Daily Archives: June 20, 2018

June 20: Man vs. Nature

Ezra 9:1–10:44; 1 John 4:7–12; Psalm 107:23–43

As a teenager, I devoured stories about men and women at odds with nature. These man vs. nature struggles always told of a battle of wills. Nature was always at its most magnificent and most frightening: untamed, unwieldy, and heartless. The characters seemed to be living on the edge of human experience—they were not focused and resolute, anticipating the next turn of events like a typical Hollywood action film, but frightened and helpless before an uncaring force.

If we read Psa 107, we’ll find this genre isn’t unique to contemporary novels. Biblical writers also used the man vs. nature theme to show battling wills. Psalm 107 reads like a riveting short story: “Those who went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the high seas; they saw the works of Yahweh, and his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and raised up a stormy wind, and it whipped up its waves. They rose to the heavens; they plunged to the depths. Their soul melted in their calamity. They reeled and staggered like a drunkard, and they were at their wits’ end” (Psa 107:23–27).

When faced with uncontrollable forces, people make choices that mean life or death. In the stories of my youth, the characters were sometimes able to use their wits to get to safety. But most often, they died trying. The English idiom used in this psalm, “their wits’ end,” is actually a rendering of the Hebrew idiom, “their wisdom was swallowed up.” The men in this psalm weren’t just flustered; they were helpless. Their resources and smarts couldn’t battle this power.

Yet the men didn’t meet only a cold, deadly force when they came to the end of their own strength. “Then they cried out to Yahweh in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distresses” (Psa 107:28). Submission in the battle of wills leads to Yahweh’s love and care. He is more than willing to guide us to the safe harbor (Psa 107:30).

When faced with difficult circumstances, do you rely on your own strength, even when it’s insufficient? If you cry out to God, do you believe that He will answer?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


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

June 20 Guarding Your Motives

“If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ and you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool’; have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:2–4).

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Favoritism is motivated by an evil desire to gain some advantage for yourself.

The story is told of a pastor who never ministered to an individual or family in his church without first checking a current record of their financial contributions. The more generous they were with their money, the more generous he was with his time. That’s an appalling and flagrant display of favoritism, but in effect it’s the same kind of situation James dealt with in our text for today.

Picture yourself in a worship service or Bible study when suddenly two visitors enter the room. The first visitor is a wealthy man, as evidenced by his expensive jewelry and designer clothes. The second visitor lives in abject poverty. The street is his home, as evidenced by his filthy, smelly, shabby clothing.

How would you respond to each visitor? Would you give the rich man the best seat in the house and see that he is as comfortable as possible? That’s a gracious thing to do if your motives are pure. But if you’re trying to win his favor or to profit from his wealth, a vicious sin has taken hold of you.

Your true motives will be revealed in the way you treat the poor man. Do you show him equal honor, or do you simply invite him to sit on the floor? Anything less than equal honor reveals an evil intent.

Favoritism can be subtle. That’s why you must be in prayer and in the Word, constantly allowing the Spirit to penetrate and purify your deepest, most secret motives.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for His purity. ✧ Ask Him always to control your motives and actions.

For Further Study: Some Christians confuse honor with partiality. Giving honor to those in authority is Biblical; showing partiality is sinful. Read 1 Peter 2:17 and Romans 13:1, noting the exhortations to honor those in authority over you.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 184). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Crooked Hillary Begs For Money to Fight ‘Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy’ — The Gateway Pundit

 

On Wednesday, Crooked Hillary continued to beg for donations to combat ‘Trump’s cruel immigration policy.’

Never let a [fake] crisis go to waste, right?

Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt, criminal liars to ever hold public office in this country had the nerve to cite a Bible verse and beg for money this week from her Twitter account to fight against current immigration laws that separate illegal alien children from ‘parents’ at the border.

This exact law was in place during the Obama years, but now since Trump is president, it is suddenly a humanitarian crisis and Republicans are evil for allowing it to happen.

We have no definitive proof the children are even related to the adults they show up with at the border which only encourages child trafficking.

In fact, Saagar Enjeti from The Daily Caller reports, “single males with ‘children’ are increasingly arriving. Neither the child nor the adult can answer basic questions about each other, authorities suspect rampant fraud.”

Hillary celebrated raising over $500,000 off of the media’s manufactured border crisis.

Hillary continued to beg for money on Wednesday.

And here is hypocrite Hillary Clinton in 2014 saying migrant children should be sent back home with their families:

Strange, Hillary Clinton and other hysterical leftists didn’t care when Obama put children in cages wrapped in foil.

via Crooked Hillary Begs For Money to Fight ‘Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy’ — The Gateway Pundit

The Paid Liars Of Fake News Implode As Rachel Maddow Sheds Dry Crocodile Tears Over Trump’s Enforcement Of Obama’s Policies — Now The End Begins

The fake news media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration’s decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Poor Rachel Maddow, she was so ‘overcome with emotion’ last night as she tried in vain to say the words ‘tender age detention centers’, that she fake cried her way out of her spot and handed it off to her colleague. But flashback to 2014 when over 100,000 children were placed in Obama’s child detention centers, and NO ONE in all of fake news lands was even the least bit outraged. No one called Obama out, no one demanded the policies change, and no one thought what was being done was a bad thing. So President Trump in 2018, who is simply carrying out the established policy of the Obama administration to deal with illegal immigrant children detainees, is immediatly cast as a person more evil than Hitler. The mainstream media is not only fake news, it is deliberately false information tied to a Marxist agenda whose only purpose is to deceive and mislead the viewers, with the goal of fomenting class warfare and creating division. America under this tyranny is much more divided as a nation than we were during even the Civil War. In fact, this is a civil war, declared by the fake news media upon the America people. 

Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama’s administration also used detention facilities. Current U.S. immigration laws, when enforced, have the consequence of temporarily separating adults who arrive with children into separate detention facilities in order to prosecute the adults.

The policy of prosecuting immigrants for crossing the border illegally has been in place for multiple administrations. The Obama administration prosecuted half a million illegal immigrants and similarly separated families in the process. So did the Bush administration.

Personal accounts from immigration lawyers tell a tale of Obama being equally concerned about unaccompanied minors traveling to the border and wanting to create a deterrent.

Photos of border detention facilities from the Obama-era, taken during 2014, look nearly identical to the ones taken during the Trump era. You never see them, however. Here they are, taken in 2014 during a media tour of Obama-era detention facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona.

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As the Daily Caller previously reported, “Obama administration prosecuted nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants between FY 2010-FY2016. They referred 1/5 of illegals for prosecution, which often resulted in family separations.” source

via The Paid Liars Of Fake News Implode As Rachel Maddow Sheds Dry Crocodile Tears Over Trump’s Enforcement Of Obama’s Policies — Now The End Begins

JUNE 20 OUR WILLS MUST SURRENDER

His servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.

Romans 6:16

The Christian doctrine of obedience to God and to His will is now largely neglected in modern religious circles, and many in our own congregations seem to feel that our obligation to obey has been discharged by the act of believing on Jesus Christ at the beginning of our Christian lives.

We need to remember that “the will is the seat of true religion in the soul.” Nothing genuine has been done in a man or woman’s life until his or her will has been surrendered in active obedience. It was disobedience that brought about the ruin of the race. It is the obedience of faith that brings us back again into the divine favor!

It needs to be said that a world of confusion results from trying to believe without obeying!

A mere passive surrender may be no surrender at all. Any real submission to the will of God must include willingness to take orders from Him from that time on.

