Daily Archives: May 14, 2018

May 14: A Sense of History

1 Chronicles 1:1–54; 1 Timothy 2:1–15; Psalm 74:1–23

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher assigned our class a family genealogy and history project. At first it was frustrating. It seemed like unnecessary work. But eventually I became obsessive over it as I discovered our family stories. Many of us share this same experience; we’ve uncovered ancestors who have done great things. Through this process, we can begin to understand not just these people of history, but also ourselves.

Although we may be especially interested in our own family history, who doesn’t skip (or at least think about skipping) the genealogies of the Bible? Even if we’re serious about reading biblical books front to back, we prefer to skip over the long lists of names. But that would be a mistake in the case of 1 Chr 1:1–54. This genealogy is about human history leading up to a monumental person: King David. The lineage also makes the book of Ruth incredibly relevant: Boaz, Ruth’s husband, shows up in the line (1 Chr 2:11–12), which indicates that God had a plan to enfold non-Israelites into His people long before Christ’s work brought about that result (e.g., Acts 2).

Just as our family history teaches us about the way we are, reading the Bible allows us to learn why David was the way he was. Through genealogies, we can learn about the heart and character of God and His intricate plan to save the world.

How does the sense of history conveyed in the Bible connect to your sense of history? How does it connect to the work Christ is doing in and through you today?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

May 14 Tempering Zeal with Sensitivity (James, son of Zebedee)

The twelve apostles included “James the son of Zebedee” (Matt. 10:2).

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Zeal without sensitivity can destroy your life and ministry.

There’s the story of a Norwegian pastor whose motto was “All or nothing!” His life and preaching were stern, strong, powerful, uncompromising, and utterly insensitive. Reportedly the people in his church didn’t care much for him because he didn’t care much for them. In his zeal and ambition to advance the Kingdom and uphold God’s standard, he neglected everything else—including his own family.

One day his little daughter became so ill, the doctor warned him that if he didn’t move her out of the cold Norwegian air to a warmer climate she would die. He refused, telling the doctor, “All or nothing!” Soon his little girl died. His wife was so grief-stricken she would sit for hours holding her daughter’s garments close to her heart, trying somehow to ease her pain.

When the pastor saw what his wife was doing, he gave the clothes to a poor woman in the street. All that remained was a little bonnet, which his wife had hidden so she would have some reminder of her precious daughter. When the pastor found it, he gave that away too, lecturing his wife on giving “all or nothing.” Within a few months she too died—of grief.

Now that’s an extreme example of insensitive zeal, and yet there are many pastors, evangelists, and other Christian workers who are so zealous for the Lord and so task-oriented, they don’t see the pain their own families and congregations are suffering.

James could have been like that if he hadn’t yielded his life to Christ. He began as a zealous and insensitive disciple, but God refined his character and used him in a marvelous way.

Examine your own ministries and motives. Are you sensitive to your family and the people with whom you serve? Zeal can be a wonderful quality, but it must be tempered with love and sensitivity.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you have been insensitive to those around you, confess that to them, and ask the Lord to give you a greater sensitivity from now on.

For Further Study: Eli the priest was negligent and insensitive to his family. Read 1 Samuel 3:1–4:18. ✧ What did the Lord tell Samuel concerning Eli? ✧ What was the outcome of Israel’s battles with the Philistines? ✧ How did Eli and his sons die?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 147). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

MAY 14 GOD KNOWS THE HYPOCRITES

Let us not therefore judge one another any more.

Romans 14:13

I do not consider that it is my place as a Christian to stand around making judgments and calling other people “hypocrites.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only man I know who was holy and perfect enough to call the religious leaders of the day hypocrites.

I am just a man with faults and shortcomings of my own, and I must always consider myself lest I be tempted!

I preach to my own congregation about our faults and our failings, with the warning that some of our professions of blessing and victory may get into the area of “unintentional hypocrisy.” Through the grace of God and the kindness of our spiritual ancestors, we may have spiritual light that some others do not have—but in all honesty, we are wretchedly far below what we should be in living up to it, day by day.

It helps us to be honest and frank and humble to know that the great God Almighty knows the secrets of every person’s heart!

Lord, You know the secrets of my heart, yet You love me unconditionally. I confess my sins to You, Lord. Forgive me when I fall.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

May 14, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said that Congress must have a deal to fund the federal government before the summer break in August or lawmakers would have to stay in Washington.

President Donald Trump on Friday blasted drug makers and healthcare “middlemen” for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.

Lebanon’s foreign minister on Monday called the U.S. decisions to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal policy failures that will lead to more tensions and extremism in the region.

A bill aimed at tightening oversight of foreign investment in the United States because of concern about China’s acquisition of critical technology is headed for a vote this month in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, the panel said on Friday.

President Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two leaders condemned Iran’s rocket attacks on Israel from Syria, the White House said in a statement.

Israeli forces killed at least 41 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

A device discovered in a mosque near the South African port city of Durban where worshippers were attacked by armed men last week has been confirmed as explosive, police said on Monday.

A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in the same city.

Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it has performed the world’s first trade finance transaction using a single blockchain platform, in a push to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade.

A global oil glut has been virtually eliminated, figures published by OPEC showed on Monday, thanks to an OPEC-led pact to cut supplies that has been in place since January 2017 and due to rising global demand.

AP Top Stories

A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, officials said.

A new “faith-based” adoption law signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday is raising red flags for LGBTQ groups. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140 allows agencies to deny adoptions and foster care placements if a given placement violates an agency’s “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

A knifeman shouting Allahu akbar was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four, prompting a terror probe.

China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, state media said, a landmark in Beijing’s ambitious plans to modernize its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters.

Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie’s auction, including the $832 million total for the priciest private collection of artworks and other treasures, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, blowing up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.

Russia has been on the forefront of building unmanned ground vehicles and last week the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that their armed drone tank Uran-9 was tested in Syria.

China’s mainland stocks are moving a step closer to inclusion in the global financial community. The MSCI is changing the makeup of three widely-followed indexes.

BBC

China has welcomed a pledge from Donald Trump to help save ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecoms companies.

At least 61 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday evening, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.

Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are “very grateful” after their release.

WND

The US Postal Service is headed in the wrong direction. It posted a controllable loss of $656 million in the second quarter, compared with income of $12 million for the same period a year ago.

A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of an infant’s DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to screen for threatening diseases.

Robots which can listen, learn and react to people are being introduced in care homes to help look after residents and prevent loneliness. The humanoid companions, which are equipped with artificial intelligence, will be able to recognize the needs and emotions of frail, elderly residents.


The Briefing — Monday, May 14, 2018

1) Senior Anglican clerics call for Church of England to be stripped of its legal right to operate according to its convictions

2) With secularism on the rise, Quakers consider dropping God because it makes some ‘feel uncomfortable’

The Guardian (Simon Jenkins) –
The Quakers are right. We don’t need God

3) How does a secular society create meaning in the face of death?

New York Times (Alison McQueen) –
How to Be a Prophet of Doom

4) In the age of digital media, do we really have more friends?

New York Times (Teddy Wayne) –
Are My Friends Really My Friends?


News – 5/14/2018

Europe has chosen disgrace

America and Israel have strong stomachs, Europe has a soft belly. The honor of the West is once again being saved by America. Europe, the vapid and childish Venus, has chosen disgrace.

Brutalized by Trump’s Winning, Liberals Nip at Conservatives’ Ankles

The Democrats are having a major case of the sadz, and it’s hilarious. Their generic lead in the midterms ballot has evaporated. After the Iran and North Korea triumphs, Obama’s legacy is just a smoking ruin of broken dreams and corrected failures.

SHOCK as politician calls for Putin to be PRESIDENT FOR LIFE by ripping up constitution

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin could remain in office for the foreseeable future under proposed plans to rip up the Russian constitution which currently limits Presidents to serving only two consecutive terms, and bars him from serving another term after 2024. The Kremlin is exploring plans which would allow Putin to remain in office for another 12 years, which some individuals believe would see Putin become a virtual “President for life”.

US Jerusalem embassy: Gaza clashes before controversial opening

At least 16 Palestinians in Gaza have been shot dead by Israeli troops in some of the bloodiest clashes for weeks, Palestinian officials say. It comes ahead of the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, which has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part Palestinians lay claim to.

IS still threatens Europe, warns MI5 chief

The head of MI5 has warned that Islamic State aspires to commit “devastating” and “more complex” attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East. Andrew Parker told European security chiefs in Berlin the group required international focus “for years”. He revealed 12 terror attacks have been stopped in the UK since the Westminster attack in 2017.

Should we ask babies for consent before changing their nappies?

There’s never been much debate around nappy changing. It can be a bit gross sometimes (ok, most of the time), but it’s not usually that political. It’s a non-negotiable part of being a new parent. But that all changed this week, when a sexuality educator suggested that people ask their babies for consent before changing their nappies.

PGP: ‘Serious’ flaw found in secure email tech

A widely used method of encrypting emails has been found to suffer from a serious vulnerability, researchers say. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a data encryption method sometimes added to programs that send and receive email. Details about the vulnerability were released by the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper prior to a scheduled embargo.

Arab league to meet over ‘illegal’ U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem: MENA-

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the United State’s “illegal” move of embassy to Jerusalem, state news agency MENA reported on Monday, citing an Arab diplomat. MENA said the meeting will be held on Wednesday at the level of permanent representatives to the Arab League “to counter the illegal decision taken by the United States of America to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem”.

Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

It’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets. That might sound like an Orwellian nightmare to some but in Sweden it is a welcome reality for a growing number who favours convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations.

