Daily Archives: December 12, 2017

December 12 Effective Prayers

I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strivetogether with me in prayers to God for me.

Romans 15:30

Paul was confident he would be delivered through the prayers of the saints, no matter what trial he was enduring. He believed in the sovereign will and purpose of God, and knew that He would bring His purposes to pass in concert with the prayers of His children. He also knew that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Just as the love and prayers of the saints in the first century encouraged Paul greatly, your prayers on behalf of your spiritual leaders will encourage them.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 373). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

December 12 Parable of the Sower: Worldly Hearers

And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.—Matt. 13:22

Few things obstruct the gospel’s reception in someone’s heart more than the general love of the world and wealth. Note these warnings:

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:10)

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 John 2:15–16)

The worldly hearer in this parable is oblivious to the deception of money and its inability to give lasting satisfaction. He or she doesn’t notice how worldliness—the worshipful priority of money, possessions, career, and other temporary affairs—can smother the Word. Such a reality shows that the individual has a heart full of sinful weeds that cannot coexist for long with the Word of God. If faith is genuine, it will forsake the world; otherwise, sin will choke out the Word.

Christ’s cleansing is thorough in true conversion. Salvation removes sin’s weeds from the heart and prepares it to receive the seed of the Word. Genuine believers will continually confess sin and allow the Lord to be “faithful and righteous to forgive” (1 John 1:9), freeing them from sin’s domination.

ASK YOURSELF

Does this mean money is a bad thing? Should it be avoided by people who bear the name of Christ? How would you define a proper, biblical perspective on wealth and possessions?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 355). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

December 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars, but eliminated his predecessors’ deadlines for such missions.

President Donald Trump said that Monday’s New York City bombing shows the urgency of tightening immigration laws as his spokeswoman argued the administration’s policies would have kept the suspect out of the country.

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen amid fears that the crisis is slipping further into catastrophe and people will lose access to clean drinking water, President Donald Trump’s foreign aid chief said in an interview.

A court in Kiev rejected a request by prosecutors to place Mikheil Saakashvili — the ex-Georgian leader-turned Ukrainian opposition politician — under house arrest as he fights accusations he plotted to overthrow the government.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election, Russia’s top envoy for Syria said, dismissing Western efforts to condition reconstruction aid on the departure of a leader blamed for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his citizens.

The U.S. and South Korea are considering delaying joint military drills until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February in a bid to reduce tensions with North Korea, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump’s ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.

Europe’s energy markets were rattled for a second consecutive day after an explosion at a natural gas hub in Austria threatened supplies already pinched from a closed pipeline in the North Sea and a cold snap across the continent.

Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years as owners became more upbeat about future economic conditions and sales prospects, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said.

Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.

Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency.

U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants.

Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. In recent years, Russia and China have more or less set aside their differences dating back to the Soviet-era to jointly push back against the American-led liberal institutional world order.

U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

Monsanto will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

BBC

A former US sergeant who defected to North Korea and became Pyongyang’s prisoner for nearly 40 years has died. Charles Jenkins, 77, lived in Japan where he had settled with his family after his 2004 release. He was among four US soldiers who defected in the 1960s and later became North Korean film stars, but was the only one who was released.

France will enforce a ban on children’s mobile phone use at school from 3 September next year, the French education minister said. The minister said pupils’ phones could be kept in lockers during lessons.

The UN has warned of a rise in trafficking of the synthetic opioid tramadol across West Africa, as one official revealed it is being found in the pockets of suicide bombers. Seizures of the drug have skyrocketed since 2013, from 660lb to more than three tons a year, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said. In September, three million pills in UN-logoed boxes were found in Niger. The opioid is known to be popular with Islamist militants Boko Haram.

More than 170 people have died in the last week in clashes between two sub-clans in South Sudan, an MP has said.

A meeting of experts in Kenya warned last week that marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tons of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year.

A South African official has told a court he fears donkey meat is being fed to unsuspecting customers after being illegally slaughtered TimesLive reports.

A Japanese businessman diagnosed with terminal cancer invited about 1,000 guests to a huge party to say thank you and goodbye.

WND

Professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), continues to advance her opinion in favor of abortion pills being consumed at home, without medical assistance.


The Briefing —Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1) A special election and a crisis of conscience in Alabama

New York Times (Campbell Robertson and Jonathan Martin) –
Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

2) The crucible of political discourse and the mixed messages of political results

 

3) Abortion and a missed political opportunity

New Yorker (Ben Wallace-Wells) –
Roy Moore and the Invisible Religious Right

4) The urgency of fire as wildfires expand in California

New York Times (Adam Nagourney) –
California Today: A Weekend of Fires


News – 12/12/2017

Messianic Trump-Cyrus Connection Revealed Through Hebrew Numerology, Bible Codes
President Trump is similar to Cyrus in a number of observable ways, rabbis and commentators have noted. Though separated by 2,500 years, both men rule the greatest nation of their respective eras. Cyrus, like Trump, was powerful and rich but not at all devout. And like Cyrus, Trump supports Jewish national aspirations. Now, a Messianic connection has come to light.

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley held a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea where one defector spoke about how she was forced to have an abortion following her repatriation from China. The woman, Ji Hyeon-A, describes a harrowing scene of prison dogs eating dead bodies at her prison camp. She pleaded for the world to act.

100,000 Still Stranded Amid California Fires; Giant Thomas Fire Only 20% Contained
In an unexpected run of good fortune, a shift in the powerful winds that have fanned the SoCal wildfires over the past week and a half has pushed the Thomas Fire – the largest of the six uncontained blazes – away from nearby communities while also clearing the air of smoke, improving visibility for the beleaguered firefighters working tirelessly to suppress the flames. Meanwhile, further south, firefighters have managed to achieve upwards of 90% containment for the Rye, Lilac and Creek Fires:

Iron Dome intercepts missile fired from Gaza to Israel
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory Monday night, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s office said in a statement. No one was injured and no damage was caused as a result of the fire and interception. Rocket alarm sirens blared across communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, but the rocket fire appeared to be aimed at the coastal city of Ashkelon, some 20 kilometers away.

IDF demands answers after Palestinian ambulance filmed carting protesters
A senior Israeli commander demanded answers from the Palestinian Red Crescent on Monday after one of its ambulances was captured on video appearing to drop off masked protesters at an active demonstration in Ramallah. The video distributed by the IDF shows masked men disembarking from the ambulance that then continues to the scene of the confrontation, at a demonstration against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Right-wing groups call for international recognition of Temple Mount
Less than a week after the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, leader of the Zionist movement World Betar is calling for international recognition of the Temple Mount, Nablus and Hebron. “After the Trump declaration, the time has come to recognize the heart, the Temple Mount,” said Neria Meir, head of the Betar World leadership.

Catalonia independence: Spain removes art work from Lleida
Police in Spain’s Catalonia region have begun transferring medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn on Monday, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns.

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday of Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, as his official visit to Paris and Brussels was winding down. “If Iran makes good on its threat, it will do so by utilizing 80,000 Shiite fighters, which will cause religious wars to erupt again,” Netanyahu said in a press briefing before returning to Israel.

Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel
The death has been announced in Israel of one of the leading figures in ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman – who was widely regarded as “Gadol Hador” or “Leader of the Generation” – died in hospital at the age of 104. Israel’s president said he had “carried the entire weight of the existence of the Jewish people on his shoulders”.

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship
…By updating…dress codes and preaching styles, attitudes toward the secular, a willingness to discuss the taboo — and embracing modern music and technology (AD3 preaches not from a Bible but from his iPad), these churches brim with youthful vivacity…Like City of Truth, The Cause strives to free younger people from the rigid rituals and judgment of more traditional churches…“So often people approach topics putting the focus on sin,” Kyle says. “For people to change their life, they need to see that God is good, not that God is a tyrant.

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions
Move over, taxes on carbon and sugar: the global levy that may be next is meat. Some investors are betting governments around the world will find a way to start taxing meat production as they aim to improve public health and hit emissions targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Socially focused investors are starting to push companies to diversify into plant protein, or even suggest livestock producers use a “shadow price” of meat…to estimate future costs.

Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy
Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy. Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves.

Judge accused of seizing Trump’s authority on transgenders in military
A federal judge – already criticized for acting as the “supreme judicial commander of the military”  by  usurping the president’s authority – doubled down Monday on her ruling allowing transgenders to enlist in the military.

Plasma For Pay: Broke Millennials Sell Blood Just To Survive
There is no doubt, in a period where burdensome student loans and wage stagnation are crushing the hopes of achieving the American dream while living in their parents’ basements, the millennial generation is struggling to survive.

High premiums for Obamacare and no subsidies
As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears the deadline of Dec. 15, and Florida once again leads all states using the federal exchange at healthcare.gov, Heidi and Richard Reiter sit at the kitchen table at their Davie home and struggle to piece together the family’s health insurance for 2018.

Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Troops During Surprise Syria Visit
Drawing a stark contrast between himself and his counterpart in the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise appearance at Khmeimim Airbase in Syria – which has traditionally been used by the Russian air force – on Monday morning, where he ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, now that the ISIS insurgency that once controlled roughly one-third of the country’s land area has been effectively dismantled.

AMERICAN BOMBSHELL: ICE confirms that deadly California fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops…ignoring ICE detainer requests each time
The acting director of ICE has confirmed that not only is the individual responsible for setting many of the fires consuming California an illegal alien, he has been arrested by local Sonoma County police at least five times.

Vatican Echoes Arab League Appeal for Meetings Concerning Jerusalem Status
On Sunday the Vatican issued a communiqué appealing for cooperation with groups like the Arab League that are concerned with the recent decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

[VIDEO] Is The Flu Shot An IQ Test To Eliminate Stupid People?
Is the flu shot a nationwide IQ test or experiment being run by globalists to “thin the herd” and eliminate people who are stupid enough to line up for flu shots?  One YouTube channel has tackled this very issue, and their take on it is extremely unnerving.

Trump’s First Year Debt is One-Third of Obama’s Debt and Most of the Debt is Due to Yellen’s Interest Rate Increases
President Trump held the longest and largest decrease of US Federal Debt in US history at $100 Billion, earlier this year, however, this is now over.  When President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 the amount of US Federal Debt owed both externally and internally was over $19 trillion at $19,947,304,555,212. As of last Thursday, December 7th, 2017, the amount of US Debt increased this year by $594 billion or 3 percent.

UK MPs Demand Ban Of Franklin Graham
More than 6,000 people joined members of the British parliament in demanding that American evangelist Franklin Graham be banned from the U.K. over his views on homosexuality and Islam.

Pentagon Defies Commander in Chief Trump – Will Allow Transgenders into Military in January
Let’s face it. We live in a lawless country. Obama caused much more ruin than any of us realized. The Pentagon announced today they will defy their Commander in Chief and allow transgenders into the military.

FIGURES. George Soros-Funded Group Behind Effort to Parade Out Trump’s Accusers
Brave New Films hosted the fake news conference Monday morning where debunked accusers were paraded out rehashing accusations against President Trump. Who are Brave New Films’ donors? George Soros, naturally.

Mormon Church gives $5 million to help resettle refugees in U.S.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine federal refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., according to the Deseret News.

NHS Gives 10 Year-Olds Gender Survey
Britain’s major health organization is now asking pre-teens in schools across England to take a survey asking whether they feel comfortable with their biological identity.


Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading – Let The Madness Commence!

One of the things that I love about Bitcoin is that the fun never seems to end.  On Sunday, Bitcoin futures began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange for the first time ever, and within minutes the CBOE’s website crashed.  What a perfect metaphor.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are completely and utterly disrupting the global financial system, and the financial establishment is still groping for a cohesive response to this growing phenomenon. (Read More…)


The Left Is Trying To Use The #MeToo Movement As A Weapon To Destroy Donald Trump

The left is willing to use any means necessary to get rid of Donald Trump, and so it should be no surprise that they are now using the #metoo movement as a weapon in their crusade against him.  Personally, I have been a big fan of the #metoo movement, and I have been thrilled to see so many sexual predators exposed in recent months.  I applauded the exposure of Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, and I believe that the resignations of Al Franken and John Conyers will be followed by many others as the truth about what has been happening on Capitol Hill continues to come out. (Read More…)


Palm Springs Becomes First City Council in Nation to Be All Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender

Christian News reports:

The City of Palm Springs, California has sworn in a man who identifies as a woman, as well as a woman who identifies as bisexual, making its city council all-“LGBT” as its other three members identify as homosexual.

Lisa Middleton, a man who identifies as a woman (pictured), and Christy Holstege, an attorney who identifies as bisexual, were both sworn in on Wednesday after being elected last month.

They join Mayor Robert Moon and Councilman Geoff Kors, who both are “married” to men, and Councilman J.R. Roberts, who likewise identifies as homosexual.

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America’s malls are rotting away

CNN Money

The worst is yet to come for American shopping malls.

As Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and other major department stores close their doors, the malls that housed those stores are facing a serious crisis.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 12, 2017

This ‘Lone Wolf’ Jihadi Is a Chain Migrant

The terrorist immigrated to the U.S. via chain migration seven years ago. Time for change.