I keep wondering whether the Lord’s ministers will again give to obedience the place of prominence it occupies in the Scriptures.

Lord, I pray that our churches will be moved to call their people to an intentional, active obedience of faith and that individuals, prompted by Your Spirit, will respond with great humility.[1]


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

Alexander: Demos Don’t Care About Children

Demo Party Leaders Don’t Care About Children — Unless…

Demos don’t want an immigration solution. They want fodder for political talking points to advance their statist agenda and midterm election prospects.

Mark Alexander

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

Oh, what to do?

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are scurrying around the congressional chambers trying to figure out how to derail Donald Trump’s highly successful Make America Great Again policies before the 2018 midterm elections. They have their work cut out for them.

According to current tracking by the reputable Gallup organization, satisfaction with the direction of the country is now higher than at any time since 2005. That’s higher than any year Barack Obama’s regime was in power. And President Trump’s approval ratings are slowly climbing.

Making matters worse, first-quarter GDP growth of 2.2% was better than expected. Headline unemployment dropped to 3.8%, the best since 2000. The U-6 unemployment rate is at 7.6%, the lowest since 2001. Black unemployment hit a record low of 5.9%. Female unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1953.

And worse yet, the paychecks of American workers are growing at a record pace. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high and small business optimism is approaching a record high.

So how can Democrats stop this progress toward “Armageddon,” as Pelosi calls it? If they don’t, it will be Armageddon for their 2018 prospects, as well as for Pelosi’s chance to regain the speaker’s gavel.

Well, here’s an idea!

Create a social media firestorm with a viral image of children in cages, claiming it’s “children ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler — even though the photo in question was taken when Obama was setting immigration policy.

Then, bank on the fact that most of your constituents are emotionally incontinent dupes, and count on your Leftmedia propagandists to keep this charade in front of those dupes 24/7.

If successful, it will help undermine Republican efforts to pass any meaningful immigration reform legislation, and this faux focus on “the children” will elevate the immigration issue and erode confidence in Trump and Republicans in the midterm election. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

There’s only one glaring problem: Democrats don’t give a damn about American children, much less immigrant children, unless they can be used to advance the Left’s statist political agenda.

Schumer exposed the Demos’ indifference, making clear they are just cynically leveraging the issue by refusing to take Senate action to remedy the family separation issue. “There’s no need for legislation, there’s no need for anything else,” Schumer declared after seeing how successful the Demo campaign to smear Trump has been. “If the president’s ashamed at what’s happening at the border, he can change it. … [Republicans] are feeling the heat. They are the ones feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”

Wait, I thought the issue was young children “feeling the heat.”

The irrefutable fact is, if Democrats really cared about children, they would not continue to advocate policies that institutionalize poverty and enslave tens of millions of Americans on their urban poverty plantations, created by their catastrophically failed “Great Society” “welfare” programs. But then, Democrats thrive on “victim constituencies.”

(Need I add that, if Democrats really cared about children, they wouldn’t redistribute taxpayer income to Planned Parenthood for the forcible removal of more than a thousand children from their mothers every day.)

If they really cared about the children of illegal immigrants, they would’ve written and passed their own “dream” immigration policies in 2010, when they had full control of the executive and legislative branches.

But they didn’t.

Currently, there are about 2,000 children temporarily sheltered apart from their parents (or those claiming to be their parents), but there are also more than 20,000 kids separated from urban-plantation parents because those adults are in prison.

Fact is, Democrat policies have invited a flood of illegal immigration in the last year to their “sanctuary cities” by insisting illegal aliens won’t be prosecuted.

How the times have changed!

Before Democrats realized their political future was in jeopardy, Obama insisted: “We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable. When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system and began to do what I could to secure our borders. Today our immigration system is broken and everybody knows it. … We will [add] additional [border] resources for our law enforcement personnel, so that they can stem the tide of illegal crossing and to speed the return of those who do cross over. If you are a criminal, you will be deported. … We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.”

Video: Obama’s Immigration Lies

Obama added, “To those members of Congress who question my authority … or question my wisdom to act where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Schumer declared: “People who enter the U.S. without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally. … When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration. … I think it is illegal and wrong.”

Video: Democrats then and now

Hillary Clinton had this to say about DACA legislation: “We have to send a clear message — just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws.”

And both Hillary and Bill Clinton were once staunch advocates for a border wall.

Video: Bill Clinton on “illegal aliens

So what changed? Why are Democrats now in favor of illegal immigration?

A few years ago, when Demos were still feigning concern for their blue-collar and union-worker constituencies, whose jobs and wages had been deflated by unchecked illegal immigration, they talked tough about illegal aliens. But their proposals were all smoke and mirrors. They routinely made fake political plays for Latino and Hispanic voters while pursuing policies that protected their traditional constituencies.

But as its lower- and middle-income voter blocs began hemorrhaging to Trump’s promise (and delivery) of prosperity, the Democrat Party turned its back on those constituent groups and opened a socialist voter pipeline to flood our nation with their most promising future constituency — Latinos. And labor union fat cats, whose member rolls have also been hemorrhaging, see these largely unskilled and low-wage immigrants as their future dues-payers.

Since the implementation of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy in April, rather than feed and release illegal immigrants who fail to return for asylum or deportation hearings, almost 2,000 minors, some young, have been separated from their parents at the border. However, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen noted, the vast majority of children currently housed in Health and Human Services detention centers — 10,000 of them — are minors who illegally crossed the border without their parents. Notably, she also disclosed, “In the last five months, we have a 314 percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border fraudulently, claiming to be a family unit.”

Fact is, the drug cartels, gangs, human traffickers and Middle Eastern nationals are exploiting the border crisis in order to gain access into the U.S. For the record, last year 113 political candidates were murdered in Mexico and more than 50 of their relatives have also been murdered. The cartels and gangs are exporting that violence across our border.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous nations on the planet, and five of its cities rank in the top 10 most dangerous cities, including most notably Ciudad Juarez, right across the border from El Paso. (Last time I was there, seven federal police were killed the night before I arrived.)

Point is, our southern border is a dangerous place, and the Democrat effort to use children to put a smiley face on that fact, after advocating open boarders, is disgraceful hypocrisy.

According to President Trump: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch. We want safety and we want security for our country. If Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly. … But just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all. We need borders. We need security. We need safety. We have to take care of our people.”

National Review’s Rich Lowry has written a good summary of the evolution of the enforcement issue related to children: “The Trump administration isn’t changing the rules that pertain to separating an adult from the child. Those remain the same. Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings. The past practice had been to give a free pass to an adult who is part of a family unit. The new Trump policy is to prosecute all adults. The idea is to send a signal that we are serious about our laws and to create a deterrent against re-entry. (Illegal entry is a misdemeanor, illegal re-entry a felony.)”

Of course, immigrant families claiming asylum or refugee status at official ports of entry aren’t separated from children. Only those who attempt to cross illegally are separated from their children while being processed through the courts.

As I noted above, American citizens are also separated from their children while justice is served. But those kids aren’t good for leftist political agendas.

Just because the Trump administration is now finally enforcing long-standing immigration laws doesn’t mean that families being held prior to deportation shouldn’t be kept together during legal proceedings. Fact is, most of these illegal immigrants are seeking better opportunities — including “free” housing, schooling and medical care. And they are coming in ever-larger numbers because previous administrations have advertised that they can cross into the U.S. with impunity.

