Daily Archives: June 7, 2018

June 7: The Forgotten Christian Virtue

2 Chronicles 17:1–18:34; Titus 3:8–11; Psalm 99:1–100:5

An unfortunate effect of our emphasis on God’s grace is our dwindling focus on the connection between obeying God’s will and receiving His blessings. If we’re not living in the primary will God designed for us, then we will not be in the right place at the right time to do His work. And if we don’t show up in the right moments (as designed by God), we won’t be in a position to receive the glorious blessings of the good works He intended for us.

We see the kind of obedience God requires of us in the beginning of King Jehoshaphat’s life. He is quick to align himself with God’s will and, as a result, God is quick to bless him (2 Chr 17:1–6). God extends blessings appropriate for a king—the right people to protect him and offer him guidance, as well as wealth and honor (2 Chr 17:12–19; 18:1).

Based on this understanding of God’s desire to bless our obedience, Paul later encourages Titus to tell other believers to “be careful to engage in good deeds … [for they are] beneficial to people … [and] to avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and contentions and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and fruitless” (Titus 3:8–9).

Although the Law (Genesis—Deuteronomy) is no longer the reigning force in our lives, God still requires obedience. When we’re obedient, we’re in God’s will, and when we’re in God’s will, we experience even more of His blessings. We realize what it means to be made in His image—to live as He intended us to live.

It’s easy to take this connection too far, wrongly suggesting that people who seem blessed must be in God’s will or that wealth is a result of following God. This is rarely the case. King Jehoshaphat is a unique example of divine blessing, and the blessings he received aligned with his needs as the leader of God’s people. God’s blessings are usually far less tangible—they can be things like joy in Christ, a sense of peace that comes from being in His will, or the incredible feeling that comes from being involved when someone comes to believe in Christ or know Him more deeply. God’s blessings cannot be earned. They are experiences He gives us, often without merit.

We can never be obedient enough to earn the goodness God bestows on us. But obedience puts us in the right place at the right time for experiencing God’s work. Every moment is a chance to be closer to Him, and obedience is our roadmap for the journey.

How can you invite God and other believers to help you with obedience? What is one thing you can change (or work on changing) this week?

John D. Barry[1]


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

June 7 Receiving the Word in Humility

“In humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

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A humble heart is a teachable heart.

Scripture speaks of a past, present, and future aspect of salvation. You have been saved from the penalty of sin (salvation), are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification), and will ultimately be saved from the presence of sin (glorification). At first glance James 1:21 may sound like it’s written to unbelievers, urging them to receive the Word, which is able to redeem them. But the phrase “save your souls” carries the idea that the implanted Word has the ongoing power to continually save one’s soul. It’s a reference to the present and ongoing process of sanctification, which is nurtured by the Spirit-energized Word of God.

The Word was implanted within you by the Holy Spirit at the time of your salvation. It is the source of power and growth for your new life in Christ. Your responsibility is to receive it in purity and humility so it can do its sanctifying work.

“Humility” in James 1:21 could be translated “meekness,” “gentleness,” or “having a willing spirit”, but I prefer “teachability.” If your heart is pure and humble, you will be teachable and will set aside all resentment, anger, and pride so you can learn God’s truth and apply it to your life.

When Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15), He was addressing this very issue. If you love Him, you will desire to obey Him and will receive His Word so you can know His will for your life. As you receive the Word, the Holy Spirit empowers you to live according to its principles.

Paul said, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another … and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:16–17). That’s the essence of a Biblical lifestyle and the fruit of receiving the Word in humility. May God bless you with a teachable spirit and an ever-increasing love for His truth.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to keep your heart tender towards Christ and His Word.

For Further Study: Read Nehemiah 8. ✧ Who read God’s Word to the people? ✧ How did the people respond? ✧ Would you characterize them as receivers of the Word? Explain.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 171). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Trump Blasts Awan Plea Deal: “Server Scandal Key To Democrat Corruption”

After months of delays, former IT aides to Congressional Democrats, Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi, look like they’re about to slide right out of a D.C. courtroom with a plea deal in their bank fraud case – while a litany of far more serious allegations documented by the Daily Caller‘s Luke Rosiak remain unprosecuted.

“Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were charged last summer with bank fraud. They now appear poised to strike a plea deal with the Department of Justice. A plea agreement hearing is set for July 3 before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington,” –Fox News

Awan was arrested one day after reports emerged that the FBI had seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the residence Imran Awan, the IT aide of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, we learn that Awan has been captured at the Dulles airport while attempted to flee the country. While charged with bank fraud, there is ample evidence that the Awans were spying on members of Congress through their access to highly-sensitive information on computers, servers and other electronic devices belonging to members of Congress.

President Trump wasn’t too pleased with the rumored plea deal:

Of course, the MSM will be talking about how Trump’s was incorrect since the Awan plea deal is for bank fraud, and has nothing to do with the multitude of still-unprosecuted allegations related to potential spying. In their attempts to show how uninformed the President is, the MSM will undoubtedly “red pill” their audience over the other Awan allegations.

Meanwhile, if GOP legislators and investigators get their way, Debbie Wasserman Schultz may soon be in the hot seat…

“Sources also say that investigators were particularly interested in whether anyone else in the congressional offices that all of these IT aides worked for was involved in alleged improper activity. This might include Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who was the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair when she employed Awan. It might also include former Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., who employed Awan when Becerra was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Becerra is now California attorney general.” –Fox News

And as Judicial Watch notes:

The government’s bizarre failure to prosecute Awan for the national security violations he appears to have committed points to a political coverup that’s dangerous, craven and borders on traitorous. A House Office of Inspector General investigation determined earlier this year that Awan and his relatives committed numerous violations of House security policies, including logging into the House Democratic Caucus server thousands of times without authorization. The same news agency that reported that story published alarming new revelations in the case this month, concluding that “Democrats appear to want to keep the case out of court” because “a trial could expose their reckless IT practices.” It turns out that, not only has Capitol Police failed to make any arrests, it inadvertently gave evidence to defense attorneys that was supposed to go to prosecutors. It gets better; prosecutors appear to be sharing information with someone on Capitol Hill who in turn is leaking it to Awan’s lawyer. -Judicial Watch

“The House Office of Inspector General tracked the Awans network usage and found that a massive amount of data was flowing from the (congressional) networks,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. “Over 5,700 logins by the five Awan associates were discovered on a single server within the House.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) gave a rousing speech on the House Floor Wednesday imploring the DOJ to act on the Awan case, noting that there are “dozens and dozens” of potential felonies involved.

‘We need someone assigned to the Awan case that will protect Congress from further breaches and from the Awan crime family… for heavens sake, we need someone in the FBI to step up and do their job’ -Rep. Louie Gohmert

About that judge… 

The judge in the Awan case, Tanya Chutkan, was appointed to the D.C. US District Court by President Obama on June 5, 2014, after Chutkan had contributed to him for years.

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Prior to her appointment to the District Court, she was a partner at law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner (BSF) where she represented scandal-plagued biotechnology company Theranos – which hired Fusion GPS to threaten the news media. Because of this, Chutkan had to recuse herself from two cases involving Fusion GPS.

Meanwhile, BSF attorney and crisis management expert Karen Dunn – who prepped Hillary Clinton for debates and served as Associate White House Counsel to Obama – represents Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Another BSF attorney, Dawn Smalls, was John Podesta’s assistant while he was Obama’s Chief of Staff. And if you still had doubts over their politics, BSF also republished an article critical of Donald Trump in their “News & Events” section.

In short, the Judge in the Awan case – appointed by Obama after years of contributing to him, was a partner at a very Clinton-friendly law firm. It should also be noted that Obama appointed Chutkan’s husband, Peter Krauthammer, to the D.C. Superior Court in 2011.

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More background on Imran Awan…

Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.

The family was paid extremely well, with Imran Awan being paid nearly $2 million working as an IT support staffer for House Democrats since 2004. Abid Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were each paid more than $1 million working for House Democrats. In total, since 2003, the family has collected nearly $5 million.

The staffer’s services were so important to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.

The brothers were also employed by members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, such as: Jackie Speier (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Lieu has since openly called for leaks by members of President Trump’s administration despite the fact that he may until recently have been under surveillance by a foreign entity.

One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access toDebbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.

The brothers are accused of removing hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment from congressional offices, including computers and servers, while also running a procurement scheme in which they bought equipment, then overcharged the House administrative office that assigns such contractors to members.

