Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

June 6: Being Made New

2 Chronicles 14:1–16:14; Titus 3:1–7; Psalm 97:1–98:9

We often fall into old habits that reflect the way we once were. Although we’ve been made new, we haven’t been made perfect, and sometimes it shows. People within our church communities might have one perception of us, but others may have experienced another side—one that can make us feel shameful about our witness (or lack thereof).

While Paul spoke to Titus about relationships within the Cretan community, he also emphasized that believers needed to think about how their actions affected those outside the community. They needed to obey authority (Titus 3:1) and show perfect courtesy to all people (Titus 3:3). Although the Cretans had been told this before, Paul wanted Titus to remind them. He would later offer another reminder as well (Titus 3:14).

We might be tempted to cultivate the impression that we’re better than we really are. But we have a responsibility to interact with all people in a way that reflects Christ. Paul tells us why: “For we also were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, spending our lives in wickedness and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the kindness and love for mankind of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not by deeds of righteousness that we have done, but because of his mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:3–5).

We haven’t earned anything through our own goodness—and we still can’t. But we have been forgiven for our old way of being. When we fail and then repent, we’re reminded of our need, Christ’s sacrifice, and His renewing work in us through the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

When we’re not honest with others—including those outside our faith communities—about our failures and our need for forgiveness, we’re projecting a false righteousness that turns others off from the gospel. Instead, by being honest and transparent about our weaknesses, we’re testifying to Christ’s righteousness and the work of the Spirit. Knowing this, we should examine all areas of our lives and all our relationships, seeking forgiveness and restoration where it’s needed.

How have you failed people in your life? How can you reach out and seek their forgiveness?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


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

June 6 Receiving the Word in Purity

“Putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness … receive the word” (James 1:21).

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You cannot receive God’s Word and harbor sin at the same time.

When the psalmist said, “I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Thy word” (Ps. 119:101), he was acknowledging a key principle of spiritual growth: you must set aside sin if you expect to benefit from God’s Word. Peter expressed the same thought when he said, “Putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 2:1–2). Likewise, James admonished us to put off sin and receive the Word (1:21).

Neither James nor Peter were addressing unbelievers, because without Christ people have no capacity to set sin aside or receive God’s Word. But we as Christians are characterized by our ability to do both, and we must continually purify our lives through confession of sin, repentance, and right choices. That’s why Paul said, “Just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification” (Rom. 6:19).

The Greek word translated “putting aside” in James 1:21 originally meant taking off dirty, soiled clothes. “Filthiness” translates a Greek word that was used of moral vice as well as dirty clothes. Its root word was sometimes used of ear wax, which impedes a person’s hearing. Similarly, sin impedes reception of the Word. “Wickedness” speaks of any evil intent or desire. Together these words stress the importance of setting aside all evil actions and intentions.

Simply stated, you should never presume on God’s grace by approaching His Word with unconfessed sin. David prayed, “Keep back Thy servant from presumptuous [deliberate] sins; let them not rule over me; then I shall be blameless” (Ps. 19:13). He wanted to be pure before the Lord. I pray that you share his desire and will always receive the Word in purity.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Psalm 19:14. Make it your prayer as you study God’s Word.

For Further Study: Read Colossians 3:5–17. ✧ What does Paul admonish you to put off? Put on? ✧ Why is it important to heed his admonitions?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 170). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

First DOJ Leak on IG Report Reveals Obama AG Loretta Lynch Tried to Hide Evidence of Hillary’s Wrongdoing Before Election — The Gateway Pundit

As reported earlier the first DOJ leaks on the upcoming Inspector General report does not look good for fired former Director James Comey.

The IG report found that Trump-basher Comey “defied authority” and was “insubordinate” in his behavior at the bureau.

ABC News was given a draft of the IG report early for today’s announcements.

But the leaks to ABC News also reveal that Obama Attorney General Attorney General Loretta Lynch was determined to hide evidence of Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing from the American public.

FBI agents found a trove of emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop as they were conducting an investigation into lewd text messages the disgraced politician exchanged with an underage teenager.

Judicial Watch counted over a dozen classified emails on Weiner’s laptop, including the name of a CIA official.

As previously reported, then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew about Hillary’s emails on Weiner’s laptop as early as September of 2016 and didn’t alert the bureau for an entire MONTH.

Loretta Lynch reportedly wanted Comey to hide the contents of Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer from the public.

ABC News reported:

The draft of Horowitz’s wide-ranging report specifically called out Comey for ignoring objections from the Justice Department when he disclosed in a letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election that FBI agents had reopened the Clinton probe, according to sources. Clinton has said that letter doomed her campaign.

Before Comey sent the letter to Congress, at least one senior Justice Department official told the FBI that publicizing the bombshell move so close to an election would violate longstanding department policy, and it would ignore federal guidelines prohibiting the disclosure of information related to an ongoing investigation, ABC News was told.

via First DOJ Leak on IG Report Reveals Obama AG Loretta Lynch Tried to Hide Evidence of Hillary’s Wrongdoing Before Election — The Gateway Pundit

IG Leaks – Media Frame Clinton/Obama Defense: James Comey as “Insubordinate”… — The Last Refuge

While no-one has yet to see the actual Inspector General Mike Horowitz report outlining how the DOJ and FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the media are beginning to shape the narrative.

In a summary of Bill Priestap’s testimony, via The Hill, the narrative begins by focusing on James Comey:  “Priestap “completely” backed up everything that Comey said, according to a source familiar with his testimony.”  The narrative construct gains clarity with a report from ABC highlight James Comey as “insubordinate”:

(Via ABC) The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that James Comeydefied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.

One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior. Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.

In the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s personal email server, the sources said.  (more)

Given the nature of the recent explanations as provided by the attorneyfor Andrew McCabe; and accepting the prior repeated assertions of FBI Director James Comey: “that was not my understanding”, we can begin to assemble the preferred narrative direction.

It would appear the media, and swamp proletariat, are attempting to cut off any potential damage to the Obama administration by placing a firewall atop James Comey.

Whereas Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was a rogue element manipulating his subordinate officials entirely on his own; while FBI Director James Comey was oblivious to the corrupt conduct undertaken by the officials in/around/under his authority, and insubordinate to the customary procedures, professional responsibilities and chain-of-command.

That appears to be the current advanced narrative.  Meanwhile we await the actual substance of the IG report into how the DOJ and FBI conducted the Clinton classified email investigation. .

via IG Leaks – Media Frame Clinton/Obama Defense: James Comey as “Insubordinate”… — The Last Refuge

The Pope Wants You This Way — TruthXchange

The historic catechism of the Catholic Church, (based on the Old and New Testament and on centuries of tradition) has always taught that homosexuality is immoral and that the proclivity toward same-sex relations is unnatural. It is surprising then, that the Pope said (according to a Chilean homosexual, who visited him at the Vatican), “Juan Carlos, it doesn’t matter that you’re gay. God made you that way and that is the way he wants you to be, and I don’t mind. The Pope wants you this way too, and you have to be happy with who you are.”

The historic catechism of the Catholic Church, (based on the Old and New Testament and on centuries of tradition) has always taught that homosexuality is immoral and that the proclivity toward same-sex relations is unnatural. It is surprising then, that the Pope said (according to a Chilean homosexual, who visited him at the Vatican), “Juan Carlos, it doesn’t matter that you’re gay. God made you that way and that is the way he wants you to be, and I don’t mind. The Pope wants you this way too, and you have to be happy with who you are.”

Such remarks cannot be explained as simple pastoral concern overriding petty doctrinal judgment. This statement compromises the history of Catholic teaching—by the head of the Catholic Church, who, according to the doctrine of papal authority, is the source of all religious truth in history. The Pope’s comment not only denies the teaching of all previous popes, but attacks God the Creator, making Him the author of sexual distortion, of sinful rebellion and of moral “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). The Vatican press office claims that the statement was mere hearsay, saying, “The Vatican does not comment on private conversations of the Pope.” No comment?

Given the seriousness of the affirmation, one might well expect Pope Francis to correct the record personally and immediately, should he have been misquoted. The Pope has said not a word. Asked five years ago about a “gay lobby” of Jesuit priests in the Vatican, Jesuit Pope Francis responded, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” Not long ago he signaled support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. And a French priest recently said in a televised interview that Pope Francis approved of his blessing of homosexual couples. The radical Archbishop Bruno Forte, who asked for “the codification of homosexual rights” at the last Synod, has been confirmed by the Pope as special Secretary to the Synod on the Family. Is it any wonder that the LGBT world applauded Pope Francis’s recruitment of fellow Jesuit, pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin, as a communications consultant to the Holy See’s Secretariat for Communications?

Some are delighted by the Pope’s position:

  • Actress Salma Hayek, a supporter of abortion rights and gay marriage, asserted, “Pope Francis is the best pope that has ever existed.”[1]
  • The premiere LGBT publication, The Advocate, named Pope Francis “Person of the Year (2013).”

Leading gay theorists would most likely not get this wrong.

Faithful Catholics are asking, “Is the pope Catholic?” and the answer is not so obvious. Within the last year, three books have appeared by concerned Catholic believers, basically asking that very question:

George Neumayr, The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives (New York: Center Street, c. 2017);

Ross Douthat, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (New York: Simon & Schuster; Kindle Edition, c. 2018);

Philip Lawler (a seasoned Catholic journalist), Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2018).

In his comments about the Cruz conversation, Alan Keyes notes Christ’s statement: “’For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to bear witness to the truth.’ As this is the vocation of the one he [the Pope] represents, how can it be right for the Vicar of Christ, to abandon that purpose now? How can it be right for him to give no instruction that dispels the dangerous temptation occasioned by his reported words?”

We also wonder why the Pope, who constantly attacks wealthy landlords, commercial speculators, and environmental polluters, did not launch a vigorous and heartfelt appeal to the Catholic country of Ireland prior to the vote legalizing abortion. Is he not to defend the defenseless? But the Pope uttered not a word.

So we must ask another question: Is the Pope liberal?

Catholic writer, Ross Douthat observes that we face “a hinge moment in the history of Catholicism, a period of theological crisis that’s larger than just the Francis pontificate,” namely a theologically liberal takeover of the papacy. As are most churches, Catholicism is deeply divided along liberal or conservative doctrinal lines.