DOJ, USCIS, Team Up to Stop Employers Illegally Hiring Immigrants

The two agencies announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will allow for better mutual training, collaboration, and sharing of information. The end goal of this shared work is a crackdown on U.S. employers who hire foreign labor rather than employing Americans in line with federal law. “In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, today’s partnership adds to the Civil Rights Division’s tools to stop employers from discriminating against U.S. workers by favoring foreign visa workers,” explained Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

Jews, Arabs clash on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

The Jerusalem Police said that several Jewish visitors broke the rules of conduct and created provocation, leading to their removal from the site. Nevertheless, visits to the Temple Mount were allowed to continue.

An “Audible Gasp” Was Heard When The Chicago Fed Unveiled Its “Solution” To The Pension Problem

That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Homeowners with houses worth $250,000 would pay an additional $2,500 per year in property taxes, those with homes worth $500,000 would pay an additional $5,000, and those with homes worth $1 million would pay an additional $10,000.

WHO says 19 dead, 39 infected so far in Congo Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Cloaking devices—it’s not just ‘Star Trek’ anymore

These materials redirect approaching waves around an object without scattering the wave energy, concealing the object from the sound waves.

Perfect Timing: America is About to Make King David Very Proud!

Nearly 3000 years ago, in a landmark achievement, King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Throughout history, ever since the Holy Temple stood in all its glory, through thousands of years of exile and until today, Jerusalem has remained the eternal capital of the Jewish People. Once again, Jerusalem history is in the making. And to many, this is another example of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. For the first time in over 2000 years, a world power will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel – and in a most dramatic way. This is historic!

Time to Start Crediting the Christians

What motivated US President Donald Trump to go against decades of American policy at a time when the peace process is frozen, amid warnings of Arab outrage and a looming nuclear threat from Iran? When neither mainstream American Jews or Israeli leaders were pushing for this? The answer is evangelical Christians, which represents a major shift in American-Israeli policy.

Church leaders protest over plans to legalise assisted suicide on Guernsey

REVOLUTIONARY plans for assisted dying laws in Guernsey are being fought by medical professionals and church leaders. Fears have been raised that desperately sick people would be coerced into taking their own lives.

Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border

A swarm of small earthquakes hit a town near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday and continued into Sunday. Dozens of quakes were reported in and around Ocotillo Wells in Imperial County, six of them larger than a magnitude 3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The largest were felt in a scattering of locations in Imperial, San Diego and Riverside counties, according to the USGS.

Joe Lieberman: Trump had the courage past presidents lacked

2000 VP candidate tells Arutz Sheva why past presidents declined to move embassy, and why Trump was right to ignore their precedent. Former US Senator and 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman praised President Donald Trump for his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying Trump demonstrated a “courage” and “confidence” his predecessors lacked.

I never thought I’d live to see the day’

US senators in Jerusalem celebrate embassy move: ‘I voted for the move in 1995, but it took Trump to make it happen. I’m lucky to see it.’ US lawmakers who joined the 250-member delegation to Israel for the unveiling of the new US embassy in Jerusalem slated for Monday afternoon met with reporters at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem Monday morning, expressing their satisfaction with the decision to move the embassy.

Mike Huckabee: California in ‘massive attack on Christianity’

A plan pending in the California legislature that promoters say is necessary so people with same-sex inclinations don’t hear messages challenging them has now gotten the attention of Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNA

Obama rule change could put most personal of data in government’s hands

A pioneering vaccine is being sent to Congo in hopes of containing a new Ebola outbreak

On Friday, the World Health Organization announced its plan to send the experimental vaccine to northwest Congo, where there have been about 32 suspected or confirmed cases since early April, and 18 deaths.

The Bible and Clergy According to CBS

In a recent, short-lived series, Living Biblically, the CBS Network took a stab at religion — literally though unintentionally. It focused on Chip Curry, played by Jay R. Ferguson, a newspaper columnist who is married to Leslie (Lindsey Kraft), a doctor. Leslie is expecting their first child.

Trump, King Darius, And Jerusalem

It’s all set to happen this coming May 14: A huge, 250-member delegation of top U.S. officials and others will arrive in Jerusalem for the official dedication of the new embassy in Israel’s capital. The date marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the British Mandate over what was then called Palestine and the declaration of the new-old State of Israel

Trump Administration Rejects Iranian and Somali Refugees Cast-off From Australia

One of the most egregious policy decisions Obama made (and there were too many to enumerate here), one of the most dangerous, or as President Trump described it, “the worst deal ever,” was the refugee deal he made to take more than 1,000 “illegal immigrants [migrants] who were in prisons” from Australia.

Record numbers of NHS operations cancelled at last minute

The number of patients who had NHS operations cancelled at the last minute is the highest in almost 25 years, new figures show.

220 cases of “nightmare bacteria” with antiobiotic-resistant genes recorded in 27 states

Antibiotic resistance has been an issue for years now but is still being taken too lightly by many. According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 220 cases of “nightmare bacteria” have been found in 27 states across the U.S. These bacteria reportedly have special genes that make them either virtually untreatable, or allow them to spread antibiotic resistance.

Minnesota Democrats wage war on God, faith and American history

A bill in the Minnesota Senate that would allow schools in the state to voluntarily display the national motto “In God We Trust” has state Democrats spiraling into fits of outrage, because God offends them.

13 DEAD: Muslim family bombs 3 Indonesian churches, even 2 young daughters had bombs strapped on

Image of devout suicide bomb family – even the two young daughters had bombs strapped to their waists. Religion of peace – respect it!

‘Allahu Akbar’ Paris Knife Killer Was Radical Muslim Migrant on Jihadist Watch List

A terrorist who attacked and killed people at random in Paris last night has been named as Khamzat Azimov, a migrant and Islamist radical from Chechnya.

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

…Antidepressants and antipsychotics put forth some surprising figures, but the biggest category of psychotic drugs given to children appears to be anti-anxiety drugs. Just over 227,132 babies under one and nearly 248,000 of those aged four to five take these medications.

PHOTOS EMERGE of Iranian Officials Who Met Secretly With John Kerry in Paris on Saturday — One Is Identified

Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry has been secretly meeting with Iranian officials to salvage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

ASSAD: ‘Donald Trump Isn’t In Control Of America, THE DEEP STATE IS’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview that meeting with Donald Trump would “pointless” because the Deep State, not the president, is in control of the US.  Assad went on to note that the deep state’s agenda is to create a conflict with Russia.

Soros-Financed, Kerry-Linked Group Furious USA Out of Iran Nuke Deal

A George Soros-financed organization that was previously identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has warned Donald Trump that he will “own the consequences” of bolting the international nuclear accord.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?

Questions mount as to when and why the Obama-era DOJ initiated its probe of the Trump campaign.

Promise Kept — Jerusalem Embassy Opens for Business

The opening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel in 1948.

What’s Next for Trump’s Iran Strategy?

“Trumping” Iran’s appeasers was worthwhile. Planning for the future is now on the docket.

The Spoonful of Sugar: Competition in Medicine

Trump’s new plan, “American Patients First,” is a free-market solution to drug pricing.

Demo Hypocrisy for Just $25

How many babies will never wear this outfit because the Democrats ensured they would never be born?

Second Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Groundwater

Once again, the ecofascist dogmatic narrative against fracking isn’t supported by the facts.

Video: Medal of Honor Recipient Says Trump Is a Patriot

Sgt. Dakota Meyer discusses Trump’s patriotism as well as his efforts against ISIS.

Video: Voters Celebrate Trump’s Foreign Policy

CNN is surprised to discover that many Trump voters actually still support the president.

Video: Heritage Conversation With House Speaker Paul Ryan

Welfare reform, poverty, the importance of work, and the opportunities to forge a better future.

Monday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “[Trump] really is an incredibly skillful and talented communicator. He really is, which Hitler was, too.” —Tom Steyer

Monday Opinion

Read Rebecca Hagelin, Jeff Jacoby, Tony Perkins, Todd Starnes, Gary Bauer and more.

Monday Top Headlines

Iran sanctions, NoKo’s denuclearization, illegal hiring, ObamaCare, SCOTUS, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes.” —Alexander Hamilton (1802)

Headlines – 5/14/2018

Report: Jared Kushner Finalizing Mideast Peace Plan

On eve of Israel embassy move, US says it is ‘hard at work’ on peace

Kushner briefs Netanyahu on US reluctance to present peace plan

Due to anticipated Palestinian rejection, US mulls not presenting peace plan

US’s Pompeo says Mideast peace process not dead

U.S. To Open New Embassy In Jerusalem, But Other Nations Prefer To Wait For Peace Deal

Netanyahu calls on world leaders to follow US lead, move embassies to Jerusalem

‘Trump is making history,’ Netanyahu says ahead of US Embassy opening

Ahead of official embassy opening, it’s Jerusalem of red-white-and-blue

Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a “Cult” Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Romney denounces pastor slated to speak at US embassy in Jerusalem

The UK must act to counter Trump’s destructive Jerusalem decision

As Israel Celebrates Dream of Independence, Many See Nightmare Taking Shape

Tens of thousands parade through Old City of Jerusalem during annual Flag March

Police, Palestinians clash at Temple Mount as record number of Jews visit holy site

Police boot Jews from Temple Mount for raising Israel flag on volatile day

Opening tense week, government okays huge East Jerusalem ‘sovereignty plan’

Government approves allocation of NIS 50 million for applying sovereignty in east Jerusalem

Jews, Arabs clash on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

IDF gears up for mass Gaza riots, warns that Hamas plans to ‘massacre’ Israelis

Gazans prepare for violent culmination of mass border protests

Ahead of planned mass riots, Israel warns Gazans: ‘Don’t be Hamas’s puppets’

