ears and having blood pump through a heart roughly the same size as mine. He knew the onslaught of grief, with all looming darkness, at Gethsemane. And he endured punishment for sin after sin—the number seems endless from my perspective, though he must have known each one. He was seen, known, heard, and touched.

I have come to know him through his being the Lamb; so the nearness of God inhabits an exclusive warmth of truth within me. I can find myself stunned that God came, and he came to be flesh. He came to be obedient flesh. He came submitting at Calvary, being subject in the garden.

Women Seeking Nobility

Any one Sunday morning, I’m greeted outside by a fellow human whose sins were paid for at the cross. Opening the door to foyer and sanctuary, I see many more of the same men and women—and there is no Greek or Jew, male or female (Galatians 3:28). Yet, as a woman, I also walk through that door differently from men, and with a distinct privilege in how I show honor to others and the Lord.

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I walk amidst sanctuary, nursery, foyer, Sunday school classrooms with a role that runs parallel to Christ’s in a specific way. We can be Scripturally assured that any man might nobly aspire to be an elder (1 Timothy 3:1-2). Yet, church eldership and church-derived authority over men are not noble aspirations for a woman (2:12).

Where does this leave women? I have not yet found myself disproven in the thought that practical advice not fully grounded in biblical theology will, at best, be one-sided and incomplete. How well-meaning the advice—“Women, when you think about submission in the church, think about all you can do, like women’s ministry, children’s ministry, etc. That’s leading more than half of the church!”

Yet, that’s not enough.

When Women Are Robbed

Jesus’ submission to the Father – in a life of obedience, in the garden, and on the cross – we praise him for this.

We women are robbed by our hearts if we succumb to feeling any defeat or deflation about submitting, or if we regard God’s truth as less than ideal. For devaluing a woman’s submission inadvertently devalues the work of Christ that women, in principle, reflect.

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Reflecting the Lord is as noble as I could imagine—“and the head of Christ is God.” His unmatched beauty in submitting to the Father when incarnate, securing the way of salvation is somehow by grace similar in principle to my role of submission, whether in marriage or church. The nobility of living by this exceeds the practical advice I wrote of above—this is the “more” we need to know.

Adorned in Uniqueness and Equity

Noble Sarah beautified herself, being subject to her husband.

For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands. (1 Peter 3:5)

What did she know of Christ? She knew of God’s order in creation; yet, the fraction of what she held dear in terms of knowledge of the Messiah means this adornment could not be any less accessible to the holy women of today.

The question to you, sister in Christ—Do you esteem womanly submission?—is best preceded by the question, Do you treasure that Christ submitted? In that light, how can we not perceive the immense privilege here? Defining what submission entails and what it looks like – and what it doesn’t – is beyond the scope of this article. But the right adornment is well to be sought.

So if you, sister, have been asked by God – by virtue of your submission – to relinquish a desire along the natural course of your adult life in marriage and church, this has been your honor. And where we have yet to receive this experience as an honor, it’s not too late to start adorning ourselves accordingly.

Submission in View of Christ

We can live in view of Christ’s cross and unparalleled expense, for he has been gracious to first take us into his view – though we are but dust. We may live our submission in view of him, who – despite any possible circumstance of ours – has always sacrificed the more. This way, we will innately come to treasure him in our hearts and actions.

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Before the cross, there is no male or female—all are equally called to the feet of the King and raised to unfading inheritance with him. Further, who could say that the Father is honored above the Son—is there any lack of equity in their honor? Of course not. Thus, it is in equity we women are adorned with the unique role of submission—the humble honor of female Christian submission matching the humble honor of male Christian servant-leadership.

Both men and women, uniquely and together, have the equal joy and privilege of showcasing the riches of our incomparably sacrificial God by showing one another biblically-described forms of honor. For our God-given honor in roles pours itself out in honoring one another: “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10b).

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The ‘Progressive Christian’ Charade

From Berean Research:

Five years ago I penned a series of articles entitled “Liberals Created the Culture of Evil and Death.” Due to the aggressive tactics of the “fake news” media and counterfeit Christians, I decided to dust off part three and re-post a portion of it on Berean Research.  One of the liberals who has been masquerading as a Christian is founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, Jim Wallis. He is one of those who profess Christianity, but adheres to “politically entrenched concepts of equality and redistribution of wealth.” In other words, Marxism.  These ideas are rooted in Wallis’ “Christian” beliefs. And thanks to progressive clergy who hold the same Socialist views, these ideas are firmly entrenched in American churches. Even though Rev. Wallis is no longer serving as Barack Obama’s “spiritual adviser” he’s still in the spotlight. What he’d like us to think is that when it comes to what makes for an authentic Christian, look no further than Jim Wallis. As an aside, it may surprise you to learn that Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church, is a columnist for Sojourners magazine.