That being said, we should be concerned for the younger minors, those too young to understand why they are being separated from their parents.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed legislation authorizing new temporary shelters to house families together until their asylum requests are processed. In the meantime, it’s worth mentioning that the conditions and provisions for those children are infinitely better than the conditions and provisions they had before crossing the U.S. border.

Trump has repeatedly called on Republicans and Democrats to send him legislation resolving the illegal immigration issue. On Tuesday, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal. Agreement on this legislation has thus far eluded Republican consensus. The division in the Republican ranks has been a split over what amounts to amnesty vs. border security and enforcement.

We favor Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Border Security and Immigration Reform Act over the proposal by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and it will be an extraordinary achievement if the House can agree on how to merge the bills.

Regardless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that stand-alone legislation to resolve the family separation issue will pass if one of the immigration bills doesn’t.

If Republicans don’t pass one of the two immigration bills currently under consideration before the end of the week, Trump is considering an executive order to resolve the short-term issue of family separation. “I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Trump said Wednesday. “I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure.”

But that will not resolve the Ninth Circuit Court requirement that the adults be released after 20 days.

Regardless, as I noted, Demos don’t want an immigration solution. They want fodder for political talking points to advance their statist agenda and midterm election prospects.

And finally, yesterday morning’s incoming email from across the political spectrum included several dramatic Democrat Party fundraising requests. One was from foul-mouthed DNC Chair Tom Perez, inviting me to “Stand against Trump’s cruelty to children.”

But more amusing was the following appeal from Hillary Clinton: “What’s happening to families at the border right now is horrific: Nursing infants ripped away from their mothers. Parents told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later that they aren’t coming back. Children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to more than one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis.”

For the record, the most epic “humanitarian crisis” in decades was the direct result of failed Obama/Clinton Middle East policy. Almost five million people have had to flee Syria and other nations in the region with their families, and another six million remain displaced internally. Recall the dramatic images of a drowned refugee child washing up on a Turkish shore. It’s estimated that more than 2,000 refugees drowned during that exodus.

According to Clinton, the detention of children on our southern border “is not happening because of the ‘Democrats’ law,’ as the White House has claimed. Separating families is not mandated by law at all. That is an outright lie. And it is incumbent on all of us, journalists and citizens alike, to call it just that.”

Clinton, of course, is the “Congenital Liar.” The original immigration policy was implemented by Bill Clinton.

As for Clinton’s advice on immigration and the Bible, I’ll pass.

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Feminists: It’s Always Wrong To Harass And Bully A Woman, Unless She Is A Republican — The Federalist

Jessica Valenti revealed a new standard for liberal feminists on Tuesday: Driving women out of restaurants is wrong, unless they’re a Republican. If that woman is named Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, the behavior is not only acceptable — it’s to be applauded.

The situation began when the head of the D.C. branch of Democratic Socialists of America tweeted the restaurant name and exact address where Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sat down for dinner. The dinner came after a very public day for Nielsen, who defended the Trump administration’s decision to fully enforce U.S. immigration laws against all who illegally cross the border — a policy that in some case results in separating children from their illegal immigrant parents due to a settlement entered into in 1997 by the Clinton administration.

The protesters marched through MXDC Cocina Mexicana uninterrupted for 11 minutes, screaming things at Nielsen such as, “Shame, shame, shame,” “Fascist pig,” ‘End Texas concentration camps,” and “No borders, no walls, sanctuary for all.”

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Nielsen sat there listening to the protesters — never once shouting back — until she was eventually driven out of the restaurant.

The protest was supported by many on the left, including an editor at The Washington Post and Valenti, a feminist writer who recently penned a New York Times op-ed telling conservative women they can’t be feminists. Valenti, who supposedly stands for the championing of women, described the harassment of Nielsen “VERY satisfying” to watch.

“She should never be able to show her face in public again,” she said.

As for the obvious hypocrisy of a “feminist” encouraging the targeted harassment of another woman, well, there’s an explanation for that. Harassment is wrong, Valenti tweeted, but not when there’s a good reason.

To the folks replying ‘it’s not feminist to harass women.’ That’s true! But it is absolutely feminist to hold powerful people accountable – no matter what their gender, no matter where they are – for the crimes they commit against vulnerable children.

Valenti is right — “feminists” of all perspectives can and should hold the powerful accountable — characteristics such as gender, race, and sexual orientation are irrelevant. But that’s not what happened to Nielsen on Tuesday night. Protesters could have confronted Nielsen inside her workplace or outside the restaurant on the public sidewalk, but instead, they chose to invade her during a private dinner in order to send the message: “You’re not safe here — or anywhere — so long as you think that way.”

If feminists think this behavior is justifiable, where do they draw the line? Are Republicans justified in harassing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a private dinner because of her unrelenting support for sanctuary cities? How about Bill and Hillary Clinton, whose administration got us into this mess in the first place. Do they deserve to dine alone?

Cheering on and encouraging mob rule is not just bad politics. It’s bad for civil society. No matter how egregious the situation, we don’t teach our children that it’s ever acceptable to bully others. So it’s strange feminists would change the standard and argue the opposite — that bullying is justified, so long as you have the right reason.

via Feminists: It’s Always Wrong To Harass And Bully A Woman, Unless She Is A Republican — The Federalist

Victimhood culture will tear us apart

by Jenny McCartney, UnHerd:

Culture and identity have become the main ideological battle grounds of our era, where once they were class and the economy. The arguments are now spooling out terminology faster than the general public can learn it: we have ‘mansplaining’, ‘whitesplaining’ and ‘straightsplaining’ (describing, variously, a man, a white person, or a heterosexual explaining something to a woman, a person of colour, or a non-heterosexual in a laborious and patronising way).

There are accusations of ‘microaggressions’ (small incidents of disrespect that accumulate over time) and of ‘slut-shaming’, ‘fat-shaming’ and ‘body-shaming’ (attempts to make someone feel bad about their sexual behaviour, weight or body). To add to ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’, which have long been common currency, a person can be ‘ableist’, ‘Islamophobic’, ‘transphobic’ or ‘whorephobic’ (prejudiced against disabled, Muslim, trans people or sex workers). The aftermath of incidents covered by ‘trigger warnings’ (alerts to upcoming content that could reawaken previous traumas) might require ‘safe spaces’ (welcoming areas where one will be sheltered from any form of possible distress, including dissenting opinions).

The arguments are now spooling out terminology faster than the general public can learn it: we have ‘mansplaining’, ‘whitesplaining’ and ‘straightsplaining’

Those, however, who openly oppose the growing reach of ‘political correctness’ (over-policing of speech and thought in the proclaimed service of social equity and diversity) have made counter-accusations of ‘snowflake’ (one who believes themselves to be unique and precious but disintegrates easily) and ‘crybully’ (one who wields their alleged victimhood as a means of dominating and intimidating others.)

In the eyes of sceptics, ‘social justice warriors’ (those who vigorously proclaim their commitment to eradicating perceived oppression) will be accused of ‘virtue-signalling’ (making public statements with the intent of placing themselves on a higher moral plateau).

Then, every so often, to add to this confusing mix, a new word appears, such as the left-wing slur ‘gammon’ (used to describe older, white right-wing men who are pink in the face, ideally with outrage at ‘political correctness’.) There will then be a flurry of newspaper articles and impassioned debate on whether such a word is useful, funny, or prejudiced and whether you can be guilty of racism against all races or only non-white ones.