Armed Hamas members will guard ‘March of Return’

IDF: Hamas dismantles border post to intensify unrest

Hamas: Israel pleading for halt of protests in exchange for easing blockade

Gaza faces fuel, gas shortage after vandals trash crossing

US Mideast Envoy: Incendiary kites are terror, not peaceful protest

Not just Gaza: Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem urged to hold mass protests

High-level Hamas delegation visits Cairo day before major protests

Western country said brokering Israel-Hamas talks on long-term ceasefire

Al Qaeda chief says Israel’s Tel Aviv is also Muslim land

Defying 50-Year Taboo, Palestinians Run for Jerusalem Elections

New images show damage at Damascus International Airport from Israeli strike

Iran’s ‘Toy’? Israeli Defense Chief Draws Inspiration From Eurovision Win in Warning to Assad

Russia’s Lavrov says to discuss how to save Iran nuclear deal with Zarif

Rhetoric over US exit from Iran deal rises amid sanctions threat

Iran may remain in nuclear deal, ‘despite America,’ Rohani says

Iran: Europe has 60 days to guarantee Iranian interests in nuclear deal

President Trump’s nixing of nuclear deal exposes Middle East divisions

Trump: Iran tried to take over the Middle East

Bolton: ‘Regime change’ in Iran not policy of Trump administration

Bolton confident Europe won’t have ‘choice but to join U.S. sanctions’ on Iran

Bolton: US sanctions ‘possible’ on European firms over Iran

MI5 chief: ISIS planning more attacks

France defends its anti-terrorism strategy after a deadly attack by a man on its watchlist

Trump calls for ‘changes to our thought process on terror’ after Paris attack

Indonesia Family, With Children in Tow, Carries Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches

Father of children killed in Australia mass shooting says their grandfather planned the attack

John Bolton says North Korea has prospect to become ‘a normal nation’

Pompeo: U.S. to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing

France says June is ‘ultimate deadline’ for Brexit progress on Northern Ireland

Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

Long Lost Asteroid is Rediscovered Just Before Making a Close Pass by Earth

Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohean, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Kirishimayama on Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13.000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

17th fissure emitting steam and lava leads to more evacuations on Hawaii’s Big Island

Fears of explosive eruptions at Kilauea grow as lava lake continues to lower

Subtropical or Tropical Development Possible in Gulf of Mexico, But Heavy Rain Threat to Florida Regardless

40 Killed in India Dust Storm, Heavy Rains

Congo, U.N. deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

Here’s What the Next Pandemic Pathogen Might Look Like


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Oppenheimer – Is Francis Chan Right That God Will Destroy Those Who Challenge Christian Leaders?

Fraud charges filed against 2 members of Word of Faith Fellowship

What is Rick Joyner’s ‘Apostolic Commission’?

What is the ‘Highway of Holiness’ vision (aka ‘The Vision of the Chariots’)?

The fruit of Christian Zionism – Michele Bachmann apologizes for urging Jews to convert

Kansas, Oklahoma Pass Bills Protecting Religious Beliefs of Adoption Agencies

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote Homosexuality at ‘LGBT Pride’ Nights

Canadian pediatricians tell parents: it’s normal for your kid to switch genders every day

George W. Truett Theological Seminary releases list of the top 12 “most effective” pastors

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:56 AM PDT

George W. Truett Theological Seminary releases list of the top 12 “most effective” pastorsThis past week, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary released a list of the top 12 “most effective” pastors, Christianity Today reported. Popular pastors like Tim Keller, John Piper and Andy Stanley made the cut, along with several other phenomenal pastors.  The pastors come from a

wide range of backgrounds — from evangelical legends like Chuck Swindoll, to newer voices like Ralph Douglas West.  The 12 picks represent “the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world” (though all are based in the U.S.). To determine who would make the list, Truett’s surveyed 180 different sermon experts from the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Academy of Homiletics. READ MORE

New giant crack measuring more than 400 meters appears in Mexico

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

New giant crack measuring more than 400 meters appears in MexicoA giant crack measuring more than 400 meters long and 4 meters deep opened up at the border between Tláhuac and Milpa Alta, two of the 16 boroughs of Mexico city, Mexico on May 10, 2018. The day after, the same water main broke up again forming a huge sinkhole, that narrowly swallowed up a nearby house.

Officials are investigating if there could be a link between the water main break, these geological events and the strong earthquake of September 19, 2017.  A large crack nearly 400 meters long and four meters deep damaged at least five houses after the rupture of a potable water pipe.  READ MORE

World’s tallest geyser erupts for the third time in six weeks at Yellowstone

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:41 AM PDT

World’s tallest geyser erupts for the third time in six weeks at YellowstoneYellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser just erupted for the third time in two months, and scientists aren’t sure why.  It doesn’t erupt very often, but when it does, it is the tallest active geyser in the world. The Steamboat Geyser — known to eject a column of water 300 feet in the air — erupted for

the third time April 27.  “It is a spectacular geyser. When it erupts, it generally has very big eruptions,” Michael Poland, the US Geological Survey’s scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, wrote in an email.  According to seismicity data, the recent eruptions have been a little bit smaller than in the past. Even if these latest eruptions are smaller, they are still impressive compared with, say, Old Faithful.  READ MORE

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNA

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:33 AM PDT

Feds plan to take ownership of your baby’s DNAThere are some parents who adopt, or become parents in a blended marriage. But for many, there still is that infinite joy of coming home from a hospital or birthing center with their very own newborn.  Except soon, the newborn might not be all theirs.  A plan developing now would give the federal government ownership of that infant’s DNA, obtained from blood samples taken at birth to

screen for threatening diseases.  The warning comes from the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, which has fought for the privacy rights of parents and children for years. “As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018,” the organization said. READ MORE

Mike Huckabee warns that California is launching a “Massive attack on Christianity”

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:29 AM PDT

Mike Huckabee warns that California is launching a “Massive attack on Christianity”A plan pending in the California legislature that promoters say is necessary so people with same-sex inclinations don’t hear messages challenging them has now gotten the attention of Gov. Mike Huckabee.   In a message to supporters, he says the proposal, AB 2943, on which WND has reported multiple times, is “a terrible storm that’s brewing on the horizon.” It would ban counseling, conferences and even printed materials that advocate for ways to get rid of unwanted same-sex

attractions, and several experts have not only confirmed the vaguely written proposal could ban sales of Bibles, but one ministry expert has announced plans to boycott the state with his conferences. “You may have heard the news or seen the reports, but people of faith in California are bracing for one of the most dramatic ideological shifts away from the First Amendment in our nation’s history,” Huckabee said. “It’s the kind of storm that destroys the foundations of liberty and a free society.” READ MORE

Subtropical Cyclones Don’t Normally Form Near Chile – But One Just Did

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:21 AM PDT

Subtropical Cyclones Don’t Normally Form Near Chile – But One Just DidI am often amazed at the Earth. It is such an amazing planet. All aspects of weather fascinate me, and my sheer awe of it defined my career pathway early on. When I see something extraordinary, it captures my attention even more. Meteorologists and weather enthusiasts marveled at something quite amazing this week. A tropical cyclone-like feature formed off the coast of Chile. Yep, that one in South America. Technically, it is what we call a subtropical cyclone. What does that mean and just how rare is this?

I want to deal with the second question first. It is very rare. This part of the Pacific Ocean is typically too cold to support the development of tropical cyclones. One of the reasons is that there is a process called upwelling that brings deep, cold water up near the Chilean coast (see diagram below). Chile is also located in a global circulation pattern in which the air typically sinks. Any basic meteorology course describes how latitudes near 20 to 30 deg North (and South) are situated in sinking branches of something called the Hadley Cell. READ MORE

5 Reasons We Should Always Support Israel

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:13 AM PDT

5 Reasons We Should Always Support Israel(By Jentezen Franklin) I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the celebration of the grand opening of America’s embassy in Jerusalem this week. This is a historic moment, and the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move our embassy there is the just and respectful move for the people of Israel. Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, and Israel reserves the right to determine its own capital city, as does any other sovereign nation throughout the world.  Israel has survived as a people and as a nation against all odds. They have suffered unprovoked wars, genocide, slavery and every physical and rhetorical attack imaginable. The reasons for standing with Israel are clear and overwhelming, but in case there’s any doubt, here are the five most important ones:

First, God has promised to bless those who bless Israel. In Genesis 12:3, the Lord says of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you, and in you all families of the earth will be blessed.” I firmly believe this promise from God is as true today as it was centuries ago. And I take His promises seriously. There’s no denying God’s sovereignty and His hand both in history and in each of our lives. I dare not test God of the consequences for denying our friendship and support of Israel. CONTINUE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast unraveling as Jerusalem prepares for embassy dedication on 70th Anniversary

Posted: 14 May 2018 05:06 AM PDT

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast unraveling as Jerusalem prepares for embassy dedication on 70th AnniversaryAs the World is watching history being made in Israel it is apparent that we are now seeing what the Prophet Zechariah spoke of when he foretold that Jerusalem would become a “Cup of trembling” to all the Nations around the World. It appears that the powder keg may have been lit in the Mideast:

Many See Nightmare Taking Shape…  When Israel declared its independence in 1948, President Harry Truman rushed to recognize it. He took just 11 minutes, and Israelis, about to go to war to defend their infant state, were euphoric.  Seventy years to the day — and nearly as long since Israel declared the holy city of Jerusalem its “eternal capital” — the United States will formally open its embassy on a hilltop here two miles south of the Western Wall. The embassy’s move from Tel Aviv and President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — reversing decades of American foreign policy — comes at a moment so fraught with both pride and peril that Israelis seem not to know what to feel. MORE