In 2009 the Barna Research Group released a study on the religious practices of liberals and Christians. According to the report:

The research…discovered that liberals are more likely than conservatives to develop their own set of religious beliefs rather than adopt those proposed by a church or other entity. A greater percentage of liberals also indicated they are very open to accepting different moral views than those they presently possess.”

Eight years ago I stated that,

Liberal “Christians” abhor “fundamentalist” Christianity. So they cast it aside and adopt their own set of religious beliefs and values. Times have changed, after all, so they feel it’s incumbent upon them to bring Christianity out of the Dark Ages into our postmodern world. Christianity must shed its traditional, orthodox beliefs to blend in with the popular culture.” (Source)

So now that I’ve set the stage, here’s why Progressive Christianity is a charade:

By far the biggest obstacle the Church faces is the infiltration of ubiquitous, aggressive liberals, many of whom are renowned pastors, authors, conference speakers, missionaries, televangelists, radio hosts, and CEOs of Christian organizations.  As of late, even some of our most beloved evangelical leaders appear to be morphing into theological liberals.  The extent of movement to liberal ideology varies with each individual, but in certain cases they have gone completely off the rails. False doctrine abounds in books, Bible studies and Bibles authored by notable Christians and promoted by so-called Christian publishers and book sellers.  We have been duly warned about this sort of thing happening:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1).

That, brothers and sisters, is a pretty severe warning!

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Barna Update | Does School Violence Begin in the Home?

Mass shootings in schools may get the most coverage, but violence at school is happening everyday. Why are our sanctuaries of learning often unsafe for students? Barna asked American adults what they believe leads to school violence. Findings show that most point to the home as the source—but there are notable differences among ethnicities and faith groups.

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September 13, 2017: Verse of the day


One Source and One Purpose

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (12:7)

The manifestation of the Spirit restates what Paul has emphasized in each of the three previous verses: God is the source of all spiritual gifts. They are all given by and are manifestations of the divine Trinity. The gifts are given by “the same Spirit” (v. 4); the ministries are assigned by “the same Lord” (v. 5); and the effects are energized by “the same God” (v. 6).

Manifestation (phanerōsis) has the basic idea of making known, clear, or evident. That is what spiritual gifts do: they make the Holy Spirit known, clear, and evident in the church and in the world. They manifest the Spirit. The meaning is the opposite of hidden or private. Spiritual gifts are never given to be hidden or to be used privately. They are given to manifest the Holy Spirit, to put Him on display.

They are also given for the common good (sumpheron, from a verb meaning literally “to bring together”). The term also came to mean “to help, confer a benefit, or be advantageous,” and in the context of this verse means “mutually beneficial or advantageous.” Spiritual gifts are to be edifying and helpful to the church, to God’s people whom He brings together in His name.

Not only does the exercise of our spiritual gifts minister to others but it also helps them to better use their own gifts. A pastor, for example, who faithfully preaches and teaches his congregation not only builds them up spiritually but prepares them to be better stewards of their own gifts. God uses him “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). The Christian who ministers his gift of helps not only serves other believers but encourages them to be more helpful. The believer who exercises his gift of mercy helps his fellow believers to be more merciful. As we each minister our own gifts we help others to better minister theirs.

On the other hand, as we fail to minister our own gifts we hinder others in ministering theirs. A Christian who does not exercise his spiritual gifts cripples his own ministry and the ministry of others—to say nothing of forfeiting the blessing and reward that would have come to his own life.

Some years ago I attended an Olympic decathlon, the grueling contest in which each athlete competes in ten different track and field events. I marveled at how a human body can function with such amazing coordination, endurance, and efficiency. Every muscle, every organ, every blood vessel, every nerve, every cell is harnessed in a completely unified effort to win. How wonderful it would be if we who comprise Christ’s body, the church, would function with such efficiency and harmony! How wonderful if every part of His body would work together in total unity and interdependence. What an impact the church would have on the world if every believer would be as wholly responsive to the mind of Jesus Christ as the bodies of dedicated athletes are responsive to the minds of their owners.

When the church ministers its gifts as it should, at least four important blessings result. First, Christians themselves receive great blessing—both from exercising their own gifts and from the exercising of other’s gifts for their benefit. God never intended for the ministry of His church to be carried on by a few professional or specially talented men, while everyone else sits back and watches.

Second, when everyone does his part in ministry the church forms a dynamic witness, with power and effectiveness it cannot otherwise have. Not only are those with the gift of evangelism empowered to witness more effectively but every believer is used directly or indirectly in strengthening the testimony of the gospel before unbelievers. So all share in the results. When Peter preached at Pentecost three thousand people were saved (Acts 2:41). And when the Jerusalem church, including many of those new converts, began to faithfully and sacrificially exercise their various gifts, “the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (v. 47).