At the resignation of Benedict XVI, liberal powers in the Vatican were waiting in the wings and found “a plausible candidate” for the papacy in Jorge Bergoglio, the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, well-known for his adoption of “Liberation Theology,” a synthesis between elements of liberal Christianity and Marxist political activism. Francis named Honduran cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, an open socialist, as chairman of the Council of Cardinals, and has declared, uttering the well-known Marxist maxim, that “inequality is the root of all social evil.” This radical egalitarianism, the defining notion of neo-Marxism, is the essence of theological Oneism—no difference between us and God.

This shift was played out at a conference held around the same time at the Vatican (April 26–28, 2018) entitled: “Unite to Cure—How Science, Technology and the 21st Century Will Impact Culture and Society.” The conference was co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the CURA Foundation, a tax-exempt global health movement. Hosted by Francis, the conference included as collaborators the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, and the Pontifical Academy for Life. Speakers included New Age guru, Hindu believer and alternative medicine mogul, Deepak Chopra; American motivational and self-help life coach, Tony Robbins; and transcendental meditation fan, Katy Perry.

Started in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, under Pope Francis’s leadership, the conference has morphed into a program to promote non-Christian spirituality.

Pop-star Katy Perry, along with a number of well-known practitioners of the method, lectured on transcendental meditation. You may remember Perry, the daughter of Pentecostal evangelists, who rose to fame in 2008 with her lesbian-themed single, “I Kissed a Girl,” a song performed on all her concert tours and nominated for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards. In March 2017, Perry received the homosexual Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award for her LGBT activism. She has dabbled in witchcraft, taken part in bisexual activity and promoted Planned Parenthood. Perry is now an “all-in” pagan practitioner.

One unhappy source close to the Vatican said: “It would be one thing to have her [Perry’s] presence moderated by a Church leader, but to have the podium [from which the Pope normally speaks] given over to celebrity TM proponents with no Church voice to counter them is unconscionable.”

As this conference shows, theological liberalism is but a step removed from paganism, which has always mixed homosexual practice with animistic spirituality.

So our question now becomes: “Is the Pope pagan?”

[1] George Neumayr The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives (New York: Center Street, c. 2017), 20.

via The Pope Wants You This Way — TruthXchange

JUNE 6 WITHOUT FEELING?

Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:19

I do know something of the emotional life that goes along with conversion to Jesus Christ. I came into the kingdom of God with joy, knowing that I had been forgiven.

I have had people tell me very dogmatically that they will never allow “feeling” to have any part in their spiritual life and experience.

“Too bad for you!” is my reply.

I say that because I have voiced a very real definition of what I believe true worship to be: “Worship is to feel in the heart!”

In the Christian faith, we should be able to use the word feel boldly and without apology. What worse thing could be said of us as the Christian Church if it can be said of us that we are a feelingless people?

I think we must agree that those of us who have been blessed within our own beings would not join in any crusade to “follow your feelings.” But if there is no feeling at all in our hearts, then we are dead!

Lord, if we didn’t have feelings, we’d all be like robots. Thank You for creating us as whole people—intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. It is a joy to worship You with feeling![1]


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

The Forced Migration of Muslims To European Countries was a U.N. Initiative: Now They Are Pushing Even Harder

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I have been writing about forced migration of Muslims by the U.N. for over three years.  The infamous meddler into all things “Geopolitical” George Soros, bank rolled the forced migration efforts of the United Nations.

Do you remember when the U.N. met in 2015 and presented their “Sustainable Development Goals?” If not, I will refresh your memory by reposting articles from 2015 and 2016:

Excerpts from “Preparing the World For Antichrist: The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

As I read the agenda for the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, I believe that the Lord opened my eyes and allowed me to see with clarity that this meeting and its agenda was to prepare the way for the coming Antichrist.

“We recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. We also recognize that international migration is a multi-dimensional reality of major relevance for the development of…

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28 FBI agents drop Hillary investigation BOMBSHELL [video]

https://thehornnews.com

A legal subpoena is not usually something a person wants to see cross their desk. But according to Fox News’ Sean Hannity and investigative journalist Sara Carter, up to 28 current FBI agents are asking to be legally put on the record so they can expose FBI corruption during the 2016 investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

Dozens of disgruntled FBI agents are eager to tell their story — but they won’t come forward unless they’re legally given a subpoena, insiders say. The agents are fearful of retaliation from the political establishment in Congress.

These “FBI agents who want to testify against their superiors to Congress feel they can’t due to an ineffective whistleblower protection law,” The Daily Caller reported last Tuesday. “These agents believe the sluggishness of the law exposes them to an inordinate risk of reprisal, so they have remained in hiding and afraid to speak the truth.”

Hannity dropped more information on the bombshell last Friday when discussing allegations of corruption in former President Barack Obama’s administration.

“We have an [Inspector General’s] report coming out — and I’m told as many as 28 people that have knowledge of the Clinton email server scandal want to be subpoenaed so they can tell the story of corruption at the highest levels of the bureau at that they love,” Hannity revealed on Friday’s show.

“There are a lot of FBI agents that want to come out and speak. A lot of them are current agents, which makes it very difficult for them. So they need to be subpoenaed. These are the things that Congress needs to act on,” Carter agreed.

What’s the difference between these agents and former FBI Director James Comey’s loyalists that botched the first investigation?

These 28 (or more) agents are hardworking rank-and-file members that aren’t loyal to politicians. Instead, they’ve remained loyal to the oath they swore when they joined the bureau.

“Basically, there’s a massive schism within the FBI between the upper levels — which are inhabited by Trump-hating Obama holdovers — and the rank-and-file FBI agents, who are patriotic public servants,” BizPac Review reported.

But these 28 agents say it’s far too dangerous to come forward without better legal protections for whistleblowers.

“It’s a question of basic credibility — Congress, the executive, and oversight are not seen to have any gravitas or seriousness,” one of these FBI agents told The Daily Caller. “The inmates have been running the asylum and they don’t respect, much less fear, their [Trump administration] overseers. We know we’ll be hung out to dry.”

June 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seeking to draw on his close ties with
President Donald Trump in talks on Thursday, will urge the U.S. leader not
to forget Tokyo’s security concerns in his drive for a historic deal with
North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.

The Trump administration has indefinitely delayed a proposed overhaul of
U.S. biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, under
pressure from corn state lawmakers who worry the move would undermine
demand for ethanol.

California Democrats overcame quirks in the state’s electoral system and
managed to mount challenges to Republicans in most key Congressional races,
as voters in eight U.S. states chose candidates for November’s midterm
elections.

Facebook said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four
Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone
maker, which has come under scrutiny from U.S. intelligence agencies on
security concerns.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday will urge
Congress to approve legislation giving the federal government new powers to
disable or destroy threatening drones.

The Syrian government re-opened the highway between the cities of Homs and
Hama on Wednesday a month after its forces retook a rebel-held pocket that
had straddled the road that was closed for almost seven years.

The United States is pressing its European allies to get more NATO
battalions, ships and planes ready for combat, officials say, in a fresh
move to shore up NATO’s deterrence against any Russian attack.

An acute shortage of affordable homes in the United States will continue
over the coming year, according to a majority of property market analysts
polled by Reuters, driving prices up faster than inflation and wage growth.

A growing shortage of airline pilots is putting the industry’s recent
growth at risk as planes sit idle, higher salaries cut into profits and
unions across the globe push for more benefits.

AP Top Stories

Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading figure among progressive Democrats in the
House, filed Tuesday to run for attorney general of Minnesota and won’t
stand for reelection to Congress. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party –
endorsed candidate for attorney general is Matt Pelikan, 36, who is openly
gay. Ellison, 54, is a Muslim African-American.

Testifying before the Senate appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday,
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Federal Commission on School
Safety, which she chairs, will not look at the role of guns in a recent
spate of school shootings.

Malaysia’s ousted leader has denied wrongdoing over a $2.4 billion
China-backed pipeline deal after the new government said the project was
“highly suspicious” and linked it to a massive financial scandal.

A Russian troop deployment in Syria near the Lebanese border this week
caused friction with Iran-backed forces including Hezbollah which objected
to the uncoordinated move, two non-Syrian officials in the regional
alliance backing Damascus said.

Israel’s leader urged France on Tuesday to turn its attention to tackling
Iran’s “regional aggression”, saying he no longer needed to convince Paris
to quit world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran as economic pressure
would kill it anyway.

US immigration enforcement officers have arrested 114 people at two
northern Ohio garden centers in a massive workplace raid that is one of the
largest since Donald Trump began his presidency.

India’s defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that US sanctions on
Russia military exports would not impact long-standing ties between New
Delhi and one of its key arms suppliers Moscow.

Record exports shaved the U.S. trade deficit in April for the second
straight month. But so far this year, the deficit is up 11.5 percent from a
year ago despite President Donald Trump’s vow to close the gap through new
tariffs on imports and renegotiated trade deals.

BBC

At least 192 people are missing and 75 are dead as a result of the
explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday, officials say.

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank has said it will pay a $530m fine for
breaching anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing laws.

Spain’s first astronaut, Pedro Duque, has been named minister of science by
the country’s new Socialist government. Prime Minister and self-labelled
feminist Pedro Sánchez is expected to appoint a women-majority
cabinet.

The next European commander of the International Space Station has just
blasted off into orbit. German Alexander Gerst was joined in his Soyuz
craft by Russian Sergei Prokopyev and Serena Auñón-Chancellor
from the US.

WND

Days on Earth are getting LONGER: Scientists calculate how they have
increased by six hours over 1.4 billion years due to the moon’s gravity.

Californians who don’t want their lawmakers to ban the Bible, to
criminalize counselors who help people with same-sex attractions and to
dictate their moral values apparently will have one chance to tell them.
That’s at a hearing before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee on June
12, where AB 2943 will be discussed.

The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official to
oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the
public university $280,000 per year.


News – 6/6/2018

Poll: Majority of Democrats Now Accept Pornography
For the first time, a majority of Democrats do not have moral qualms about pornography. A new Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Democrats see pornography as “morally acceptable,” an 11 point spike from last year and the biggest jump since Gallup began taking the survey in 2011.