The Foundation

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them.” —George Washington (1794)

December 12, 2017
Embassy move will help ‘end the reign of Islamist terror’
ALAN KEYES — In 1995, The United States Congress passed (by a vote of 374-37 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 93-5 in the U.S. Senate) the bill entitled the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. Its stated purpose was “to provide for the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.” So, why is the United States Embassy to Israel still physically located in Tel Aviv?… (more)

December 12, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — It’s become de rigeur for public figures and media personalities to repeat the tired mantra: Always believe the women. This refers, of course, to any accusation of sexual harassment, no matter how far in the past it took place and even if it was interpreted at the time as innocent flirting…. (more)

December 12, 2017
AL.COM — In a poll released less than 24 hours before the polls open on Tuesday, Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore has taken his biggest lead in weeks. In the Emerson College poll, Moore has seized a 9-point lead over Democrat Doug Jones in polling done in recent days…. (more)

December 12, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — “Impeach him!” some Democrats cry, as they accuse the U.S. president of “colluding” with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Americans can’t escape the apparent feeding frenzy: Every day, headlines screech with new plot twists in the alleged Trump-Russia saga…. (more)

December 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge – – already criticized for acting as the “supreme judicial commander of the military” by usurping the president’s authority – – doubled down Monday on her ruling allowing transgenders to enlist in the military…. (more)

December 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Vice President Al Gore lead the list of those blaming climate change for Southern California’s devastating wildfires, calling them “the new normal,” but others insist the science just isn’t there. That includes climate scientists such as University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass, who moved to extinguish the “now normal” narrative by arguing that the data “strongly suggests there is no credible evidence” that global warming is fueling this fall’s California coastal wildfires, and that claims to the contrary are “baseless, if not outright wrong.”… (more)

December 12, 2017
AL.COM — North Korea’s political prisons are just as bad as – and perhaps even worse than – the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards…. (more)

December 11, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A terrorist set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday morning, and the worst thing he did was blow up his own crotch. That may be why you don’t see the cries and arguments that you usually see in the wake of terrorist attacks. There have been no loud calls for new security measures, no angry attacks on the intelligence community, no bills proposing more surveillance, no new legislation to curb immigration, and no new country we’re supposed to invade…. (more)

December 11, 2017
PAUL BREMMER — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine federal refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., according to the Deseret News. The donation comprises $1.2 million in cash and $3.8 million in commodities to be used during 2018, and it marks the second straight year the church has made such a donation…. (more)

December 11, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Nevada federal judge raised the possibility of a mistrial Monday in the 2014 standoff at the Bundy ranch, citing the failure of prosecutors to provide the defense in a timely fashion with a slew of documents. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro also dismissed the jurors, who had returned Monday to the Las Vegas courthouse for the first time since Nov. 29, and told them to return Dec. 20…. (more)

December 10, 2017
ALICIA POWE — The Central Intelligence Agency knows the identities of the people who leaked DNC emails to the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, a former CIA officer contends…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump continues to push back at the hostile news media with great vigor, prompting his critics to squawk and chafe – – but to no avail. The presidential tweet has become a strategic fixture in the war between White House and press corps, and an effective one at that…. (more)

December 10, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Faced with plummeting attendance and TV ratings over its boneheaded unwillingness to require its millionaire players to at least stand during the national anthem, the National Football League brain trust has come up with another beauty: Let’s throw millions of dollars at left wing political causes…. (more)

December 10, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, warned Saturday that climate change could bring more wildfires to the state as firefighters continue battling at least six blazes that have spread throughout Southern California…. (more)


December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” has ended up on the shortlist for Oscar consideration despite questions about its credibility raised by challenges to some of its climate-change claims. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” was among the 15 films included by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its list of those still in the hunt for 2017 Best Documentary, which will be pared down to five finalists when the nominees are announced Jan. 23…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — FBI Director Christopher Wray rebuffed requests from Republican lawmakers Thursday for information about a key agent accused of political bias against President Trump and the role the man played in exonerating Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing and in starting surveillance of Trump campaign officials…. (more)

December 10, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Responding to an expert for the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee who recently advocated killing unborn children who have Down syndrome, a young woman with the condition fired back. “You sir, do not speak for my community,” Charlotte Fien said a video on the website for the European Center for Law and Justice, a non-governmental organization that has special consultative status before the United Nations…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Korean War veteran who spent 16 months on the front lines told reporters on Friday that God was with him when two men broke into his home. Don Lutz of Ellport, Pennsylvania, woke up to the sound of strangers barreling their way into his kitchen early Friday, but only one of invaders left alive. The former power-lifter and gymnast, just three months shy of his 85th birthday, grabbed his Taurus M380 revolver and fired a round that went through the chest of one assailant…. (more)

December 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when he was a prosecutor and she was a teen admitted to fabricating part of the evidence she’s provided to back her story, ABC News reported Friday. Beverly Young Nelson had offered her yearbook up as proof she and Mr. Moore interacted decades ago, but on Friday she admitted to adding to the signature in her yearbook…. (more)

December 9, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — Contrary to popular perception, Al Franken did not resign yesterday. He only announced his intent to resign on a future date uncertain. Here’s what he said: [T]oday I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as member of the United States Senate. I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of … sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party…. (more)

December 9, 2017
LLOYD MARCUS — After spending the last four months moving from Florida and settling into our new home in West Virginia, Mary and I are on the road again. We are flying to campaign for Judge Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones, is a horrible, deceitful man. Jones supports slaughtering babies even up to the point of birth. He supports Planned Parenthood trafficking baby body parts for profit…. (more)

December 9, 2017
DAILY CALLER — Like a headless turkey running around in circles, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation is dead, even if he does not yet realize it. While his investigation stumbles onward, with life support provided by the biased media, from a legal perspective the viability of any criminal case that Mueller could possibly bring has been effectively gutted thanks to the news (suppressed for months by Mueller’s team) that the FBI’s “key agent” in both the Russia investigation and the Clinton email probe was an ardent Hillary supporter with an anti-Trump bias…. (more)

December 9, 2017

YOUTUBE — Sean Hannity and Ben Shapiro break down why the news surrounding the actions and biases of FBI agent Peter Strzok, a former member of the Mueller investigative team, is so crucial…. (more)


December 8, 2017
WES VERNON — The fate of this nation, as some of us see it, now depends (some would say perilously so) on the outcome of the vote in several states in upcoming elections. The makeup of the next Congress, plus governorships and legislatures on state levels, will be determined in the years ahead. Much of this drama has erupted largely through the banana republic-like tactics of an angry effort to gin up a revolutionary-appearing attempt to foment a “silent coup,” whose endgame is to bring down a duly-elected President of the United States…. (more)

December 7, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Rush Limbaugh has interviewed former prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy about how Robert S. Mueller’s Russia-gate investigation has turned out so badly for President Trump and his associates. That’s funny. Back in May, McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote an article for National Review appearing under the headline, “Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel.'”… (more)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 12

  • Parties Make Final Push Ahead of Dramatic Alabama Senate Race (Read More)
  • Oil hits two-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather (Read More)
  • Alabama drama nears an explosive end (Read More)
  • Moore, Jones Expose Rural-Urban Divide That Defines Alabama Race (Read More)
  • The Force Behind Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise: Millions of Asian Investors (Read More)
  • Austrian Explosion Rattles Europe’s Gas Market (Read More)
  • Scant oversight on building adds to hurricane costs (Read More)
  • Optimism Among U.S. Small Businesses Jumps to Highest Since 1983 (Read More)
  • As Fed Deliberates, Amazon Is Making Its Job More Difficult (Read More)
  • Trump’s push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense (Read More)
  • Westfield Agrees to European Takeover Valued at $16 Billion (Read More)
  • Risks lurk as yen keeps BOJ from faster tapering despite stronger economy (Read More)
  • A Manager of $42 Billion Fears Bubble in World’s Biggest Stocks (Read More)
  • Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, stealth fighters near Korean peninsula (Read More)
  • What Hedge Funds Will Do After the Hedge Fund Model Dies (Read More)
  • Be careful, murdered Iranian activist’s daughter tells European exiles (Read More)
  • Audi CEO drops plan to sell motorcycle brand Ducati (Read More)
  • Trump May Actually Be Right About the Trade Deficit With Canada (Read More)
  • PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks (Read More)
  • Lockheed’s Littoral Ships Running 11 Months Late, U.S. Navy Says (Read More)
  • Musk’s SpaceX Doubles Down on Method for Cheaper Rocket Launches (Read More)
  • Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord (Read More)

Headlines – 12/12/2017

Putin: US move on Jerusalem may ‘finish prospects’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Abbas, Sisi agree to continue consultations and coordination

Palestinian official urges Istanbul summit: Recognize Jerusalem as our capital

E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

Netanyahu tells EU to stop ‘spoiling’ the Palestinians

Skeptical Netanyahu to EU on Palestinian state: Would it be Costa Rica or Yemen?

Hezbollah Leader Calls for Arab Countries to Stop Seeking New Ties With Israel

Netanyahu Blasts Erdogan: I Won’t Be Lectured on Morality by a Leader Who Bombs Kurds

Poll: 45% of Israelis believe its democracy in ‘danger’

IDF responds to Gaza rockets with attacks on Hamas targets

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME

Congress ignores Trump’s deadline on Iran nuclear deal

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast

Syrian opposition urges Russia to rescue UN peace talks

On Russia’s Syria pullout claims, Pentagon voices skepticism

Return of defeated ISIS fighters ‘real threat’ to Russia

NYC blast suspect Akayed Ullah aimed to avenge Muslim deaths, sources say

NYC Terror Suspect Is Fourth Bangladeshi National Accused of Terrorism in Last Decade

New Times Square Threat: ISIS Backers ‘Recognize Explosives as the Capital’ of U.S.

New York bombing suspect said to claim he was angry at Israel over Gaza

Trump says New York attack highlights need for immigration reform

They made her put out her cigarette. She then threatened to kill everyone on the plane.

White House clashes with reporters over ‘fake news’

Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society

Kim Jong Un’s Brutal Regime in North Korea Is Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Human Rights Leader Says

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershocks

Funny North Korean Dictator Kim Claims to Be Able to Control Weather

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon — and eventually Mars

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Halabjah, Iraq

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Massive Thomas Fire grows to 5th largest in California history

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

Supreme Court declines to settle gay rights employment discrimination

Pentagon says transgender people can enlist starting in January, after court order

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe

New York Catholic Archdiocese Pays $40 Million to Sexual Abuse Victims

Peter Walker – Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? 

The folly of Jennifer Eivaz – New Apostolic Reformation false prophetess

How are we to regard Michael Brown, Todd White and other NAR leaders?

James White’s Mere Christianity Checklist and Shady Litmus Test for Brotherhood

Charismatics now using Christian tarot cards

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

Ron Carpenter to Step Down From Redemption Church Greenville, Move Megachurch Headquarters to Calif

‘I Forgive You, and Pray You Repent and Accept Jesus,’ Mom Says to Ex-Cop Who Killed Her Son

Bible Translation Workshops Hit by Demonic Attacks as Pioneering Method Sees Unprecedented Success

A hipster holy family? Out-of-the-ordinary Nativities on display at Belleville cathedral

Atheist Flag to Be Raised Over New Hampshire Ten Commandments Monument

Palm Springs Becomes First City Council in Nation to Be All Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender

Is humanity being groomed for the coming “Image of the Beast”?

Posted: 12 Dec 2017 05:37 AM PST

Is humanity being groomed for the coming “Image of the Beast”?(By Ricky Scaparo) In this special segment, we will show you technology is paving the way for the coming “Image of the Beast” mentioned in the book of Revelation. We will also reveal to you the preview of this event from the Book of Daniel and what al this means for you and me. For the entire message watch the video below:

Artificial Intelligence machine can identify 2 Billion people in seconds

Posted: 12 Dec 2017 05:09 AM PST

Artificial Intelligence machine can identify 2 Billion people in secondsA leading tech company has developed an Artificial Intelligence machine that can identify two billion people in a matter of seconds.  Yitu Technology has made an AI algorithm that can connect to millions of surveillance cameras and instantly recognize people.  The company – based in Shanghai, China – developed Dragonfly Eye to scan through millions of photographs that have been logged in the country’s national database.

This means it has a collection of 1.8 billion photos on file, including visitors to the country and those taken at ports and airports. It may also have access to the photos of every one of Hong Kong’s identity card holders, although Yitu has refused to confirm this. The cutting-edge technology is now being used track down criminals, with the early stages of use showing it has been a hugely successful. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: ‘Global War’ on followers of Jesus Increasing– including in America!

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 08:00 PM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: ‘Global War’ on followers of Jesus Increasing– including in America!The story of Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from the dead is one of the most dramatic in the New Testament. Yet, almost as amazing as bringing a man back to life after four days in the grave is the authorities’ reaction to this astonishing miracle: It made them want to kill Jesus. This cosmic irony – of genuine godliness inspiring loathing and violence – has been reflected throughout the world ever since. Christianity inspired hostility from the beginning; not only was Jesus crucified, but 11 of the 12 apostles

were martyred. Today, sincere followers of Jesus Christ are under attack everywhere, not only in lands dominated by religions and governments hostile to Christianity, but increasingly in those parts of the world historically home to, and founded by, Christians. Think of it. The most transcendent way of life a man or woman can embrace on this earth – one that commands not only that you love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself, but that you love your enemies, “bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” – is cursed, hated and persecuted. READ MORE

 

Interstellar ‘comet’ is being investigated for signs of extraterrestrial technology

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 07:48 PM PST

Interstellar ‘comet’ is being investigated for signs of extraterrestrial technologyAstronomers are set to scan an ‘alien’ comet for signs of extraterrestrial technology. The cigar-shaped asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, sailed past Earth last month and is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system. A team of alien-hunting scientists, led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, will scan the comet this week before it sails beyond the reach of Earth’s telescopes. They say they are looking for radio signals, claiming the mysterious visitor could be an alien spaceship.Milner, the

business mogul behind Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million (£75m) search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, received an email about the object last week from one of his chief scientists, the Atlantic reports.  ‘The more I study this object, the more unusual it appears, making me wonder whether it might be an artificially made probe which was sent by an alien civilisation,’ Professor Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s astronomy department and one of Milner’s advisers on Breakthrough Listen, wrote in the email. READ MORE

 

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive and Well

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 07:43 PM PST

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive and Well(By Shane Idleman) In Revelation 2:20, Jesus addresses the church in Thyatira, “… I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality…” Who was Jezebel? In short, she enticed Israel to worship false gods. Psalm 106:35-37 gives us a glimpse into the debauchery, “but they mixed among the nations and learned their deeds; they served their idols, which were a snare to them. Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.”

Before we judge, do we not sacrifice our children and unborn on the altar of convenience and pleasure? What do we allow into our homes through the internet and television? What do we allow in our churches as we continue to embrace sexual activity outside the boundaries of marriage between a man and a woman? The Jezebel seduction is alive and well. The power of the Jezebel seduction is only as strong as her fuel source. She is alive and well in those who continue to fuel her desires. The more you feed her the stronger she will become. READ MORE

CA wildfires larger than Boston and NY combined have destroyed 1,000 structures

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:13 PM PST

CA wildfires larger than Boston and NY combined have destroyed 1,000 structuresOne week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, hundreds of firefighters are still struggling to contain it.  The blaze is larger than all of New York City and was only 15% contained as of Monday, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.  But it’s only one of six major wildfires torching the state, which have destroyed more than 1,000 structures.  As the flames move on to

new neighborhoods, some evacuated residents have returned to find no home standing. David Karian used a hand rake to sift through the charred rubble of his elderly parents’ home in Ventura. 7 images show why the Southern California wildfires are so dangerous“There’s not much, but if there’s a few things that will help them have some connection to the past, then that what I’m trying to do,” he said. “That’s what it is … memories of a lot of years.”  READ MORE

ISIS warns NY Attack linked to recognition of Israel, Makes Threat To Times Square

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:08 PM PST

ISIS warns NY Attack linked to recognition of Israel, Makes Threat To Times SquareISIS supporters online linked today’s Port Authority Bus Terminal explosion in New York to last week’s administration recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a new propaganda poster.  The poster also revives ISIS backers’ holiday threats against Times Square, showing a hand holding an explosive device photoshopped over an image of the busy Broadway block.  “The recognition of your dog ‘Trump’

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country,” the message on the poster said. ISIS supporters also cheered news of the attack on their Telegram channels. ISIS’ official Amaq news agency had not yet issued any claim for the attack, in which three commuters suffered minor injuries as a bomber partially detonated his explosives. READ MORE

US Military Training Drills Take Place Over DC

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:02 PM PST

US Military Training Drills Take Place Over DCA training exercise involving several military aircraft will take place early Tuesday over the D.C. region, authorities said. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its Continental U.S. NORAD Region will be conducting the exercise, called Falcon Virgo 18-03. It will include an F-16 fighter, a C-21 transport plane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which will fly over the D.C. region from about midnight until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

In the event of bad weather, the drill will be moved to Wednesday morning. Continued bad weather will postpone the exercise or it will be canceled, officials said. The exercise involves training flights, officials said, with the cooperation of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center and the Office of National Capital Region Coordination. READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Iran Warns “Trump’s Jerusalem Move Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction”

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 04:58 PM PST

CUP OF TREMBLING: Iran Warns “Trump’s Jerusalem Move Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction”Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will hasten the country’s destruction, Iran’s defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them. Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last week’s announcement by the US president, including a plan to move the US embassy to

the city.  The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. “(Trump’s) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims,” Iran’s defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said on Monday, according to state media. The army’s chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trump’s “foolish move” could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising. READ MORE

 

Pentagon announces that transgenders will be able to enlist in military beginning January 1st

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:56 PM PST

Pentagon announces that transgenders will be able to enlist in military beginning January 1stThe Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental

conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue. Eastburn told The Associated Press on Monday that the new guidelines mean the Pentagon can disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. READ MORE

European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation’s Civil Law

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:50 PM PST

European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation’s Civil LawCan Islamic religious sharia law override a country’s domestic law in Europe? That’s a question the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is weighing.  The Court heard a case this week that involves applying sharia law to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.  Christian Concern, a non-profit organization based in London, intervened in the case “because of the

importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK,” according to a news release from the organization.”We intervened in the case in order to make clear that sharia law is fundamentally incompatible with human rights,” wrote Tim Dieppe, head of public policy of Christian Concern, on the organization’s website. “We hope and pray that the judges will see this and act accordingly.”  READ MORE

U.S., Israel and Saudis working ‘hand in hand’ on new “peace deal”

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:46 PM PST

U.S., Israel and Saudis working ‘hand in hand’ on new “peace deal”A much-overlooked motive for President Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is to jump-start the Middle East peace process, and do it on terms more favorable to Israel, experts on the Middle East tell WND.  As the world will soon find out, Arab leaders in Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan who would have normally balked at such a deal, are now eager to see it consummated. A key line in President Trump’s speech announcing his change of longstanding U.S. policy toward Jerusalem

was this: “It is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.” The call for younger voices to be heard was a direct jab at Mahmoud Abbas, the entrenched, corrupt 82-year-old Palestinian leader. Abbas’s days may be numbered, says Dr. Mark Christian, a former Islamic imam who converted to Christianity and founded the Omaha, Nebraska-based Global Faith Institute. He says back-channel peace negotiations have been going on for months. READ MORE

 

Why humans will happily follow a robot messiah

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:46 AM PST

Why humans will happily follow a robot messiahA religion based on a robot god will succeed because humans tend to ‘worship supreme understanding’, experts have claimed.  One researcher has said the same drive that compels people to believe in higher beings and follow religions will also work for so-called AI ‘Godheads’. Others have commented that, like religion, people will eventually rely on a ‘robot messiah’ to solve society’s problems. Last month, former Uber and Google engineer Anthony Levandowski formed the first church to follow an artificially intelligent being.

The religion, known as ‘Way of the Future’, claims our species can better itself by following the instructions of a robot that is ‘a billion times smarter than humans’.  Now AI expert and lawyer John Mitchell has said humans have a tendency to ‘worship supreme understanding’, and that this also applies to AI. ‘We [believe] there must be some higher power that causes lightning, sunsets, and crashing waves – or at least speaks to the bottom of our beings, rather than ignore them as ho-hum background,’ he told Fox News. READ MORE

 

What You Need to Know About the Number of the Beast

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:23 AM PST

What You Need to Know About the Number of the Beast(By Michael S. Heiser) If there’s one part of the Bible virtually everyone has heard of, it’s 666—the “number of the beast.” And if there’s one thing no one can agree upon, it’s what that number stands for. We find the number in Revelation 13:18, “Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast. It is the number of a man. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.” The wording here is important: John tells readers that the number needs to be “calculated,” which means there must be a hidden meaning behind it. But how do we calculate it? One option for solving this biblical riddle is gematria, the idea that numbers have symbolic meaning.

While some have called gematria a tool for speculation, it actually derives from an ancient convention in languages like Greek and Hebrew where letters of the alphabet are used to represent numbers. But gematria is not limited to just Revelation; the New Testament contains several other symbolic figures. The 153 fish of John 21:11could be interpreted as ancient symbolism for the church, the body of Christ and the Old Testament sons of God as analogous to believers in the church. The Greek word for “dove,” like the dove that descends on Jesus at His baptism, has a numerical value equivalent to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, thus symbolizing the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8). CONTINUE

Largest Christian Music Fest Founder Charged With Child Molestation

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:17 AM PST

Largest Christian Music Fest Founder Charged With Child MolestationThe founder of Creation Festival—the nation’s largest Christian music festival—has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his position as pastor of his New Jersey church after he was arrested on charges of child molestation.  Harry L. Thomas, 74, was charged Wednesday (Dec. 6) with sexually assaulting four minors “over a lengthy period of time ending two years ago,” according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges include one count of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. Those alleged assaults occurred over a 16-year period between 1999 and 2015 in Medford Township, N.J., where Thomas lives, according to the prosecutor’s office. His church—Come Alive New Testament Church, which has been described as charismatic—also is in Medford Township. READ MORE

NYC Bombing Witness: ‘If I Didn’t Believe in God, I Believe in God Today’

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:14 AM PST

NYC Bombing Witness: ‘If I Didn’t Believe in God, I Believe in God Today’A woman who was in the passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal saw the explosion and thought of her maker.  “If I didn’t believe in God, I believe in God today,” says Christina Bathea, 29. As she was headed to Manhattan, she says she heard a bang and saw smoke.

According to Reuters: A man with a bomb-like device strapped to his body set off an explosion at one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs at rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, was identified as Akayed Ullah, the New York Police Department commissioner said. The suspect had burns and lacerations while three other people, including a police officer, had minor injuries. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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The Cripplegate: Why Seminary? Exhibit C: John MacArthur

“‎Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; the cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

In Exhibit A: Joel Osteen, we embarked on a discussion about the value of seminary for those aspiring to the preaching ministry. We witnessed Larry King pull an Emperor’s New Clothes routine on Osteen by pointing out to the world that the pastor of USA’s largest church had no theological training.

King then proceeded to expose what that looks like in practice: A series of questions any pastor should be equipped to answer was met with Osteen’s sheepish and increasingly predictable refrain of, “I don’t know.” We then turned our attention to Exhibit B, another “untrained” megachurch pastor of yesteryear, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Spurgeon’s studies, though informal, were nonetheless rigorous, comprehensive, and effective. Of course, having a photographic memory must have proven useful.

There is one more witness I’d like to call to the stand in making my case, namely Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr.

John MacArthur is the preaching pastor of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles.

I encountered Iain Murray’s biography of MacArthur and I was struck with how seminary altered the course of this man’s life. MacArthur described himself as a sports-crazed college student and confessed: “I never let books get in the way of my education.”

After a dramatic car accident he acquiesced to a perceived call to pursue the ministry. He studied at Talbot Theological Seminary in California under the renowned Rabbi-turned-Christian-scholar, Dr. Charles Feinberg. It was at seminary that the reluctant student fell in love with theology, the original languages, writing, and preaching. And a good thing he did.

When he pursued a doctoral degree at another institution he was told that his previous seminary had given him “too much Bible.” He was instructed to read his way through a formidable list of “dead German liberals” which put him off the idea of further formal studies.

This is where MacArthur’s path and Spurgeon’s meet up again. As with the 19th Century preacher, MacArthur continued his own education driven by a voracious curiosity and insatiable desire to understand the Bible more deeply.

Without the meandering guidance of (spiritually and otherwise) deceased liberal scholars, MacArthur’s theological understanding continued to deepen and sharpen on the lodestone of self-preparation. He credits expository preaching as being the fuel for this fire of learning– to produce two fresh messages weekly forces you to drink deeply yourself.

A publishing deal with Moody ensured that he would need to be thorough and fresh in order to fill their vision of a commentary set based on verse by verse preaching of the entire New Testament, a herculean feat completed in 2011.

So, though seminary set the course of his life, it was his own commitment to self-study that ensured the theological astuteness and piercing discernment (or dizernment, his idiosyncratic pronunciation) for which he would become legendary.

MacArthur’s confidence in the veracity of God’s word begets confidence in proclaiming it, as was evident in his interview with Larry King.

Here are some excerpts from MacArthur’s counterpart to Osteen’s Larry King Live interview:

KING: John MacArthur, what happens when you die?

MACARTHUR: Well, when you die, you go to one of two places. According to Scripture. You go out of the presence of God forever, or you go into the presence of God forever.

KING: Depending?

MACARTHUR: Depending upon your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which is, according to the Bible, the only way to enter heaven.

KING: So therefore a Jew or a Muslim or a Buddhist will not go to heaven?

MACARTHUR: Christian theology and the Scripture says that only through faith in Jesus Christ.

KING: And you — when we say what happened, what happens? Do you go somewhere as a body?

MACARTHUR: No, your body stays. We go to the funeral. We see the body. It goes into the grave. It decays. Your spirit immediately goes either in the presence of God or out, waiting the final resurrection. There will be a resurrection of all bodies in the end, a resurrection unto life or a resurrection unto damnation.

KING: It is, John MacArthur, is it not, a guess on your — an educated guess based on your Scriptures, your reading, your faith, but you don’t know, you don’t know know, do you? How can you know?

MACARTHUR: Because the Bible says so.

KING: But you believe the Bible?

MACARTHUR: Well, I believe the Bible, but I believe the Bible can be defended. I believe through the centuries the Bible has stood the test of intense scrutiny, and it is the real and true revelation of God, and it speaks truly about life and death. And someone has been there and come back, and that’s Jesus Christ.

KING: How come only one?

MACARTHUR: How come only one what?

KING: Person ever come back?

MACARTHUR: Well, that’s because the design of leaving this world is to go into the eternal world. The only person who came from the eternal world into this world is Jesus Christ.

There have been a few others, by the way. In fact in the Old Testament, the prophets raised a few from the dead. In the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles raised a few from the dead. And at the death of Christ on the cross, the graves were open and some were raised. And that’s indicative of the fact that there will be an actual physical resurrection to join with the spirits that are with God at death.

[Find the rest at http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0504/14/lkl.01.html]

Quite a marked difference to what we saw of Osteen’s “I don’t know” stock answers under Exhibit A.

If you watch the video of this interview you are struck with how unhesitant MacArthur is. He gets a question. He answers it. Bam. No apology, no stammering, no ifs and buts. I love it. That confidence comes from years of deep study in the Scriptures. It’s not about your opinion; you know what God says.

Aspiring seminoids should be encouraged. If you are unable to get to seminary, do the next best thing. Get a reading list of what is covered in that seminary. Plow through it with relentless commitment. Take a course in Greek at a local university.

And fill your time with the pursuit of biblical knowledge and understanding. Forget the dead Germans and be content to have God’s approval instead of man’s. You don’t need a degree, just faithfulness with what has been entrusted to you.

I rest my case.

Source: Why Seminary? Exhibit C: John MacArthur

Modern Day Witchcraft: Dancing With the Devil Has Gone Mainstream

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I’m a child of the 50’s and 60’s.  The 60’s was certainly a crazy time – people marching against the U.S. being involved in any conflicts; and drugs became as common as cigarettes – especially with kids from wealthy families.

Rock N Roll

A rebellion seemed to have been born out of the music we listened to and adored. I think of the Beatles and how their music evolved into total rebellion and even encouraged young minds to experiment with drugs.

For those who remember those times, I’m sure that you saw a stark difference between “Meet the Beatles” album and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”  Their first album seemed rather innocent, but Sgt. Pepper’s was filled with rebellion and encouraged kids to take drugs. One song “She’s Leaving Home” even encouraged  “misunderstood” children to run away.

Music is powerful, isn’t it?

I believe that the evil one used…

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CultureWatch: Compromised Churches Denying the Uniqueness of Christ

The uniqueness of Jesus Christ is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. His origins, his birth, his actions, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his eternal status all set him apart from every other religious figure that ever lived.

Jesus is unique. Jesus is God, Jesus is saviour. Jesus is king. Moses is not. Buddha is not. Muhammad is not. There is only one true God, one true religion, and one true way to God. This is basic Christian teaching, and it has been so for 2000 years.

Let me spell this out in more detail: Unlike so many other religious leaders, Jesus made his own identity the focal point of his teaching. Who He was, not just what he said, was the essential thing. He didn’t say I am God’s messenger, or I can point the way to God.

He said I am God! He claimed to be far more than just a teacher or a prophet. He didn’t claim to just point to the truth. He claimed to be the truth. He didn’t just point the way to salvation. He claimed to be the only source of salvation. And he is the only religious leader to come back from the grave.

But plenty of wolves in sheep’s clothing are trying to deny all this, water all this down, and elevate false prophets and false religions to a place of theological equivalence with Christ and Christianity. And the interfaith movement is a primary place in which we see this occurring.

The idea that Christ is simply on a par with other religious leaders and that Christianity is not really superior to any other religion is a basic part of so much of the interfaith movement. In the interests of just getting along, truth claims are downplayed and superficial similarities are played up.

That is not how any Christian pastor or leader should operate. We need to stand for biblical truth at all costs. Seeking to live harmoniously with others in a very disharmonised world is commendable, but this should never come at the expense of biblical truth.

But we see the war on Christian truth occurring all the time sadly. I have often documented how the biblical faith gets slammed as clueless Christian leaders recklessly join in with interfaith endeavours. We had another doozy of an example of this happening just the other day. Consider this recent religious news item:

A Church of England church in London has come under fire for holding a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Mohammed. The “Milad, Advent and Christmas Celebration” took place on Sunday at All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames. In a promotional flier, the church said the service was “Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus”. The hour-long service included time for Islamic prayer and was followed by the cutting of a birthday cake.

The piece continues:

The church organised the event alongside the Kingston Inter Faith Forum and the South London Inter Faith Group. Earlier this year, a passage from the Koran denying that Jesus is the Son of God was read during a service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. The passage claims that Mary was “ashamed” after giving birth and that Jesus spoke to her from his crib. At the time, the Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden, then chaplain to the Queen, referred to the reading as “blasphemy”, saying: “There are other and considerably better ways to build ‘bridges of understanding’”.

Wow, what madness. Here we have the founder of a political ideology responsible for the death of more Christians than any other person in human history being celebrated right along with Jesus Christ. And this Kingston church wants to honour the guy!

As commentator Archbishop Cranmer put it: “Every time a church accords Mohammed the epithet ‘Prophet’, they are rejecting the crucifixion, denying the resurrection of Christ, and refuting that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, for Mohammed denied all of these foundational tenets of the Christian faith.”

Does the good Rev from Kingston actually read his Bible? Had he simply read 1 John 2:22-23 he would have known not to proceed with this idolatrous powwow: “Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

And if that is not clear enough, the Rev should go on and read 1 John 4:1-3:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

If one religion celebrates and affirms the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and another says such a concept is utterly blasphemous, then they are clearly not on the same page, and no Christian church should be celebrating the birth of Muhammad along with the birth of Jesus.

One might as well celebrate the birthdays of Churchill and Stalin in a combined service. While the differences between the English leader and the Communist murderer are massive, even those differences pale in significance when we compare (or rather, contrast) Jesus with Muhammad.

I have written on this often. In one piece I discussed the clear theological differences when it comes to Christ. In Christianity we have this:

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, God’s final and perfect word to man. He came not just as God’s messenger, but as God incarnate, as Saviour and Lord. He is eternal and without sin, (and, since the incarnation) fully God and fully man, two complete natures in one person. He died on the cross for man’s sin and rose again on the third day, ascending to heaven. As predicted in the Old Testament, He will one day come again as Israel’s Messiah to set up His kingdom on earth and to subdue His enemies. Jesus Christ is the culminating thought of the Old Testament and the chief subject of the New Testament. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords to whom every knee will one day bow.

But in Islam we find this:

Isa, or Jesus, is revered as a Prophet but His divinity is vigorously denied. He was a mere man, only a messenger of Allah created by God. He was born of the virgin Mary, performed miracles, and yet disclaimed divine honours. Since it was unjust for the innocent and sinless Christ to die a criminal’s death, an “appearance” or a substitute was crucified on the cross, while Christ ascended to heaven where He now occupies an inferior station. One day He will return as one of Muhammad’s caliphs to help establish Islam as the world’s one true religion. On the side of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem it says in Arabic, “God has no son”. Contrast this with Matthew 3:17: “This is my Son, whom I love”.

And consider the differences when it comes to violence. As I wrote in an earlier piece, the two are complete opposites:

In sum, we find in the life, teachings and example of Muhammad nothing at all comparable to that of Jesus Christ. The two men could not be further apart in these areas. Claims that the two are both great religious leaders who share much in common are obviously quite wide of the mark.
On the one hand we have Jesus Christ who was the Prince of Peace who told us to love and forgive our enemies. On the other hand we have Muhammad who was a military leader who told us to kill and take revenge on our enemies. Muhammad preached “Death to the infidels!” while Jesus prayed “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. The disciples of Muhammad killed for the faith while the disciples of Jesus were killed for their faith. The two could not be any more different.

That is why most of the interfaith initiatives should be avoided like the plague. They simply play down such differences because just getting along is seen as being more important. But Christian leaders must never be ashamed of biblical truth, and they must never shy away from affirming the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.

http://www.christian.org.uk/news/london-church-celebrates-birthday-mohammed/
https://billmuehlenberg.com/2013/03/18/islam-and-christianity-major-differences/
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2008/11/21/jesus-muhammad-and-violence/

Source: Compromised Churches Denying the Uniqueness of Christ

10 Ways to Keep Christ the Center of Christmas

While things like gift-giving, cookie-baking (and eating!), and spending time with loved ones can be great and memorable things, Christians should seek to make Christ the focal point of Christmas. It is after all, Christmas!

How can we keep our focus on the Savior?

Here are 10 ways to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebration:

1. Read the Bible story with your family.

This is a simple way to start and the best way to remember what brought our Savior into the world. Read portions or all of the following biblical passages documenting the original Christmas:

  • Matthew 1:18-2:23
  • Luke 2:1-20

2. Walk through Old Testament prophecies about the birth of Christ.

There are hundreds of Old Testament prophecies documenting the coming of the Messiah. Several of these deal directly with the birth of Christ. Reading through the Old Testament prophecies about Christmas and seeing the New Testament fulfillment in Christ is a powerful way to build your faith and focus on Christ.

3. Use an advent calendar with Scripture in it.

The advent season looks forward to the coming of Christ at Christmas (advent comes from a word meaning ‘coming’) and is a time of preparation for Christmas. It also looks forward to the Second Coming of Christ.

Using an advent calendar with Scripture will provide you with a daily reminder from Scripture and help you renew your mind as Christmas day approaches.

4. Watch a Christ-focused movie.

Sadly, many “Christmas” movies do not even mention the name of Jesus. Those movies fall way short of the true meaning of Christmas.

Watching a Christ-centered movie can entertain you, provide positive family memories, and build your faith as you ponder the work of our Savior. Some recommended movies to watch at Christmastime include: The Gospel of John, The Star of Bethlehem, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Nativity Story, and the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

 5. Call out wrong messages about Christmas.

Holiday movies tell us there are several meanings to Christmas: giving to others, spending time with people you love, getting good gifts, and that you can be a hero if you have “the Christmas spirit.”

All of these things fall short of the true and amazing meaning of Christmas: God sent his Son into the world, in the form of a baby, to perfectly fulfill God’s law and eventually serve as the sacrifice for the sins, saving whoever would put their faith in him (John 3:16).

6. Listen to Christ-exalting Christmas music.

So much Christmas music is meaningless fluff, lacking any mention to Christ and lacking substance. Read the words from one of the most popular Christmas songs of all-time, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas:

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas / Just like the ones I used to know / Where the tree tops glisten / And children listen / To hear sleigh bells in the snow…

Although it is a catchy song, it does a better job glorifying snow than Christ. Christ has given us so much, why would we not sing about him at Christmas time? Through him we have the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7), a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), the Holy Spirit living in us (Romans 8:11), an eternal inheritance in heaven with Christ (1 Peter 1:4). Snow isn’t bad, but Christ is so much better!

Here are some lyrics from a great Christ-exalting Christmas song called “Mary Did You Know” by Mark Lowry:

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water? / Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? /  Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? / This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.”

Or if you are into classical music, Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most glorious pieces of music ever written or played—and is about Christ!

7. Remember the dangers of materialism. 

Don’t let yourself or your children get sucked into the materialistic trap that exists at Christmas. If you are a parent, it is especially important that you make sure your kids understand at an early age that Christmas is not about getting presents and having more possessions.

Some practical steps for teaching and learning a biblical perspective on gifts and earthly possessions are:

  1. Walk through Scriptures dealing with possessions. Matthew 6:19-34 and James 4:1-12 are good places to start.
  2. Go to a garbage dump and look at all of the old things that might have been highly-coveted at one time.
  3. Focus on giving at Christmas time. Jesus is the ultimate example—sacrificially giving Himself to pay the price for our sins.
  4. Make your Christmas list be a list of things you are thankful for, not a list of things you want.
  5. Pray that God would change your focus.

8. Give Christ-centered gifts.

Giving gifts that will build faith is an excellent way to celebrate Christ at Christmas. The Unlocking the Bible Store has several items that would make excellent gifts:

Writing a Christmas Bible verse on a Christmas card is a great way to point back to the Savior as well!

9. Make the highlight of your Christmas serving others.

Christ, himself, did not come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45). Christmas can be a very self-centered time, and serving others provides you an opportunity to think about and meet the needs of others. Serving can happen in your church, a homeless shelter, giving a gift to the child of a prisoner, and many other ways.

Regina commented on our Facebook page on a way her family serves others during Christmas time:

We pool our Christmas money together and instead of buying gifts, we decided together on a relief organization to send it to. Our kids ask us every year what organization we can give to. We all enjoy it!

10. Share Christ with others. 

The Christmas season may be the best time to invite people to church and strike up spiritual conversations. The topic of Christmas and Jesus Christ will come up often. Take advantage of that and share the life giving truth of the gospel! Take advantage of the fact that people are not satisfied with candy canes and mistletoe and that they long for something deeper and satisfying and that Jesus Christ will satisfy all of their thirsts and longings of this life, and the life to come.

If you send out a Christmas card or letter, you have a great opportunity to share the real meaning of Christmas and the source of true Christmas cheer, Jesus Christ.

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Christalignment: Our Cards lead the way….into the world of the occult

Christalignment, which has no connection whatsoever to the Lord Jesus Christ, uses “destiny cards” (tarot cards), some with Bible themes, to practice the prophetic. For those who are interested in a reading:

Team members can be booked individually for deep consultations, healing, spiritual readings, & spirit cleansing.

According to these frauds, the artists who design the cards are prophetic:

That means that as intuitive readers themselves and artists able to connect with spirit [demons] their art work carries meaning and power to change lives. Each painting has been done through connection to the third heaven realm.

The third heaven is the dwelling place of God.

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Our unique Love Destiny cards, which we have developed, are so accurate, that even if your life circumstances change dramatically, on your return to do them again years later, you will find the results identical, such is their accuracy.They are able to give profound insight into relationships, career and spiritual life.

Sadly, there are many people, including professing Christians, who actually buy into fortune telling. Using cards to tell one’s future is no different than gazing into a crystal ball or doing a teacup reading (looking at shapes formed by tea leaves after a cup of tea has been consumed) to see what the future holds.

What does the LORD say about this sort of thing:

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). (emphases added)

A video is provided at the end that shows a woman explaining to a potential client what he can expect during a reading. View article →

Be sure to check out Berean Research’s White Paper on Occult-Sorcery

Source: Christalignment: Our Cards lead the way….into the world of the occult

Colleges push hard for Christ-free Christmases

College administrators around the country, it seems, are rushing to acquiesce to even the most minor of voices on campuses to make sure the “C” word — that’s “C” for Christmas, shhh! — doesn’t cause angst in some offended student’s ears.

Basically, they’re driving hard to drive out the reason for the season, Jesus Christ.

The overriding message?

Don’t be religious.

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Modern Day Witches Call Theirs ‘A Beautiful Way Of Life’

CBS2 was invited into the Church of the Eternal Circle, a Wiccan church in the state of New York. Witches are all about charms, potions, spells and magic. According to one of the witches “magic is simply the belief that you can make anything happen.” “My thoughts can heal,” sang the church’s high priestess. In other words, positive confession. Some witches actually wear black hooded robes. Brooms are used, not for flying, only for sweeping the circle and clearing the energy. Included in CBS2’s report is a video of the service.

At a time when participation in traditional religions is declining among Americans, the practice of witchcraft is said to be on the rise.

CBS2’s Ali Bauman went inside the secret world of modern-day witches to explore why so many say they’re falling under its spell.

“I am the high priestess,” Lisa Stewart said.

“To be a witch is incredibly relevant in today’s society,” Anton Stewart explained.

Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley is the Church of the Eternal Circle, the only legally recognized Wiccan Church in the state of New York.

“We follow the tradition of the craft of the wise — witchcraft — and we are witches,” Stewart said.

For the first time, members invited CBS2 to attend their services.

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Source: Modern Day Witches Call Theirs ‘A Beautiful Way Of Life’