Third, when the church ministers its gifts, God’s leaders become apparent. In a faithfully functioning church, spiritual leadership inevitably emerges. Capable leadership is essential for the church to operate as it should, but a faithful church is also necessary to provide the environment in which leaders can develop and lead as they should. God’s leaders are not made by attending leadership seminars built on worldly techniques for creating success. God equips His leaders when they are saved, and when they come to have the spiritual and moral qualifications that come from obedience to His Word, their leadership blossoms and becomes evident. Spirit–filled leadership appears rapidly when God is freely at work in His body.

Fourth, a church that faithfully uses its gifts in the Spirit’s power experiences the joy of great unity, love, and fellowship—in ways that no amount of human ability, planning, or effort can produce.[1]

7 This is the key verse in this section, which contains three main elements. (1) Every believer has received at least one gift from the Holy Spirit. No Christian, no matter who he or she is, can ever say, “God passed me by when he was handing out his gifts.” This does not mean that everyone has recognized his or her gift, but it is there and ready to be used. Nor does it mean that we are limited to only one gift, for some may have received several gifts. No one has received all the gifts, and no one has been bypassed.

(2) The gift(s) we have received are not for personal benefit but are “for the common good [sympheron, a participle of the verb sympherō, GK 5237; see comments at 10:23–24, 33].” They have been given to help confer a benefit on others. Those believers who proudly display their gifts for their own glory rather than for the glory of God are misusing their gifts. It is for this reason that Paul will shortly digress into his lengthy section on the body of Christ and how it should function (vv. 12–27).

(3) These gifts “are given.” This is a passive voice, an example of what is known as the divine passive. These gifts are not necessarily innate abilities that we have but specifically things that the Holy Spirit—the holy triune God—has given to us. At the same time, these gifts can easily work in conjunction with our natural abilities, which have also been implanted in us by the Creator.[2]

12:7 / This simple sentence states the truth that Paul most wants the Corinthians to realize. Paul coordinates the beginning of this sentence with the foregoing verses through the contrasting conjunction now (Gk. de), so that the verse fits as a summarizing conclusion to the complementary lines of verses 4–6. Whatever spiritual gifts are being manifested in Corinth, they are not for personal privilege or glory, but for the common good. The good of others, not merely the good of the self, is the purpose of the Spirit’s giving anything to anyone and everything to everyone. The unifying purpose of the manifest diversity of the Spirit in the life of the church is the well-being of all those called by God to be a part of the church. The divine giving of spiritual gifts is the concrete outworking of God’s own saving mission to the world, and those gifted by God for that mission become agents of God’s working for the common good of the fellowship of believers in the world.[3]

12:7. Paul elaborated on the themes of unity, diversity, and distribution, first stating that God gives a manifestation of the Spirit to each person. The Holy Spirit is the down payment or guarantee of every believer’s future inheritance (Eph. 1:13–14). So all believers receive the Spirit. Paul did not speak only of the Spirit’s indwelling presence here, but of the manifestation of the Spirit. This terminology indicates that every believer has some display of the Holy Spirit’s presence in his or her life.

Also, the manifestation of the Spirit has a particular goal: the common good (cf. 1 Pet. 4:10). The gifts of the Spirit are not principally for the edification of the individuals who receive them, but for the good of all believers.[4]

7. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Too often, ministers of the gospel, evangelists, and missionaries are considered to be the only recipients of special gifts. Too often, a distinction is made between sacred and secular occupations. Kingdom service is frequently understood to be performed by those people who have been ordained to serve the Lord in special ministries.

Paul writes that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each believer. That is, the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer (6:19) and thus makes his presence known with some indication of gifts. In the life of every Christian, the Holy Spirit reveals himself in one way or another. This does not mean that every believer is limited to one gift. For instance, Paul himself had received the gifts of continence and of speaking in tongues (7:7; 14:18).

The phrase the manifestation of the Spirit can be either objective or subjective. In an objective sense, it signifies an action that reveals the presence of the Spirit. Subjectively it means an action which the Spirit generates. Perhaps we should accept the objective interpretation of this phrase in view of the passive verb is given, which implies that God is the one who gives the various gifts.

The evidence of the Spirit’s presence in the life of the believer serves the common good of the entire community. The Spirit uses the gifts of the individual Christian for the edification of the church (compare Eph. 4:12), a theme that Paul later applies in his discussion about the use of speaking in tongues (14:4). The intent here is to promote the common good and to prohibit anyone from using a gift for personal profit. Paul does not rule out that the gift itself may benefit the individual, but God confers his gifts on his people so that all may be edified (14:26).[5]

12:7 The Spirit manifests Himself in the life of each believer by imparting some gift. There is no believer who does not have a function to perform. And the gifts are given for the profit of the entire body. They are not given for self-display or even for self-gratification but in order to help others. This is a pivotal point in the entire discussion.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 293–295). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 365). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 257). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 214–215). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 420). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1791). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.