In Heated Interview, Putin Says “Ask The State Department About Soros”
Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a tense interview to Austria’s ORF television channel which at times got so heated, he spoke in German to ask host Armin Wolf to let him finish his answers. “There are rumors circulating now that Mr. Soros is planning to make the Euro highly volatile,” Putin said quoted by RT. “Experts are already discussing this. Ask the [US] State Department why he is doing this.

Priestap: FBI’s Strzok Played “More Central Role Than Previously Known” In Clinton, Russia Probes
It was an assignment so secretive that Peter Strzok giddily texted his side piece about it on an unsecured line. It’s also weird for NYT to characterize the meeting as “not yet reported” seeing as how Strzok’s texts about it have been out for months. Fearful of leaks, they kept details from political appointees across the street at the Justice Department.

Crispr Fans Fight for Egalitarian Access to Gene Editing
Crispr. The topics were thorny—from the ethics of self-experimenting biohackers to the feasibility of pan-global governance structures. And more than once you could feel the air rush right out of the room. But that was kind of the point. CrisprCon is designed to make people uncomfortable. Like any technology, the applications of gene editing tech will be shaped by the values of the societies that wield it.

Gennifer Flowers: Bill Clinton will be prosecuted for his crimes
“I believe Bill Clinton will be prosecuted for his crimes … just like Harvey Weinstein,” Flowers told Laura Ingraham on the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle” Tuesday night. “Why shouldn’t he be prosecuted for rape like Bill Cosby has and Harvey Weinstein?”

Iran says in no mood to go extra mile on nuclear inspections
Iran will not heed a call to cooperate more fully with U.N. nuclear inspectors until a standoff over the future of its agreement with major powers is resolved, its envoy to the agency said on Wednesday.

SPACE WEATHER VS. SUPERCOMPUTERS
Solar minimum is coming. Should supercomputers worry? Researchers have long known that cosmic ray neutrons and other high energy particles can cause errors and even crash supercomputers in mid-calculation. That’s worrisome because cosmic rays are intensifying with the decline of the sunspot cycle.

New radiocarbon cycle research may alter history
“Our work,” he added, “should prompt a round of revisions and rethinking for the timeline of the archaeology and early history of the southern Levant through the early Biblical period.”

As Syria crumbles, gov’t pushes plan to develop Golan, increase population
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon endorsed a new plan on Wednesday to rapidly develop the Golan Heights and raise its population from 22,000 to 100,000 within a decade. The plan, which was written by Deputy Minister Michael Oren, calls for forming an inter-ministerial committee led by Finance Ministry Director-General Shai Babad to improve the quality of life in the Golan and bring more tourists to the area.

Some big Jordanian unions strike despite replacement of prime minister
Jordanian unions pressed ahead with a strike on Wednesday to protest a draft tax law despite efforts by King Abdullah to defuse public anger after the country’s largest protests in years. Although some unions pulled out of the strike after the king replaced his prime minister, urging new talks over income tax, several shops and pharmacies in the capital Amman shut down and hospital employees staged a protest.

Trump-Kim summit to be held on Singapore’s Sentosa island
The much-anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at a hotel on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, the White House has confirmed. The 12 June summit was called off two weeks ago by Mr Trump but has since been salvaged after a flurry of contacts between the two sides.

Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions ‘harmful for everyone’
President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are “harmful for everyone” and it is in everyone’s interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU and US sanctions first imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country wanted to act as a bridge between Moscow and the West.

Microsoft sinks data centre off Orkney
Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency. The data centre, a white cylinder containing computers, could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. An undersea cable brings the data centre power and takes its data to the shore and the wider internet – but if the computers onboard break, they cannot be repaired.

Guatemala volcano: Almost 200 missing and 75 dead
At least 192 people are missing and 75 are dead as a result of the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday, officials say. Villages on the slopes were buried in volcanic ash and mud. Rescue work on Tuesday was disrupted when a new eruption sent hot gas and molten rock streaming down the volcano’s south side.

Facebook gave data access to Chinese firm flagged by US intelligence
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government… The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.

Bilderberg Globalists Concerned About Populist Uprising in Europe
Bilderberg globalists are concerned about the populist uprising sweeping Europe. The annual elitist confab is set to meet this week in Turin, an appropriate venue given that Italy has just elected an anti-mass migration, eurosceptic coalition government. According to the group’s official website, the number one topic of conversation at this year’s secretive meeting will be “populism in Europe”.

Iran says in no mood to go extra mile on nuclear inspections
Iran will not heed a call to cooperate more fully with U.N. nuclear inspectors until a standoff over the future of its agreement with major powers is resolved, its envoy to the agency said on Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is policing the restrictions placed on Iran’s activities under the deal, has said Tehran is implementing its commitments, but also called for “timely and proactive cooperation” on providing access for snap inspections.

Israeli Forces Break Up Plot to Target PM Netanyahu and US Embassy in Jerusalem
Israel’s Shin Bet security service says it has uncovered a plot to target Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Shin Bet says a resident of a Palestinian refugee camp in east Jerusalem is among those in custody for his involvement in the plot, orchestrated from Syria, to harm Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

A First: IDF Participating in NATO Exercises Despite Israel Not Being Protected From Iran
The IDF is participating for the first time in the US-led North Atlantic Alliance’s (NATO) eighth annual Eastern European exercise, Saber Strike 2018, which began on Sunday. Nineteen countries participate in the maneuvers, with about 18,000 soldiers spread around Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court Ruling Allowing Immigrant to Obtain Abortion
The Supreme Court voted unanimously this week to vacate a lower court ruling that allowed an undocumented teen to get an abortion. The Texas teen, known as “Jane Doe” in court records, already had an abortion, but the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to rule on the case in case the teen’s abortion set a precedent for similar cases.

McCabe asks for immunity ahead of congressional hearing on handling of Clinton case
Ousted FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony related to a Justice Department watchdog’s referral for possible prosecution, ahead of a congressional hearing on the handling of the Clinton email probe during the 2016 presidential election. Michael Bromwich, an attorney representing McCabe, sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Tuesday requesting that McCabe be granted immunity in exchange for testimony surrounding the inspector general’s report that he leaked information and lied about it to former FBI director James Comey.

Continetti: Bill Clinton ‘Blows Up’ When Confronted on Tough Questions
Continetti was on “Meet The Press Daily” along with former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri and McClatchy reporter Anita Kumar discussing Clinton’s interview on “Today” where he was upset with questions related to his infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Rioters in Gaza Resume Arson Kite Attacks Against Israel
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip once again launched burning kites at civilian communities on the Israeli side of the border Tuesday, setting hundreds of dunams of farmland alight adjacent to Kibbutz Nir Am, Sapir College and Netiv Ha’Asara.

Poll: 72% of Americans Believe Euthanasia Should Be Legal
According to a recent Gallup poll, 72% of Americans believe that euthanasia should be legal. In addition, the survey found that “Democrats and liberals are especially likely to favor it.”

FEMA Is Beta Testing FEMA Camp Incarcerations In Hawaii
The late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, predicted that the Supreme Court would one day look the other way and either by overt commission of by benign neglect, authorize another FEMA camp style incarceration in the midst of the presence of war, or in the midst of domestic disturbance leading to the abuse of the civil rights of civil rights of specific Americans. Consequently,  this would lead to another round of history repeating itself as Americans are sent off to internment camps (ie FEMA camps).

HEAD-SCRATCHER: Anglican Church votes in favor of same-sex marriage
Anglican priests in New Zealand have been given permission to bless couples in same-sex marriage. The blessing of same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of New Zealand has just been approved. Previously, priests were forbidden from offering this kind of blessing. They faced disciplinary action if they disobeyed.

UK in shock as a Muslim has been put in charge of Islamic immigration and policing Islamic rape gangs
The Tories have imposed a Muslim Home Secretary to rule over the British people.

Islamic terror cell in Israel planned to assassinate PM Netanyahu and Jerusalem’s Mayor…but that’s not all
Security officials say terror cell planned attacks on senior Israeli leaders and American, Canadian diplomatic facilities in Jerusalem.

INFERNO ISRAEL: The Islamic terror TOY that is burning down Israel in a blaze of fire and horror
“They are harming that symbol. They are making us fear something that is so beautiful, clean and playful, and has connotations of family, community, love and happiness.”

NATO ally reveres Hitler: ‘I wish he had killed all of’ the Jews
Scores of tweets praising Hitler and Nazism illustrate the increase in anti-Semitism in Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party.

Huge parade celebrates gay pride in Brazil
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Brazil’s largest city Sunday for its 22nd gay pride parade, which is considered one of the world’s biggest.

How Bernie Sanders And His Socialist Agenda Could Destroy America
The inevitable consequences of socialism are apparent throughout history.

World’s Most Hated Hated Chemical Company Monsanto Is About To Disappear Forever In Purchase By Pharma Giant Bayer
The German pharmaceutical company Bayer has been in the process of buying the Monsanto company for more than two years, and the $66 billion deal is finally closing this week.

Thousands to flock to Franklin Graham’s sermon
…The 65-year-old Graham said in a telephone interview with the Record Searchlight Monday that his 10-city California has exceeded his expectations.

Now It’s Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day
Governor Jerry Brown is retiring but not before he passes a few draconian laws as parting gifts for California. Two bills were signed into law on Thursday of last week to “help California be better prepared for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”

Physicians offered cash bribes to achieve 63% immunization rate of children while pushing anti-science flu shot propaganda
If you’ve ever wondered why your doctor is always so keen to encourage your family to get the flu shot every year, you can stop wondering, because the answer is very simple: Money. Activist Post is reporting that the Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Care Network of Michigan publishes an annual report openly declaring how much they give doctors in kickbacks each year for ordering tests, prescribing medications and, of course, pushing vaccines. And it’s a lot of money.

Department Of Homeland Security Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalists, & “Social Media Influencers”
Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” —George Mason (1788)

In Today’s Edition

  • Homeschooling is an increasingly attractive option as public schools degrade.
  • Texas has a plan to tackle school violence.
  • With Dems obstructing everything, the Senate recess is canceled.
  • Gleanings from Tuesday’s primaries.
  • Bernie Sanders picks a fight with Disney over socialist ideas.
  • Is recycling even worth it? The science increasingly says no.
  • Remembering D-Day.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Many Factors Drive the Rise in Homeschooling

The long list includes mass shootings, sexual indoctrination, and poor academic performance.