Arab league to meet over ‘illegal’ move…  The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the United State’s “illegal” move of embassy to Jerusalem, state news agency MENA reported on Monday, citing an Arab diplomat.  MENA said the meeting will be held on Wednesday at the level of permanent representatives to the Arab League “to counter the illegal decision taken by the United States of America to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem”. Washington is due to officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday in a move that has delighted Israel but infuriated Palestinians. MORE

Iran urges global resistance…  Iran denounced President Donald Trump as “feeble-minded” over Monday’s controversial move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and called for resistance from the Palestinians and the international community. “America has entered a crisis of strategic decision-making that looks at the international arena immaturely and adventurously,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, a key establishment figure, at a conference on the Palestinian situation in Tehran. MORE

Yemen Fires Missile at Saudi Oil Facility…  Yemen’s armed Houthi movement launched a missile at a distribution centre belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Jizan province on Monday, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported. The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that holds much of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. MORE

Al-Qaeda leader calls for jihad…  Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Sunday urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States.  Ayman al-Zawahiri said America’s decision to shift its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was evidence that negotiations and “appeasement” have failed Palestinians. In a five-minute video entitled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims,” the Egyptian doctor who took charge of the global terror group after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 referred to the Palestinian Authority as the “sellers of Palestine” while urging followers to take up arms. US President Donald Trump “was clear and explicit, and he revealed the true face of the modern Crusade, where standing down and appeasement does not work with them. MORE

Violence erupts along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US embassy inauguration …  Clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel on Monday between Palestinians and Israeli forces ahead of the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, AFP journalists reported. Gaza’s health ministry said 12 Palestinians were wounded. Several thousand had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians were approaching the fence and seeking to damage it, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. MORE

Beware of This First Step in Spiritually Deadly Compromise

Posted: 14 May 2018 04:51 AM PDT

Beware of This First Step in Spiritually Deadly Compromise(By Ben Goodwin) When I was a kid, my family attended many summer camp meetings in Tennessee. Having a large family, my parents decided to save money on motels by staying at a KOA campground. So we borrowed a huge tent and set up on a spacious, shaded campsite. I’ll never forget the sense of adventure I felt being on a “real” camping trip. It was such a nice campsite we wondered why no one else had claimed it.  Then it happened! While we attended one of the church services, heavy rain pounded our flimsy fortress.

When we returned, everything (our luggage, bedding, food and so on) was either submerged or floating in ankle-deep water. Apparently, everyone else realized that that campsite was on a low spot prone to flooding. I learned a valuable lesson that summer—be careful where you pitch your tent. The book of Genesis tells the story of Lot, Abraham’s nephew, a good man who made some bad decisions that cost him dearly. A conflict erupted between Abraham’s and Lot’s herdsmen over a land dispute about grazing rights. How do molehills become mountains? You just add dirt! READ MORE

Doctors alarmed by ancient HTLV-1 virus: ‘Prevalence is off the charts’ in Australia

Posted: 13 May 2018 06:39 PM PDT

Doctors alarmed by ancient HTLV-1 virus: ‘Prevalence is off the charts’ in AustraliaAn ancient virus infecting residents across Australia’s Northern Territory is leaving death and despair in its path, and doctors are now calling for greater efforts to stop the spread of infections.  The rates of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, infection are exceeding 40% among adults in remote

regions of central Australia, with indigenous communities being the hardest hit, especially in the town of Alice Springs. Many doctors — including the man who discovered the virus nearly four decades ago — are raising the alarm about how little has been done to prevent, test for and treat HTLV-1, which can cause leukemia and lymphoma.  READ MORE

4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes up Central Oklahoma

Posted: 13 May 2018 06:07 PM PDT

4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes up Central OklahomaAccording to reports, At 6:28 a 4.0 earthquake could be felt emanating near central Oklahoma.  The epicenter was 12KM North of Crescent, Okla.

According to USGS the depth of the earthquake was 7.2 KM which could be felt throughout Logan and Oklahoma County. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: US Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem to Celebrate Embassy Move

Posted: 13 May 2018 05:48 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: US Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem to Celebrate Embassy MoveThe US delegation has arrived for the official embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem.  That delegation includes advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, and several members of Congress. The group arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport Sunday. The ceremony will take place Monday. President Trump

will not attend the ceremony. However, daughter Ivanka took to Twitter to celebrate the momentous occasion.  In December, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and in February he announced that the Embassy would move in May from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The president has boasted the move is under budget.  READ MORE

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote ‘LGBT Pride’ Nights

Posted: 13 May 2018 01:07 PM PDT

23 Major League Baseball Teams to Promote ‘LGBT Pride’ NightsTwenty three out of thirty Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are promoting homosexuality through “LGBT Pride” nights this year, reported Outsports.com. In addition, only two MLB teams — New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels — have never held such “pride” nights.  Outsports.com co-founder Jim Buzinski wrote that the teams were continuing “to court their LGBT fan base” and that the “pride

nights will be a big draw in Major League Baseball this season.” MLB Vice President Billy Bean, an openly homosexual former player, said of the “pride nights” in 2017, “I couldn’t be prouder of baseball — we’re really leading the way,” reported LifeSiteNews.com.  “In the spirit of Jackie Robinson, on the 70th anniversary, we feel like we have to lead the industry and be strong role models.” READ MORE

11 dead after suicide bombers attack Indonesia churches

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:59 PM PDT

11 dead after suicide bombers attack Indonesia churchesSuicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city on Sunday were a family of six that included two young children, police said, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror at one of the worst attacks on its Christian minority.  At least seven people plus the six bombers died in the attacks in Surabaya, according to police.

At least 41 people were injured in the attacks, which Indonesia’s president condemned as “barbaric.” The bombings were the worst to target churches in Indonesia since a series of attacks on Christmas Eve in 2000 killed 15 people and wounded nearly 100. Religious minorities in Indonesia, especially Christians, have been repeatedly targeted by militants.  READ MORE

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:53 PM PDT

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West CoastThe eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.  The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes, from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the

Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area. “There’s lots of anxiety out there,” said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. “They see destruction, and people get nervous.”  READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Multitudes embracing Microchips under the skin for convenience

Posted: 13 May 2018 12:45 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Multitudes embracing Microchips under the skin for convenienceIt’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life.  A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets.   That might sound like an Orwellian nightmare to some but in Sweden it is a welcome reality for a growing number who favors convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations.

The small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden — initially confidentially — and several other countries. Swedes have gone on to be very active in microchipping, with scant debate about issues surrounding its use, in a country keen on new technology and where the sharing of personal information is held up as a sign of a transparent society. READ MORE


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Evangelicals and Israel’s Birthday — Why Do You Believe – SES

As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence (May 14, 2018) we need to explain to others, and to remind ourselves, why many evangelicals fervently support Israel and the Jewish people.

According to Lifeway Research in Nashville, at least half of self-identified evangelicals believe that at some point in the future most Jewish people will accept Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah.

Additionally, large segments of American evangelicalism believe that God has made certain promises to His chosen people, the Jews, that He did not make to Gentiles — including possession of the Promised Land of Israel forever, in belief, in unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, unconditionally forever.

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False Teacher John Hagee Has The Eyes Of The Whole World In Jerusalem, Then Refuses To Tell The Jews About Jesus — Now The End Begins

With the eyes and ears of the whole world literally upon him, his every word being recorded by every major news outlet in the world, and in the hearing of a represented portion of the entire government and nation of Israel, Pastor John Hagee opened his mouth and…and…(wait for it)…said not a single word of testimony about Jesus of Nazareth.

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31 (KJV)

Back in 2014, we brought you a story of how American pastor John Hagee teaches the heretical doctrine of something called Dual Covenant theology. It’s on the old version of NTEB, but you can still access it here. That article will fill you in on the details, but in short, Dual Covenant theology is the teaching that because God made a covenant with Abraham, the Jews ‘don’t need Jesus’ as their Saviour today. As the expression goes, that is nothing but a lie from the pit of Hell. Jews in 2018 need the shed blood and atonement for sin made by Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary 2,000 years ago every bit as do the lost gentiles among us.

Please take a moment to read our original article which contains all the details of my attempts to reach out to the Hagee camp in Texas, as I confirmed every detail of my article to be 100% true and correct.

That brings us to today’s story which took place at the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. As tens of thousands of Palestinians rioted at the Gaza Strip border in Israel this morning, the opening ceremony for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem was taking place. It was a momentous and joyous occasion as Jerusalem was officially and formal recognized as the capital of Israel as a result of the actions of President Trump. Various people spoke, Netanyahu was bursting at the seams with pride and happiness as he quoted the prophet Zechariah and thanked the United States for bringing about this great day.

Pastor John Hagee Refuses To Mention The Name Of Jesus As Whole World Watched

Here is a clip of Hagee’s cowardly ‘benediction’ from the US Embassy in Jerusalem this morning. (For those of you reading this via our free email subscription service, click here to watch the video).

Then Texas pastor John Hagee was invited to give the closing benediction to the days proceedings. With the eyes and ears of the whole world literally upon him, his every word being recorded by every major news outlet in the world, and in the hearing of a represented portion of the entire government and nation of Israel, Pastor John Hagee opened his mouth and…and…(wait for it)…said not a single word of testimony about Jesus of Nazareth. Nothing, nada, zip, unless you count his generic reference to a nameless ‘messiah’ who will come to establish a kingdom. But even in that where Hagee should have said that Messiah would “come again” he took the cowards way out and made it sound like a first coming.