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Source: Victimhood culture will tear us apart

8 signs you’re confusing YOUR truth with THE truth

1. You only read/watch what you already agree with. 

The books/blogs you read – or videos you watch – fit in with your existing worldview and serve simply to confirm your own prejudices. You deliberately stay away from anything that might challenge you. You start to unfollow people who post things on Twitter and Facebook that you disagree with. This is telling.

When we truly feel comfortable with what we believe, we can happily consider contrasting or conflicting views. If you’re so sure you’re right, then why do you shy away? There’s a chance that you’re strengthening the foundations of a belief that you’ve built upon the sand.

2.  “People who disagree with me are stupid!”

Psychologically, when we don’t want to be challenged by something, we need to convince ourselves that it is ridiculous. We need to alienate it and dispose of it. So we start using extreme words like stupid or irrational, which help us distance ourselves from the challenge. This is where terms like Magic Sky Clown and Jewish Zombie come from.

By reducing a worldview ‘ad absurdum’, we don’t need to worry about its potential truth. We wrap ourselves in protective labels.

3. You get angry with those who disagree.

You swear at or shout down people in conversation, or walk away from a discussion. You convince yourself that your anger is righteous because their viewpoint is immoral, but is that really true? Anger is what happens when we don’t feel in control and try to re-exert our own power in a situation. It’s an emotional response, not an intellectual one. It’s a sign that you’re out of your depth, that you don’t know everything.

People sure of what they believe and confident of its truthfulness tend to remain calm in conversation. “I get angry ‘cos they’re stupid!” you might say. See bullet point two…

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June 20, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Trump told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he would back either of the immigration bills making their way through the House of Representatives, as the outcry grew over his administration’s separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Hungary’s parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalizes some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Divers and an underwater drone on Wednesday joined a fleet of rescue vessels in Indonesia’s search for at least 192 passengers missing two days after an overcrowded wooden ferry sank in one of the world’s deepest volcanic lakes in Sumatra.

Several European leaders including those of France, Germany, Italy and Austria will hold talks on Sunday on migration, an issue bringing bitter political divisions to a head in Europe and increasingly in the United States.

Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Wednesday that parliament should pass legislation to combat money laundering according to its own criteria in a speech that could make it harder for the country to attract foreign investment.

Walt Disney sweetened its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox assets to $71.3 billion on Wednesday, topping Comcast’s $65 billion offer last week.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, facing a wave of lawsuits blaming it for helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, said on Wednesday it had laid off about 350 employees this week including the remainder of its already-downsized sales force.

Canada’s upper house of parliament approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.

U.S. mortgage applications increased the most last week in more than five months, as some 30-year home loan borrowing costs held steady or fell from the prior week.

AP Top Stories

The school board in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday night voted to rename an elementary school for former President Barack Obama. J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, will become Barack Obama Elementary School.

A former Israeli government minister, once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, is back behind bars after being charged with spying for archenemy Iran.

A Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore is under fire for posting a sign offering customers coupons for reporting employees shouting in foreign languages.

A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Kansas from requiring people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

Hundreds of thousands of homes in the United States could face persistent flooding as climate change pushes sea levels higher, according to a new report.

Slumping US industrial giant General Electric will be booted from the prestigious Dow Jones stock index next week, S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Tuesday.

China’s proposed tariffs on U.S. petroleum imports, part of a mounting trade war between the two countries, would crimp sales to the shale industry’s largest customer, adding new pressure on U.S. crude prices, energy executives and analysts said in interviews this week.

BBC

The Taliban have killed about 30 Afghan soldiers in western Afghanistan in their first major attacks since a temporary ceasefire expired.

A leading crypto-coin exchange has halted trade after declaring that hackers had stolen some of the digital currencies it stored. Seoul-based Bithumb said that $31.6m worth of cyber-cash had been “seized” overnight, adding that it would fully compensate affected customers. The values of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple all fell on the news. It is the second time in less than a year that Bithumb has been breached.

A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station. The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago with the help of a robotic arm.

A West Point cadet who wore a Che Guevara T-shirt to his graduation has been drummed out of the US military. Spenser Rapone, 26, quit on Monday with an other-than-honorable discharge over his “unbecoming” conduct at the famed military academy in New York state.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have found more than 500 guns inside the home of a convicted felon after a tipoff from a neighbor.

The EU will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday. The move comes after President Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminum earlier this month.

Israeli jets have struck Palestinian militant positions in the Gaza Strip after rockets and mortars were fired into Israel, the Israeli military says. Twenty-five targets linked to the Hamas movement were hit overnight in response to a barrage of about 45 projectiles.

WND

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of using DNA tests to verify the parentage of illegal alien adults who attempt to cross the southern border with children, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement Tuesday after interviewing Sessions on his radio show Washington Watch.

For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests.


News – 6/20/2018

Study Confirms Most Psychopaths Live in Washington D.C.
Surprised? I didn’t think so. But still, fun to get some scientific confirmation. Psychos are drawn to power. It is not just that power corrupts, it is that already corrupt people seek power. Government is the best industry to be in for someone with no morals. The study is called Psychopathy By State, conducted by Ryan Murphy. He surveyed samples from the lower 48 states and Washington D.C. to find the prevalence of personality traits which correspond to psychopathy.

World Health Organization: Transgender Individuals Aren’t Mentally Ill, But Video Game Addicts Are
The WHO cited “clear” evidence that being transgender “is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender.” The announcement comes the same day the WHO ruled “gaming disorder” as a new mental health disorder to be included in the ICD.

Rapper XXXTentacion Was Murdered by Illuminati Elites as a ‘Blood Sacrifice’
XXXTentacion’s album cover for ’17’ includes notes about demons. The 20-year-old was reportedly motorcycle shopping in South Florida when a group of masked gunmen allegedly opened fire on him. His imagery and messages are a bit on the dark side and that appears to be for good reason… XXX=666

‘IDF ready for ground war in Gaza if Hamas continues attacks’
Israel is prepared for a major ground operation in the Gaza Strip, security officials said Wednesday, if Hamas continues to escalate tensions along the border. Overnight, terrorists operating out of the Strip fired 45 rockets and mortars at Israeli towns in the western Negev.

Israel scraps Temple Mount police station
An Israeli police station on the Temple Mount has been removed, following meetings between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

Israel downplays reports of possible breakthrough in Israel-Bahrain ties
Amid yet another report hinting at the possibility of the establishment of ties between Israel and Bahrain, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday he was “not aware” or any concrete moves in that direction. Hanegbi’s comment came in response to an i24NEWS report quoting an unnamed Bahraini official as saying that Bahrain will be the first Gulf state to establish ties with Israel.

Iranians to Israel: “We Love You, and Know You Love Us”
An Israeli reporter in Russia to cover the World Cup caught up with fans of the Iran national team just after its match against Morocco, and some of what they had to say was eye-opening. “What you saw in there, those are the people of Iran, not what you see on TV (referring to the frequently televised anti-Israel marches in Tehran). We love you, and I know you love us.”

FBI may have modified witness reports, misled DOJ watchdog with ‘false information,’ GOP Rep says
The FBI may have “edited and changed” key witness reports in the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations, a top House Republican charged in a hearing into FBI and Justice Department misconduct Tuesday. Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, also raised the possibility that the FBI misled the DOJ watchdog in an attempt to hide the identities of FBI employees who were caught sending anti-Trump messages.

FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘escorted’ from FBI building, lawyer confirms
Peter Strzok, the FBI agent under fire over a series of anti-Trump text messages, was “escorted” from the FBI building, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday.