Lone Star State Aims to Stop School Violence

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the most recent shooting is a breath of fresh air.

McConnell: Obstructing Dems to Blame for No Recess

The Senate majority leader says the chamber will remain in session in August to get work done.

Primary Results — Both Parties Held Serve

The California primary had no decisive results for either party, but Democrats should be worried.

Bernie Sanders Picks a Fight With Mickey Mouse

Class warfare — at it’s least entertaining, as the senator goes after Disney’s profits.

Recycling: Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

The popular practice is not as environmentally friendly as many would believe.

Remembering D-Day

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France that commenced June 6, 1944.

Video: Steyn Says Bill Clinton Is Disposable

Author Mark Steyn on the fall of the Clintons from power and the ghost of Monica Lewinsky.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Take their ball and go home: “No one wants the [White House] invite anyway.” —LeBron James

Wednesday Top Headlines

More jobs than job seekers, Senate recess, primaries, Social Security, Eagles fallout, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Bill Wagner
North Korea Negotiations Continue
Walter E. Williams
Past Versus Present Americans
Marc A. Thiessen
Shame on Google for Treating the U.S. Military as Evil
Hans von Spakovsky
Why Should States That Protect Illegal Immigrants Be Rewarded?
Terence Jeffrey
Can State Force Painter to Promote Satan?

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Ben Fitzgerald thinks true New Testament evangelism looks like summoning, fortune-telling and witchcraft?

“Jesus paid for you to be able to enjoy your life” – Joyce Meyer

SBC Leaders Float Idea of Beth Moore As Next Denomination President

An Encounter With a Mother-God Cult Evangelist

Poll: African-Americans Most Likely to Identify as ‘Born-Again or Evangelical’

Rate of Americans OK with pornography the highest since 2011, poll says

Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during lake baptism


Headlines – 6/6/2018

Despite embassy relocation, Trump signs presidential waiver because the ambassador’s residence still hasn’t moved

Macron: US embassy move to Jerusalem behind Gaza violence

Macron to Netanyahu: Jerusalem embassy move led to people dying, didn’t promote peace

Macron: We’re committed to a two-state solution to Israel-Palestinian conflict

A just “one-state solution” is still possible in Israel/Palestine: But not if the media buries it

Hamas ditches ‘Naksa Day’ for Iran-backed ‘Quds Day’ this week

Senior Hamas member warns next wave of demonstrations will be ‘bloodier’

Firefighters battle a wave of incendiary kite blazes in Gaza border area

Minister calls for targeted killings of Gaza kite bombers, Hamas leaders

JNF threatens to sue Hamas in international courts for kite arson damage

False alarm, army says, as sirens blare in southern Israel

PA warned Paris that Gaza border clashes financed by Iran

Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence

Argentina Cancels Soccer Match With Israel in Jerusalem After Pressure from Palestinian Protesters

Liberman: Argentine soccer players caved to ‘Israel-hating’ pressure

PA official: We only fought Argentina game because it was moved to Jerusalem

Argentina’s president: I cannot influence game cancelation

US says envoy right to criticize Gaza reporting, entitled to free speech

Shin Bet says it thwarted plot to assassinate prime minister, Jerusalem mayor

Giuliani: Palestinians must stop terror if they want a deal

Jerusalem a factor as Ecuador minister beats Honduran for UNGA presidency

In new memoir, ex-Obama aide bemoans a manipulative Netanyahu ‘not on the level’

Egyptian Broadcaster Who Claimed Victory Against Israel in 1967 Buried on War’s Anniversary

U.S. Treasury: Iran has multiplied its support for Hezbollah

Netanyahu: ‘We are not surprised’ by inflammatory Khamenei remarks

Netanyahu says Iran’s new uranium enrichment drive is aimed at destroying Israel

Liberman: Iran’s threat to up uranium enrichment a sign of ‘mass hysteria’

Lieberman: Khamenei announcement shows Iranian leadership in state of panic

France says Iran’s uranium enrichment plans are close to ‘red line’

Macron warns of risk of ‘escalation’ over Iran enrichment plan

Iran enrichment plan not in breach of nuclear deal, says European Union

U.S. Companies Wind Down Iran Business After Nuclear Deal Pullout

How the Qatar crisis weakened the U.S. in the Middle East – and strengthened Iran

Isolated by neighbors, Qatar looks to join NATO

Near Russia: Israel Participates in Major NATO Exercise

Trump Administration Tells NATO Prepare for Russian Attack With Planes, Ships and Troops

Putin Moves to Capitalize on Europe’s Fury With Trump

Putin says he speaks regularly to Trump, isn’t trying to divide Europe

New proposals may help resolve Israel, Lebanon oil and gas dispute

In France, Netanyahu predicts collapse of Iran deal under US sanctions pressure

US could close Syria base in exchange for Iran’s withdrawal from border: report

Syrian Kurds to pull out of key town, easing U.S.-Turkey rift

MKs warned of Syria’s nuke plans years before reactor strike – report

Egyptians suffer austerity squeeze as economy stabilizes

Jordan protests resume despite resignation of embattled PM

Jordan’s king calls to review tax bill, but fails to dull protests

Abadi warns of ‘dangerous violations’ in Iraq election

Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’

Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached ‘catastrophic’ proportions

Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war

Japan PM seeks Trump’s assurances over North Korea in latest two-way chat

Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

Chinese and Russian hackers ‘targeting South Korea ahead of US-North Korea summit’

South American Economies Dive South as Growth Outlook Dims

Italy turmoil shows banking ‘doom loop’ still a powerful force

Trade war turns Canada’s G7 summit into six-plus-Trump

Trump blames Sessions for ‘Russian Witch Hunt Hoax’

Over 118,000 voters accidentally left off rolls in Los Angeles County

‘News fatigue’ hits American public in Trump era: survey

Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans

Facebook gave data access to Chinese firm flagged by US intelligence

Antarctica Is Being Rumbled by Hidden Earthquakes We Never Even Knew Existed

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Cinarli, Azerbaijan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ibo, Mozambique

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts 24,000ft

Ebeko volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Nearly 200 missing and 75 dead in Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Destroys Hundreds of Homes, Including Big Island Mayor’s House, Official Says

Kilauea Volcano Eruption Filled In Hawaii’s Biggest Lake In Hours, And Is Now Reshaping Coastline

Tropical Storm Ewiniar to bring flooding rain to southern China

Tropical Depression Two-E to become eastern Pacific’s first tropical storm of season

One dead as record storms sweep across France

Heat wave causes 3 deaths, economic boost, melting traffic lights

Monsanto is about to disappear. Everything will stay exactly the same

Bayer and Monsanto merge into a new company called “Bayer” because Nazis have a better reputation than Big Ag

The failed abortion survivor whose mum thought she was dead

Ginsburg Pens Impassioned Dissent of Ruling Siding With Baker Who Refused Service to Gay Couple

What the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Really Means

Religious exemptions have already chipped away at the right to choose. LGBT equality could be next.

Orthodox group says Supreme Court’s cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

The EU just granted gay spouses the same freedom of movement rights as straight couples

Christians told to shut down Church in Pakistan!

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 06:14 AM PDT

Christians told to shut down Church in Pakistan!Christians in a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been told to remove every visible sign of Christianity from their church, six months after being forced to sign a form pledging they would no longer hold services.  The 40 Christian families in Nayya Sarabah (Chak 336) village, part of Toba Tek Singh district near Faisalabad, haven’t held a service since before Christmas.  Muslim resident Hajji Muhammad Siddique told World Watch Monitor that, as “Muslims are in the majority in the village,

we can’t allow a church here”. “Now we are working with the civil administration to give a piece of land to Christians outside the village,” said Siddique, 73, who runs a dispensary. “When it is done, we will make the Christians write an agreement that they will sell this current church building or at least dismantle the church structure and crosses.” “Most of the Christians of the village work as brick-kiln labourers,” he added. “It is only Rafaqat Masih, who, being a retired army personnel, is trying to be a leader and has helped build a church in the village.” READ MORE

Popular Rockstar Shares How God Radically Transformed Her Life

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 06:07 AM PDT

Popular Rockstar Shares How God Radically Transformed Her LifeJen Ledger, a drummer, and singer for the Christian rock band “Skillet” is releasing her own solo album.  She recently spoke on The Billy Hallowell Podcast about her journey to Christ and why she believes God wants her to make her own music.   Ledger didn’t always have a close relationship with God. Growing up in England, she went to church but didn’t understand the gospel. “It was more like a club for our family..

we weren’t clear on what the gospel was, honestly,” she said. Eventually, Ledger became disillusioned with the faith after seeing many Christians living a hypocritical lifestyle of partying and promiscuity, “Religion felt gross to me so I walked away from everything,” she explained. Everything changed when her brother got a scholarship to attend a small Christian school in the United States. It wasn’t long before her party boy brother became a born-again Christian. He shared the gospel with his family and everyone came to Christ.  READ MORE

New law in California bans shower and laundry on the same day

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 06:03 AM PDT

New law in California bans shower and laundry on the same dayWithin four years, Californians who want to do their laundry on any given day effectively will be forced to sacrifice taking a shower, thanks to two laws signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.  Beginning in the year 2022, a limit of 55 gallons per person daily will be the standard for indoor residential water use in the Golden State, notes the Federalist.  The two bills, SB 606 and AB 1668, require cities, water

districts and large agricultural water districts to set strict annual water budgets. The law does not impose fines on individual Californians. But agencies that violate the per-capita restrictions will have to pay a fine of $1,000 per day during normal seasons and $10,000 per day if “the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years.”  READ MORE

 

NASA to make MAJOR announcement on Thursday about “Life on Mars”

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:29 PM PDT

NASA to make MAJOR announcement on Thursday about “Life on Mars”NASA revealed few details about what will be announced, but the “live discussion” will feature “new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover,” according to the space agency’s announcement. The space agency wrote in a statement the “results are embargoed by the journal Science until Thursday 7”.  The press conference is scheduled at 6pm GMT (2pm EDT).  According to NASA,

Thursday’s discussion will be hosted by Michelle Thaller, the assistant director of science for communications in the agency’s Planetary Science Division.  Presenters will include Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist at the Goddard centre. Chris Webster, a senior research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California will also be present along with Ashwin Vasavada, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at JPL. READ MORE

Hundreds of birds fall dead from the sky in Russia

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:24 PM PDT

Hundreds of birds fall dead from the sky in RussiaResidents of the Sverdlovsk region discovered hundreds of dead birds covering the roadsides of a highway near Nizhny Tagil in Russia. But what exactly caused these birds falling from the sky is still unknown. Biologists suggest that the weird spring weather, much colder than usual, may be responsible.