Hagee gave a political speech, which would have been fine if he was a politician. But ‘pastor’ John Hagee claims to be a born again Christian, and claims to seek to lead lost souls to salvation in Jesus Christ, doesn’t he? But here, when he had greatest opportunity ever to proclaim the Name of Jesus in the hearing of the whole world from Jerusalem on a day when the whole world was watching and listening, Hagee denied the Lord Jesus Christ, kept his mouth shut, and ensured that the tens of millions of dollars his organization CUFI, Christians United For Israel, generates every year will keep flowing in to the Hagee coffers.

The Heretical Teaching Of John Hagee

If you think for a moment that Hagee’s only false teaching is that of Dual Covenant Theology, allow us to correct that notion. John Hagee has many false doctrines that he will be more than happy to share with you here. This video is one of the few remaining copies of the official television commercial written and produced by Cornerstone Church in Texas, and starring none other than John Hagee himself. 

Pastor Hagee, when your staff shows you this article and I know they will, you should be ashamed of yourself for taking the cowards way out in refusing to even allow the Name of Jesus Christ to be uttered from your mouth. You teach Dual Covenant theology, a damnable heresy that has sent already untold numbers of precious Jewish souls to Hell because they believed you when you told them they ‘don’t need Jesus’ because Abraham has a ‘covenant with God’. And this morning, when you could have done something for the Lord, you chose to fatten your bank account instead.

You may be saved, only you, God and the Devil know that for sure, but let me ask you this. If you are saved, are the millions you’re making through CUFI by keeping your mouth shut about Jesus worth the pounding and loss of rewards you will experience at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

Well, is it?

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May 14, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Walking in Christ

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, (2:6–7a)

Therefore builds the concluding exhortation on what Paul has said in verses 2–5. The Colossians have received Christ Jesus the Lord, they have settled convictions about His deity and sufficiency, and are standing firm against the attacks of false teachers, so they must continue to walk in Him. The familiar term walk refers to daily conduct. In this context it means primarily to continue believing the truth about Christ, not allowing their Christology to waver.

In broader terms, however, walking in Christ means living in union with Him. It means to maintain a lifestyle patterned after His. “The one who says he abides in Him,” the apostle John writes, “ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). When faced with the dilemmas that confront Christians in their daily lives, the guideline should be, “What would Jesus do in this situation?” The hymn “O to Be Like Thee” expresses what should be the desire of every Christian:

O to be like Thee!

Blessed Redeemer, this is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,

Jesus Thy perfect likeness to wear.

O to be like Thee!

O to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art!

Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;

Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Like a tree with deep roots in rich soil, believers have been firmly rooted in Christ. That eternal planting took place at salvation, as the perfect tense of the participle errizōmenoi (having been firmly rooted) suggests. Christ then became the source of our spiritual nourishment, growth, and fruit. As we walk in Christ, we are now being built up in Him. That connotes the process of being more and more like Jesus Christ. Epoikodomoumenoi (being built up) is a present-tense participle indicating continuous action. By studying the “word of His grace, which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32), believers will “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). And they will come “to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).

Being firmly rooted in Christ and growing in Him results in believers being established in their faith. The passive voice of the participle bebaioumenoi (established) indicates that it is God who will establish believers. Having such a firm foundation for faith based on walking in Christ is imperative for a healthy Christian life (cf. Rom. 16:25; 2 Thess. 2:16–17; 1 Pet. 5:10; Jude 24).[1]


6 The hōs oun (NIV, “so then”; NASB, “therefore as”) with which v. 6 begins marks a transition in Colossians. At this point, Paul moves from applauding the assembly to admonishing them in the(ir) faith. The apostle offers the fellowship warning and teaching, lest they be shifted from the gospel and stunted in their spiritual growth (cf. 1:23, 28). Paul’s instruction is predicated on the congregation’s reception of “Christ Jesus as Lord.” At a point in the past (the verb is a second aorist), the Colossians received Christ. Paul employs the verb paralambanō (“take” or “receive,” GK 4161) both here and elsewhere to refer to the oral transmission and subsequent reception of the gospel tradition, replete with both doctrinal and ethical instruction (see, e.g., 1 Co 11:23; 1 Co 15:1, 3; Gal 1:9; Php 4:9; 1 Th 2:13; 4:1; 2 Th 3:6). In contradistinction to the “philosophy,” Paul propounds that the traditions they had received were divine, not human, in origin or orientation (2:8; cf. Mk 7:4, 8; 1 Co 11:2; 2 Th 2:15; 3:6). The instruction that had been passed on to them and was subsequently received by them centered on the person Jesus, who is further depicted here as both “Christ” and “Lord.” The Colossians’ life in faith began with their reception and confession of Jesus Christ as Lord (cf. Ro 10:9; 1 Co 12:3; Php 2:11) and their baptism in him (Col 2:12; cf. Ro 6:3–5; Gal 3:27). It is “in him” (the Greek sentence structure emphasizes this prepositional phrase), the one in whom the gospel is grounded and on whom their faith is founded, that the Colossians are commanded to walk (NIV, “live”; cf. 1:10). They are not to live in him periodically in fits and starts but continuously, as indicated by the present active imperative verb peripateō (“walk” or “live,” GK 4344). Because the Colossians have received Christ as Lord and presently dwell in him (the so-called “Pauline indicative”), Paul calls the congregation to walk in him (the so-called “Pauline imperative”). (On the indicative/imperative pattern in Paul, see Michael Parsons, “Being Precedes Act: Indicative and Imperative in Paul’s Writing,” EvQ 88 [1988]: 99–127.) Their standing in and service of Christ are meant to be congruent and complementary.[2]


2:6 / The Greek text begins with “therefore,” indicating that what the apostle is about to say is linked with his preceding discussion on the content of the mystery which is Christ himself. As someone has said, “Whenever you see a therefore in Scripture, go back to see what it is there for!”

To stand firm does not mean to stand still. Paul is aware that the best defense is a good offense. Consequently, he admonishes his readers to continue in their faith. By receiving the gospel they have received Christ Jesus as Lord. But that past event has an abiding significance upon their lives because they are to live in union with him—literally, to “walk with Christ.” By stating this, Paul reinforces a theme common in his writings, namely, the relation between theology and ethics (3:1ff.; Eph. 4–5). Those who have received Christ are to live in Christ; or, those who are in Christ (the indicative of the Christian life) are to become what they are (the imperative of the Christian life).[3]


2:6 Now he encourages them to go on in the same way in which they had originally begun, that is, by faith. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. The emphasis here seems to be on the word Lord. In other words, they had acknowledged that in Him there was complete sufficiency. He was enough, not only for salvation, but for the whole of their Christian life. Now Paul urges the saints to go on acknowledging the lordship of Christ. They should not stray from Him by accepting the teachings of men, however convincing they may sound. The word walk is one that is often used of the Christian life. It speaks of action and progress. You cannot walk and remain in the same place. So it is in the Christian life; we are either going forward or backward.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1992). Colossians (pp. 92–93). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 309). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (p. 49). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2001). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

New Calvinists Consider Ecumenical Council on Racial Justice — Pulpit & Pen

Make no mistake about it. The Reformed Resurgence – the return of Calvinism back to prominence in western Christianity in the last few decades – has been co-opted and commandeered by leftists who have determined to use the movement to accomplish their progressive agenda. What the Communist Party once succeeded in doing in the American Black church in the mid twentieth century, chiefly infiltrating robust and healthy African American congregations with Liberation Theology and Social Gospel, enslaving them again to the yoke of political bondage and a permanent proletariat identification with victimhood, these same ideological forces are doing in the American Reformed community. As a Calvinist, I lament what is happening to the stream of theological thought known as Calvinism in America. Largely abandoning the Gospel-focus of the Doctrines of Grace, many Calvinists (but certainly not all) have been susceptible to the Marxist thought-leaders who have successfully infiltrated Calvinist institutions and churches with the notion of Social Gospel, repackaged as Social Justice. The Reformed Resurgence’s origins can likely be traced back to the launch of The Banner of Truth in 1955 and having come into vogue with Collin Hansen’s famous article, Young, Restless and Reformed, the once-pure theological focus of Calvinism’s return has been seen as a useful change agent for global political causes. In recent months, the mission drift of the Reformed Resurgence has been on wide display through the venue of popular conferences, and has been received with wide applause rather than mourning.

It’s not far-fetched that an organic and purely theological movement should be used by Marxists, who having fought for the wheel to the bandwagon, have decided to steer it to the left. It has happened before. In the late 1960s, churches comprised of primarily African Americans were mostly vibrant, successful, and thriving. They were, by and large, doctrinally sound and successfully anchored the black community to a Judeo-Christian worldview and were at least as theologically solid as the “typical” church comprised primarily of Caucasians. In fact, some studies suggest that churches in the black community had a greater moralizing influence among its attendees than the mainline Protestant denominations. While the center of white communities became the civics centers, schools, town halls and taverns in the 1960s, the center of black communities largely remained the church. However, in the 1950s and in the aftermath of World War II while the global conquest of Communists was just beginnning to amp up the Cold War, Marxists saw an opportunity presented in this rich and thriving aspect of the black community. The Communist Party USA actively imbedded change agents (or Agent of Influence, ot use communist terminology) inside primarily black churches and in Bible Colleges designed to equip African American leaders. What developed within a decade was Black Theology, a term that was defined first in 1969 by the National Committee of Black Churchmen (originally, the National Committee of Negro Churchmen, called the NCNC).