Jared Kushner’s Gaza Plan Rejected by Palestinians As He Travels to Middle East
On Tuesday, Kushner and Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt met with Jordan’s King Abdullah to discuss the administration’s efforts to broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel. The deal’s details remain secret, but Kushner also brought up the issue of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, according to the White House. Reports suggest the Trump administration plans to use its close relationship with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to convince the Gulf nations to invest around $1 billion to assist the impoverished area and its nearly 2 million inhabitants.

China Says It ‘Cannot Stand’ Another Conflict With India
China’s ambassador to India has warned that the strained ties between the two nations would not be able to sustain a sequel to last summer’s border conflict, which threatened to bring the two Asia powers to blows.

Gathering of Voices: Celebrating Creation of the World
The nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center has announced a special concert to be held in Jerusalem, gathering voices from around the world to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the world. The concert will be held in the evening of September 3, at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park – Davidson Center and the Hulda gates adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. This falls one day before the 25th of the Hebrew month of Elul, the 5778th anniversary of the creation of the world according to Jewish tradition.

US Ambassador to UN Confirms US Withdrawal from UNHRC
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, confirms that her country has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over its failure to condemn egregious human rights abuses among its member states, including Venezuela and Iran.

Israel downplays reports of possible breakthrough in Israel-Bahrain ties
Amid yet another report hinting at the possibility of the establishment of ties between Israel and Bahrain, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday he was “not aware” or any concrete moves in that direction. Hanegbi’s comment came in response to an i24NEWS report quoting an unnamed Bahraini official as saying that Bahrain will be the first Gulf state to establish ties with Israel.

Dozens of rockets launched from Gaza Strip, IDF strikes Hamas targets
The IDF spokesperson’s office reported that seven rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome and three of those fired landed within the Gaza Strip. Residents of the south got little sleep as warning sirens blared throughout the night. Early Wednesday morning, it was decided that schools would remain open, under increased security protection.

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana
Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis. The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected House of Commons, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

Russia Warns: “Militarization Of Space Is Way To Disaster”
“There’s a major risk that the Americans would commit grave violations in this field…if one takes into account what they do in other spheres…”

The government’s creepy obsession with your face
…DHS is reportedly developing a massive new biometric and biographic database with extensive data on citizens and foreigners alike. The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will reportedly include at least seven biometric identifiers, including face and voice data, tattoos, DNA, scars, and other “physical descriptors” on as many as 500 million people.

At least four killed, more than 300 injured after strong earthquake rattles Osaka
One of the most powerful earthquakes to rock the Kansai region in decades struck Osaka and neighboring prefectures Monday morning, leaving at least four people dead and more than 300 injured.

WATCH LIVE: Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo speak as US expected to quit UNHRC
The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council over its biased treatment of Israel and its failure to address serious abuses throughout the world. “For too long the Human Rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Tuesday evening.

The Recent Mass Shooting The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know About
…New Jersey is a gun control paradise. The state “is known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. In fact, Gov. Phil Murphy signed six bills into law last week that are all targeted at increasing gun control by expanding background checks, adding increased restrictions to concealed carry permits, and reducing the legal capacity of ammunition magazines,” Blevins explains.

‘Where are the Girls?’: Child Trafficking Feared as DHS Can’t Say Where Immigrant Girls are Being Held
As the debate swarms over illegal immigration, Americans on both the left and the right are at each other’s throats pointing fingers over who’s responsible. In the meantime, what was a “conspiracy theory” a month ago is now being confirmed by the very people accused of keeping people in cages. One question, however, has just been raised which gives one a dark and sickly feeling inside when thinking about the potential answers to it: “Where are the girls?”

Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State
…Government eyes are watching you. They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet.

Trump Directs Pentagon to Create ‘Space Force,’ After Obama Gutted NASA for ‘Feel Good’ Muslim Outreach Project (VIDEO)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was preparing to take Americans back to the Moon and on to Mars—until President Obama took office.

Beijing Subways Could Get Facial Recognition and Palm Scanning Tech
The operator behind the Beijing subway system is considering introducing face scanning and other so-called biometric technology which could be used to pay for a ticket, China Daily reported on Tuesday, but the move also raises concerns over surveillance.

The day Sodom and Gomorrah are restored
What were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah? We’re told in Ezekiel 16:49-50: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama HHS Paid Baptist Children and Family Services $182,129,786 for Four Months Housing of Illegal Alien Children
Taxpayer funds covered free laptops, big screen TVs, $75 per child per day for food, pregnancy tests, and “multicultural crayons”

Scientists confirm that mysterious radio signals from outer space are not made by humankind
The universe’s brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical Society, was able to detect three specific radio emissions which definitely came from space.

Busted: Former Israeli Energy Minister Caught Spying For Iran
Gonen Segev has long been known as a Israeli public servant who went astray of the law…On Monday, Israel’s elite counter-intelligence force, Shin Bet, arrested Segev for spying on behalf of Iran.

Top 7 noticeable signs of anti-health sabotage indicating the depopulation agenda
…Medical error is the third leading cause of death in America, says Npr.org. The mission is depopulation and here are seven diseases that demonstrate the trend.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

In Today’s Edition

  • Chuck Schumer admits that Democrats are cynically exploiting immigration.
  • Photos you haven’t seen of Obama’s facilities for child detention.
  • America’s exit from the UN Human Rights Council is welcome.
  • Fact or opinion — more Americans can’t tell the difference.
  • Republicans blast FBI bias in congressional hearings.
  • The SPLC’s $3M settlement is a taste of its own medicine.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Dems Cynically Leverage Immigration Crisis

Schumer resists any legislative compromise, while relishing that GOP is “feeling the heat.”

Obama’s Child Detention Photos You Have Not Seen

In 2014, journalists were given a media tour of two Obama administration detention facilities.

America’s Welcome Exit From the UN Human Rights Council

The U.S. is done giving legitimacy to this farcical group of human rights abusers.

Fact or Opinion — Americans Can’t Tell the Difference

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Republicans Blast FBI Bias Exposed in the IG Report

Graham and Gowdy slam Comey and the FBI for poorly handling the Clinton investigation.

SPLC Finally Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine

The racial grievance industry linchpin is shelling over $3.4 million to settle a frivolous accusation.

Video: Jordan Peterson vs. ‘Social Justice Warriors’

John Stossel talks with the Canadian psychologist and professor about intolerant leftist politics.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Race bait: “There is a very obvious throughline connecting the worst moments and policies of this administration.” —Chris Hayes

Wednesday Top Headlines

Border crisis, health care costs soar, Trump ties Obama, UN human rights, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
The Horowitz Hearings
Marc A. Thiessen
But Her Emails? You’re Dang Right Her Emails.
Ann Coulter
Google ‘Internet,’ Media!
Michelle Malkin
Weapons of Mass Manipulation
Walter E. Williams
Blind to Real Problems

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 6/20/2018

US envoy hails Netanyahu meeting with Jordan king on peace talks

US envoys Kushner, Greenblatt hold talks with Jordanian king

White House says Kushner met Jordan’s Abdullah about Israeli-Palestinian peace

PLO’s SG: ‘US has entered a very dangerous game’

‘We Support Palestinian Resistance,’ Qatar’s Emir Assures Iranian President

PA: No to initiative that will separate Gaza from Judea, Samaria

Gaza tensions flare: IDF strikes 8 more Hamas targets as rockets barrage south

UN chief ‘shocked’ by Israel’s use of live fire during Gaza border protests

Attorney general says Gazan fire kites a ‘legitimate military target’