Most probably linked to abnormaly cold temperatures in the Urals’ region, hundreds of swifts fell from the sky from hunger, exhaustion and cold covering parts of a highway near Nizhny Tagil. The whole flock of birds died, because of not having time to fly to a more favorable area for food and heat.  READ MORE

United Pentecostal Church International Icon T.F Tenney Dies

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:18 PM PDT

United Pentecostal Church International Icon T.F Tenney DiesTom Fred Tenney, a longtime leader in the United Pentecostal Church International who is credited with increasing the denomination’s missionary work and doling out pithy one-liners on how to live right on social media, died peacefully on Friday. He was 84.  “Tom Fred Tenney, friend to all and longtime UPCI minister, statesman, leader, executive, and General Board member, passed from this life on June 1, 2018. Please keep the Tenney family and especially Sister Thetus Tenney in prayer as

we mourn the loss of this great man of God,” the organization announced.  In a statement to the Associated Press on Saturday, UPCI’s general superintendent, David K. Bernard, called Tenney an innovator in the mission field. “He was an innovator. He introduced many new plans and ideas, one being the concept of partners in missions, whereby individual churches would sponsor missionaries around the world. READ MORE

Lava destroys Hawaiian mayor’s house along with HUNDREDS more homes

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:10 PM PDT

Lava destroys Hawaiian mayor’s house along with HUNDREDS more homesHawaii’s erupting volcano has destroyed more than 159 homes on Big Island, including a home owned by Hawaii’s mayor, Harry Kim, after a river of fast-flowing lava swept through locals’ homes, as Kilauea’s wrath continues to endanger residents in Pahoa.  Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County, said “safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost” in the Kapoho Beach Lots and

Vacationland in the Big Island, confirming that Mr Kim’s second home was destroyed. As of early Tuesday morning, Kilauea’s volcano burned down 159 homes, 72 more homes than numbers reported on Friday, making the weekend most destructive period since the eruption began. On Saturday, a large flow of fast-moving lava engulfed a key highway junction at Kapoho, flowing into half a dozen blocks of the area, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency. READ MORE

When Earth Reels in Travail!

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 12:53 PM PDT

When Earth Reels in Travail!In this message, we show you a deeper perspective of the ongoing strange trumpet sounds that have gone Global, The Sudden appearing of massive cracks and sinkholes appearing in the Earth as well as the recent volcanic activity in Hawaii and Guatemala.

Pastor Dies Embracing Pulpit During Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 12:17 PM PDT

Pastor Dies Embracing Pulpit During Volcanic Eruption in GuatemalaThe stories of the victims of the Volcan de Fuego eruption in Guatemala are capturing headlines around the world as the death toll continues to rise. Now a report has come out that three pastors were killed by the volcano.  Pastor Cash Luna told the testimony of the group of pastors who died – the body of one of them was found hugging the pulpit of his church. That pastor was Camilo Pamal of the Missionary Church in the village El Rodeo Los Lotes.

Only two people from his family survived, as confirmed to the Spanish-language version of CBN News, Mundo Cristiano, by Marly De Armas, spokesperson of the Casa de Dios ministry.A psychologist named Martha, visited the family of the pastor who was found in the pulpit. Prior to his death, Pastor Pamal had commented on social media that “empathy and love of the people could be seen breaking unnecessary religious barriers put forth by the world.” READ MORE

Amazon has a secret Laboratory, Working on cancer research and other “ventures”

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 12:08 PM PDT

Amazon has a secret Laboratory, Working on cancer research and other “ventures”

Deep inside Amazon, a secretive group called Grand Challenge, led by the creator of Google Glass, is working on a series of bold projects involving cancer research, medical records and last-mile delivery, according to people familiar with the matter.  Similar to Alphabet‘s Google X lab, Grand Challenge is a research team set up to explore ambitious new ventures that can eventually expand Amazon’s already wide footprint, said the people, who asked not to be named because the work is confidential.

The group, which also operates under the monikers 1492 and Amazon X, has added over 50 people since 2014, when Babak Parviz left Google X to head up the effort. The makeup of Parviz’s team illustrates how far out Amazon is going to pursue innovative projects, beyond its primary businesses of e-commerce, consumer devices and Amazon Web Services, while still using resources from those divisions for some of its initiatives. READ MORE


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New Report Shows That Obama Gave Iran Illegal Secret Access To US Financial System In Exchange For Signing Nuclear Deal — Now The End Begins

The Obama administration quietly gave a special license to Iran to access the U.S. financial system despite U.S. sanctions and its own statements to the contrary, according to a new report by Senate Republicans.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former president Barack Obama has recently bragged that hisadministration was ‘scandal free’, even though it was riddled with dozens of outright scandals that resulted in the deaths of not a few people. Now a bipartisan report from the Senate reveals that the Obama administration illegally allowed the sanctions-blocked Iran to access the US financial system, to receive and convert into euros the $150 billion that was frozen in their accounts. 

While the report stops short of accusing the Obama administration of lying, the investigators who worked on the report said it was clear to them that top officials misled Congress and the American people about the transactions.

“The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Sen. Rob Portman, the GOP chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, who published the report.

Granting the license was not illegal, but the new disclosure gives more ammunition to critics of President Obama who say the Iran nuclear deal gave too much to that country’s regime, allowing it to fund a new wave of destabilizing activity in the region.

“Senior U.S. government officials repeatedly testified to Congress that Iranian access to the U.S. financial system was not on the table or part of any deal. Despite these claims, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, at the direction of the U.S. State Department, granted a specific license that authorized a conversion of Iranian assets worth billions of U.S. dollars using the U.S. financial system,” according to the report.

The gist is that after the Iran nuclear deal was signed and implemented, Iran was given access to its frozen assets in banks around the world, including $5.7 billion at a bank in Oman, the small country on the southeast tip of the Arabian peninsula.

Those funds were in Omani rials, and the Iranians wanted them in euros. But in order to access them quickly, they sought to exchange the funds for U.S. dollars first, before converting them to euros.

For the Omani bank, that would have violated the U.S. sanctions that remained in place after the deal that bar Iran from accessing the U.S. financial system. Iran instead approached the U.S. about a waiver — one that the Obama administration granted in February 2016, in a move that had not been previously disclosed.

No bank or institution ever completed the transaction, despite outreach from Obama administration officials to two U.S. banks, asking them to do so. Instead, Iran ultimately withdrew the funds from the account at a slower rate and converted them to euros using European banks.

But the license was something that Obama officials had previously ruled out entirely. Then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July 2015 that Iran “will continue to be denied access to the [U.S.] financial and commercial market” under the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

In September 2015, Adam Szubin, Obama’s Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a speech, “Iran will not be able to open bank accounts with U.S. banks, nor will Iran be able to access the U.S. banking sector, even for that momentary transaction to, what we call, dollarize a foreign payment” – the very move Treasury granted Iran.

The report, an advanced copy of which was obtained by ABC News, even shows senior officials explaining that the move violated U.S. sanctions. As part of the nuclear deal, the U.S. agreed to lift secondary sanctions that targeted other countries or institutions doing business with Iran, its oil industry, and more – but it kept in place most of its own sanctions, including blocking Iran from U.S. banks.

A senior State Department official, who is not named in the report, told an Iranian counterpart in an email that the kind of transaction Iran was requesting was “prohibited by U.S. sanctions that are still in place, and which we were clear we would not be removing as part of the JCPOA. Nevertheless, as a gesture of support for Iran’s getting access, we helped on this as we will on other cases.”

U.S. officials went further, asking then Secretary of State John Kerry or Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to reach out to banks and encourage them to complete the transaction.

“It would be a good idea to have Lew engage” the second bank, whose name is redacted, one State Department official emailed in April 2016. “If they refuse, we can suggest Kerry will call, which will drive them nuts,” adding later that Kerry was “more than eager to engage.”

It’s unclear if either cabinet official did so, the report says. Even after the license was granted, Obama administration officials continued to say in Congressional testimony that Iran would not be granted this kind of access to the U.S. financial system.

Talking points prepared for Lew before congressional testimony said he should disclose the specific license “if pressed.” But instead, even when asked on several occasions, he was vague, saying in March 2016, “Part of the agreement was to give Iran access to money that it has a right to. We will work on making that happen. It is not going to be our goal to block transactions that are legitimate under the JCPOA.”

But when Szubin, the Under Secretary of the Treasury, was asked in May 2016, he said he was clarifying for Lew, “I know he was looking forward to me being here to be able to relay his views on this. Iran will not have access to our financial system.”

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee’s investigation was conducted in a bipartisan fashion, but the Democrats did not sign on to the report or issue their own.

Investigators said the episode should illustrate the importance of the U.S. financial system and how much leverage that gives the U.S. over Iran now that the Trump administration has violated the nuclear deal and withdrawn the U.S. from it.

As the clock counts down until U.S. secondary sanctions are snapped back into place, European countries must weigh whether doing business with Iran is worth losing access to the U.S. financial system or facing U.S. sanctions penalties. source

via New Report Shows That Obama Gave Iran Illegal Secret Access To US Financial System In Exchange For Signing Nuclear Deal — Now The End Begins

Obama Administration Secretly Helped Iran Skirt Financial Sanctions: Report — National Review

The Obama administration helped Iran get sanctioned oil revenue stranded in a foreign bank account, while actively misleading Congress about it, according to a Republican led Senate investigation.

via Obama Administration Secretly Helped Iran Skirt Financial Sanctions: Report — National Review

Barna Update | Is Gen Z the Most Success-Oriented Generation?

More than any other generation we’ve observed, Gen Z’s expectations are shaped around academic and career success. As millions of teens graduate high school, a new Barna study in partnership with Impact 360 Institute looks at their views on identity, work and the future.

