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.
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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
- The Guardian (Matthew Todd) — Why, exactly, would anyone want to use AI to decide whether I’m gay or straight?
- Washington Post (Derek Hawkins) — Researchers use facial recognition tools to predict sexual orientation. LGBT groups aren’t happy.
- The Economist — Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality
Is a Utah judge preventing two men from having a biological child, or is it biology itself?
- Salt Lake City Tribune (Jennifer Dobner) — Utah couple heads to state Supreme Court over law that prevents married gay men from having biological children through surrogacy
The Wall Street Journal asks if we are we richer than we think we are
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.
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
|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
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).
C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless
If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.
JESUS IS THE JUDGE
All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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