From flaming kites to explosive condoms: The new battle with Gazan terror

Incendiary kites from Gaza causes 16 fires in border region

Cash-strapped UN refugee agency to cut back operations in Gaza

Top British Diplomat Calls Out UN Human Rights Council for ‘Disproportionate’ Focus on Israel

US quits the UN’s Human Rights Council, citing its ‘chronic bias against Israel’

US quits UN human rights council – ‘a cesspool of political bias’

Israel welcomes ‘courageous’ US pullout from UN Human Rights Council

Colombia’s president-elect open to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Trump signed secret pledge to safeguard Israeli nukes – report

Trump, like predecessors, signed letter on Israel’s undeclared nukes

How US presidents promised not to pressure Israel to give up its nukes

US Senate approves $500m for Israel’s missile defense program

Israel’s navy tests new long-range heavy torpedo

PM delays razing of West Bank Bedouin village ‘following international pressure’

Israel passes law permitting nonreligious to refuse to work on Shabbat

Hezbollah: We won’t hesitate to confront Zionist entity, US

Syrian handler paid Hamas cell $100,000 to attack Israeli cities, Shin Bet reveals

IDF surveillance drone crashes in Syria

Iraq blasts alleged Israeli air strike in Syria on forces ‘fighting ISIS’

US-led coalition destroys Islamic State narcotics cache – including 300,000 so-called ‘Jihadi pills’

Iran commander: ‘We have the ability to increase our missile range’

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says country won’t increase missile range

Iran rebuffs Trump’s call for OPEC to increase oil output

Turkey’s election campaigns are marred by violence

Jihadist plotted suicide attack on British PM, police say

Record 68.5 million people fleeing war or persecution worldwide

North Korean leader says he wants to maintain high-level contacts with Russia: Kremlin aide

North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War

Russia could be storing nuclear weapons less than 50 miles from the Polish border

Russia seeks to force out foreign rabbis as ‘national security threat’

Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy

Trump: Dems want illegal immigrants to ‘infest our country’

Governors pull National Guard troops from border to protest Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

At least 5 governors won’t keep National Guard on the southern border, citing Trump’s family separation policy

The Story of Q – Who is the anonymous online poster claiming to be a high-level administration official? And can he or she bring us some much-needed truth in an era of fake news?

Wealth of world’s millionaires tops $70 trillion for first time

Power outage triggers mass subway delays

Alexa for Hospitality Lets Amazon Follow You on Vacation

Could your Google Home leak your location to hackers?

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts ot 32,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Hundreds of Kilauea survivors seek FEMA help as volcano rages on

Floods kill dozens, displace more than a million in India, Bangladesh

Dam breaks, roads crumble after destructive flooding across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Heavy rain to bring flood risk, travel disruptions to southeastern Texas this week

Hundreds of tons of dead herring wash up on Russian coast

Giant Horror Plant That Causes 3rd Degree Burns Has Spread to Yet Another US State

Inside an Alleged Abusive Emo ‘Sex Cult’: ‘None of These Poor Girls Could Say No’

Big-Name Retailers Make Pride Merchandise in Places That Aren’t L.G.B.T.-Friendly


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Anthony Wade – Debunking False Unity Arguments — Anna Aquino Edition

Dr. Who? – Televangelists With Fake Educations and Degrees

68% of white evangelicals think America shouldn’t house refugees

The Danger of the”Hyper Grace” Prophetic Movement

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:58 AM PDT

The Danger of the”Hyper Grace” Prophetic Movement(By Jeremiah Johnson) “Prophetic ministry flowing from those called to the office of prophet under the New Covenant still has the capacity to rebuke, correct, and discipline. Does it need to be done with brokenness and the right heart? Absolutely! But for the hyper-grace prophetic movement to now teach that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross has banned prophets from delivering prophetic words that rebuke, bring correction, discipline, and call for repentance is heresy.  Here are five key indicators that the hyper-grace prophetic movement has overtaken a church culture or movement:

1. Warning the people that there are consequences for their sin and rebellion now gets prophets labeled as “doomsday prophets”.

2. Prophetic words calling for repentance and renouncing of specific sin is labeled as “judgmental and critical”.

3. If the prophetic words are not positive and encouraging, the prophet is labeled as “operating under the Old Covenant”.

4. Prophets who cry out for holiness and consecration and live a lifestyle of prayer and fasting are labeled “legalistic and harsh”.

5. Prophets who call out and expose false prophets and unbiblical practices are labeled “self-righteous, prideful, and rebellious”.

As we look at the life and ministry of Jesus and examine the New Testament, we see that correction, rebuke, uprooting, tearing down, and discipline are a part of prophetic ministry. Yes, building, planting, and encouraging are all a part of prophetic ministry but we must have balance! The same call that God gave Jeremiah in chapter 1 to tear down, uproot, overthrow, and destroy under the Old Covenant still holds weight under the New Covenant as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.”

Elite Girls School in New York Now Admitting Transgender Students

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:38 AM PDT

Elite Girls School in New York Now Admitting Transgender StudentsThe Brearley School, a nearly $50,000 a year prestigious private girls’ school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York, announced Monday that every applicant who considers themselves female are now welcome to apply and current students who no longer identify as female will be allowed to remain. The school insists in a statement on gender diversity that it will remain a school for girls.

“We recognize that the changing gender landscape poses questions faced by all girls’ schools. Brearley reaffirms its mission as a leader in girls’ education, and going forward will consider all applicants who identify as girls. In the instance that a current Brearley student no longer identifies as a girl, the school is committed to supporting the child and the family as appropriate to navigate the challenges inherent in being a transgender student in a girls’ school,” the school, founded in 1884, said. READ MORE

‘Fight the Snakes That Are Coming Against You’

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:29 AM PDT

‘Fight the Snakes That Are Coming Against You’(By Joe Joe Dawson) Just a few nights ago, I got in late from the Appeal to Heaven Conference, and it was so powerful. I had just gotten home and was getting ready to go to sleep. I fell asleep around 1:00 a.m. and had a prophetic dream. I woke up around 5:00 a.m. from the dream. This was one of the clearest and most vivid prophetic dreams the Lord has ever given me. In the dream, I walked into a house. Right when I walked in, on the living room floor, there was a very small black snake. I walked over, stepped on his head and kicked him out of the house.

In dreams, small snakes normally represent deceitfulness or poverty. They can mean a few different things, but it was just a small snake. After this, in the dream, I got in my car and started driving down the road. As I was driving, there were just a few snakes in the middle of the road, and I just drove over them. As I kept driving, more and more snakes were on the road. There were so many snakes at one point that I became fearful in the dream. Instead of driving over all of them, I drove around some of them and just let them be. READ MORE

Canadian Judge Recognizes Two Men in Polyamorous Relationship With Woman as Parents of Child

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:23 AM PDT

Canadian Judge Recognizes Two Men in Polyamorous Relationship With Woman as Parents of ChildA Canadian judge has ruled that two men who are involved in a polyamorous relationship with a woman who gave birth last year should both be recognized as the child’s parents on his birth certificate. “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it,” wrote Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court’s family division. “This must be recognized as a

reality and not as a detriment to the best interests of the child.” He said that it would not be in the child’s best interests to deny parental recognition to both men, stating that when lawmakers passed the Children’s Law Act of 1997, which only allows two parents to be named on a birth certificate, they didn’t take into consideration the “now complex family relationships that are common and accepted in our society.” READ MORE