Black Theology, as defined by the NCNC, was a discpline of hermeneutics that sought to view Scripture through the lens of race, which would provide affirmation to the black community, while anticipating white racism. “Blackness,” through Black Theology, wasn’t limited to skin-color, but was to be seen as a status symbol for the oppressed. To truly be black had little to do with skin color, they argued, and everything to due with victimology; viewing themselves as primarily victims in need of justice was the overarching point of Biblical theology, at least as it pertained to the black church. By 1970, James Cone had written his book detailing what he called Black Liberation Theology in A Black Liberation of Theology, in which he claimed that Christianity was “a rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the Gospel, which is Jesus Christ.” The enemy of the black church, Cone claimed, was the white church, which failed to help blacks in the struggle for racial justice. If the white church wanted unity with the black church, he claimed, they have to help adminsiter justice. Justice, by Cone, was never clearly defined. In a society that was post-civil rights movement and the abolition of Jim Crow laws in the past, the problem for the Black Liberation theologians was being specific with their demands for justice, or clear on what constitutes justice.

Along with Cornel West, Cone and other proponents of Black Liberation Theology, the purported but ill-defined injustices indeed had a solution. The solution was Marxism. Cone wrote in his book For My People…

“…the Christian faith does not possess in its nature the means for analyzing the structure of capitalism. Marxism as a tool of social analysis can disclose the gap between appearance and reality, and thereby help Christians to see how things really are.”

Cornel West agreed, and in 1979 wrote his essay, Black Theology and Marxist Thought, in which he urged black theologians to fully integrate themselves into Marxism and learn from Marxist leaders. He claimed that “Both [Black Liberation Theology and Marxism] focus on the plight of the exploited, oppressed, and degraded peoples of the world, their relative powerlessness and possible empowerment.”

It is from this point forward, as more and more churches comprised primarily of African Americans replaced Biblical theology with Black Liberation Theology, that the Gospel was replaced with the Social Gospel. The fact is, a member of the “typical” African American church in 1955 would probably not recognize the theology of that same church thirty years later. What eventually happened through Black Liberation Theology was the Marxist pillaging of the soul of the black church, and the selling of black congregations on the political auction block. The result of the Marxist take-over the American black church is best seen in the scandals surrounding Barrack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright and his church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

When David Platt walked onto the stage at the recent Together for the Gospel conference and asked why there wasn’t more racial diversity in the crowd, the answer is notsystemtic white-on-black racism. The answer is a historic one; the African American Church was largely taken over by Marxists, the Gospel was pilfered, and it was replaced with identity politics. Many African Americans are not present at such events not because of white racism, but because their church replaced the Gospel with Marxism and they have no desire to be at such a conference. The solution to that problem is not Critical Race Theory or Cultural Marxism; those are the problems. The solution is the actual Gospel, which is largely being left behind by the group known as Calvinists. 

As a case-in-point, I direct your attention to a tweet between Eric Mason and Ron Burns, who goes by his Black Nationalist name, Thabiti Anyabwile. Mason and Burns are both African Americans, both are Southern Baptists, and both claim to be Calvinists. Both have both written at and been written about at The Gospel Coalition and have spoken at prominent conferences among New Calvinists. Burns is heavily promoted (and got his name recongition) by Calvinist leader, Mark Dever. Dever, although sound in other areas like soteriology and ecclesiology, has a troublesome tendency to promote Social Justice warriors like Anyabwile and Russell Moore (Dever was instrumental in placing Moore at the ERLC, with a trustee at his church providing a pivotal role in that appointment). Dever, whose attention on politically-laced Social Justice may be due to his church being in Washington D.C. and the influence of “the swamp,” has not shown signs of trepidation regarding the mission drift of some of his disciples.

Mason and Burns had the following exchange…

Of course, the irony in the supposedly sound men of God is that there was already a council on race and justice. It wasn’t ecumenical, however (God forbid ecumenism). It was Apostolic, and it occured in Acts 15 in roughly 48AD. Called “The Jerusalem Council” or “The Apostolic Council,” the Apostles and early church elders gathered to discuss the inclusion of the Gentiles into the Christian Church. Also a matter on the agenda was the issue of Ceremonial Law, and whether or not the laws of Old Testament cultic Israel had to be followed by the Gentiles. Both the Apostles and the elders (most prominently, James the brother of Jesus), made an authoritative decree under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that the only prohibition applied to the Gentile believers is that they not commit those acts that were considered especially grievous to the Jews and associated heavily with pagan worship, chiefly the eating of strangled meat, eating of blood, or sexual immorality (which was probably a reference to types of orgies associated with pagan temple worship).

The problem with Eric Mason, Ron Burns, and the countless young Calvinist white guys who’ve never read a twentieth century history book, is that they’re not promoting anything new. Their fixation on race has already been tried by the black Christian community, and it has lead to their almost total destruction. What they’re advocating for is, in no uncertain terms, Cultural Marxism, Critical Race Theory, and Black Liberation Theology. And, much thanks to an American educational system that teaches neither history nor economics, many New Calvinists do not understand what it is they’re promoting.

The next problem with Mason, Burns and et al, is that their fixation on victimology and race is juxtaposed against the very Scripture itself. While the Apostles instruct us to utterly disregard race (Galatians 3:8, Romans 3:29, 1 Corinthians 12:13), these men are leading a sizable contingent of Calvinist men to  adopt the very theological-political suppositions that demand viewing the world through the lens of race.

Jesus wept.

via New Calvinists Consider Ecumenical Council on Racial Justice — Pulpit & Pen

Fake scientist Bill Nye went from educating children to advocating their murder:… — Natural News

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(Natural News) Former PBS “Science Guy” Bill Nye recently spoke at a fundraising event in San Antonio for Planned Parenthood of South Texas, a regional chapter of Planned Parenthood of America that he openly praised for its continued murder of unborn babies as part of a larger population reduction agenda, which he says is also helping to combat “climate change.”

After congratulating Planned Parenthood for its “accomplishments” in ending the lives of some 330,000 unborn babies annually, Nye called for even more abortions to be performed in the coming years as a way to tackle the “explosive population growth” that he claims is “a major factor driving” the mythical phenomenon known as “climate change” – which liberals like himself seem to worship as some kind of religion.

In Nye’s view, the more unborn babies that are murdered, the greater the “quality of life” for women everywhere, who instead of having to rear their offspring as mothers can instead enter the workforce and become fruitless and maniacal feminists. Having “fewer kids,” in Nye’s view, is also a great way to help stop global warming from occurring.

During his speech, Nye also took the opportunity to mock abstinence-based sex education, which he dubbed as “ineffective.” Women who are taught to simply not have sex as a way of avoiding pregnancy, rather than being advised to murder their unborn children whenever they irresponsibly get pregnant, are better known as “parents,” he scoffed, to the laughing and applause of his pro-abortion audience.

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Nye further took aim at both coal-burning and the Second Amendment, which he implied will soon be eliminated once “the students in Parkland, Florida, at Stoneman Douglas [High School] … become voters.”

“The young people are coming, look out,” Nye joked, adding that, unlike their parents, these pre-adult individuals are not in denial about climate change and “women’s health issues.”

Crazy pervert Bill Nye claims that he’s a “true” expert, and that anyone who opposes him is a “fake” expert

Recognizing Jerusalem is in America’s National Interest | Roman at The Jerusalem Post

by Gregg Roman
Jerusalem Post
May 13, 2018

https://www.meforum.org/articles/2018/recognizing-jerusalem-is-in-america-s-national-int

When US President Donald Trump vowed during his election campaign to put ‘America First,’ many commentators mocked him for what was a very reasonable policy. Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem isn’t putting Israel first, it’s putting America first.

For a number of years, especially under former president Barack Obama, American foreign policy had been subservient to internationalism, and on many occasions trying to work through crises through compromise and multilateralism. Israel always played second fiddle to America’s outreach to Iran; embracing of Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia, and bending over backwards to Turkey. America’s friends were left in the dust under Obama, and under Trump, America’s allies in the region received a welcome come back into its strategic umbrella.

However, we can see the failure of this policy most clearly in the Iran nuclear deal, the nuclear agreement with Iran. It was a bad agreement because it allowed Iran to divide and conquer those it ostensibly negotiated with and the terms were set according to the lowest common denominator, the least resistant like the EU, China and Russia. Nonetheless, Trump is changing all that in the short amount of time he has spent in the White House.

We have also witnessed how many leftovers of the Obama Administration, who still oppose their successors, have consistently warned the president over his stance and got it wrong in almost every instance.

Perhaps the most glaring error was when Trump was warned that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and stating his official policy to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would bring about mass violence and fires around the Middle East that could not be easily extinguished.

We now know that these were simply myths.

These threats were eerily reminiscent of earlier threats against another American president who bucked the trend on Israel and was proven correct.

When former Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence 70 years ago, there was a tremendous debate surrounding whether President Harry S. Truman should recognize the fledgling Jewish State.

The opposing officials in the State Department argued that if Truman recognized Israel then there would be massive bloodshed in the Middle East, the Jewish State would never survive and the Americans would pay for it dearly in its relations with the Arab world.

Truman’s policy of recognizing Israel and standing against his opposition rested on the realities of the situation in the region, on America’s moral, ethical, and humanitarian values, and on America’s national interests. So too with Trump.

 

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Trump is following in Truman’s footsteps.

He is not moving the US Embassy necessarily because of his affection for the Jewish State, but because it is in America’s national interest.

It sends a strong message to the region and beyond that it will no longer have its foreign policy dictated by others, whether through diplomatic maneuvers or threats.

It will stand by its allies and stand against its foes. The Palestinians have made it clear that there was nothing to be gained in delaying the decision as they have demonstrated on numerous occasions that they have no interest in negotiations with Israel and have constantly thumbed their nose at the Americans, mistaking this administration for the previous.

Trump is not bucking the trend in placing American interests first; he is merely undoing years of aberrant US policy which placed American interests further down the list of priorities in deciding foreign policy issues.