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June 6, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Believers’ Proper Relationships

And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness, whereas our seemly members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. (12:21–27)

Whereas the first kind of individualist says, “They don’t need me,” the second says, “I don’t need them.” That attitude is wrong enough in the world, because God has made all of His creation interrelated, especially mankind, whom He has made in His own image. The attitude is much worse in the church, whose members have a common Savior and Lord and a common spiritual body. No eye in the church has a right to say to a hand, “I have no need of you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” That attitude was common in the Corinthian assembly. A few prominent and gifted members acted as if they were self-sufficient, as if they could carry on their ministries and daily Christian living completely by themselves or with only a few select friends. They overestimated their own importance and underestimated that of other believers. Disobeying the principles of Matthew 18:10 and Romans 14:1–15:7, these people were disdaining those they saw as weak and less significant.

On the contrary, Paul continues, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. As important as some of the prominent members of the human body are it is possible to live without them. They are important but not absolutely necessary. You can lose an eye or ear, a hand or leg, and still live. But you cannot lose your heart or liver or brain and live. Those organs are more hidden than the others but also are more vital. You can notice the breathing of your lungs and the pulse of your heartbeat, but their work is not nearly as obvious as what we do with our hands or feet. Those less noticed parts (internal organs) seem to be weaker than much of the rest of the body (external limbs), but they also are more necessary. Consequently they are more guarded by the skeleton and the rest of the body. They are more vital and more vulnerable, and are therefore given more protection. You can live without legs, but not without lungs.

The most vital ministries in a church always include some that are not obvious. The faithful prayers and services of a few dedicated saints who hold no office frequently are the most reliable and productive channels of spiritual power in a congregation. The Corinthian church had failed to be considerate and appreciative of those who did not have the “out front” gifts such as prophecy, languages, or healing. Those with less noticeable ministries are sometimes vulnerable to misunderstanding, and often to neglect and lack of appreciation. They should be protected by fellow believers just as the body protects its vital organs.

Continuing the analogy, Paul reminds us that those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness.

Less honorable probably refers to the parts of our body that are not particularly attractive. It seems best to see this as referring to the torso in general—the part on which we hang clothes. It might include flabby thighs or a paunch, but is usually covered and considered less attractive. The use of the verb peritithēmi (bestow, literally “to put around”) suggests the idea of clothing the body in general. We spend more time and money clothing those parts of our body than the ones that are more presentable (such as face and hands), and by doing so, on these we bestow more abundant honor.

Unseemly (aschēmōn) means shameful, indecent, or unpresentable, and here refers to those parts of the body that are considered private and to be covered. In virtually all societies of history, with the exceptions of a few primitive tribes, those parts of the body have been treated with modesty. The fact that many people today are discarding this natural modesty and are exploiting the display of traditionally private parts indicates the extent of modern depravity.

When people treat these unseemly members with care and modesty they come to have more abundant seemliness. It is not those parts of the body themselves, but the display of them, that is unseemly and shameful. When they are properly treated they become more decent, just as the less honorable parts, when properly treated, become more attractive.

It is from a warped sense of values that a Christian, well known because of a prominent gift, looks down on other Christians who possess no obvious gift and seeks great honor for his own. That attitude is a direct contradiction of the principle of concern that characterizes a body. It is far more consistent with self-preservation that members of the body that have greater outward beauty and more functional abilities devote themselves to the well-being of those parts that are not so well equipped but are essential to life. Every sensible person is more concerned with his heart than his hair.

Those in positions of leadership and prominence not only should not look down on those whose gifts are less noticeable but should take special care to show them appreciation and to protect them when necessary. Specially gifted Christians are specially obligated to “encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, [and] be patient with all men” (1 Thess. 5:14).

Those who have the more noticeable and attractive gifts are the more seemly members [who] have no need of encouragement and protection. Honor comes to them almost as a matter of course, and that honor they should share with members whose gifts and temperaments are less attractive and more likely to be ignored. They should give more abundant honor to that member which lacked.

I believe that the most surprising experience Christians will have is that of seeing the Lord present His rewards at the bēma, the judgment seat of Christ, where every believer will “be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). If there is such a thing as shock in heaven, I believe that is what most of us will feel when the secrets are revealed (cf. 1 Cor. 4:3–5). Jesus said that those who seek to be first in this life will be last in the next (Matt. 19:30), and that spiritual greatness is determined by the spirit of servanthood not by high position or impressive achievements (Matt. 20:27). Jesus’ response to the request of the mother of James and John reveals that suffering is more related to reward than is success (Matt. 20:20–23).

It is clear from what Paul says in the present text that heavenly reward will be based not only on what we do with our own gifts and ministries but on our attitudes toward and support of the gifts and ministries of other believers.

Mutual support and encouragement is necessary to avoid both underconfidence and overconfidence. It is also necessary to avoid division in the body. In our eyes, as in God’s eyes, every believer should be of the highest importance and every ministry of the highest importance (cf. Phil. 2:1–4). In a mature and spiritual congregation, church members will have the same care for one another. We should care as much for the nursery teacher as for the pastor, as much for the janitor as for the Sunday school superintendent.

In the obedient and loving church that God has planned for His children, if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Only that sort of mutual love and concern can prevent or heal division and preserve unity. The one who is hurt is consoled and the one who is blessed is rejoiced with. There is no disdain for one another, no rivalry or competition, no envy or malice, no inferiority or superiority, but only love—love that is patient, kind, and not jealous, boastful, or arrogant; love that does not act unbecomingly or seek its own and is not easily provoked; love that never rejoices in unrighteousness but always rejoices in the truth (1 Cor. 13:4–6).

The only people that can love in that way and be unified in that way are Christians, who are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. And only Christ’s love can produce such love.

Paul reminded the Corinthian believers that, individually and collectively, they were Christ’s very body, the church for whom He died. They were one in Him and so should be one in each other. They were “not lacking in any gift” (1:7) and were perfectly equipped to represent and serve the Lord. As a local congregation they were Christ’s body in miniature, a representation of Jesus Christ to all of Corinth. Every local church is fully equipped to serve the Lord, just as every believer is fully equipped to serve Him. Any lacking, any deficiency, is always in our recognition and use of what He has provided.[1]


27 It is understandable, then, how Paul concludes vv. 12–27: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” This is how Paul began the discussion about the body in v. 12, and now he ends it in a similar manner. These two verses frame the entire discussion of the church as the body of Christ.[2]


12:27 / Verses 27–31a apply and explain the metaphor of the church as the body of Christ in relation to the Corinthians’ situation. Verse 27 begins with the bold declaration, you are the body of Christ. This statement means there is diversity among the Corinthian Christians in terms of their gifts, although they are united by God’s design and work among them. Despite the differences, each one … is a part of the body, and each and all are necessary for the good of the whole.[3]


Our individuality (27)

As the body of Christ operates in this way, so the individual members will find their real needs met. The need for security is met in the assurance that ‘I belong to the body’. The need for identity is met in recognizing and working at the fact that ‘I have a distinctive contribution to bring to the body’. The need for a proper sense of responsibility is met by assuming concern for others in the body: ‘I need you; I feel with you; I rejoice with you.’ So each individual grows as a person and as a Christian in direct relation to his finding his place as a member of the body. The Scriptures speak of individuality, not of individualism. The latter phenomenon is a perversion of our calling in Christ. It plagues the church of God, spoiling its witness and shrivelling individuals.

This discovery of our individuality within the life of the Christian community remains as revolutionary a message in today’s world as it was in that of Paul and his Corinthian readers. It is a radical alternative both to the tyranny of totalitarianism and to the empty dreams of personal fulfilment through individualism.

There is a further perspective in this chapter, one which prevents such a community turning in on itself and becoming a pious ghetto of religious fanatics. The body of Christ is placed in the world to serve. Ministry is its daily vocation. As the community is mobilized under the Holy Spirit within the real world, its throbbing vitality will be sustained. Gifts are to be used in practical, costly and often very ordinary service (cf. 12:5). The ministry of Jesus through his physical body on earth is continued in the ministry of his body, the church. It is the same ministry: he came, ‘not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ That is the purpose of the body of Christ now: ‘as the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’65[4]


12:27. Paul next applied the analogy of the human body to the church as the body of Christ. He began with the declaration, Now you are the body of Christ. Paul used this metaphor for the church many times in this letter and in other epistles (Rom. 12:5; Eph. 3:6). Here he focused on the diversity and honor of the various members of Christ’s body, starting with this general assertion and then pointing to each person in the church at Corinth. Each one is a part of the body. Without exception every person who has trusted Christ receives a place in the body of Christ.[5]


27. You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

  • “You are the body of Christ.” Paul addresses the members of the Corinthian church with the personal pronoun you. They are the people who have been made holy in Christ Jesus and are called to be holy (1:2). Yet these people quarreled, caused divisions, failed to expel an immoral brother, brought lawsuits against fellow brothers, criticized the apostles, and did not properly observe the Lord’s Supper. In spite of all these shortcomings, Paul tells the Corinthians that they are the body of Christ.

In the Greek text, Paul uses the noun body in the absolute sense of the word. That is, the word appears without the definite article which, for the sake of acceptable English, we have supplied. Paul does not say “a body” or “the body,” but merely “body” to indicate that this is the one and only, for there is no other body of Christ. He is not referring to Christ’s physical body but rather speaks figuratively about the church as Christ’s body (e.g., Eph. 1:23; Col. 1:24). To say it differently, Paul states that the church to which the Corinthians belong is one entity without division.

The church as Christ’s figurative body exists in him and belongs to him. It is genuinely united with Christ, for every individual member is by faith included in him. Each local congregation is a microcosm of the entire church, so that everyone who observes the congregation’s various functions knows that this body is the church in action. Here Paul states the principle of unity in multiplicity. In the next clause he notes multiplicity in unity.

  • “And individually members of it.” We have no information about the size of the Corinthian church, but Paul avers that every individual member is part of Christ’s body. By saying this, Paul underscores the individuality of the members, for each has received a different gift from the Lord. With these gifts and functions at their disposal, all the members together contribute to the well-being of the Christian community.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 319–322). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 369). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 266). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Prior, D. (1985). The message of 1 Corinthians: life in the local church (p. 216). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 220). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 440). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

June 6 Wealth and Heart Attitudes

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!—Matt. 6:22–23

Expanding on the previous three verses, Jesus uses the eye as an illustration of the heart. The lamp, or lens, of the body is the eye; that’s how we receive light. The heart is the eye of the soul, and it is through our hearts that God’s truth, love, peace, and every spiritual blessing comes to us.