Some congressional technology aides believe that the Awan’s are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, due to the fact that these representatives have displayed unwavering and intense loyalty towards the former aides.

Meanwhile, back in March the Daily Caller reported that the Awan brothers were essentially holding their stepmother in “captivity” in order to extort her for money she had stashed away in Pakistan.

Congressional staffers allegedly held their stepmother in “captivity” with violent threats in a plan to use her to access money stashed away in the Middle East. The staffers are suspected of using their positions to enrich themselves.

 

Days before U.S. Capitol Police told House members three Pakistani brothers who ran their computer networks may have stolen congressional data, their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the Democratic staffers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed.

 

A relative described the woman’s life as being completely controlled by the brothers for months while they schemed to take their father’s life insurance.

 

The brothers — who as IT professionals for Congress could read House members’ emails — allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t give them access to money stowed away in that country.

Even more:

In conclusion, we wonder if Republicans and/or members of the Trump administration had hired foreign-born IT specialists who were suspected of committing a laundry list of federal crimes and then smashed a bunch of hard drives just before skipping town, whether the media would continue to gloss right over just as they are doing for the Democrats in this instance.

Source: Trump Blasts Awan Plea Deal: “Server Scandal Key To Democrat Corruption”

JUNE 7 WHO IS YOUR EXAMPLE?

Be thou an example…in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

The Christian churches of our day have suffered a great loss in rejecting the example of good men, choosing instead the “celebrity of the hour” for their pattern.

We must agree that it is altogether unlikely that we know who our “greatest” men are.

One thing is sure, however—the greatest man alive today is the best man alive today. That is not open to debate.

Spiritual virtues run deep and silent. The holy and humble man will not advertise himself nor allow others to do it for him.

The Christian who is zealous to promote the cause of Christ can begin by living in the power of God’s Spirit, and so reproducing the life of Christ in the sight of men. In deep humility and without ostentation, he can let his light shine.

To sum it all up: The most effective argument for Christianity is still the good lives of those who profess it!

Lord, I pray that You will enable me to be an example of Your love and humility in every situation today, tomorrow and the weeks that follow.[1]


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

June 7, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. State Department has brought a group of diplomats home from Guangzhou, China, over concern they were suffering from a mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury and has already affected U.S. personnel in Cuba, a spokeswoman said.

Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight U.S. states chose candidates ahead of November’s elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov could meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in August in Singapore, RIA news agency reported on Thursday citing a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The top U.S. military officer Joseph Dunford Jr. will meet his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov in Helsinki on Friday, Finnish defense forces said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he had warned European countries years ago about the risk of the United States imposing its rules on others, and that they were now paying the price for ignoring him.

Saudi Arabia is misusing its broad anti-terrorism law to silence peaceful dissent and deny freedom of expression, imprisoning critics and allegedly subjecting some of them to torture, according to a United Nations report.

India has asked social media company Facebook to respond by June 20 to media reports of sharing users data without their explicit consent, a government statement said on Thursday.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 222,000 for the week ended June 2. The robust labor market and firming inflation have cemented expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next week. Many economists believe the U.S. central bank will hike rates two more times after its June 12-13 policy meeting to prevent the economy from overheating.

Taiwan simulated repelling an invading force on Thursday and used civilian-operated drones for the first time as part of annual military drills on the self-ruled island amid escalating tensions with China.

AP Top Stories

The White House is launching its first public service campaign with a series of new advertisements aimed at warning young people about the dangers of opioids. The new ads are part of an effort to turn the tide against the deadly epidemic.

Egypt says it has repatriated nine illegally smuggled artifacts, including statuary and coffins, from France. Thursday’s statement by the Foreign Ministry says French authorities had seized the artifacts at a train station in Paris in 2012.

Investor Warren Buffett and JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon are encouraging public companies to stop predicting their quarterly earnings and focus on long-term goals. The two executives said on CNBC Thursday that companies that focus on hitting their quarterly numbers may do things that hurt them in the future, such as delaying investments or changing when certain gains are recorded.

BBC

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe is set to hold a last-minute meeting with Donald Trump, days before the US president meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Alice Johnson, 63, a grandmother jailed for over 20 years on a non-violent drug charge has thanked US President Donald Trump for granting her clemency.

Years of video evidence gathered by police has been lost thanks to a ransomware attack on Atlanta in the US. Most of the lost evidence involves dashcam recordings, said Atlanta police chief Erika Shields in a local newspaper interview.

PageUp, a firm that manages millions of job applications around the world, suspects it has suffered a data breach. PageUp’s software is used for recruitment, but also salary information, bank details, tax numbers and other sensitive personal data.

Spain’s King Felipe VI has sworn in a new Socialist government with a record number of 11 women in 17 cabinet posts.

At least 17 people have been killed and 80 wounded by explosions that destroyed a mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources said. The government said the blasts on Wednesday night were the result of the detonation of an ammunition cache in the Shia Muslim district of Sadr City.

At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen have drowned when their boat capsized, UN officials said Another 16 people are missing after the vessel overturned in rough seas off Yemen’s coast.

WND

A city has banned a Christian church and now is facing a court fight over its decisions. The action was filed this week by the Alliance Defending Freedom over the action by the city of Monroe, North Carolina, to not allow a church to have worship services at its newly rented and renovated building. That’s even though another church had been in that space previously.

Boeing 777 jetliners cost a LOT more than $1.5 million, so the purchase price that the U.S. Army negotiated seems to be an unbelievable deal. The WarZone reports that the jet already has nearly 35,000 flight hours and is past the end of its useful life, so it is to be used to let the Department of Homeland Security check out how the structure would respond if a terrorist’s bomb exploded.

Some libraries today have moved far beyond their historic purpose of being a resource for books, music, movies, maps and reference materials. Now they’re pushing cross-dressing for children with their “Drag Story Hours.” The state aim is to allow drag queens “to broadcast and share who we are with the world.” “Drag pushes people to break boundaries and explore creativity. At a very young age, we are taught to embrace our differences. Drag not only provides an opportunity to embrace who we are, it allows for us to broadcast and share who we are with the world.”


News – 6/7/2018

“The Old Order Is Over”: Trump To Adopt “Confrontational Tone” At G-7 As Macron Plans On “Standing Up” To US President

Ahead of what is shaping up as the most confrontational G-7 meeting in history (the first meeting took place in 1975), we reported that Germany chancellor Angela Merkel already was setting the ground for the Toronto showdown among the world’s top political leaders – where Trump will also be present – vowing to challenge Donald Trump on virtually every issue, from trade to climate, and warning that the lack of room for compromise means leaders may fail to agree on a final statement, an unprecedented event at a summit of the world’s 7 most advanced nations. President Trump is said to be planning on adopting a confrontational tone at G7 in response to the other 6 nations collectively pressuring him regarding tariffs.

Andrew McCabe Seeks Immunity for Senate Testimony

Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, is seeking immunity in order to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to documents released Tuesday.

Source: Dems’ IT scandal to explode with possible plea deal

Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats, including former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is prepared to strike a plea deal with prosecutors, court filings indicate. Trump has shown interest in the case, tweeting about “the Pakistani mystery man” and asking last year, “Whatever happened to this Pakistani guy who worked with the DNC?”

Soros push to elect progressive DAs in California fails to attract voters

New York billionaire George Soros’ multimillion-dollar effort to reshape California’s criminal justice system by propping up progressive district attorney candidates backfired Tuesday, with most of his candidates suffering major defeats.

‘Within one or two years Iran will be destroyed’

“Every issue is interrelated with every issue. So Gaza is really not an attack from Gaza, and not an attack from Hamas, and not an attack from Islamic Jihad; it’s an attack from Iran. Iran is calling the shots, Iran decided to attack Israel from Gaza, and Israel’s attacking Iran in Syria. So Iran probably figured, ‘Let’s have Israel busy in Gaza so they cannot blow us up in Syria.

PM: Assad is ‘no longer immune’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is “no longer immune” from retaliation, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned during a visit to London on Thursday. “He is no longer immune, his regime is no longer immune. If he fires at us, we will destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said, speaking at an event organized by the Policy Exchange think tank.

US Treasury: Iran Tripled Hezbollah’s Annual Pay to $700 Million

Mandelker told a gathering of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) in Washington on Tuesday that “Iran provides upwards of $700 million a year to Hezbollah,” and that this figure is more than three times the $200 million previous US estimates of Iran’s funding for the group—which is officially classified as a terrorist organization by most Western countries.