13 Traits of ‘Orphan Spirit’ Leaders

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:30 PM PDT

13 Traits of ‘Orphan Spirit’ Leaders(By Joseph Mattera) One of the greatest needs in the Body of Christ is to release the spirit of sonship (Read Romans 8:15). Since both the nation of Israel and the church were modeled after the biblical family structure its leaders were supposed to function more as spiritual parents than corporate executives. The apostle Paul said that we only have few fathers even though we have numerous teachers (1 Corinthians 4) those who have not

been properly “fathered” in the natural can tend to walk with an “orphan spirit”. Unfortunately, many leaders in the church and marketplace still function emotionally with an orphan spirit even though they have been adopted as sons into the family of Father/God. Leaders with orphan spirits are limited in their capacity to make disciples and maximize their Kingdom purpose. I write this article to shed light on this vital subject so leaders can become more self-aware, and go to the Lord and others to be healed. CONTINUE

How Followers of the False Messiah Have Hijacked These Important Spiritual Times

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:49 PM PDT

How Followers of the False Messiah Have Hijacked These Important Spiritual Times(By Ron Allen) This week, on June 21, the summer begins on the summer solstice. Astronomically, the summer solstice is the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky over the northern hemisphere. It is also the longest day of the year. The opposite solstice, the winter solstice, is the day when the sun is lowest in the heavens and the night is longest. The other seasonal markers, the spring and fall equinoxes occur when the sun is at midpoint and day and night are of equal length.

These important calendar dates are important in God’s religious calendar. The first three Hebrew feasts, pointing to Christ’s death and resurrection, occur near the spring equinox; while the last three feasts, picturing the second coming of Christ, occur near the fall equinox. The spring and winter are associated with the appearance of Christ in Hosea 6:3, and the story of Christ’s Advent begins with the conception of John the Baptist, which is believed to have occurred near the winter solstice in 7 B.C. Summer is associated with the second coming of Christ, as we are told that the summer is near when the fig tree (Israel) comes to life. (Matt. 24:32). You may have a free download of our book The Stars of His Coming for more information. CONTINUE

Kushner meets Jordan’s Abdullah about Israeli-Palestinian peace…

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:41 PM PDT

Kushner meets Jordan’s Abdullah about Israeli-Palestinian peace…White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, met on Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the Trump administration’s efforts on creating peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the White House said on Tuesday.

The meeting, which also included Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, came one day after a tete-a-tete between the king of the Arab nation and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on advancing regional peace. The Trump administration has been working on an Israeli-Palestinian plan, but it has yet to be made public. MORE

Loud unknown sound frightens animals and people in Chile

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 02:23 PM PDT

Loud unknown sound frightens animals and people in ChileApocalyptic fears were sparked among people in Chile as a strange trumpet-like noise was heard for two minutes, frightening animals and people. Dogs were barking in fear and the atmosphere was eerie, as the loud, unknown sound went on during the night.

However, some social media users were not so convinced that the sounds were from the heavens, suggesting rather that the noise could have come from a steel industry somewhere nearby. “Honestly this sounds like a shipyard, construction or mining sounds,” one user wrote. Another added: “Could be a train car with faulty brakes.”  READ MORE

Professor required students to praise Allah, Remove shoes before entering office

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 01:32 PM PDT

Professor required students to praise Allah, Remove shoes before entering office

A controversial Muslim professor at the University of Connecticut retired this past year after students complained that he required them to say an Arabic phrase and remove their shoes before entering his office.  Retired biology professor, Felix Coe, taped two signs outside his office requiring students to say “Bismillah,” an Arabic phrase meaning “in the name of Allah” before entering his

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comoffice, CampusReform.org reported. Visitors were also required to remove their shoes. “I’m a Muslim. You don’t come in my office with dirty shoes. That’s a curse,” Coe told a student, after telling her to “get the hell out” and “I don’t want to see you” for wearing shoes in his office in an undated audio clip recently released by Jihad WatchCONTINUE

Privacy Concerns, Fake News Cause Social Media Users to Ditch Accounts

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 01:25 PM PDT

Privacy Concerns, Fake News Cause Social Media Users to Ditch AccountsPrivacy concerns and fake news are creating a lot of anxiety and confusion on the internet, and a new study shows some people are just ditching their social media accounts as a result. Many people can’t tell the difference between fake news and real news, and many others are afraid their privacy is being violated on social media. Those two serious problems are the subject of major new studies.  As a serious

lack of trust grows among social media users, they’re now saying they want the companies that advertise on Facebook and Twitter to find solutions quickly to the problem, according to CNBC. One study by public relations consultancy Edelman revealed 70 percent of people surveyed expected advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content. READ MORE

‘God Is Real, Believe That’: Chris Pratt Calls Teens to God with 9 EPIC Rules for Life at MTV Awards

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 01:18 PM PDT

‘God Is Real, Believe That’: Chris Pratt Calls Teens to God with 9 EPIC Rules for Life at MTV AwardsChris Pratt once again used his platform to share the Gospel with thousands of fans.  The Christian actor took the stage Monday night to accept MTV’s 2018 “Generation Award” and used his thank-you speech to share his “9 rules’ for life.” While some were more serious than others, his overall message rang clear: “You have a soul and God loves you.”  “I’m going to cut to the chase and I am going to speak to you, the

next generation,” Pratt said. “I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up.”  Cracking a joke to get things started, Pratt’s first rule was to breathe saying, “If you don’t, you will suffocate.” But his first reference to faith showed up in tip two where he told his fans, “You have a soul, be careful with it.” He used rule number three to address bullying, telling the audience, “If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.” CONTINUE

Floods in Assam claim 14 lives, affect 548,086 people in 719 villages in India

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 01:07 PM PDT

Floods in Assam claim 14 lives, affect 548,086 people in 719 villages in IndiaHeavy monsoon rains and floods affecting the Indian state of Assam over the past week have claimed lives of 14 people by June 19, 2018. 11 people died due to flooding and 3 due to landslides. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 548,986 people in 719 villages of 6 districts (Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj) have been affected.

With all major rivers flowing above danger levels, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have evacuated 8,201 marooned people from the flood-hit districts of Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar. The Government has opened up 437 relief camps in Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj, in which 159,652 flood-hit people are taking shelter. Additionally, 212 relief distribution centers have been opened up by the district administrations of Cachar and Karimganj. READ MORE


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Child Services Splits American Families Daily but Media, Congress Totally Silent

Any political issue in which children are involved is, by its very nature, a volatile one. Children, after all, are defenseless — they can’t vote, they need some sort of guardianship to protect and guide them, and it’s usually in the interests of the state that (if at all possible) that the guardianship belong to… The post Child Services Splits American Families Daily but Media, Congress Totally Silent appeared first on Conservative Tribune .

Source: Child Services Splits American Families Daily but Media, Congress Totally Silent

Threats from Within

John MacArthur, commenting on the controversies he has addressed over the years:

Reflecting on all those controversies, what is most surprising is that in every case, the threat I was writing about had originated within the evangelical movement. When I was in seminary, I had prepared my mind and heart to answer assaults from the world against the authority of Scripture and the truth of the gospel. I did not anticipate that so much of my time and energy would be spent trying to defend the gospel against attacks from inside the visible church—including assaults on gospel truth from respected leaders in the evangelical movement.

—John MacArthur, The Gospel according to Paul (Thomas Nelson, 2017), xxv.