Words closely related to the word for “clear” include liberality and generosity. So the implication is that if our heart is generous (clear), our spiritual life will be flooded with spiritual understanding.

However, if our eye is diseased or damaged, no light can enter, and our “whole body will be full of darkness.” If our hearts are burdened with material concerns, we’ll become “blind” and insensitive to spiritual concerns. The eye is our window—when it’s clear, light shines through; but when it’s corrupt, it prevents light from entering.

The eye that is bad is the heart that is selfishly indulgent. The person who is materialistic and greedy is spiritually blind. Because he has no way of recognizing true light, he thinks he has light when he doesn’t. It’s because he’s self-deceived that Jesus says, “How great is the darkness!”

This principle is both simple and sobering: the way we look at and use our money is a sure barometer of our spiritual condition.

ASK YOURSELF

Blind spots are certainly easy to develop in our hearts, whether about money or any other aspect of belief and practice. How can you safeguard yourself from letting your personal blind spots become ingrained attitudes, poisoning your ability to see clearly what God wants to do in your life?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 166). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JUNE 6 GOD’S SPIRIT IS A GENTLE, LOVING SPIRIT

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame….

REVELATION 3:2 1

Genuine holiness of life and spirit can be put into the place of testing without fear! Whenever there is a breakdown of holiness, that is proof there never was any real degree of holiness in the first place.

Whenever Satan has reason to fear a truth very gravely, he produces a counterfeit. He will try to put that truth in such a bad light that the very persons who are most eager to obey it are frightened away from it. Satan is very sly and very experienced in the forming of parodies of truth which he fears the most, and then pawns off his parody as the real thing and soon frightens away the serious-minded saints.

I regret to say that some who have called themselves by a kind of copyrighted name of holiness have allowed the doctrine to harden into a formula which has become a hindrance to repentance, for this doctrine has been invoked to cover up frivolity and covetousness, pride and worldliness.

I have seen the results. Serious, honest persons have turned away from the whole idea of holiness because of those who have claimed it and then lived selfish and conceited lives.

But, brethren, men of God have reminded us in the Word that God does ask and expect us to be holy men and women of God, because we are the children of God! The provision of God by His pure and gentle and loving Spirit is still the positive answer for those who hunger and thirst for the life well pleasing to God![1]


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

Today’s Two Main Political Camps Are Pro-Thought Versus Anti-Thought — The Federalist

People are either pro-thought or anti-thought.

The Supreme Court’s contortions on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case should dispel any doubts about this. Defendant Jack Phillips had chosen not to create an artistic cake for a same-sex ceremony because doing so would violate his conviction that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman.

As David Harsanyi noted in The Federalist, the Supreme Court avoided the core issues of freedom of thought and speech while ruling for Phillips: “Phillips only won his case because the Supreme Court found that Colorado didn’t display religious neutrality when punishing him for his beliefs.”

So the usual political labels of Left and Right cannot explain the exploding attacks on freedom of speech and conscience that are running rampant today. The war on speech is basically a war on thought. Let’s review just a few examples that confirm power elites’ interest in abolishing freedom of thought:

•On college campuses: Administrators increasingly permit and expect students to disrupt and even riot at talks by invited speakers and scholars some deem politically incorrect.

•At Google: Software engineer James Damore was summarily fired for expressing a politically incorrect opinion, despite his copious citations of facts to back up his thesis.

•At The Atlantic Monthly: Writer Kevin Williamson was quickly fired for publicly expressing a politically incorrect opinion despite the fact that his opinion was well known before his firing, and that he was actually hired in part for his reputation as a talented provocateur.

•At Mozilla: Activists forced the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich when they discovered that he privately donated to a politically incorrect cause—California’s Proposition 8, which in 2008 confirmed the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Eich chose to resign rather than recant his thoughts.

•In New York City: Fines of up to $250,000 if you “misgender” a person.

Human resources departments in corporations and institutions across the nation can leverage political correctness to fire any employee who might be overheard or construed to have expressed a politically incorrect opinion. The paralyzing fear of misspeaking on the job has been an issue of concern for at least 10 years now.

Consider also the growing hypocrisy of the American Civil Liberties Union. Its professed purpose was to defend the First Amendment. Sure, every once in a while it still tries to promote its cover story by choosing a politically incorrect case to defend, such as one by Milo Yiannopoulos.

Yet it increasingly focuses its efforts on attacks on freedom of conscience, especially when the defendant is expressing a politically incorrect opinion. The ACLU now routinely joins the efforts of special interests to force people in in artistic fields (photography, decorating, music, etc.) to apply their creative efforts to ceremonies that directly violate their religious beliefs.

The great divide is really between pro-thought and anti-thought perspectives.

The Hinge Pin Is Thought Freedom

Let’s try to crystallize what this all means. The push for hate speech laws has little to do with promoting tolerance while protecting speech. Compelled speech always—always—all boils down to an effort to control what people think and how.

Of course, the old-fashioned and democratic way of changing minds is through skilled persuasion, debate, reason, and open discourse. But today’s heavy-handed forcing of speech—through court orders, preventing real conversation on campuses, and students’ conditioned emotional reflexes (the “trigger effect” over hearing a non-PC opinion)—is nothing less than an attempt by various power elites to control what you are allowed to think. It’s also to condition you, Pavlov-style, to comply.

So we now have two political camps that ever more describe how Americans approach culture and life: pro-thought and anti-thought. In one camp are those who respect and value everybody’s right to think his own thoughts. In the other are those who already have the “right answer” and thus are either not concerned about freedom of thought, or are outright hostile to it.

For the latter, government regulation of speech is the primary means to control thought. Speech is simply a byproduct and symbolic expression of thought, after all. Each perspective is taken up in varying degrees by both the pro-thought or anti-thought camp. But everything we’re seeing in politics today, no matter the policy or the issue, hinges in one way or another on those two outlooks.

So we ought to just drop all partisan labels as meaningless. Calling someone “progressive,” “right wing,” “leftist,” “conservative,” “liberal,” “Republican,” “Democrat,” “wingnut,” or “alt-right” only hinders thoughtfulness and conversation. Those terms are little more than pools of quicksand in the swamp of today’s vacuous political dialogue.

Put another way, we’d get more clarity if people simply identified in one of two ways:

•As a free thinker. Free thinkers believe freedom of thought is essential to the capacity to think clearly and to interact with other people—and therefore to our ability to achieve social harmony; or

•As a thought policer. Thought policers generally view honest self-expression as dangerous to collective solidarity (or to their personal perspectives), and therefore something for the state to control.

Does Political Correctness Promote Hate Speech?

Most actual “hate speech” is probably not spontaneous at all. It’s much more a byproduct of hate speech laws that really look to read people’s minds in order to sniff out the possibility of any hate thought. Sometimes I even get the impression that people who thoughtlessly spew out stupid and offensive rhetoric—as in the recent case of Roseanne Barr—are just taking the bait of agitators who are in the very business of drawing out that sort of behavior.

So here’s a question worth exploring: Can hate speech laws and political correctness actually promote compulsive talking in some people, or worsen, through social anxiety, other forms of obsessive compulsive behavior? Are some offenders like Barr responding to today’s strictures on conversation as any neurotic stricken with “talkaholism” might?

The delusion that we are all surrounded by Big Hate is fed to us by the relentless work of well-funded organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. I don’t think there can be any doubt that the SPLC has a vested interest in stirring up the illusion of Big Hate, because it’s such an integral part of their raison d’etre. Sadly, nobody can ever pursue happiness in such a toxic, chaotic environment. Not even the jailers.

The First Freedom: Freedom of Thought

Freedom of thought comes before freedom of speech. We must remember that it is the source of any inalienable right. We ought to be talking about it as though it is. If we don’t recognize this reality, then we can’t protect it.

Instead, we eventually enter a void in which increasingly unknown authorities dictate our speech and attitudes. Once that happens, our very capacity to think our own thoughts becomes eroded, and the downward spiral continues. Without an ethos and legal structure to protect the right of individuals to think clearly and independently, civil society collapses, along with all respect for human dignity and individual uniqueness.

Let’s remember that all of the other First Amendment rights follow in logical order from the first freedom of religion/belief/conscience/thought. Freedom of speech is the right to express what you think and believe. Freedom of press means the right to record those expressed thoughts in writing or other media. In this vein, freedom of association would mean being able to deliver your ideas to anyone willing to listen. It means the right to peaceably assemble and have open conversation with other people.

The heavy hand of the state has no right to cut off or interfere in our ability to spark thoughtful conversations. If the state violates our First Amendment rights, the First Amendment also gives us the right to petition as a means of fighting back against that abuse of power.

Why Tyrants Always Hate Free Thought

Dictators have relentlessly attacked freedom of thought from time immemorial. Tyrants have always sought to control what people think, in order to control what people say and do. Of course, since they can’t mind-read, they always try to alter thoughts by controlling speech. So none of the first freedoms is negotiable. But we shouldn’t kid ourselves that the big prize for totalitarians isn’t thought.

The American founders were well-versed in the history of tyranny, going back at least as far as the murderous reigns of Roman Emperors Nero and Caligula or Attila the Hun. The twentieth century alone offers countless examples, including Joseph Stalin’s Red Terror in the Soviet Union or Adolf Hitler’s Germany or Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in China. In such dystopias, people were routinely punished—often harshly, including death—for something as simple as laughing at an unauthorized joke.

Such diehard patterns of tyranny need a workable antidote, and that antidote is first and foremost independent thought. That’s exactly why the American Founders enshrined freedom of religion as the very first freedom listed under the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. After all, freedom of religion simply means you have the God-given right to think your own thoughts and believe whatever you believe, even if you believe nobody but you should have that right.

Are You a Free Thinker?

Once the Mass State starts manipulating language by legislating everyday expressions, such as forcing every citizen to adhere to unfamiliar pronoun protocols under the guise of anti-discrimination, it builds walls between people. That’s exactly what it’s designed to do.

We’ve probably all observed how political correctness controls speech and thought by inducing self-censorship. How does this happen? Through manipulating the primal human terror of being socially isolated for non-compliance. People comply with political correctness in order to avoid that perceived isolation. Yet political correctness is designed to isolate us socially through our compliance with it! Heads, they win; tails, you lose.