Sources: Cabinet to decide on Gaza recovery options, including U.N. offer

Barring any last-minute changes, the cabinet is set to decide on Sunday about a program to improve the situation in the Gaza Strip, easing and preventing the humanitarian crisis there. The cabinet is expected to be presented with a number of options, including MK Israel Katz’s “artificial island” proposition…but the biggest proposal is a large reconstruction program prepared by UN Envoy to the Middle Easy Nikolay Mladenov.

Knesset nixes bill forcing completion of West Bank security barrier

The Knesset on Wednesday voted down a bill that would have forced the government to finish the West Bank security barrier within 18 months of the legislation’s passage into law. “What happens if we cannot stop the next terrorist?” Zionist Union Chairman Avi Gabbay told asked prior to the preliminary vote on the bill, which was opposed by 42 parliamentarians and supported by only 23.

Trump-Kim summit: Abe heads to US amid surge of diplomacy

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe is set to hold a last-minute meeting with Donald Trump, days before the US president meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Abe’s visit is part of a surge of diplomacy ahead of the unprecedented summit on 12 June in Singapore. Few details of the agenda for the Trump-Kim meeting have been confirmed.

Supreme Court rejects NI abortion law case

Human rights campaigners have lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s abortion law. The court dismissed an appeal brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC). But a majority of judges said the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

Iraq arms cache explosions destroy Baghdad mosque

At least 17 people have been killed and 80 wounded by explosions that destroyed a mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources say. The government said the blasts on Wednesday night were the result of the detonation of an ammunition cache in the Shia Muslim district of Sadr City. It did not give an exact location of the cache, but some security officials said it was inside the mosque.

Iran opens new nuclear facility for centrifuge production

Iran’s nuclear chief has inaugurated the Islamic Republic’s new nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz, which is geared toward producing centrifuges that will operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers. ranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi after nightfall on Wednesday, showcasing the facility at Natanz’s uranium enrichment center.

All eyes on Canada as first G7 nation prepares to make marijuana legal

When Canopy Growth opened its first cannabis factory in an old chocolate plant near Ottawa four years ago, it did so predicting a bright future. Canada had already legalized medical marijuana, and Canopy predicted full legalization for recreational use to be next.

Department Of Homeland Security Unveils Orwellian Program To Monitor, Track Top Media Influencers, Bloggers, And Journalists…This Should Scare You The deep state citizen surveillance system did not end with Obama. Nor did silencing the press. You’d have to be living under a rock not to see the clear effort on the part of the global elite to silence dissident voices that seek to expose their plans and defend the sovereignty of our nation and the unique liberty guaranteed in our constitution. They fear us.

Millions of Brazilians Hail Israel During March For Jesus

An annual march for Jesus held in Brazil that drew around two million participants included a loud shout-out for Israel and public prayer for the Jewish state.

Where is the outrage as a Muslim leader ordered churches demolished, wooden images of devils nailed to doors of Christians’ houses?

Ramadan Day 20 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: in 850, the caliph al-Mutawakkil issued a decree designed to make sure that the dhimmis knew their place. According to the Muslim historian al-Tabari, the caliph:

The EU is aiding Muslims trying to gain control of Israel’s Biblical Heartland, and the people of the Jewish State are demanding action to stop them

“I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the Valley of Yehoshafat. There I will contend with them Over My very own people, Yisrael, Which they scattered among the nations. For they divided My land among themselves.” Joel 4:2 (The Israel Bible™)

C-ALLAH-IFORNIA: More parental outrage as another public school tries to force-feed Islam to its students

Parents accuse a Berkeley County middle school of spending an inordinate amount of time teaching Islamic dogma to students, while giving short shrift to all the other religions, including Christianity.

Censor-Happy Facebook Joins Fake News Propaganda Outlet CNN For ‘Journalism Project’
Facebook announced a new component of its “Facebook Journalism Project” on Wednesday: a partnership with CNN and other media outlets to produce news shows specifically for Facebook.  CNN, which has been a known government-propaganda outlet, will now accept funding from Facebook for shows specifically to post on the social media network.

Child Porn Sting Hits Disney World, Legoland, and Local Boy Scout Parent

An undercover child pornography sting operation in Polk County, Florida, resulted in 11 arrests and 660 felony charges, it was announced Tuesday morning. Among those arrested as part of “Operation Guardians of Innocence II” were a Disney World employee, a Legoland builder, a former teacher and a 16-year-old student.

Rothschilds, NXIVM Sex Cult Connected to Alleged Child-Trafficking Bunker Found in Tucson

As we reported yesterday, a group of veterans known as Veterans on Patrol (VOP), which looks for homeless veterans around the area and offers them help to get them on their feet, spotted solar lights while on patrol and followed them until stumbling upon an underground bunker, that according to the group, is being used for child trafficking.

It spreads: Libraries push cross-dressing with ‘Drag Story Hours’

Some libraries today have moved far beyond their historic purpose of being a resource for books, music, movies, maps and reference materials.

MORE FBI LIES: Bureau Redacted Strzok-Page Texts to Omit 2015 Overseas Spying on US Citizens

Once again, it appears the FBI redacted documents to Congress in order to hide illicit behavior. The FBI hid that they were using sources to “lure” US citizens (Trump officials?) in the UK.

Another Trump Economic Miracle: US Debt Over Past 2 Months Decreased by More Than $30 Billion!

It’s another Trump economic miracle!  The US debt over the past two months has actually gone down.  Looks like the Trump tax cuts actually decreased the US debt after all.

Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

….An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal’s opponents

Creepy: Android Reads Your Texts, Tells You How to Respond

Google is now rolling out a creepy “Smart Reply” feature on Android phones which reads text messages you just received and gives you suggestions on how to respond.

French mayor calls for help as police are losing control over the city

The mayor of Toulon, Hubert Falco, has asked for police reinforcements after a “worrying outbreak of violence” in his city, France’s Var-Matin reports.

And The Worst City In America For 2018 Is…

..So precisely how was Detroit selected as “the worst city in America” this year? Well, 24/7 Wall St. has developed an “index” that factors in eight different categories…


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“He tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

In Today’s Edition

  • Obama made a bad deal with Iran and then skirted it to make it worse.
  • Media conspiracy theories about Melania Trump are just terrible.
  • Who is “Juan” Galt? Venezuela sees an exodus of talent.
  • “Make Congress Work Again” is working.
  • How to make lemons out of a kids’ lemonade stand.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Obama’s Iran Lie Was Even Bigger

His ultimate legacy goal was to see Iran empowered in the Middle East.

Media Malpractice Over ‘Missing’ Melania

Sometimes the “news” isn’t the news; the media’s pathetic coverage of it is.

Who Is ‘Juan’ Galt?

Venezuela currently epitomizes the inexorability of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged logic.

‘Make Congress Work Again’ Is Working

With a lot still on the docket, McConnell canceled recess. But keep the pressure on Congress.

Making Lemons Out of a Lemonade Stand

Somebody called the cops on some kids in Colorado for selling lemonade without a license.

Video: Why Culture Is Disappearing

YouTuber Chad Prather discusses why it is that our culture is so different now than in years past.

Thursday Short Cuts

“Willful, gleeful stupidity is the primary thing preventing us from having any kind of fruitful dialogue.” —Matt Walsh

Thursday Top Headlines

VA Mission Act, China’s persecution, sanctuary cities win, NBC vs. Bill Clinton, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Edwin J. Feulner

The Road to the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Victor Davis Hanson

Europe’s Vanishing Calm

Joe Bastardi

D-Day Reflections

Larry Elder

Black Motorists Lying on Cops — Who’s Doing the ‘Racial Profiling’?