The opening of the US Embassy is not so much a win for Israel as it is a win for those who seek a return to America’s moral and ethical role in the world, and above all, what is good for it regardless of fake protestations.

Gregg Roman is director of the Middle East Forum

May 14 Monday: Low Deeds in High Places

By James Boice on May 14, 2018 12:00 am

There was a time in American political history when anyone reading Psalm 58 would have thought it somehow unreal, at least where the United States is concerned. Psalm 58 is about unjust rulers, and in those earlier halcyon days America was favored for the most part with leaders whose characters were upright and whose actions were above reproach. No longer. Today corruption is widespread even at the highest levels of political leadership, and Psalm 58 seems to be an apt prophetic description of our times.

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May 14 The Prince of Pretense

At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. Acts 5:10-11

Why did this occur? Why was the Holy Spirit so severe? Is this what he always does with his church? Someone says, Thank God this doesn’t happen any more; if it did, we’d have to put a morgue into every church. This is a picture of what happens in a life when pretense is indulged in. The moment you or I pretend to be something that we really are not, the second I assume before you a stance of spiritual impeccability which I do not possess, that moment death enters in. I am immediately cut off from the flow of the life of Christ. It does not mean I am no longer a Christian, but it means that the life of the body is no longer flowing through me. Instead of being part of a living, vital movement, I become a dead and unresponsive cell in that body.

That is what is wrong with the church today. It is the tragic sickness of the church in any age — pretense, sham, hypocrisy — to pretend to be something we are not. The most astonishing thing about this is that it is unconscious hypocrisy, for the most part. I seldom meet deliberate hypocrites. I am guilty of it frequently, and so are you — thus being an unconscious hypocrite. We think it is somehow religious, or Christian, not to show what we really are.

That is what this story of Ananias and Sapphira underscores for us. The minute they pretended to be something they were not — death! When we come to church we put on a mask of adequacy, but inside we are inadequate, and we know it. We are struggling with problems in our homes, but we don’t want to tell anyone about them. We can’t get along with our children, but we’ll never admit it to anyone. The pride that doesn’t want anyone else to know what is going on between husbands and wives, and between parents and children, keeps us from sharing. We come to church and put on a mask that says everything’s fine! Everything’s wonderful! Somebody asks us how are things going. Great, great! Fine! How’s everything at home? Oh, wonderful! We’re having a wonderful time! The minute we say that and its not true, we die. Death sets in. Soon that death pervades the whole church. That is why dishonesty is the primary characteristic of the church today.

How do we deal with this problem within ourselves? In Scripture the way to cure a spiritual disease is always the same: Repent and believe. Repent means to acknowledge that you have been doing it wrong. It means to face the fact that it has not been right. Then believe means to understand that God has already given you, in Jesus Christ, all that it takes to do what you should. Then start doing it! Start opening up and sharing your burdens. You will start in a rather small way, perhaps, and it will be difficult at first. But it is the sharing of lives that makes power and grace to flow through the body.

Father, Forgive me for my own pretense, and teach me to open up with my brothers and sisters in Christ so that when people look at us they might say, My, how these Christians love one another.

Life Application
Am I personally contributing to the serious issue of hypocrisy? What steps must I take to address this threat to the very life of Christ in me and through me?
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May 14 Sincere Prayer Requests

So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.—Matt. 6:8

We do not have to badger or cajole God to ensure that He will hear and answer our prayers or to convince Him that our requests are sincere. Prayer is more for our benefit than God’s, as Luther said, “By our praying … we are instructing ourselves more than we are him.” Our prayers, no matter how eloquent or earnest, can never really inform or persuade God. Our responsibility and privilege is simply to approach Him with sincerity, purpose, and true devotion.

We can share with God all manner of needs, burdens, and heartfelt concerns, even though He already knows everything that’s on our hearts and minds. God delights to hear us and commune with us more than we ever delight to commune with Him. He loved us first and with a greater intensity than we could ever love Him. Our sincere prayer requests allow God the opportunity to more fully reveal all His wonderful attributes to us (cf. John 14:13).

The great evangelist D. L. Moody once felt so filled up and overwhelmed with God’s blessings that he reportedly prayed, “God, stop.” Potentially, every faithful believer today could have Moody’s response to God’s goodness. The Lord answers us in better ways than we want or expect—but He always answers.

ASK YOURSELF

The fact that God “knows what you need before you ask Him” can easily be construed into a rationalization for praying less. What is it about this astounding reality, however, that should actually inspire us to pray more? How does it reorient us to the true meaning of relationship with God?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 143). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

“Liberals” vs “the Left” (Cultural Marxism) — Triablogue

Here is a phenomenon that we will want to watch.

It’s becoming more and more evident that there is a difference between mere “liberals” and “the Left”. It is “the Left” that has created and espouses a thing that I’ll call “cultural Marxism” – a political view that perceives “equality” as its highest good, and which works with relentless fervor to implement policies that effect its own interpretation of “equality”.

On the other hand, there is a growing number of “cultural liberals” – those who probably don’t believe in God, nor do they have any value for Christian morality. These folks think that they genuinely want to work toward a better, fairer future, and they have unwittingly bought into the agenda of “the Left” but they don’t quite “toe the line”.

There is a growing number of these folks who see the disjunction between “the Left”’s agenda and their own liberal beliefs. Bret Weinstein (in the video below) is one of these. A genuinely-persuaded liberal, he nevertheless got caught up in what he calls the “black supremacy” evidenced by the “Day of Absence” requirement at Evergreen College.

Weinstein, is a former professor at Evergreen (social studies, I think), who was ostracized and later forced out for not toeing the line. He tells his story in this video, and more tellingly, he articulates the agenda and methodology of “the Left”. This is a bit long, but I highly recommend it as a good diagnosis of what we are dealing with, from a cultural perspective.

via “Liberals” vs “the Left” (Cultural Marxism) — Triablogue

Justin Peters & Costi Hinn: Heresies of Word of Faith & New Apostolic Reformation — Pulpit & Pen

Justin Peters & Costi Hinn (Benny Hinn’s Nephew who LEFT the Prosperity Gospel) on: Are the Word-Faith/New Apostolic Reformation movements in error on secondary issues or do they actually qualify as heretical? In this program, Costi and Justin demonstrate that these movements actually teach a very different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. Christology is not a secondary issue. A different Jesus constitutes a different gospel. This program will show why you should be very concerned if you have a friend or family member in this movement. Souls are truly at stake.”

via Justin Peters & Costi Hinn: Heresies of Word of Faith & New Apostolic Reformation — Pulpit & Pen

ALL EYES ON THE EPICENTER: Israel turns 70. US Embassy moves to Jerusalem. 50,000 Palestinians trying to storm Israel’s southern border. Al Qaeda calls for new jihad. Yet tourism at record highs. Please pray. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Shalom from Jerusalem. Please keep both Israelis and Palestinians in your prayers today and all month. If there was ever a time to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, this would be it for we are in a unique moment in history.

The mood here among Israeli Jews is celebratory — festive, jubilant — as Washington formally moves her Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem today in official recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. The move was timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the modern rebirth of Israel. There are American flags everywhere. Israelis are so grateful for the friendship and alliance of the U.S. and are expressing this openly.

Most Palestinians, however — and particularly Palestinian Authority leaders — are furious with the move. President Mahmoud Abbas and P.A. officials have chosen to boycott all meetings with U.S. representatives

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Even alpha male bad boys are disappointed by the Sexual Revolution

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Thanks to radical feminism’s dominance in the culture, young unmarried women are very disinterested in marriage. Many of them see marriage as boring, and children as restrictive of their freedom. Instead, young women want to make sure to use their young and fertile years to pack in as much fun and thrills as they can. So what sort of men do they choose to pursue?

This article from the UK Daily Mail illustrates the problem:

Women are often said to be the less shallow sex when it comes to what they find attractive.

But a study of an online gallery of ‘hot male commuters’ has found that the fairer sex are just as superficial as men – as they find muscles and money the sexiest male attributes.

The study based its findings on a website called Tube Crush, where women and…

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MAY 14 OUR THOUGHTS REVEAL WHAT WE ARE BECOMING

…If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8

The Bible has a great deal to say about our thoughts; current evangelicalism has practically nothing to say about them. The reason the Bible says so much is that our thoughts are so vitally important to us. The reason evangelicalism says so little is that we are overreacting from the “thought” cults, which would make our thoughts to be very nearly everything and we counter by making them nothing. Both positions are wrong.

Our voluntary thoughts not only reveal what we are—they predict what we will become. The will can become the servant of the thoughts, and to a large degree even our emotions follow our thinking. Thinking stirs feeling and feeling triggers action. That is the way we are made and we may as well accept it.

Thinking about God and holy things creates a moral climate favorable to the growth of faith and love and humility and reverence. We cannot by our thinking regenerate our hearts, nor take our sins away nor change the leopard’s spots. But we can by Spirit-inspired thinking help to make our minds pure sanctuaries in which God will be pleased to dwell.

The best way to control our thoughts is to offer the mind to God in complete surrender. The Holy Spirit will accept it and take control of it immediately. Then it will be relatively easy to think on spiritual things, especially if we train our thought by long periods of daily prayer, even talking to God inwardly as we work or travel.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

May 14 Be Consistent

Let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

Philippians 3:16, nasb

You can’t win a race without a consistent effort because Christlikeness is an ongoing pursuit. The Greek verb for “keep living” speaks of walking in line. Paul was saying that we need to stay in line spiritually, to keep moving forward by the same principles that got us this far.

Are you moving forward? Or are you standing in one place looking backward and defending yourself? Perhaps you need to refresh your commitment. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, then you start growing by receiving Him as Lord and Savior. If you do know Him but have not been growing spiritually, ask God to forgive you and help you move toward perfection. May we all be committed to the goal of becoming as much like Christ as we can until we see Him.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 151). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

May 14, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

What We Think of God

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; (4:12a)

By placing himself above the law, the slanderer also attempts to place himself above the only true Lawgiver and Judge—God Himself. Such folly places the sinner on a par with Satan, who sought unsuccessfully to usurp God’s throne. His five “I wills” in Isaiah 14:13–14 expressed his desire for the place of supremacy: “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

The desire to usurp the place of God has been the essence of every sin ever committed. Sin seeks to dethrone God, to remove Him as supreme Lawgiver and Judge and rule in His place. Because it asserts that the sinner is above God’s law, as noted in the previous point, sin strikes a murderous blow at the very person of God Himself.

The Scriptures teach that all sin is ultimately against God. The Israelite who sinned under the Mosaic Law was to offer a guilt offering because “he was certainly guilty before the Lord” (Lev. 5:19). Those who defrauded others, for example, were considered to have acted “unfaithfully against the Lord” (Lev. 6:2). After his terrible sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband, David cried out to God, “Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight” (Ps. 51:4). Nathan the prophet confirmed that David’s sin had been against the Lord, asking him, “Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight?” (2 Sam. 12:9). Every sin is ultimately against God because every sin in effect belittles and condemns His law, as well as usurps His authority.

James points out the blasphemy and folly of the sinner’s seeking to usurp God’s place, noting that there is only one Lawgiver and Judge. The Greek text literally reads “one is the lawgiver and judge,” stressing that God alone is the sovereign ruler and judge of the universe. Nomothetēs (Lawgiver) appears only here in the New Testament. It refers to one who puts the law into place. Kritēs (Judge) refers to one who applies the law. God, and God alone, insists James, is both lawgiver and law-applier (cf. Isa. 33:22); He gave the law and will judge men by His law. Only He, because He knows the hearts and motives of men (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kings 8:39; Prov. 15:11), can perfectly apply the law He has given.

God, James continues, is able both to save those who place their faith in Christ and to destroy unrepentant sinners; that is how He applies His law (cf. Deut. 32:39; 1 Cor. 1:18). The angel told Joseph that Jesus would “save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21), while Jesus Himself described His mission as “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Paul wrote that the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). The writer of Hebrews declares of the Lord Jesus Christ, “He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). Those who refuse to repent, however, God will destroy. Destroy is from apollumi, and does not refer to annihilation, but to eternal destruction in hell (cf. Matt. 10:28; 25:46; 2 Thess. 1:9).

The sin of slander, James warns, is no trivial matter. It is brazen, reckless treason against the Sovereign lawgiver and judge of the universe. No one has expressed the seriousness of sin any more clearly than the seventeenth-century English Puritan Ralph Venning, who wrote the following sobering words in his book The Sinfulness of Sin:

The sinfulness of sin not only appears from, but consists in this, that it is contrary to God. Indeed, it is contrariety and enmity itself. Carnal men, or sinners are called by the name of enemies to God (Romans 5:8 with 10; Colossians 1:21); but the carnal mind or sin is called enmity itself (Romans 8:7). Accordingly, it and its acts are expressed by names of enmity and acts of hostility, such as, walking contrary to God (Leviticus 26:21), rebelling against God (Isaiah 1:2), rising up against him as an enemy (Micah 2:8), striving and contending with God (Isaiah 45:9), and despising God (Numbers 11:20). It makes men haters of God (Romans 1:30), resisters of God (Acts 7:51), fighters against God (Acts 5:39 and 23:9), even blasphemers of God, and in short very atheists, who say there is no God (Psalm 14:1). It goes about to ungod God, and is by some of the ancients called Deicidium, God-murder or God-killing. (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1993; 29–30)

To control the sin of slandering others we must recognize the seriousness of sinning against the supreme lawgiver and judge.

What We Think of Ourselves

but who are you who judge your neighbor? (4:12b)

Those who slander others betray an exaggerated view of their own importance. In a stinging rebuke to them, James demands, who are you who judge your neighbor? In our contemporary speech James would be saying, “Who in the world do you think you are, sitting in condemnation on someone else?” In Romans 12:3, Paul exhorted the Roman believers, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think”; while in Romans 14:4 he demanded in words reminiscent of James’s, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

Judging or slandering others is the antithesis of the humility James commanded his readers to manifest (4:10). Those who habitually engage in such behavior cast doubt on the genuineness of their faith.

The havoc a slanderous tongue can cause is graphically illustrated by the following tragic story:

They were a happy little family, living in a small town in North Dakota, even though the young mother had not been entirely well since the birth of her second baby.

But each evening the neighbors were aware of a warmth in their hearts when they would see the husband and father being met at the gate by his wife and two small children. There was laughter in the evening too, and when the weather was nice Father and children would romp together on the back lawn while Mother looked on with happy smiles.

Then one day a village gossip started a story, saying that [the father] was being unfaithful to his wife, a story entirely without foundation. But it eventually came to the ears of the young wife, and it was more than she could bear.

Reason left its throne, and that night when her husband came home there was no one to meet him at the gate, no laughter in the house, no fragrant aroma coming from the kitchen—only coldness and something that chilled his heart with fear.

And down in the basement he found the three of them hanging from a beam. Sick and in despair, the young mother had taken the lives of her two children, and then her own.

In the days that followed, the truth of what had happened came out—a gossip’s tongue, an untrue story, a terrible tragedy.[1]


Do the Law, Do Not Judge It (4:11–12)

Overview

Luke Timothy Johnson, 291–92, notes the considerable difficulty of defining the role played by James 4:11–12 in the development of the book. Is the unit primarily to be understood to stand alone, the opening of a series of units running from 4:11 to 5:6, as Johnson and others suggest, or as the conclusion of what has gone before? The whole of 3:1–4:12 deals with forms of intercommunity conflict and reflects on this conflict in the light of key biblical principles, especially the concern over controlling what one says and the effect of the tongue’s misuse in spreading relational discord (3:1–12, 14; 4:1–3, 11–12). James 4:11–12, therefore, continues the theme of the tongue’s misuse begun in 3:1–12. At the same time, the emphasis on “judging” points in two directions. First, it anticipates the theme “A Statement of Judgment on the Wicked Rich” in 5:1–6, and the rich are judged in part because of their unjust judgment of the righteous (5:6). So 4:11–12 may be understood as transitional, pointing back to the previous three units and ahead to God’s judgment on the wicked. Second, as explained in the introduction, 4:11–12, with its emphases on “judging the law” and being a “doer of the law,” echoes the very important transition at 2:12–13 and, along with that passage, brackets the heart of the letter’s main body. In effect, 2:12–13 challenges the reader to “speak and act” as one who will be judged by the law of liberty, and 4:11–12 exhorts not to judge the law by speaking against a brother but rather to do the law, to act on it. It may be suggested that the reason 4:11–12 has caused such difficulties as to its role at this point in the book is that it is transitional, and it plays a significant role in structuring the broader discourse. In other words, its concerns include but are broader than the topics of the units by which it is sandwiched.

Commentary

11–12 James begins this small concluding unit with yet another admonition to the “brothers”—“Do not slander one another”—and then immediately describes a slanderer as one who “speaks against his brother or judges him.” The word katalaleō (GK 2895) means “to speak in a harmful manner” about someone or “to defame.” In biblical literature, one who is in a close relationship with God “does not slander with his tongue” (Ps 15:3 NASB), and the slanderer is called “a fool” (Pr 10:18). Slander is an evil tool of the wicked person, a tool used to destroy the person who is in dire straits (Isa 32:7). Finally, it is the action of evil people who speak against those who are walking in the ways of God (1 Pe 2:12; 3:16). In the communities to which James writes, there are those who are destroying the lives of others through slander.

Yet James states that anyone who slanders a fellow believer actually slanders the law and sits in judgment on it. What might this mean? We have already seen that Leviticus 19 plays a significant role in the development of James’s thought, and Leviticus 19:16 reads, “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.” Therefore, if we slander a person, treating such a clear statement of God’s will as though it is meaningless, we have actually passed judgment on the law itself and have spoken against it. In short, the utter disregard of the law slanders the law as beneath consideration. James states that when we set ourselves up as critics of the law in this way, we obviously are not engaged in “keeping it,” in living it out. We have moved from a place of submissive obedience to God’s law to trampling that law under our feet.

The utter presumptuousness of such a posture is striking. God is the one who has given the law and therefore is the only one who can sit in judgment. He alone is “able to save and destroy.” God alone can bring salvation or eschatological judgment (5:1–6). By contrast, in judging a neighbor, a person takes on a role for which no human being is suited or appointed.[2]


4:12 / James underlines his point by stating bluntly, There is only one Lawgiver and Judge. Jesus taught that God alone had authority to judge (John 5:22–23, 30), and every Jew knew that God gave the law. James adds, the one who is able to save and destroy, that is, “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another” (Ps. 75:6–7). The two features, then, go together. God gave the law; God enforces the law. As the only sovereign, he has authority over life and death.

But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? If God gave the law, and if God is the sole judge, how dare any person set up as judge through his or her critical tongue? Criticism usurps God’s authority, for as Paul states, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Rom. 14:4). Therefore, behind the critical spirit lies a pride that rather than humbly looking to its own need of grace usurps the role of God and sets itself up as the judge of others as if, like God’s, their judgment mattered.[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James (pp. 224–227). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 257–258). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Davids, P. H. (2011). James (p. 105). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.