The only way to avoid that Catch-22 is to stand up to political correctness before its illusions root too deeply. The First Amendment is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition. And it’s all or nothing.

The only way the bubble of political correctness can pop is if all free thinkers are inclined to follow through with the First Amendment. Thinking will only remain free as long as we express our thoughts by speaking them, recording them, and cross-pollinating them through peaceful assembly. Nothing less can insure against the de-humanizing effects of thought policing.

Let’s think about that. And talk about it constantly.

via Today’s Two Main Political Camps Are Pro-Thought Versus Anti-Thought — The Federalist

8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story — The Federalist

The intelligence bureaucracies spied on the Donald Trump campaign: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants were granted because of a Hillary Clinton-funded and unverified document, national-security letters were issued to allow warrantless spying, and the unprecedented but not-illegal-per-se unmasking of Trump officials’ conversations with non-U.S. persons was shockingly routine.

Yet the news of a CIA-connected human source operating as far back as April or May of 2016 is about more than just spying. It is the latest example in what now looks to be a long line of attempted setups by the Clinton team, many times aided and abetted by our intelligence bureaucracies.

These events should anger any red blooded American who believes in representative democracy and the importance of the rule of law. Let’s review eight examples.

via 8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story — The Federalist

State Department Releases 2017 International Religious Freedom Report — Juicy Ecumenism

Last week the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom released the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback held a press conference on May 29 to announce the release. Following that, Ambassador Brownback provided a special briefingto unveil the massive report, which covers 200 countries and territories.

“This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the world,” Secretary Pompeo declared. His words called to mind not only the values of America’s founding fathers, but the legacy of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) that became law in 1998. With the passage of IRFA, concern for global religious freedom was enshrined in U.S. foreign policy in a way it had not been before.

Pompeo said, stressing that religious freedom, “is a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and assured that President Trump and Vice President Pence also stand “with those who yearn for religious liberty.” After announcing that the State Department would hold the first ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” and that it would be about “action,” not just a discussion group, the Secretary continued:

Religious freedom is indeed a universal human right that I will fight for, one that our team at the department will continue to fight for, and one that I know President Trump will continue to fight for. The United States will not stand by as spectators. We will get in the ring and stand in solidarity with every individual who seeks to enjoy their most fundamental of human rights.

At the special briefing that followed, Ambassador Brownback, who was one of the Senate sponsors of the original Act, admitted that while “we’ve seen progress, but there’s much, much work to be done.” He mentioned a number of countries where restrictions on religious freedom and downright persecution are taking place. Speaking of Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned unjustly in Turkey, Brownback told how he was present in Turkey for Brunson’s trial and that he was grateful for the President’s, Vice-President’s, and Secretary’s leadership. “We will all continue to raise this case every chance we get until he is released,” he declared, adding that there are “way too many Andrew Brunsons held unfairly in prisons around the world.”

The Ambassador issued an open invitation to those present to attend the weekly roundtable he holds for human rights advocates to discuss concerns from all over the world. Brownback is working diligently to defend international religious freedom, just as he did when he was a senator.

A large part of Ambassador Brownback’s passion stems from the urgency of the situation. While delivering the opening remarks at the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s May 10 Summit on Global Christian Persecution, Ambassador Brownback indicated that there was a “global war” on religion.

In his remarks at the May 29 briefing, Brownback revealed more of what personally motivates him. He said:

We all have a stake in this fight. One person’s bondage is another person’s burden to break. We’re all people with beautiful and undeniable human dignity. Our lives are sacred. Our right to choose the road our conscience takes is inalienable.  

Brownback reaffirmed Secretary Pompeo’s commitment to action. He said that the Report on International Religious Freedom is “a critical, important report, but strong action must follow.” The United States must “move religious freedom forward” and “defend it in every corner of the globe.”

America’s history of valuing freedom of conscience and faith, the legacy of the International Religious Freedom Act (renewed in 2016 as the Frank Wolf Religious Freedom Act), the urgency of the situation, and our moral obligation to bear the burden of those in bondage all inspire us as a nation to defend religious freedom. But finally, there is a very pragmatic reason for the United States to defend religious freedom. “Two key objectives of the Trump administration are reduction of terrorism and growing the economy,” Brownback said. “With religious freedom, you get both of them.”

Nations are better off when there is religious freedom he reiterated to a reporter who came at him with same tired old argument about critics warning that they were “elevating religious freedom over other human rights.”

“This is a foundational human right that this administration is supporting,” Brownback said he would tell the critics. “You do religious freedom and a whole series of better human rights come out of it.” He warned that when “you get the foundational one wrong, you really can’t build on the structure.”

Kudos to the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom for the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom and for the agenda of taking words to action. That office in particular, and the Trump Administration, overall, appears to be building a strong foundation from which to advance religious freedom and defend the persecuted. Pray that this foundation will stand through all the political pressures and shifting sands of priorities in the world today.

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How the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers Preserved the Eyewitness Gospel Accounts — Cold Case Christianity

The students of the apostles played a pivotal role in preserving and promoting the eyewitness Gospel accounts. While many skeptics claim the New Testament Canon was formed during 4th Century Church Councils (such as the Council of Nicea or Laodicea), the earliest believers had already preserved the canonical gospels and letters centuries prior. In fact, the early Church leaders prior to the first council at Nicea (known as the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers), began to collect and affirm the canon of Scripture in three separate geographical areas. The first surviving list of canonical texts dates to approximately 170AD in what is now known as the “Muratorian Fragment”, a partial copy of an ancient text discovered in the Ambrosian Library in Milan in the 18th century. This document affirmed and acknowledged Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Jude, 1 John, 2 John and Revelation as reliable, apostolic Scripture. The author of the Muratorian Fragment was also careful to warn his readers about Paul’s alleged letters to the Laodiceans and Alexandrians, and a document known as the “Apocalypse of Peter” (identifying these as forgeries). Even this early in history, in regions spanning Europe and the Mediterranean, Christians already possessed and guarded the New Testament texts:

IN FRANCE: Irenaeus (185AD) Affirmed as Many as 24 New Testament Books
Irenaeus grew up in Smyrna while Polycarp (the disciple of the apostle John) was the Bishop there. Irenaeus eventually became the Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now called Lyons) and wrote an expansive volume called “Against Heresies” in 185AD. Throughout the many chapters of this text, he quoted the New Testament (over one thousand times) to make his case against a variety of heresies appearing on the scene. In quoting the New Testament documents, he referred to at least twenty-one of the books we presently possess in our Bible (including Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, 1 Peter, 1 John, 2 John and Revelation). But, in addition to this, scholars believe Irenaeus alluded to a number of additional texts, including Hebrews, James and perhaps even 2 Peter. Irenaeus is silent with regard to Philemon, 3 John and Jude, although this does not necessarily mean he was unaware of the books or rejected them as inspired. Irenaeus also referred to the Shepherd of Hermas and the Apocalypse of John, but no other 2nd Century book related to Jesus was recognized as authentic.

IN ITALY: Hippolytus (220AD) Affirmed as Many as 24 New Testament Books
Hippolytus was born in Rome and became a disciple of Irenaeus. He was a prolific writer, and one of his most important works was a text known as “Refutation of All Heresies”. Over the course of his many writings, Hippolytus acknowledged and affirmed most of the New Testament documents (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, 1 Peter, 1 John, 2 John and Revelation). It also appears, however, he was aware of 2 Peter and James, but he does not list them openly. In addition, Hippolytus quotes from Hebrews directly (and also the Shepherd of Hermas), but not as though they are Scripture.

IN EGYPT: Origen (225AD) Affirmed as Many as 27 New Testament Books
Origen of Alexandria was a brilliant Church leader who travelled broadly and was fully aware of the catalogue of differing views related to Jesus. He was also fully aware of the teachings within the Church from region to region. Perhaps for this reason, Origen’s use and affirmation of the eyewitness books and letters is significant. Even though late emerging texts were known to Origen, his many letters and writings fail to affirm heretical non-canonical works. Instead, Origen categorized the existing texts of the ancient world into three classes: the universally accepted eyewitness writings of the apostles, those books whose apostolic authorship was doubted, and those books clearly not the product of the original eyewitnesses. He acknowledged Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, 1 Peter, 1 John, and Revelation as Scripture. He also acknowledged believers within the church had their doubts about Hebrews, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, James, Jude, Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Didache, and the Gospel of the Hebrews (a version of the Gospel of Matthew). While Origen believed the books in this second group were also reliable Scripture, he recognized and tolerated other views.

IN PALESTINE: Eusebius (324AD) Affirmed 26 New Testament Books
Eusebius was the Bishop of Cæsarea. Like Origen, Eusebius acknowledged a list of trustworthy apostolic writings, and he also divided his list into three categories. Eusebius’ first group included the universally accepted eyewitness accounts and letters of the apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, 1 Peter, 1 John and Revelation). His second group included contested books. He divided the contested texts into a superior and inferior group. The superior group included James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John. Eusebius maintained that these books should be considered Scripture, but he conceded not everyone agreed on this issue. His second group of contested books included the Epistle of Barnabas, the Didache, the Gospel of the Hebrews, the Acts of Paul, the Shepherd of Hermas and the Apocalypse of Peter. All other ancient texts related to Jesus were placed in the third category which Eusebius considered fraudulent.

Many early church fathers wrote prolifically in their own effort to nurture and encourage the local churches, and many of their writings still exist today. Imagine if every canonical text of the New Testament had been destroyed, leaving only the writings of these Ante-Nicene Church Fathers. These second and third generation documents would provide us with the same image of Jesus offered in the New Testament. Jesus would still have been born of a virgin and He would still have claimed to be God. We would still have a record of His divine teaching and miraculous activity. Most importantly, we would still possess the descriptions of His resurrection. The details of the apostolic eyewitness accounts were carefully and accurately preserved by the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers from Ignatius, Polycarp and Clement to Origin and Eusebius. The Bible we possess today is a reliable record of the earliest documents written about Jesus.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case DetectiveChristian Case Maker, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and the author of Cold-Case ChristianityCold-Case Christianity for KidsGod’s Crime SceneGod’s Crime Scene for Kids, and Forensic Faith.

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