Paul Kengor

50 Years Ago: An Assassination That Shook America


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 – 6/7/2018

Iran top security official says ‘Quds Day is a nightmare for Israel’

Palestinian man shot and killed after hitting soldier with rock in West Bank

UK foreign minister urges Netanyahu to open independent probe of Gaza deaths

Netanyahu says Iran responsible for Gaza crisis

In U.K., May voices concerns about Gaza deaths, Netanyahu says Israel working to minimize Palestinian casualties

Why it’s a big deal that Argentina canceled its soccer game in Israel

Netanyahu concerned scrapped soccer match could portend future cancellations

Israel soccer chief: Palestinians crossed line

Israel demands FIFA probe Palestinian threats that led to Argentina cancellation

Culture minister: Argentina soccer match canceled over terrorism, not a boycott

Coins Dating to Time of Ezra Unearthed in Jerusalem

Giuliani: Trump optimistic and realistic on Palestinians

Giuliani: Use Trump’s North Korea-style pressure tactics with the Palestinians

Giuliani, in Israel: Mueller team trying to frame Trump; Netanyahu cases a joke

Amid protest and surprise, President Trump to host first dinner for Muslim holiday of Ramadan

Trump didn’t invite Muslim groups to his Iftar dinner, but they say they wouldn’t have gone anyway

Trump’s Ramadan dinner is a charade – A single dinner does not an ally make

U.S. officials on roadshow to cut Iran investment, trade – sources

GOP report: Obama admin worked to allow Iran to exchange billions to bypass sanctions

Europe Asks U.S. for an Exemption From Sanctions on Iran

Theresa May faces Israeli pressure over Iran nuclear deal

Iran opens new nuclear facility for centrifuge production

Iran to complete facility to build centrifuges in a month

Pompeo says US won’t allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons

Israeli official: European leaders agree Iran troops must be removed from Syria

Hezbollah and Iran ‘to stay in Syria until it is liberated’

The Pentagon admitted it will never know how many civilians it has killed fighting ISIS

Iraq launches air strike against Islamic State in Syria

UAE says Iraq election shows waning Iranian influence

Iraq PM Abadi: ‘Dangerous violations’ found in last month’s vote

Iraqi parliament orders manual election recount

Egypt’s Sisi: Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is strategic, special

UN accuses Saudi Arabia of using anti-terror laws to justify torture

Ethiopia offers Eritrea chance to end Africa’s longest war

Report: Imagery shows North Korea razes missile test stand

Remote U.S. base on high-alert for potential North Korean nuclear attack

Trump’s on-the-fly North Korea negotiations fuel White House worries over concessions

Rudy Giuliani claims Kim Jong Un begged ‘on his hands and knees’ for meeting with Trump

Putin: US would need to offer firm guarantees to NKorea

A diplomat’s mysterious illness could jeopardize China’s relationship with the U.S.

China Offers to Buy Nearly $70 Billion of U.S. Products to Fend Off Trade Tariffs

Trade clash: EU to hit US with $3.3 billion in tariffs next month

Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

NATO Allies Bristle Over U.S. Tariffs Pinned to Security Threats

Merkel Says Europe Must Step Up in ‘World Being Reorganized’

The secretive Bilderberg elite are worried about the ‘post-truth’ world

New Theory Attempting to Debunk ‘Planet Nine’ Mystery Shut Down by Expert

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Thang, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 11,000ft

Kileuea volcano in Hawaii erupts to 10,000ft

Lava flow evaporates Hawaii’s largest freshwater lake within hours

Guatemala volcano: Emergency agency ‘failed to heed warnings’

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

Concern Grows After Yellowstone’s Largest Geyser Erupts For 8th Time Since March

We Need More Volcanoes: Eruptions Slowed Global Warming in Past

Hurricanes are slowing, which could be a big problem

Tropical depression to threaten Philippines with flooding downpours this week

Storms Drop Baseball-Sized Hail On North Texas, Shattering Windows: ‘Sounded Like God Was Throwing Rocks’

Dogs Could Become The Next Source of a Deadly Flu Pandemic

HIV ‘game changer’ drug linked with fall in condom use among gay men

Gallup: Record Support for Gay Relations and Polygamy; Plurality Still Oppose Abortion

Same-Sex Marriages Are Backed in E.U. Immigration Ruling

Bermuda’s Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage – Again

Hawaii rocked by more than 12,000 earthquakes over the last 30 days

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 06:38 AM PDT

Hawaii rocked by more than 12,000 earthquakes over the last 30 daysWe haven’t seen anything like this since Hawaii first became a state back in 1959. Kilauea began erupting on May 3rd, and it hasn’t stopped rumbling yet. In fact, authorities are telling us that Hawaii has been struck by “over 12,000 earthquakes” during the last 30 days. That is an extraordinary amount of shaking, and many are now becoming concerned that fundamental physical changes are

happening to the islands. As one USGS official has noted, we have never seen earthquakes happen on the Big Island with this sort of frequency ever before…  While most of the earthquakes have been relatively mild at magnitude 2 or 3, the largest earthquake was a massive 6.9 magnitude tremor on May 4, along with a 5.5 magnitude quake on June 4.  Brian Shiro, a supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the island was witnessing the highest rate of quakes ever measured at the summit. READ MORE

FALLING AWAY: UMC Minnesota Conference Removes ‘Father’ From Apostles Creed for Worship Service

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 06:32 AM PDT

FALLING AWAY: UMC Minnesota Conference Removes ‘Father’ From Apostles Creed for Worship ServiceThe Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church edited the historic Apostles’ Creed so that it removed references to God as “Father” for a worship service.  The Apostles’ Creed is an affirmation of Christian faith that goes back to the early Church and is still common in many churches that include liturgy as part of worship. At the multiday Minnesota Conference, which went from May

30–June 1, liturgical folders reportedly included a copy of the creed that removed gender-specific language for God, changing “God the Father Almighty” to “God the Creator Almighty” and “Jesus Christ His Only Son” to “Jesus Christ God’s Only Son.” The Christian Post reached out to the Minnesota Conference for further details about the edited creed and its use, and will update this piece when a response is received. READ MORE

Franklin Graham says San Francisco is a ‘Little Picture Of Hell’

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 06:24 AM PDT

Franklin Graham says San Francisco is a ‘Little Picture Of Hell’Franklin Graham thinks places like California are a “little picture of Hell,” but fully believes that if Christians step up, they can bring it back to the way it once was.  During a recent interview, Graham called California a “sinking” state and compared San Francisco to a “little picture of Hell.”  Graham is currently on a 10-city tour in California in order to encourage Christians to stand up against the state’s anti-Christian laws and beliefs. Graham, who is the son of the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, calls

California the “blue wall,” because of their education system, economic policies, and “sanctuary cities” throughout the state.  He set out on a “Decision America” tour in order to address constituents before the June 5 primary. During this particular tour, he has been urging Christians to not just vote, but to get up and run for public offices in the state whether it’s a senate position or a board of education position, he states it is important. READ MORE

Mysterious sounds from the sky over Sanford, Florida baffle residents

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 06:19 AM PDT

Mysterious sounds from the sky over Sanford, Florida baffle residentsThere were no planes around… But in this video clip captures in Sanford, Florida, you clearly hear some strange sounds coming from… probably the sky!  So what are these strange sounds from the sky? University of Saskatchewan physics professor Jean-Pierre St. Maurice explains that it’s electromagnetic noise emitted from auroras and radiation belts.  Geoscientist David Deming from the

University of Oklahoma, meanwhile, has previously written about a phenomenon called The Hum – ‘a mysterious and untraceable sound that is heard in certain locations around the world by two to ten per cent of the population’. Writing in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, he said that sources of The Hum could include telephone transmissions and ‘aircraft operated by the U.S Navy for the purpose of submarine communications’. READ MORE

Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Teacher Fighting for Job After Refusing District’s Demands to Call Students by ‘Transgender’ Names

A teacher is fighting for his job after he says the district forced him to resign over its transgender student policy.  John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, said the school district’s requirement that teachers call transgender students by their preferred names, rather than those given at birth, goes against his religious beliefs. The requirement, Kluge said,

violates his First Amendment rights.  “I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle,” he said. “I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.” Advocates for the LGBTQ community say that using a person’s preferred name is an issue of respect, =not religion or politics. READ MORE

Churches Burned and Bombed in Latest Round of Ethnic Cleansing

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 05:59 AM PDT

Churches Burned and Bombed in Latest Round of Ethnic CleansingThe Burmese military has again turned its violent against ethnic minorities targeting Kachin Christians in Northern Burma, burning and bombing their churches and destroying their livelihoods. These attacks have already damaged homes and injured children. In the past week’s attacks have escalated following the same pattern of ethnic cleansing they have used to eradicate the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State of Burma. (Burma is a Buddhist country.)

“Attacks on Christians in Burma are rising, with the Burmese military’s track record genocide on their own people. Christians may be forced out of the country like the nearly 1 million Rohingyas now in refugee camps in Bangladesh. If a Christian church plays music too loudly, the military encourages local citizens to join them in beating the Christians. Women and children being hurt in the bombings and attacks. We must do something for our brothers and sisters in Burma. The Burmese military cannot be allowed to continue these horrific acts of violence on their own people,” says Bob Roberts, founding pastor of Northwood Church in Keller, Texas, and member of the Faith Coalition to Stop Genocide in Burma. READ MORE

Would Jesus Require a $54 Million Private Jet?

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 05:54 AM PDT

Would Jesus Require a $54 Million Private Jet?(By J. Lee Grady) Faith preacher Jesse Duplantis told the world last month that God wants him to own a $54 million Falcon 7X private jet. And he’s challenging donors to help him buy it.  “Some people believe preachers shouldn’t have jets,” Duplantis said in a video he posted online on May 21. “I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today He wouldn’t be riding a donkey. … He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

The popular Louisiana minister, who is 68, is known for his folksy Cajun accent and downhome humor. But he was not cracking a joke when he announced his need for the pricey three-engine plane, which can fly up to 592 miles per hour. He was dead serious. Duplantis’ request didn’t go over well when his video went viral. Secular news reporters called him a charlatan. Some Christians condemned him as a con artist. In a social media post, gospel singer Kirk Franklin accused Duplantis of exploiting poor people. READ MORE

Taiwan conducting war games simulating repelling Chinese attack amid heighted tensions

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 05:49 AM PDT

Taiwan conducting war games simulating repelling Chinese attack amid heighted tensionsFighter jets, helicopters and thousands of troops in Taiwan fought back a simulated Chinese invasion Thursday as the self-ruled island faces increasing military and diplomatic pressure from Beijing. Relations between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated since President Tsai Ing-wen was elected in 2016, as her government refuses to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of “one China”. Live-

fire drills began Monday with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold – by force if necessary. Tsai watched Thursday’s session of the ongoing “Han Kuang” (Han Glory) exercise involving 4,100 soldiers, attack helicopters and fighter jets from an air base in Taichung. READ MORE

Vladimir Putin warns World War 3 will be the ‘end of civilization’

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 05:44 AM PDT

Vladimir Putin warns World War 3 will be the ‘end of civilization’Vladamir Putin has shockingly spoken out on fears of World War 3 as he warned the clash would be the “end of civilization”. Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin was responding a question during his annual phone-in where he takes questions from the members of the public.   He warned World War 3 would be the end of civilization, and that should “restrain” world powers from taking “dangerous steps”.

Relations between Russia and the West have plunged to Cold War lows amid tensions over Syria, Crimea, NATO build-ups and Sergei Skripal. Putin said pressure on Russia from the West will end when they realize they are “counterproductive”. And he said fears of mutually assured destruction from nuclear is forcing “powers to respect each other”. READ MORE

Ozarks rocked by massive boom, Meteor explosion suspected

Posted: 07 Jun 2018 05:37 AM PDT

Ozarks rocked by massive boom, Meteor explosion suspectedA massive boom was heard and felt over much of the Ozarks shortly after noon (local time) on June 6, 2018. The National Weather Service said their working theory is a meteor exploding high in the atmosphere.  “I felt the ground shake and wondered what in the world?” said Willow Springs resident Lloyd Ebert, adding he saw a contrail near the edge of a cloud ‘that looked like smoke all around it.’

Mike Griffin, a meteorologist at the NWS Springfield office said they got a call from the Little Rock office that they were getting many reports from the Mountain Home area about a very loud, shaking boom. “We talked to the Howell County dispatch center and they were taking a tremendous amount of calls.” “I checked with the USGS and they had nothing registered as an earthquake, so that can be ruled out,” Griffin said, as reported by Springfield News-Leader.   “It was a fairly loud boom, a fairly good concussion,” said Steve Gleghorn, administrator of Howell County 911, who was outside when the boom happened. READ MORE

Outreach Ministry witnessing the Gospel in the heart of sin

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 11:42 AM PDT

Outreach Ministry witnessing the Gospel in the heart of sinWould Jesus go to Bonnaroo? That’s the question one ministry is asking ahead of what was one of the largest music festivals in the world.  The internationally known event is filled with things Christians are supposed to flee—debauchery, drugs and various forms of immorality.  But ministry LoveReach says that’s exactly where Jesus would be, and the Great Commission commands that believers be there also. Not to be of the world, but to show attendees just how much God loves them.

“If Jesus said go into all the world, then Bonnaroo would definitely be considered the world,” Bob Perry of LoveReach says in a newsletter. His team went to the music festival in 2017 and came home with incredible testimonies.  “Jesus was there touching heart’s for salvation, healing broken lives, setting those in bondage free and speaking life into those who seemed to have no hope. He did this and much more through those who were willing to give of themselves, in order to serve the Master,” Perry says. READ MORE

Nigerian pastor’ life threatened for leading Muslim woman to the Lord

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 11:35 AM PDT

Nigerian pastor’ life threatened for leading Muslim woman to the LordThe Nigerian pastor who played a central role in the conversion of a young Muslim woman to Christianity has denounced the response of the country’s security services, from which he alleges he has received death threats.  The first response of the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS), in January, had been to arrest the woman, 19-year-old Nabila Umar Sanda, and her friend, Simput Dafup, 33, who had introduced her to the pastor, Jeremiah Datim.

Speaking to World Watch Monitor in May, Datim said the pair were released after 10 days, but only after they had been tortured. He said the young woman was then returned to her parents—who had reported her conversion to police—and kept under surveillance. After two months she escaped and went into hiding. The woman later posted a message on Facebook, saying she’d converted to Christianity out of free choice after having “an encounter with Jesus Christ” and that “no-one forced me into Christianity”. READ MORE

Baseball-Sized Hail Shatters Windows Across North Texas During Severe Storm…

Posted: 06 Jun 2018 11:29 AM PDT

Baseball-Sized Hail Shatters Windows Across North Texas During Severe Storm…Severe storms, including hail the size of baseballs, left a trail of damage from Carrollton to Coppell to Arlington early Wednesday. Windows and skylights were shattered, car lights were cracked or smashed, and tree branches were knocked to the ground.  “It actually sounded like God was throwing rocks at us,” said Coppell resident Brandi Rafael.  The storms turned severe at around 12:30 a.m. when the National Weather Service posted warnings for portions of Denton County and Collin County. Those storms tracked south and west, bringing high winds and heavy rain to the DFW area, and dumping large hail in its path.

“The sound is what got me,” said Cynthia Schultz of Coppell. “Never heard the intensity of something pounding like that.” “I heard a lot of commotion going on, and I actually thought someone was trying to break into my house — that’s just how hard the hail was hitting,” stated Coppell resident Charles Peteet. “I’ve been here my whole life in North Texas, Dallas area, and I’ve never seen anything like this before.” READ MORE


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Jesus is No Longer the Only Way to Heaven For Many American Christians (CINO’S)

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I love it when God confirms to me that I should write on a particular subject. 

Earlier today on Facebook, a brother in Christ posted an article about MA and how most of the so-called “Intellectuals” are ultra Liberal in their politics.  This came as no surprise.  I wrote  a comment under the posted article and said “The more education – the less common sense.”

Then I went to my email and found that a reader of my articles had sent me something that he thought I might want to write about.  The article was about American Christians, and how most of them no longer believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father.  <Thank you Brian!>

Embedded in the article is a graph which shows a correlation between level of education and doctrinal beliefs.

I do not believe that these people are Christians.  And I do not believe…

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A Call Back to Truth – Answers in Genesis: by Dr. John MacArthur

Dr. John MacArthur, a popular evangelical writer and pastor, expressed his deep concern about the Emerging Church during a visit to the Creation Museum.

While Martin Luther called the church back to the truth of Scripture and the simplicity of the gospel, modern movements like the emerging church uphold “mystery” and question the traditional understanding of the gospel.

“We want to embrace mystery rather than conquer it,” declare leaders within this movement. One prominent figure was quoted in Christianity Today: “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. . . . I don’t think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either. None of us has arrived at orthodoxy.”

Emerging churches are an informal network of worldwide Christian communities who believe God’s way for today’s generation is to focus more on relationships and emerging ideas than hard-and-fast truths and traditional statements of faith. They favor dialogue over doctrine and are filled with people who say traditional church no longer works for them. Inside their walls, you’ll typically find couches in place of pews, conversation instead of preaching, compromise in place of convictions, and questions in place of truth.

Dr. John MacArthur, a popular evangelical writer and pastor, expressed his deep concern about the Emerging Church during a visit to Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum. While those leading the movement say that the gospel can’t be clearly known, they presume to know one thing for certain: “The Bible doesn’t mean what traditional people think it means.”

The emerging church is just one of the latest assaults on the truth and certainty of God’s Word.

“They are saying, in effect, that God may have spoken, but He mumbled, and we’re not really sure what He said. Saying that Scripture is not clear is just another way to undermine biblical authority,” MacArthur explains.

MacArthur explores past and present assaults on truth in his book The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception. We caught up with him for a special interview.

Hear No Truth, Speak No Truth, Follow No Truth

“This is not an intellectual movement. This is not a movement that has discovered evidence that overturns inspiration, evidence that overturns inerrancy or authority. This is a movement born of people who do not want to accept the clarity of Scripture,” says MacArthur.

Dr. John MacArthur

Dr. John MacArthur (above) sat down with past Answers magazine national editor Pam Sheppard to answer questions about the emerging church.

Solomon’s Porch (below), pastored by Doug Pagitt, is a popular emerging church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This and other emerging churches seek to embrace mystery and put less emphasis on truth.

Solomon's Porch, an emerging church

This kind of thinking is very convenient, he explains. If God’s Word is not clear, then we’re not responsible to follow it.

“It allows them not to take a position on homosexuality, premarital sex, or anything, besides ‘Let’s light some candles and incense, think good thoughts about Jesus, and give to the poor,’” he observes.

But as MacArthur reminds readers in his book’s introduction, “To claim that the Bible is not sufficiently clear is to assault God’s own wisdom and integrity.”

Sadly, some Christian bookstores now devote entire sections to books promoting the emerging church movement. MacArthur explains there are several reasons for the movement’s explosive growth:

If they don’t believe anything, they can’t offend anybody. They’re not under any mandate to say anything in particular. They play on the bad experiences and disappointments of people raised in the church. They basically can define themselves by experiences that are familiar to the culture.

Just Give Me Jesus—But Don’t Make Me Change My Ways

MacArthur brought up another quote from a different Christianity Today article. He considers it a metaphor for the whole movement. A young lady stated that she loves Donald Miller, the author of Blue like Jazz, because she wants to be religious but isn’t prepared to let religion alter her lifestyle.

“I’m a Jesus girl,” she said. “But I also like to go out and do tequila shots with my friends.”

Doubting God’s Word—from the Beginning?

Is this truth war unique to today’s postmodern culture? The image on the cover of MacArthur’s book—the serpent from the garden of Eden—gives readers an idea about how long this battle has been going on.

“The assault has never stopped since the garden,” MacArthur says. “It just escalates and escalates and escalates. It takes different forms and moves in whatever direction the mood of the mob—the spirit of the age—dictates.”

Not only have people questioned God’s Word from the beginning of time, but many Christians today doubt God from the beginning of his Word. MacArthur attributes that doubt to a very flawed view of Scripture. For example, he notes how few Christian colleges believe and promote the literal creation account.

MacArthur, who addressed the importance of origins in an earlier book The Battle for the Beginning, says he always asks the same question when he discusses the creation account with others, “At what point do you start believing the Bible? Do you kick in at Genesis 4, Exodus, Deuteronomy—when do you decide this is believable?”

History—It Says What?

MacArthur says the emerging church promotes a different version of church history than the one he gives readers in Truth War:

All the great heroes of the faith end up becoming fools. And the antiheroes—the fools who compromise and who don’t take a stand—become the heroes.

“It’s turning history on its head,” he says. “They undo the Reformation so they can go back to a quasi-Christian, medieval spirituality.”

The Church Today—How Did We Get Here?

Speaking on the church today, MacArthur writes, “It is quite possibly more susceptible to false teachers, doctrinal saboteurs, and spiritual terrorism than any other generation in church history. Biblical ignorance within the church may well be deeper and more widespread than any other time since the Protestant Reformation.”

MacArthur attributes much of this to the 20 years of the seeker-friendly movement, which he says stripped Bible teaching, especially expository teaching, out of the pulpit. “You end up with a very, very marginally knowledgeable church, largely made up of unconverted people,” he said.

“I hear pastors say to me, ‘Oh, I believe the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword,’ and I say, ‘It’s good that you say that, but when I hear you preach, you tell a bunch of stories and a bunch of cultural insights. You think your own inventions have more power than the Word of God?’”

MacArthur says that people frequently tell him that it’s easier for him to preach the truth than other people because he has greater courage, because he’s bolder.

“That’s not the answer,” he says. “The only reason I have courage and boldness is because of my belief about the Scripture—and because of my belief about being responsible and faithful to the Scripture, and to the God of the Scripture.”

The Church of Tomorrow—Will It Stand?

Is Dr. MacArthur worried about this latest attack on God’s Word? As someone who has defended truth, verse by verse, for over 30 years, he is confident that truth can never be shaken.

“No matter what deviations come up, we always have the truth,” MacArthur says about God’s Word.

However, Christians have the obligation to protect and defend that truth. As he states in Truth War, “It is our duty to guard, proclaim, and pass that truth on to the next generation [1 Timothy 6:20–21]. We who love Christ and believe the truth embodied in His teaching must awaken to the reality of the battle that is raging all around us. We must do our part in the ages-old truth war. We are under a sacred obligation to join the battle and contend for the faith.”

 

Read more: A Call Back to Truth

June 7, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

1 Paul begins this discussion by summarizing ch. 13. Having demonstrated the importance of love as a fruit of the Spirit, Paul understandably instructs the Corinthians to (lit.) “pursue” (diōkō, GK 1503; NIV, “follow”) love. It is a quality that should be growing in the life of every Christian. As long as Christians are developing in love, it is also appropriate for them to “eagerly desire” (zēloō; see comments at 12:31) spiritual gifts. Here Paul uses the word pneumatika, as he did in 12:1, rather than charismata (see 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31), but these two words are synonyms—the former stressing the Spirit as the source, the latter stressing the gift as an outpouring of grace.

But Paul adds one more thing: “especially the gift of prophecy.” With this phrase he outlines the basic content of this section, namely, that in connection with the problem that had developed in Corinth, the gift of prophecy was the more desirable.[1]


The opening words of chapter 14 sum up the conclusion we should draw from the teaching of chapter 13: ‘Follow the way of love’ (14:1)

LOVE’S PRIORITY OVER ALL OTHER SPIRITUAL GIFTS is established (vv. 1–3). If we are anxious about any aspect of the Spirit’s work in our lives, it should be his fruit rather than his gifts—and in particular love. The secret of using any gift properly, and of asking God for it for the right reasons, is love.

LOVE’S FOREMOST CHARACTERISTICS AND ACTIVITIES are established (vv. 4–7). All are the fruit of the Spirit and a reflection of our Lord Jesus Christ’s character. Love is patient (v. 4) in the sense of being steadfast and enduring. It protects (v. 7) in the sense of passing over in silence, or keeping confidential, the faults or sins of others (cf. 1 Peter 4:8 where, however, a different verb is used). Love does not stop believing the best of people and never takes failure as final.

LOVE’S OPPOSITES are clearly identified and need to be recognized and avoided—envy (v. 4), boastfulness (v. 4), pride (v. 4), rudeness (v. 5), selfishness (v. 5), irritability (v. 5), resentment (v. 5) and maliciousness (v. 6).

LOVE’S UNIQUE PERMANENCE is established (vv. 7–13). ‘Fail’ (v. 8) is used in the sense of what goes on when other things do not. Preoccupation, therefore, with any spiritual gift to the neglect of love is spiritual childishness (v. 11). There is no solid achievement in the Christian life if we are devoid of love (v. 13). Fundamental to all that the Lord Jesus teaches us is the truth: ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13:35).[2]


14:1 / In 14:1a Paul opens this segment of the letter as he ended a previous section at 12:31a—with an admonition, Follow the way of love! Then, as Paul launches into his discussion of the disorderly circumstances that apparently characterized the Corinthian church at worship, he urges the readers to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, but he makes his own preference clear by adding especially (lit. “rather”; Gk. mallon) the gift of prophecy. “Prefer prophecy” becomes Paul’s thesis for all that will follow in chapter 14; he even repeats this admonition in 14:39, “Be eager to prophesy.” These twin declarations in 14:1 and 14:39 form a literary inclusio, which emphasizes the material it surrounds. From this insight one gains a solid footing for attempting to follow Paul’s thought as he winds his way through the rest of this discussion.[3]


14:1. In what practical ways could the Corinthian church bring together love and spiritual gifts? The NIV obscures the fact that there are actually three verbs in Paul’s solution: follow, desire, and “you may prophesy” (NASB). The believer who seeks both love and gifts will be especially desirous of the gift of prophecy. Having previously made the points that all gifts in the church are from the same Spirit, and that all members of the body are vital to the life of the church, Paul’s encouragement that the Corinthians especially pursue prophecy required further explanation. As he went on to explain, the reason lay in the nature of prophecy as opposed to tongues.[4]


1. Pursue love, strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

The three verbs in this verse are directives: the first two are imperatives (pursue love! strive eagerly!), and the third is an indirect command (that you may prophesy). All of them are in the present tense to indicate that the readers should always seek to obey these injunctions.

  • “Pursue love.” This brief exhortation serves as a fitting conclusion to the entire discourse on love in chapter 13. Paul uses the verb to pursue elsewhere in connection with righteousness, hospitality, and peace (Rom. 9:30; 12:13; 14:19). The verb denotes that pursuing something must be done with intensity and determination. That is, we must pursue love with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (compare Mark 12:30). In short, Paul exhorts the readers to put the message of his letter of love (13) into practice.
  • “Strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts.” The second command is closely tied to the first one, so that the two imperatives in the present tense are nearly synonyms. The connection, however, depends less on these two successive verbs than on the nouns love and spiritual gifts. With the phrase an even more excellent way (12:31), Paul shows that love dominates the greater gifts. Paul now calls these gifts spiritual (see 12:1) and strongly urges the Corinthians to desire them. Perhaps the emphasis falls more on the concept spiritual than on that of gifts.
  • “Especially that you may prophesy.” Among the spiritual gifts is prophecy, which Paul now selects for special attention. Earlier he recorded this gift between those of doing miracles and discerning spirits (12:10; and compare 12:28–29). But in the context of chapter 14, he compares it with the gift of tongues and says that he prefers prophesying to tongue-speaking (v. 5).

Should everyone eagerly desire the ability to prophesy? Obtaining this gift depends first on the giver and second on the petitioner. God’s sovereignty to give or to withhold does not cancel man’s responsibility to pray. Paul can urge the Corinthians to pray earnestly for the gift of prophecy but he is unable to assure them that God will grant the same gift to everyone (12:11). Whatever gift the Holy Spirit confers on a believer must be employed in love for the benefit of the church. In addition, we observe that without the Holy Spirit a person is unable to prophesy. While God is calling forth today preachers, teachers, and exhorters of his revelation, Paul is urging them to respond to that call.[5]


The affirmation of the general superiority of prophecy (14:1)

The first verse is transitional: it briefly alludes to the excellence of love (set forth in chap. 13) and it introduces the main point of 14:2–25.

The argument of chapters 12 and 13 has shown, among other things, (1) that the gifts of the Spirit are proper objects of desire, (2) that though they are all to be valued they are not of equal importance, and (3) that love is of more worth than any gift. In light of these truths Paul urges his readers: “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.” In effect, he is saying that “the Corinthians must not infer from the praise so richly heaped on love that the Charismata are of no value; on the contrary, while they ought to pursue the former, let them strive also for excellence in the latter” (Edwards). “Follow the way of” is the translation of a word that literally means to run after, to pursue. It indicates a never-ending action. Findlay understands it to signify prosecuting a thing to its goal. In this context the sense of it is to strive for, seek after, or aspire to. The mlb renders it, “Make love your great guest.”

The meaning of “eagerly desire” is not to be sharply distinguished from that of “follow.” Both Greek verbs are in the present tense, indicating continuous action. Note how Paul puts the two actions side by side. Williams brings out the sense in translation: “keep on pursuing love, but still keep cultivating your spiritual gifts.” Love is not exalted to the disparagement of gifts, but in their interest. It “is not to be pursued by forgetting everything else, but opens the true way to everything else” (Findlay).

“Especially the gift of prophecy” shows that among all the gifts prophecy is to be given the place of priority. The tcnt gives the meaning: “strive for spiritual gifts, above all for the gift of preaching [lit., ‘prophecy’].”8[6]


14:1 The connection with the previous chapter is apparent. Christians should pursue love, and this will mean that they will always be trying to serve others. They should also earnestly desire spiritual gifts for their assembly. While it is true that gifts are distributed by the Spirit as He wishes, it is also true that we can ask for gifts that will be of greatest value in the local fellowship. That is why Paul suggests that the gift of prophecy is eminently desirable. He goes on to explain why prophecy, for instance, is of greater benefit than tongues.[7]


14:1. That chapter 13 was something of a digression, however sublime, may be seen by the way Paul wove together the two strands which concluded chapter 12 (v. 31) and which began chapter 14 (v. 1). He did this in a chiasmus, a common literary style that connected a series of related words, phrases, or ideas by reversing their order of discussion in the second instance, for example, a1, b1, b2, a2. As a final note to his discussion on the unity and diversity of the gifts, Paul had exhorted the Corinthians to desire (a1) exercising the gifts which were of greatest benefit to the church as a whole (cf. 12:31). He then affirmed (b1) that, however splendid and profitable the gifts were, there was a greater way of life (chap. 13). Chapter 14 picked up on this note as Paul urged (b2) his readers to make this way of love (14:1) the definitive characteristic of their own course of life (cf. John 13:34–35). This in turn would lead them to “desire (a2) the greater gifts,” among which was prophecy (cf. 1 Cor. 12:31).[8]


[1] 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. 379). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Prime, D. (2005). Opening up 1 Corinthians (pp. 119–120). Leominister: Day One Publications.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 280–281). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 244). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 476–477). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Vaughan, C., & Lea, T. D. (2002). 1 Corinthians (pp. 138–139). Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 1797–1798). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Lowery, D. K. (1985). 1 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 537). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Is the Pope Catholic? — 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.”

You laugh! Like the question, Who wrote the Gospel of John? the question, Is the Pope Catholic? hardly seems to deserve a reply. Well, not until a few weeks ago.

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 Is the Pope Catholic? — TruthXchange

MYSTERY BABYLON: For First Time Ever, The Vatican Will Be Represented At New World Order Bilderberg Conference — Now The End Begins

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global political, business and media leaders, taking place this year in Turin, Italy, June 7-10.

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:24 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Everytime I think that I am being too hard on the Jesuit Pope Francis, leader of what the Bible calls the Whore of Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18, he goes ahead and does something that renews my belief that he just may be the promised Antichrist or False Prophet from Revelation. The annual conference starts today and runs until Saturday.  For the first time ever, the Vatican is sending an official representative, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to attend the New World Order globalist Bilderberg Conference in, of all places, Turin Italy. It is time for the Vatican to takes its annointed place as Mystery Babylon, with Pope Francis as  global political ruler and king. Getting the buy-in and support from the Bilderberg Group is how that process begins. It’s no coincidence that the Bilderberg Group hates President Trump, and made him their number topic of discussionin their 2017 meeting in Virginia last year. 

Cardinal Parolin’s name is included in the list of 131 participants in this year’s event. His participation in the meeting has not been officially announced by the Vatican, though sources within the Secretariat of State have confirmed that he is scheduled to take part in the meeting. It would be the first time high-ranking Vatican official has taken part in the Bilderberg Conferences.

Started in 1954 the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, and named after the same hotel, the Bilderberg Conference gathers each year some 120-150 participants, among them European and North American political elites, along with industrial, financial, academic and media figures.

The first meeting took place at the invitation of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Co-founders of the meeting were Polish politician Jozef Retinger, former Belgian prime minister Paul van Zeeland, and Paul Rijkens, who was then the head of Unilever.

The success of the first meeting brought the organizers to stage an annual meeting. According to the groups’ official website, about two-thirds of the participants come from Europe, and the rest from North America, and one-third are political figures or government officials.

The original meeting objective was to strengthen U.S.-European relations. Over the years, the annual meetings became a forum for discussion on a wider range of topics, from ecology to trade and monetary policies.

This year’s meeting is set to discuss populism in Europe, the challenges of inequality, the future of work, artificial intelligence, U.S. midterm elections, free trade, U.S. global leadership, Russia, quantum computing, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the post-truth world, and other current events.

The Bilderberg meeting’s official website stresses that discussions are private, no minutes are taken and no reports are written.

The meetings are held under the so-called “Chatham House Rules,” an agreement typical of off-the-record meetings among academics or political leaders. According to that agreement, participants are free to use the information received, but they cannot disclose the identity nor the affiliation of speakers, nor can they disclose the other participants taking part in the conversation.

Dubbed by critics to be a kind of “global shadow government”, and targeted by protesters who picket the meeting, the Bilderberg meeting has has an official website since 2011, and publishes the names of participants in the annual meeting the day before the gathering begins.

Parolin’s participation may be an expression of the “culture of the encounter” encouraged by Pope Francis. The pope has often asked officials to engage a dialogue with the world.

Receiving the Charlemagne Prize May 6, 2016, Pope Francis stressed that ”today we urgently need to engage all the members of society in building ‘a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter’ and in creating ‘a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society.’”

The cardinal’s participation in the Bilderberg Conference Group could be part of a strategy of dialogue the Holy See is engaging with the influential elite global group. It is noteworthy that last year, Parolin took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, and there he delivered a speech in which he listed the aims of pontifical diplomacy. source

via MYSTERY BABYLON: For First Time Ever, The Vatican Will Be Represented At New World Order Bilderberg Conference — Now The End Begins

Mueller coming for evidence? No problem, just smash your phones, Hannity says

Hannity’s ‘Equal Justice’ Experiment: Try Hillary’s BleachBit, Smashed Phone, Deleted Emails Ploy

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly asking witnesses for their cell phones as his Russiagate investigation drags on. Fox News’ Sean Hannity has some simple advice for the witnesses: smash your phones.

Source: Mueller coming for evidence? No problem, just smash your phones, Hannity says

‘Are You Gay Allies?’: Creepy Government Video Indoctrinates Children for Pride Month — Christian Research Network

(Dan Andros – Faithwire)  A video produced by CBC Life, a vertical on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website, has caused controversy after using children to promote gay pride month.

“Happy pride everybody!” Canadian television host Jessi Cruickshank begins, while being met by a throng of cheers from the impressionable young children who took part in the video celebrating gay pride month.

After asking the kids if they know what gay pride means, she says “that’s absolutely right, it’s a celebration of sexual diversity,” before explaining that she is a “I’m not gay, but I’m a gay ally.” Cruickshank then puts the children on the spot and asks them if they, too, are gay allies. View article →

via ‘Are You Gay Allies?’: Creepy Government Video Indoctrinates Children for Pride Month — Christian Research Network

Liberal Christian Leader Tony Campolo: ‘God Is Not in Control’ — Christian Research Network

“The whole statement from Campolo is as squishy and nonsensical as much of what stems from liberal Christianity these days. In fact, this very rejection of God’s sovereignty is what led Campolo’s son Bart to reject Christianity.”

(Chris Queen – JP Media)  A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the Red Letter Christians, a group of liberal believers whom the New York Times breathlessly profiled recently as the face of Christians who don’t worship Donald Trump. One of the group’s leaders, Tony Campolo, recently gave an interview with Premier, a Christian website in the UK, in which he stated that he doesn’t believe that God is in control — yet.

Campolo barely touches scripture to support his assertion when he says:

So often we read the scriptures but don’t pay attention to what is really going on. In the temptation story, for instance, Satan says to Jesus: “Here are all the kingdoms of the world, they are mine to give you”. Does Jesus say: “Oh no they’re not”? No, he doesn’t!

Did you know that St Paul, in five different places, announces that God is not in control?

Of course, he doesn’t cite any of those specific places. He does mention a passage in Ephesians that doesn’t really support his point before he goes off on a tangent about worship music.

I have problems with a lot of the new worship music. I think it’s wonderful that it’s captured the music that young people can relate to and they get into it with great love and emotion. But compare ‘My God reigns’ with the old hymns which say: “Jesus  shall reign” – it’s future tense, not present tense.

The Hallelujah Chorus never says: “God is in control”. It says: “The kingdoms of this world will (when the second coming occurs) become the kingdoms of our God and he shall reign forever and ever hallelujah”.

(Of course, we use the future tense when we talk about the future. It doesn’t take a grammar nerd — or a theologian — to see that lyrics or statements that address the future won’t necessarily be in the present tense, even if those statements are true in the present.)

Campolo goes on to try to tie Jesus’ humanity to God not being in control by referring to Jesus as being “vulnerable” and asserting that God didn’t use the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus to force people to believe in Him.  View article →

See Berean Research’s White Paper on Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

via Liberal Christian Leader Tony Campolo: ‘God Is Not in Control’ — Christian Research Network

Man Who Handed Out Hundreds Of Participation Trophies Can’t Figure Out Why This Generation Is So Entitled — The Babylon Bee

SAN ANTONIO, TX—According to sources, local man Greg Harding, who volunteered as a soccer and baseball coach and handed out hundreds of participation trophies throughout his tenure, launched into a long rant about “this generation” and how “these millennials don’t appreciate hard work.” “I don’t know where they get this sense of accomplishment for doing…

via Man Who Handed Out Hundreds Of Participation Trophies Can’t Figure Out Why This Generation Is So Entitled — The Babylon Bee

June 7 Serving Only One Master

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.—Matt. 6:24

Just as we cannot have our treasures both in earth and in heaven or our bodies both in light and in darkness, we cannot “serve two masters.” The Greek word for “masters” is often translated “lord,” and often refers to a slave owner.

By definition, a slave owner has total control of the slave. For a slave there is no such thing as partial or part-time obligation to his master. He owes full-time service to his master. He is owned and totally controlled by and obligated to his master. To give anything to anyone else would make his master less than his master. It is impossible to “serve two masters” and fully or faithfully be the obedient slave of each.

In this way we can’t claim Christ as Lord if our allegiance is to anything or anyone else, including ourselves. And when we know God’s will but resist obeying it, we give evidence that our loyalty is to someone or something other than Him. But the person whose master is Jesus Christ can say that when he eats or drinks or does anything else, he does “all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Make your allegiance to Christ your priority each and every day.

ASK YOURSELF

What alternative “masters” compete the hardest for your devotion? How has the inviolable truth of this “no man can serve two masters” statement been proven true in your life and in your observation of others? But why do we seem so intent on trying to have it that way anyway?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 167). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

American Evangelicalism: In Crisis and Confusion — Pulpit & Pen

We are witnessing nothing short of a full-on gospel crisis in American Evangelicalism today. Just as the homosexual movement has rapidly deteriorated into the full-blown confusion we see around the psychological disorder and delusion of gender dysphoria; we are witnessing the exponential demise of what was once a clear, focused, gospel-centered movement. When everything in evangelicalism is a gospel issue, nothing is. And this is precisely what is happening in modern evangelical Christianity. A few examples are presented in this post and then a plea for some sanctified common sense follows.

Read more – http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/07/american-evangelicalism-in-crisis-and-confusion/

JUNE 7 TRUE FAITH MUST INFLUENCE OUR DAILY LIVING

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me….

GALATIANS 2:20

“Things have come to a pretty pass,” said a famous Englishman testily, “when religion is permitted to interfere with our private lives.”

To which we may reply that things have come to a worse pass when an intelligent man living in a Protestant country could make such a remark. Had this man never read the New Testament? Had he never heard of Stephen? or Paul? or Peter? Had he never thought about the millions who followed Christ cheerfully to violent death, sudden or lingering, because they did allow their religion to interfere with their private lives? But we must leave this man to his conscience and his Judge and look into our own hearts. Maybe he but expressed openly what some of us feel secretly. Just how radically has our religion interfered with the neat pattern of our own lives? Perhaps we had better answer that question first.

One picture of a Christian is a man carrying a cross: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

The man with the cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. There is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion![1]


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

Obama’s Treason: Even Worse Than We Thought | Frontpage Mag

But Leftist Privilege will prevent him from ever being held accountable.

In a sane political environment, Barack Obama would be tried for treason. Barack Hussein Obama has planted seeds that will be bearing bitter fruit for years, and probably decades, to come. He is, without any doubt, the worst President in American history.
— Read on www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270378/obamas-treason-even-worse-we-thought-robert-spencer

June 7 The Importance of Repentance

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

Acts 2:38

No one can come to Jesus Christ unless he repents. Jesus began His ministry proclaiming the need for repentance (Matt. 4:17), and both Peter and Paul continued to proclaim it. Repentance is a conscious choice to turn from the world, sin, and evil. It is crucial!

If you came to Jesus Christ thinking all you had to do was believe but didn’t have to confess your sin or be willing to cut yourself off from the evil of this world, you have missed the point of salvation. Many people’s lives haven’t changed at all since they supposedly believed in Christ. For example, some acted immorally and still act immorally. Some committed adultery and continue to commit adultery. And some committed fornication and continue to commit fornication. Yet according to 1 Corinthians 6:9–10, fornicators and adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you are really saved, you will make a conscious attempt to break away from the things of the world.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 176). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.