My observation is the same. It seems to me that a lot of energy is expended worrying about, and warning against, threats from the world, while heresies in the form of “worship” songs and the latest pop-theology books slip in unnoticed and unexamined. The sheeps’ clothing grows thinner, yet the wolves remain unrecognized.

Source: Threats from Within

25 Million Refugees on World Refugee Day

June 20 is recognized as World Refugee Day. There are over 25 million refugees in the world, in addition to over 3 million asylum seekers. Over half of the world’s refugees are children. In addition to these figures, 40 million people have been displaced from their homes and remain within their countries. Each day, 44,400 people have to flee from their homes.

Taken together, about 69 million people are considered forcibly displaced.

Well over half of the present number of refugees have come from South Sudan (2.4 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), and Syria (6.3 million). Turkey, Uganda, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iran are the top refugee-hosting countries.

Since 1975, the United States has received 3.3 million refugees for permanent settlement. This number is more than any other country in the world. Between 2001-2016, most of the refugees came from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. In 2016, Muslims comprised 46% of those arriving (compared to 44% Christian).

In addition to providing figures, I also want to provide some clarity of definition. The media–and the populace–often provide us with an incorrect definition of a refugee. For example, when hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, those fleeing the city were labeled as refugees. Sometimes those held in border detention centers are referred to as refugees. People running from a natural disaster are called refugees.  And even worse, some churches, mission agencies, and individuals speak of refugees as anyone who has migrated to this country; thus, all cross-cultural ministry becomes refugee work.

However, a very rigid definition is given to those who are refugees. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a refugee is:

“someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so.”

One does not automatically become a refugee whenever they arrive at a country’s border. Here is a summary of the process, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

“When people flee their own country and seek sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum – the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.”

The process to be recognized as a refugee often takes years.

On this World Refugee Day, let us remember the nations on the move. The refugee is the neediest of the neediest. His or her situation is dire and tragic. We must show and share the love of Jesus with them. Even though they have fled from the evils of mankind, we recognize our sovereign Lord is the Divine Maestro orchestrating the movement of the nations for His glory. He has determined where and when people will live. He does this–even through the plight of the refugee–that they should seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26-27).

If you would like more information on understanding and ministering to refugees, I recommend the following resources:

Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, Issam Smeir, Seeking Refugee: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate

J. D. Payne, Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission

Strike the Match episode with Stephan Bauman, former President and CEO of World Relief

Source: 25 Million Refugees on World Refugee Day

United Methodist Church Seeks to “Discipline” Jeff Sessions for Enforcing the Law — Pulpit & Pen

Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted Paul in his defense of enforcing laws and consequences. Hillary Clinton quoted Jesus to support the violation of laws and repudiation of consequences. Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, and the United Methodist Church all have one thing in common. They all ignored Clinton’s butchering of Matthew 19:14 (as though “suffer not the little children” has anything to do with immigration policy) and instead all chose to rebuff Session’s use of Romans 13 (even though it’s perfectly applicable to immigration law). Most absurdly, Sessions may face “discipline charges” from the United Methodist Church. This may denote the first time in…well, ever, that the United Methodist Church has seen someone’s supposed sin rise to the level of discipline.

OPEN MINDS. OPEN HEARTS. OPEN BORDERS?

More than 600 United Methodists have signed a petition asking the church to discipline Sessions for enforcing United States Immigration Law passed by the U.S. Congress and interpreted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. That law requires United States border patrol to separate children from their criminal parents, in the event their illicit actions require detainment and due process. The accusation against Sessions was made to pastors of Sessions’ home church in Mobile, Alabama, and his attending church in Arlington, Virginia, both of which belong to the United Methodist denomination.

Quoting Paragraph 2702.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, the complaint accuses Sessions of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination, and dissemination of doctrines contrary to those of the UMC. You can read the formal complaints of these UMC clergy-members and laypeople here.

It reads…

While other individuals and areas of the federal government are implicated in each of these examples, Mr. Sessions – as a long-term United Methodist in a tremendously powerful, public position – is particularly accountable to us, his church. He is ours, and we are his. As his denomination, we have an ethical obligation to speak boldly when one of our members is engaged in causing significant harm in matters contrary to the Discipline on the global stage. Several Bishops and other denominational leaders have spoken out about this matter, urging Methodists to contact Mr. Sessions and for these policies to change, but we believe that the severity of his actions and the harm he is causing to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and asylees calls for his church to step into a process to directly engage with him as a part of our community

In the meantime, Democratic presidential candidate, former United States Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the United Methodist Church and has received no such charges of church discipline for genocide, infanticide, gratuitous bearing false witness, or any other reasonable complaint regarding her personal behavior and her crimes against humanity and the unborn.

In fact, discipline in the United Methodist Church on account of sin is almost unheard of.

I attended a United Methodist Church in Helena, Montana on Saturday. It was an “anointing ceremony” for the Big Sky Pride Parade, and included several homosexual ministers. The following is a video of a transvestite leading the congregation in a communion hymn (as performed by the Sidewalk Prophets, called, “Come to the Table”) with the words changed from, “Come join the sinners who have been redeemed” to “Come join the lovers who do not judge.”

It’s safe to say that no discipline charges will be brought against this United Methodist church or any other for such gross departures from Christian orthodoxy.

via United Methodist Church Seeks to “Discipline” Jeff Sessions for Enforcing the Law — Pulpit & Pen

Report: Pastor’s Daughter May Have Used Family Connections To Get Choir Solo — The Babylon Bee

LITTLE CREEK, CA—In a scandalous new report coming out of First Lutheran Church, a source accused the pastor’s daughter, Hannah Patterson, of leveraging her family connections to land a coveted choir solo in last Sunday’s performance of “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” The anonymous source suggested that the 6-year-old girl engaged in activities explicitly forbidden…

via Report: Pastor’s Daughter May Have Used Family Connections To Get Choir Solo — The Babylon Bee

Only 10 Christian Refugees From Iraq and Syria Admitted to US in 2018; Evangelicals Respond

As the Trump administration has promised to help Christians and other religious minorities who faced genocide at the hands of the Islamic State, the U.S. government has resettled only 10 Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria since the beginning of 2018.

Source: Only 10 Christian Refugees From Iraq and Syria Admitted to US in 2018; Evangelicals Respond

Larry Elder Exposes the Left’s Hypocrisy on Separating Illegal Families at the Border

Elder shows how past presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have made statements on immigration that were as strong as Trump. Also discusses how some Democrats have found a way of turning it into an issue of ‘racism’ because it’s Trump.

Source: Larry Elder Exposes the Left’s Hypocrisy on Separating Illegal Families at the Border

Far-Left MSNBC Crank Rachel Maddow Breaks Down in Fake Tears Live on Air Over Immigration Policy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Far-left MSNBC hack Rachel Maddow gave the performance of her life Tuesday evening as she broke down in tears reading a breaking story from the Associate Press about illegal immigrant children being detained.

 
Rachel Maddow going for an Oscar

 

Rachel Maddow really wants an Oscar.

On Tuesday evening Maddow read a breaking story from the Associated Press and did her best to look an emotional wreck.

Partial transcript:

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.

You gotta watch this.

VIDEO:

Rachel Maddow then continued the drama onto her Twitter account because her fake tears weren’t enough.

One question for Rachel Maddow and the hysterical leftists. Did you all cry and demand change when Obama kept children in cages wrapped in foil?

Democrats on Tuesday rejected a bill that would keep illegal immigrant families together on the border.

via Far-Left MSNBC Crank Rachel Maddow Breaks Down in Fake Tears Live on Air Over Immigration Policy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit