Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

July 9: Moving Forward

1 Samuel 16:1–23; James 4:1–17; Psalm 119:137–152Moving on after a person, a hope, or a dream has died can be one of the most difficult challenges of life. It certainly was for Samuel. The prophet Samuel believed that God had chosen Saul as king, but Saul failed God and His people (1 Sam 15:10–35). Now God was ready to select a new king, but Samuel was dragging his feet. Moving forward meant readjusting his expectations about the future and about God’s work in general. God called him out on his hesitancy: “How long will you mourn about Saul? I have rejected him from king over Israel! Fill up your horn with oil and go” (1 Sam 16:1).Samuel had to learn that things rarely play out the way we think they will. We inevitably end up on a different path than we planned—whether because of our own actions or because God’s route turns in a direction we never anticipated. The key is recognizing the changes when they occur and preparing ourselves for a new reality. Clinging to misguided expectations can drive us into the ground, effectively driving God’s work out of us.Unlike Samuel, Saul’s problem was not that God sent him in a new direction. Saul created his own situation when he chose a different route—he disobeyed, and God responded by taking away from Saul what was his to steward but not to own: a kingdom. Saul’s story illustrates James’ statement, “From where are conflicts and from where are quarrels among you? Is it not from this, from your pleasures that wage war among your members?” (Jas 4:1). But Saul’s ultimate responsibility did not lessen Samuel’s pain.All of us must be willing to realign our expectations. More important, we must seek to be aligned with God all along. We must move on from destructive behaviors and disobedience. Along the way, we must be mindful of the things God wants to create, and we must be ready to respond when God calls us to “Fill your horn with oil and go.”What do you think God is asking you to move on from today? What is He asking you to move toward?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.

July 9 A Living Sacrifice

“… to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Every faculty you have is to be used for God’s glory.In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads with believers to present their bodies to God as “a living and holy sacrifice,” which is an appropriate and acceptable act of worship. But as someone has rightly said, the problem with living sacrifices is that they tend to crawl off the altar. That’s because sacrificial living demands spiritual discipline and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. We as Christians aren’t always willing to do that.According to Paul, the motivation and ability for self-sacrifice are found in the mercies we’ve already experienced in Christ. In Romans 1–11 he mentions several of these, including love, grace, peace, faith, comfort, power, hope, patience, kindness, glory, honor, righteousness, forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, security, eternal life, freedom, resurrection, sonship, intercession, and the Holy Spirit. Because you’ve received all that, you should gladly surrender every faculty you have for holy purposes.“Body” in Romans 12:1 also includes your mind, for verse 2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” A transformed mind is the key to transformed behavior.Prior to your salvation, you had neither the desire nor the ability to make such a sacrifice. But because you are a new creation in Christ, you are not to “go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but … as instruments of righteousness to God” (Rom. 6:13). One practical implication of this is to abstain from sexual immorality. “Know how to possess [your] own body in sanctification and honor” (1 Thess. 4:3–4).You are a holy priest, and your priestly work begins with presenting yourself as a living and holy sacrifice. Is that your desire? Are you a faithful priest?✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His bountiful mercies toward you. ✧ Commit this day to Him, asking for the grace to live a holy life.For Further Study: Read Romans 6. ✧ What choices do you have as a believer that you didn’t have as an unbeliever? ✧ What is the benefit of being God’s slave?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 203). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage, Abortion — Pulpit & Pen

Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, said that Jesus would approve of gay marriage on Sunday. Speaking on HuffPost Live, Carter explained that the Son of God would approve of such marriages on the grounds that “it doesn’t damage anyone else.” Carter is known for his self-professed deeply-held religious convictions, and his been a Sunday School teacher in his Baptist church for many years. Carter left the Southern Baptist Convention in the year 2000 after that year’s revision of the Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) because he believed that it treated men and women unequally. The 2000 revision of the BF&M also notated that marriage was between one man and one woman (Chapter 18), something that Carter did not complain about at the time.

Carter said on Sunday…

“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

Carter also said that Jesus would approve of some abortions…

“I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So I’ve had that struggle. I’ve had that struggle, but my oath of office was to obey the Constitution and the laws of this country as interpreted as the Supreme Court, so I went along with that.”

You can watch the video below.

Jesus, of course, taught the “traditional” (and Biblical) view of marriage in Matthew 19:1-12. Jesus didn’t explicitly discuss homosexual marriage for the same reason Jesus didn’t explicitly discuss leprechauns or gangster rap; the notions did not exist in Jesus’ day. However, Jesus is in complete unity with the other members of the Triune Godhead, who inspired all of the Holy Scriptures including that which was given to Moses. In other words, by the inspiration of the Holy Scripture, Jesus does explicitly condemn homosexuality through both the Scriptures inspired in the Old Testament and by those inspired of the New Testament.

If Jimmy Carter believes that Jesus is the Christ of God and that God inspired the Scriptures, he should know that based upon the immutability of God, Jesus does condemn homosexuality. In other words, Carter must not believe in the inspiration of Scripture or perhaps he does not believe in the immutability of God, or perhaps he believes in neither of those doctrines. To neglect either doctrine is to place oneself well outside of Christian orthodoxy.

Likewise, it is altogether unclear why the prohibition against murder would change because the offender’s parent happened to be a racist of pervert. “Thou shalt not murder” seems to be a pretty clear concept.”

This isn’t, however, the first time that Carter has said such things. He made these claims in 2015 as well.

via Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage, Abortion — Pulpit & Pen

Disgraced Ergun Caner Joins Robert Jeffress at “Camp Meeting” — Pulpit & Pen

Ergun Caner resigned from Brewton Parker College in Georgia after a sexting scandal and multiple adulterous relationships (including at least one with a faculty member). This is after African American students protested his presidency when he made repeated racist remarks (including saying that someone had “ni**er-di*cked” him). Then, Caner filed for divorce from his wife, with whom he had a long-term separation that he had covered up privately and publicly, and both parties accused each other (credibly) of adultery in the divorce proceedings. When he resigned from Brewton Park College due to these incidents of racism and adultery, Caner blamed his resignation on the death of his son, soliciting sympathy around the world. However, when the news broke about his forced resignation and its real reasons, most were repulsed that he would use his son’s suicide to cover up his own sins.

Before these tragic events, Caner lost two very public lawsuits against innocent parties who posted videos of his lies on YouTube (the judge dismissed his claims “with prejudice” and required him to pay the defendant’s legal fees). All of this came upon the heels of his disgraced resignation from Liberty University, which occurred after it was discovered that Caner’s entire life story had been fabricated. Caner claimed to have been born in Turkey, but he was born in Sweden. Caner claimed to have been raised in Beirut but was raised in the United States. Caner claimed to have been trained in a Madrassa by a father who was an Islamic cleric but was actually raised in the United States by his mother, who was a non-Muslim hippy, and his estranged father was an architect. Caner claimed that when he was saved he spoke broken English, but English is his only language. Caner claimed to have engaged in dozens of moderated debates but engaged in none.

Ergun Caner, like a cockroach, has survived all of this and still manages to scurry out from underneath a rock long enough to collect an honorarium for speaking at church camps and revivals.

Divorce. Adultery. Sexting. Racism. Fake life story. And yet, Caner is still around.

Caner will be speaking at the upcoming 2018 East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting. The meeting is organized by Dennis Erwin and includes speakers, Ergun Caner, Mark Thrift, Joe Author, Ronnie Barefield, and Robert Jeffress.

Jeffress, in particular, is a man of some fame. He is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and is a well-known conservative commentator and Trump supporter who can ordinarily and regularly be seen on Fox News and other news outlets. You can read articles at Pulpit & Pen about Jeffress here. According to the website for the camp meeting:

Everyone is invited to join us for this special week of preaching, gospel music, and daily activities in East Texas! This year we are celebrating our 21st year with a special emphasis on evangelism and revival. Come ready for a blessing – you will not be disappointed!

The website brags that they have booked, “seasoned men of God.”

Caner certainly is seasoned. But, not like salt. A call to Dennis Erwin, the organizer of the 2018 East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting, has not been returned.

via Disgraced Ergun Caner Joins Robert Jeffress at “Camp Meeting” — Pulpit & Pen

JULY 9 TOO TIMID TO RESIST

Speak every man truth with his neighbour; for we are members one of another.Ephesians 4:25 The clever proponents of evil political ideologies are spending millions to make us Americans ashamed to love our country. They use every means possible to persuade our own people that there is little left worth defending and certainly nothing worth dying for.They are building in the public mind a picture of an American as a generous, tolerant, smiling chap who loves baseball and babies, and who subscribes wholly to the doctrine of the brotherhood of man—so everything is going to be all right!From our point of view, these concepts are having their effects on the nation’s religious life, especially among Protestants.Let a man rise to declare the unique lordship of Jesus Christ and the absolute necessity of obedience to Him, and he is at once branded as a hatemonger and a divider of men.The devil has brainwashed large numbers of religious leaders so successfully that they are now too timid to resist him! And he, being the kind of devil he is, takes swift advantage of their cowardice, erecting altars to Baal everywhere! Lord, I pray that You will raise up a new generation of religious and political leaders who are full of integrity and who are not ashamed to honor You before men.[1]


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

‘Family Friendly’ Netflix Airs ‘Salute To Abortion’ Show As Host Michelle Wolf Declares ‘God Bless Abortions!’ — Now The End Begins

On Sunday, Netflix aired a “Salute to Abortion,” hosted by “comedian” Michelle Wolf, who closed the segment with a star-spangled, flag-waving, drum corps declaration: “God bless abortion!”

Does it really get any more disgusting than this? The only way it could would be if they did a sketch where they serve up aborted baby parts in an ice cream sundae dish, as death-loving Michelle Wolf cackles satanically as she covers the aborted baby tissue with chocolate sprinkles. Nice to know the family friendlynew direction‘ that Netflix is planning going forward after signing the Obamas to a $50 million dollar contract to produce Progressive indoctrination videos.

It is one thing to have impassioned debate between pro and anti abortion advocates, that’s something that most reasonable and intelligent people can pull off. But the utter mockery and complete disdain for human life presented by the Progressive Left, and applauded wholeheartedly by the Democrats, is something that should send a chill down your spine if you have a heart, or a brain. All I can say is that God is watching, and one day, wrongs like these will be eternally righted.

Pray for Michelle Wolf, that God will allow her time and space to get saved, and repent. Because Hell is real and fiery hot, and even baby killers like Michelle Wolf shouldn’t go there.

“And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 18:21 (KJV)

The Break with Michelle Wolf | Salute to Abortions | Netflix

FROM CNS: On her weekly Netflix program, “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” Wolf used Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement to tout abortion rights and demean pro-life Americans, with “jokes” like:

“And, I know, some people call themselves ‘pro-life’- but, ‘pro-life’ is a propaganda term that isn’t real, like healthy ice cream and handsome testicles.”

Wolf closed by marching out on stage in a majorette’s costume, accompanied by a drum corps, and a huge banner reading, “The Break’s 10th Annual Salute to Abortion.” She then threw confetti after each of the following declarations:

“Abortion, I salute you!

“Women, if you need an abortion, get one!

“If you want an abortion, get one!

“If you’re not pregnant but you think you eventually might be and want to order a future abortion, get one!

“If you’re pregnant and you want to be pregnant, don’t get one!

“It’s up to you, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. It’s actually a great deal. It’s about $300 – that’s like six movie tickets. Movie tickets: a big deal!

“And women, don’t forget: you have the power to give life and men will try to control that – don’t let them!

“God bless abortions and God bless America!”

Wolf made national headlines and sparked outrage as this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner host, when she personally attacked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was in the audience. source

via ‘Family Friendly’ Netflix Airs ‘Salute To Abortion’ Show As Host Michelle Wolf Declares ‘God Bless Abortions!’ — Now The End Begins

July 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The Trump administration on Saturday halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Obamacare healthcare law, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being disbursed.

The return of remains of U.S. troops who went missing during the 1950-53 Korean War could help build trust between North Korea and the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit on Monday, pledging support for President Ashraf Ghani’s bid to start peace talks with the Taliban and repeating that the United States would be willing to join talks itself.

Ethiopia and Eritrea declared their “state of war” over on Monday and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights, concrete signs of a stunning rapprochement that has swept away two decades of hostility in a matter of weeks.

Rescue workers in Thailand on Monday brought four boys out of a flooded cave where a 12-member soccer squad and their coach were trapped for more than two weeks, taking the total number rescued to eight.

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 114 people, with dozens missing.

Major Chinese ports have started clearing goods from the United States on Monday, as new tariffs on U.S. imports have gone into effect, three sources told Reuters, as a trade spat between Beijing and Washington escalated into an outright war last Friday.

AP Top Stories

A federal judge in California ordered officials to reunite all migrant children under age five with their parents by Tuesday, and to provide a list of children so that outside groups can help locate their families.

Twitter has been suspending more than one million fake and dubious accounts per day, according to The Washington Post, in an aggressive bid to stem the flow of false information.

Donald Trump could threaten to pull US troops out of Ukraine and refuse to take part in joint NATO exercises if Britain and other European countries fail to commit to increased spending on defense, military figures and diplomats fear.

Starbucks said on Monday it will begin phasing out use of plastic straws at its restaurants by 2020, giving environmentalists a sizeable victory in their campaign to convince restaurants to abandon plastic utensils.

A passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, killing two dozen people and injuring more than 300 others, officials said Monday.

A Brazilian appeals court judge on Sunday quashed a fellow judge’s bombshell ruling ordering the release of jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in a day of legal tumult that comes just months before the South American country’s presidential vote.

Two United States warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the Taiwanese government said, at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike Saturday after widespread violence broke out across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

During more than a century of business, US agrochemical colossus Monsanto has been vilified for products critics say harm people and the environment. In the first trial of its kind, a Californian dying of cancer is suing Monsanto, claiming its popular herbicide Roundup caused his disease — a case that could have sweeping ramifications.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he will continue paying stipends to Palestinian attackers and their families despite the Israeli parliament’s decision last week to withhold hundreds of millions in funds from taxes collected on the Palestinian Authority’s behalf.

Troops shot dead three stone-throwing protesters including a 16-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday, as tensions rose ahead of the anniversary of the death of a popular rebel commander.

Oil prices rose on Monday as increased global demand and U.S. efforts to shut out Iranian output through the use of sanctions outweighed drilling data suggesting that U.S. shale production would climb.

BBC

A US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, NATO said.

A series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico has killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others.

Up to 4.6m bottles of Spanish rosé wine have been labelled as French and sold in French cafes, hotels and restaurants, officials said.

WND

A California vice-mayor’s declaration that July should be “straight pride” month has resulted in calls for his resignation or recall and threats of a demonstration at the next city council meeting.

A group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications – but that also raises privacy concerns.

Scientists in the U.S. and Canada say spectral cloaking technology has been demonstrated in lab tests resulting in a breakthrough that has all kinds of potential applications, reports the Optical Society.


News – 7/9/2018

Defense Ministry Announces Emergency Earthquake Convention
In light of recent recurring tremors in Israel’s northern region, the Defense Ministry is to hold a special emergency convention on Wednesday, aimed at determining the readiness of Israel’s emergency services in the event of a large-scale natural disaster. On Sunday, the tenth tremor in just under a week shook the area around the Sea of Galilee, raising fears that a large-scale earthquake may be looming around the corner.

The Star Tribune’s Fake News About Immigrant Military Discharges Deserves To Win Twice
The inflammatory headline was “US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits.” Oh no, a purge by Trump, will nilly and founded on nothing but hatred of immigrants (who by definition are better than you citizens), was underway. Only there wasn’t and the story left out so many facts as to have made the publishing of it a willful demonstration of what President Trump means when he refers to our “corrupt and dishonest” press.

Report: Trump to Concentrate on Gaza Strip in Lieu of Larger Peace Deal
Trump administration officials are directing their attention to improving conditions in the Gaza Strip, opting to ignore the Palestinian Authority which has been boycotting US missions to the region – in the hope of forcing Ramallah to join the peace process before it becomes irrelevant, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far
Looking back at the first six months of 2018, there haven’t been as many government leaks and global ransomware attacks as there were by this time last year, but that’s pretty much where the good news ends. Corporate security isn’t getting better fast enough, critical infrastructure security hangs in the balance, and state-backed hackers from around the world are getting bolder and more sophisticated.

Syria accuses Israel of striking T4 airbase near Homs
Syrian state TV accused Israel of striking Syria’s T4 Airbase near Homs just hours after a senior Iranian official said Iran will maintain its military presence in Syria. Citing a military source, official Syrian news agency, SANA, said that the air defense batteries downed “a number of missiles which targeted the T4 airport” late on Sunday night.

Emergency meeting to be held on earthquake preparedness
Israel’s Defense Ministry along with the security establishment and the National Emergency Authority will hold an emergency meeting Thursday after over 10 earthquakes struck around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in recent days. The emergency meeting will also see the participation of representatives from the Home Front Command, police, firefighters, MDA and the heads of all local authorities.

Operation resumes to bring out boys
Cave divers in Thailand have resumed the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system. An ambulance was seen leaving the cave entrance, amid unconfirmed reports that a fifth person had been rescued. Four boys were brought out safely on Sunday, but the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced.

Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall
At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says. Dozens more are reported to be missing and electricity supplies have been hit. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burst their banks.

Haiti fuel protesters’ anger turns on President Moise
Anger at a fuel price hike has turned into violent demands that President Jovenel Moise step down. At least four people have been killed in three days of protests against a steep hike in fuel prices imposed by the Haitian government on Friday. Protesters set alight cars and blocked roads in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other towns.

NATO leaders fear Trump crisis at key summit
NATO leaders face a major threat to the credibility of their military alliance at their summit this week– not from traditional foe Russia, but from the head of their most powerful member, US President Donald Trump. The gathering at NATO headquarters in Brussels, days before Trump meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, is shaping up to be the most difficult in years, analysts and officials told AFP.

More South Texas land owners getting letters on border wall
More property owners along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas have said they’ve received notices from the federal government asking to review their land, which could be used for border wall construction. KENS-TV reports residents in the town of Escobares, including Mayor Noel Escobar, received letters from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection a few weeks ago to get their consent to survey their land.

Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify people
A group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications — but that also raises privacy concerns.

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists
The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew…the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which…can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.

Official use of Arabic dropped from final version of nationality bill
An amended version of the controversial nationality bill features Hebrew as Israel’s main official language, with the official state use of Arabic to be determined in separate legislation, Ynet learned on Monday. Under the previous version of the bill, which passed in its first reading in May, the Arabic language was to receive a special status and state services were to be made accessible in Arabic as well.

Messianic Tipping Point: Majority of Jews in Israel, New Torah Reality
The Israeli government recently announced that the largest community of Jews in the world is in Israel. This demographic fact has far-reaching Messianic ramifications in Jewish Law, requiring the Jews to reinstate Biblical commandments that have not been seen in two millennia and bringing redemption one, rather significant step closer.

Report: N. Korea Tried to Blackmail Israel, $1 Billion to Cancel Iran Missile Deal
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that in 1999, the North Korean government made an offer to the Israeli government: they would cancel their agreement to sell missile technology to Iran and other enemies of Israel in exchange for $1 billion cash. According to the report, the negotiations took place at a cafe in Stockholm between the Iranian and Israeli ambassadors to Sweden. Israel counter-offered with an offer to supply North Korea with food shipments. The counteroffer was rejected and the negotiations ended.

Ethiopia deal means “state of war is over” -Eritrean minister
An agreement signed on Monday between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea means the state of war between the neighbors has ended, Eritrea’s Information Minister said. The deal signed in Eritrea’s capital a day after a summit between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afkwerki states that the “State of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end,”

Europe Cannot Cope With Any Further Armed Conflict On The Continent
Europe stands no chance if forced to face conflict on three fronts. Two of them are of conventional character: on the eastern flank, where there are continuous tensions with Russia, and in the Balkans near the border with Turkey. The third concerns the Mediterranean area, where young and strong men from Africa and Central Asia cross European borders with the support of a thousand people from the continent’s heartland. Europeans are also militarily involved in Afghanistan, Syria and take part in the growing conflict in Mali.

NATO Ambassador: Trump Is ‘Making an Impact,’ Allies Increasing Defense Spending
“NATO is really is making progress and they are doing it really at President Trump’s insistence. I think it is very clear and he has been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security. I’ve worked for three presidents, all of whom have said the same thing. Now, I think for the first time, we are really seeing the Europeans actually start going in the same direction. Every ally is now increasing defense spending — we’ve had the largest increase in defense spending since the Cold War.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes a Blow for Academic Freedom
the Wisconsin Supreme Court sent a powerful message to America’s elite private universities: If you’re going to promise academic freedom, you’d better deliver academic freedom. In a stinging 63-page ruling, the court held that Marquette University violated its own faculty handbook when it effectively terminated professor John McAdams for writing a blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor’s attempts to silence debate about gay rights in her ethics class.

Bizarre diplomatic ‘sonic attacks’ reaching epidemic proportions
It started in the fall of 2016.  Diplomats reported hearing loss and mild brain damage after hearing unusual and puzzling sounds at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

Facebook Removes a Gospel Group’s Music Video
…Last month, Zion’s Joy!, a vocal ensemble from Indianapolis, posted a video to its Facebook page for a new song, “What Would Heaven Look Like.” The video opens with images of strife and protests — including scenes of demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va. — as the group sings lines including, “I know it might feel like this trouble will stay, but this world will soon fade away.”

Bill & Hillary Clinton ‘Rape Children’ – State Department Official Blows Whistle
A former Department of State official has come forward to blow the whistle, claiming to have irrefutable evidence that Bill and Hillary Clinton “rape children.”

‘Thank God for Abortion’ Float Appears in New York City Homosexual Pride Parade
A profanity-laced video posted to social media on Monday features an interview with the woman behind the “Thank God for abortion” float that appeared at the NYC Pride Parade on June 24. The woman, who claims that she was “blessed” to have two abortions, says that she is trying to push back against the Christian beliefs that stand against both homosexuality and abortion, and characterized the float as a “never before seen spectacle of autonomy and conviction.”

Pope Francis Orders White Women To ‘Breed’ With Muslims
Pope Francis has compared Jesus Christ to the leader of an Islamic terrorist death cult and suggested Christian missionaries have a lot in common with members of ISIS, during a wide-ranging and shocking interview in which he also openly promoted socialism and ordered European women to “breed” with Muslim migrants in order to counter “declining birth rates.”

Facebook Hires George Soros to Help Remove Conservative Content from Platform
Facebook has drafted in the help of billionaire globalist George Soros in a bid to remove “unwanted” Conservative content from the platform to better regulate elections.

Government drops doctor who says gender given at birth
A doctor has been “sacked” as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Turkish Leader Caught Using ISIS Militants To Kill Kurds In Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been caught funding ISIS militants in order to advance his Middle East agenda to kill Kurds in Syria, a Turkish MP has revealed.

Abortionist Caught Strangling Baby Who Survived Abortion
Babies who survive late-stage abortions are routinely “strangled” to death by abortion doctors, according to a European physician whose chilling testimony on the barbaric practices of abortion doctors claims they often improvise and suffocate the newborn infant, or “place the child in a refrigerator” to die of cold.

All-Time Heat Records Are Being Broken as Worldwide As Heatwave Continues
Thousand have also been forced to leave their homes in California

Scientists’ Evidence Seized After They Prove Vaccines Cause Autism
Two leading Italian scientists have had their lab shut down and their research seized by a court after they found conclusive proof that vaccines cause autism.

Nigeria’s Fulani Jihadis Grow Deadlier than Boko Haram, Killing Hundreds of Christians in Days [Extreme Content Warning]
Muslim terrorists from the Fulani herdsmen group in Nigeria used machetes and firearms to massacre more than 200 people in a predominantly Christian region over a two day period in June, a testament to the group’s growing lethality that has far surpassed Boko Haram’s.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” —Benjamin Rush (1788)

In Today’s Edition

  • An illegal immigrant gets two officers killed. His punishment? A small fine.
  • Leftists have taken Maxine Waters’ directive to heart.
  • A growing number of Democrats are calling on fellow Dems to leave the party.
  • Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green reflect on Independence Day.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Illegal Immigrant Gets Two Officers Killed — and a $280 Fine

Yet open-borders advocates pretend that immigration enforcement is the problem.

Leftists Ramping Up Administration Confrontations

Two more incidents over the weekend add to the growing list of violent episodes against Republicans.

A #WalkAway Movement Whose Time Has Come

A growing number of Democrats, fed up with their party’s extreme leftist agenda, are calling on fellow Dems to leave the party.

Video: Campaign to Abandon Liberalism Goes Viral

Laura Ingraham talks to the founder of the #WalkAway social media campaign.

Video: Why Independence Matters

Reflecting on Independence Day, Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss why our Liberty matters.

Monday Short Cuts

“Continued dependency is the fuel on which big government runs.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

Monday Top Headlines

Trump’s NATO progress, ObamaCare payments frozen, zero-tolerance policy fails at the border, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Breaking Pruitt
Hans von Spakovsky
Family Separation Not Trump Administration’s Fault
Kay Coles James
We Must Reform Obama’s School Discipline Policies for the Safety of Our Children
Todd Starnes
Law Firm Faces Charges for Defending Women’s Homeless Shelter
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Don’t Squander Your Attention

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 9

  • Trump Takes a Final Look at Choices for Supreme Court (Read More)
  • Here’s How a Trade War Between the U.S. and China Could Get Ugly (Read More)
  • U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight (Read More)
  • Trump’s trade war splits a Missouri county (Read More)
  • Strained NATO Alliance Prepares for Discord at Summit (Read More)
  • Defiant May digs in on Brexit stance after blow of Davis resignation (Read More)
  • Theresa May Moves to Defuse Crisis After Brexit Secretary Quits (Read More)
  • UK voters losing confidence in PM May’s handling of Brexit: ORB poll shows (Read More)
  • Nissan admits falsifying emissions tests in Japan (Read More)
  • Central Banks Try to Bolster Their Currencies. It’s Not Always Working (Read More)
  • US banks count on tax cut windfall to boost profit (Read More)
  • Why Are Young Billionaires So Boring? (Read More)
  • Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India (Read More)
  • BlackRock and Citi plan Paris expansion in Macron coup (Read More)
  • Syrian rebels say army besieging their enclave in the southern city of Deraa (Read More)
  • Legacy Preferences Complicate Colleges’ Diversity Push (Read More)
  • Chinese customs clears some U.S. goods as new tariffs take effect (Read More)
  • Apple slices into Spotify’s US music market lead (Read More)
  • When Three Brothers With a Blood Disorder Lost Their Jobs, the Government Sued (Read More)

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Furtick Boasts In Doubting Jesus; Says Nobody Fully Believes

Good News – End of the age not for another 58 years!

Indiana church booted from building after posting anti-LGBT sign

Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case defending weed as religious sacrament

Rapper Snoop Dogg goes gospel at Essence Fest 2018 — no lie

Professing Christian Foster, Adoption Agency Agrees to Place Children With Homosexuals to Comply With Philadelphia Law

Nigerian healer killed in ‘bullet-proof’ charm test

UK Doctor Sacked for Blasphemy – Refused to Embrace Homosexual Agenda

Guam is now abortion-free as no doctor is willing to commit abortions


Headlines – 7/9/2018

Report: Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on PA to return to peace talks

Arab officials: US peace plan to focus on Gaza ?first, circumvent PA ?

Defiant Abbas says he won’t halt stipends to terrorists

Qatari envoy says letting Gazans work in Israel would calm border

Hamas forces said to return to Gaza border in bid to restore calm

Report: Hamas increases training ahead of possible war with Israel

Incendiary balloon from Gaza lands near Israeli kindergarten

Violent attacks committed against Jews in Berlin and Zurich

Palestinian Authority strongly condemns Jews visiting the Temple Mount

Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of Zer

Israel ranked 8th most powerful country in the world

Israel court charges Turkish woman accused of aiding ‘terror’ group

Assad’s huge victory and what it means for Israel

Syria accuses Israel of striking Iran-linked base, says air defenses deployed

Syrian sources confirm Iranians killed in ‘Israeli attack’ on Homs air base

Syrian state media says air defences hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike

Top Iranian general: Forces in Syria ‘awaiting orders’ to destroy Israel

US coalition commander: Iran influences Syria’s security negatively

Iranian official: We will stay in Syria despite Russia’s objections

Iraqi police open fire on dozens of protestors

Dutch carrier KLM to halt flights to Iran due to US sanctions

Turkey purges more workers ahead of Erdogan swearing-in

Massive Turkey-funded mosque stirs unease in secular north Cyprus

Saudi officer, resident killed after extremists open fire at Buraidah checkpoint

Woman arrested in Iran for Instagram video of her dancing

Six killed in attack targeting security force patrol in western Tunisia

Tunisia launches hunt for terrorists involved in national guard attack

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

Diplomatic disconnect with North Korea spells trouble for Trump

North Korea Reportedly Asked Israel for $1 Billion in Cash to Halt Missile Sale to Iran

UK woman poisoned by same nerve agent as Russian spy dies, police say

U.S Embassy in Haiti warns Americans to ‘shelter in place’ as violent protests escalate

Mexico’s new leader wants a reboot with the US: How long will the honeymoon last?

NATO leaders fear Trump crisis at key summit this week

Dershowitz: If Trump does Mueller interview, ‘he may be walking into a perjury trap’

Sides gird for battle as Trump readies to make Supreme Court pick

Richard Blumenthal: Trump ‘outsourced’ Supreme Court pick to Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation

Illinois governor calls on voters to ‘vote for anybody’ but neo-Nazi candidate for congressional seat

Phone Calls Are Dead. Voice Chat Is the Future.

Oil is now a ‘game of chicken’ and completely cutting off Iran could send it soaring to $120 a barrel

Blood moon to bring longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, with Mars to appear unusually bright

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Atka, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Biha, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia eruts to 22,0000ft

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

Negra, Sierra volcano in Galapagos erupts to 12,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Galilee struck by new earthquakes, rattling northern Israel

Super Typhoon Maria poised to pounce on Taiwan Tuesday

Chris to become a hurricane, stir rough seas along US East Coast this week

Beryl to raise risk of flooding in Puerto Rico, Caribbean despite weakening

“We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before”: Death toll climbs in Japan floods

Landslide warnings as Japan digs through flood ruin, death toll reaches 100

Binance Donates $1 Million to Flood Victims in Japan, Calls on Crypto Community’s Support

Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season

Mother Teresa India charity home ‘sold babies’

International Community Ignores Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

Percentage Of Young Adults With No Religious Affiliation Has Nearly QUADRUPLED Since 1986

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:50 AM PDT

Percentage Of Young Adults With No Religious Affiliation Has Nearly QUADRUPLED Since 1986(By Michael Snyder) We are witnessing a religious shift that is unprecedented in size and scope in American history. With each passing year, the percentage of Americans that claim no religious affiliation is growing, and this trend is especially pronounced among our young people. If things continue to steadily move in this direction, that is going to have enormous implications for the future of our society. The United States was founded by people that were extremely committed to their faith, and now we are rapidly becoming a

nation where people are choosing no religion at all. We live at a time when there is a mass exodus from Christian churches, and while it is true that some smaller faiths are growing, the reality of the matter is that most of the people that are leaving are remaining unaffiliated. According to PRRI, if you go back to 1991 only 6 percent of all Americans were “unaffiliated”, but today that number has shot up to 25 percent… READ MORE

Deadly Japan flood leaves 100 dead, Dozens Missing and 16 feet of water in some areas

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:41 AM PDT

Deadly Japan flood leaves 100 dead, Dozens Missing and 16 feet of water in some areasCrews continue to search for dozens of missing individuals in southwestern Japan after days of flooding inundated entire towns, killing more than 100. As many residents returned to their flooded homes to begin the cleanup, officials said at least 80 people remain unaccounted for, many of which were in the Hiroshima area, which was slammed by floods and mudslides.

Surveying the damage to the restaurant he has owned for nearly four decades, Seiji Toda said he was shocked to see the state the business was in, covered in several feet of mud with the windows blown out. “I had never seen anything like this,” he said on TBS television, standing outside his restaurant in Hiroshima city while wearing a helmet. He says it would be impossible to clean up the mess by hand. READ MORE

Bizarre light in skies of New Jersey sparks interest and fear

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:35 AM PDT

Bizarre light in skies of New Jersey sparks interest and fearThe clip, captured in the skies over New Jersey, USA, shows the bizarre event in its full glory. Recorded late at night, it reveals what appears to be a light show going on in the skies. A witness claimed the strange phenomenon was like an “electrical storm” but there are no reports of the event. The video was uploaded to YouTube channel Faya World Secrets on July 5, where it has racked up more than 8,500 hits.

But it has gained a mass of popularity after being shared by well-known conspiracy channel secureteam10 yesterday. Tyler Glockner, who runs the page, speculated whether it could be a UFO or even a portal opening up. And some of his followers agreed. One comment read: “It really does look like a portal trying to open. “Or it could be a black hole. I’m not sure but it definitely looks like something trying to open to me.” READ MORE

What Happens When We Fail to Warn

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:19 AM PDT

What Happens When We Fail to Warn(By Dr. Michael Brown) I heard a tragic story recently, some of the very bad fruit coming from Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. (This was Bell’s hell-denying book in which he effectively announced his apostasy from evangelical faith.) In light of a growing epidemic of deception in the Church today, a deception that is making people deaf to divine warnings, it seemed that now was a good time to share the story. Earlier this year, a university student was responding to my lecture on God’s love for the LGBT community during a time of Q&A.

He tried to undermine the authority of the Scriptures and accused me of using violent language To him, any form of justice or judgment was inherently violent, and he would have none of it as a professed atheist. I subsequently learned that, just a few years earlier, he was planning to go into the ministry. He was an avid reader of the Bible. Then he read Love Wins, and it was downhill ever since. (This was according to a report from his roommate at that time.) CONTINUE

China Orders Pastors to Reveal Personal Details About Churchgoers, Report Youth Who Go to Church

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:10 AM PDT

China Orders Pastors to Reveal Personal Details About Churchgoers, Report Youth Who Go to ChurchPriests in China’s Henan Province have been ordered to disclose personal information about the people attending their churches.  According to one priest in the area who has chosen to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation from communist authorities, the order handed down calls on him to gather statistics on churchgoers, particularly those who are members of poor families, UCA News reports.  Per the report,

the government is claiming that the information obtained will be used to improve how churches are managed moving forward, but the priest from the Luoyang Diocese of Sanmenxia City is skeptical. The priest suspects that there’s an ulterior motive to the order. He believes that the government could withhold subsidies from low-income families who attend churches as a way of punishing them for following and practicing their faith. READ MORE

Christian Doctor Fired by UK Gov’t for Refusing to Use Transgender People’s Pronouns of Choice

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 06:02 AM PDT

Christian Doctor Fired by UK Gov’t for Refusing to Use Transgender People’s Pronouns of ChoiceA Christian doctor has been told by the British government that he will no longer be employed by the National Health Service, where he worked for 26 years, because he fails to identify transgender patients with their chosen pronouns. David Mackereth told The Sunday Telegraph that he will not be serving as a Department for Work and Pensions disability assessor because of his belief, based on his faith and his

profession, that gender is determined at birth, rather than something that can be chosen. “I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief,” Mackereth explained. “I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone.  READ MORE

Church Kicked Out of Building for Sign Message

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:58 AM PDT

Church Kicked Out of Building for Sign MessageA church in Indiana has been evicted from its building for placing a sign outside that read, “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God.”  Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn put up the sign on June 27. A church member confirmed to ABC-affiliate WPTA21 that they had been forced out of the building, and wane.com quoted an Auburn resident, Tammy Kessler, as saying, “I just wanted to come and look and check the sign out and they were gone.

The sign and everything.” A local resident had called for a protest outside the church last Sunday. “It is beyond a doubt that some of us have strong feelings about this church/sign and these beliefs,” the resident, Kristin Russell, wrote on Facebook. “I want everyone who comes to come with open arms and open minds. No hate allowed. Positive, progressive, and loving signs are welcome and encouraged. Bring friends and family. Overall, I would just like the message of loving everyone despite differences to get across. READ MORE

Bright Fireball seen over the skies of Iowa and Illinois

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:43 AM PDT

Bright Fireball seen over the skies of Iowa and IllinoisThere have been over 185 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Iowa and Michigan on July 8th, 2018 around 8:40pm CDT (July 9th 01:40 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Iowa and Illinois but was also seen from Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and

Wisconsin.  The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reports shows a shallow entry angle, one that could be associated with an Earth-grazing fireball. But many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it could mean the meteoroid actually went through the Earth atmosphere.  READ MORE

Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 06:13 PM PDT

Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decadeOpioids could kill nearly half a million people across America over the next decade as the crisis of addiction and overdose accelerates. Deaths from opioids have been rising sharply for years, and drug overdoses already kill more Americans under age 50 than anything else. STAT asked leading public health experts at 10 universities to forecast the arc of the epidemic over the next decade. The consensus: It will get worse before it gets better.

There are now nearly 100 deaths a day from opioids, a swath of destruction that runs from tony New England suburbs to the farm country of California, from the beach towns of Florida to the Appalachian foothills. In the worst-case scenario put forth by STAT’s expert panel, that toll could spike to 250 deaths a day, if potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil continue to spread rapidly and the waits for treatment continue to stretch weeks in hard-hit states like West Virginia and New Hampshire. READ MORE

Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of Zer

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 05:52 PM PDT

Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of ZerArchaeologists have uncovered the entrance gate to the biblical city of Zer during excavations carried out in the Golan Heights over the past two weeks, the Golan Regional Council said Sunday. In recent days, and after a year of recess, a group of 20 archaeologists from all over the world, together with director of the Bethsaida Project, Dr. Rami Arav, and under the auspices of the Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, conducted new excavations in two different areas of Bethsaida. The ancient fishing village is mentioned

several times in the New Testament as a city where Jesus lived and where he miraculously fed a multitude of people with five loaves and two fish. Archaeologists said the size, wealth and impressive fortifications indicate that Zer was a major city. “There are not many gates in this country from this period. Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer,” Arav said, pointing to Joshua 19:35, which says: “The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth.” READ MORE

Mom Horrified Over What Happened To Her Young Daughter’s Avatar in Video Game

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 01:18 PM PDT

Mom Horrified Over What Happened To Her Young Daughter’s Avatar in Video GameA North Carolina mother was petrified after her 7-year-old daughter showed her a graphic sexual assault she witnessed while using a multiplayer online game creation platform called Roblox. Even worse than simply seeing the scene was the fact that is was the young child’s own avatar that was assaulted on a playground in the game, mother Amber Peterson explained in a Facebook post about her daughter’s horrific experience.

“Words cannot describe the shock, disgust, and guilt that I am feeling right now,” the mother wrote, “but I’m trying to put those feelings aside so I can get this warning out to others as soon as possible.” Petersen went on to explain that, though she was able to shield her daughter from seeing the entire scene, she can’t fathom “what kind of damage this image could have on her psyche, as well as any other child that could potentially be exposed to this.”  CONTINUE

Beth Moore Says Social Media Is ‘Producing Freaks’ and ‘Breeding Abusers’

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 01:08 PM PDT

Beth Moore Says Social Media Is ‘Producing Freaks’ and ‘Breeding Abusers’In this era of anonymous internet warriors and cyberbullies, there really is no place to retreat. That reality became glaringly obvious to evangelist Beth Moore over the weekend, when she returned to social media after a brief hiatus.  Moore explained in a brief Twitter thread Sunday how social media has become “beyond sick” and even “potentially deadly.” Like former Obama faith adviser Michael Wear told us last week, Moore said our culture must return to “civility.”

Moore was referencing James 3:6 in her final tweet. In the passage, James wrote, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”  According to The Moody Bible Commentary, the tongue “is the very world of iniquity. It sets on fire the course of our life, such as provoking a broken marriage.” What we speak — and, in this case, write — has immense power. READ MORE

The world may soon witness a Category 6 hurricane

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 12:55 PM PDT

The world may soon witness a Category 6 hurricaneAs a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of 4 feet of rain. Everyone east of Dixie Highway is ordered evacuated, for fear of a menacing storm surge. Forecasters debate whether the storm will generate the 200 mph winds to achieve Category 6 status.  This is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and

considerable scientific research, as experts try to tease out the effects of climate change from the influences of natural climate cycles. Some changes — such as the slowing of hurricanes’ forward motion and the worsening of storm surges from rising sea levels — are happening now. Other impacts, such as their increase in strength, may have already begun but are difficult to detect, considering all of the other climate forces at work. READ MORE

LGBT-Affirming Church Takes Out Billboard: ‘God Takes Pride in You’

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 12:42 PM PDT

LGBT-Affirming Church Takes Out Billboard: ‘God Takes Pride in You’A San Diego church took out a billboard that reads, “Radically Inclusive: God takes pride in you, so do we!”  Missiongathering Christian Church, a self-proclaimed “radically inclusive” Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), bought a billboard above a popular gay bar in Hillcrest, reports say.  The church says they purchased this billboard because it’s located along the route of the San Diego LGBT+ Pride Parade.

The church hopes that people participating in the July 14 parade, which church members will be participating in, will see their church’s message and feel welcomed.  “For far too long, Christians have been known for who we are against,” Brandon Robertson, a pastor at Missiongathering, tells Fox 5. “We’re afraid of difference. We only desire to make the world conform to our image of what is right and good.” Missiongathering believes that “God’s creativity [is] expressed in various races, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, faiths and backgrounds,” READ MORE


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The Other 5 Points of Calvinism — Reformed Baptist Blog

Though the 5-points Calvinism stress the sovereignty of God in salvation, they do not deny human responsibility. Yes, God is sovereign in salvation, but man is also responsible to repent and believe. And, in regards to human responsibility, there are another 5-points to Calvinism. These additional 5-points, dealing with human responsibility, are outlined by Paul in Romans 10:14-17. After explaining the doctrine of unconditional election in Romans 9, Paul, with equal celerity and force, explains man’s responsibility in salvation:

Read more: The Other 5 Points of Calvinism — Reformed Baptist Blog

Philippines President Duterte Offers to Resign If Anyone Proves God Exists; Franklin Graham Responds

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to resign from his position if anyone can prove conclusively that God exists, in another provocation against Catholic clergy in the country.

Source: Philippines President Duterte Offers to Resign If Anyone Proves God Exists; Franklin Graham Responds

Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage,’ some abortions

Former President Jimmy Carter declared Sunday that Jesus Christ would approve of same-sex marriages and abortions in the case of rape, incest and danger to the mother. In an interview with HuffPost Live, the 39th president, a “born again Christian,” spoke about how his faith has shaped his life and …

Source: Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage,’ some abortions

July 9, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

46:3 God, the God of your father: The self-identification of the Lord is a bit different here than at earlier times. The Lord is saying, “I am the true deity.” By adding the words, “(even) the God of your father,” the Lord identifies Himself as the God in whom Isaac had believed, even the One who had brought great blessing to Isaac. God had forbidden Isaac at a previous time to go to Egypt (26:2), and Isaac’s father Abram had had an unpleasant experience in Egypt (12:10–20). Despite Joseph’s gifts and words, Jacob feared what would happen in Egypt. Jacob’s family numbered seventy (v. 27). Out of this family, God would bring a great nation (Ex. 1:1–7). Again, God renewed His promises to Jacob (35:11).46:3 Do not fear was the same assurance given to Abraham and Isaac (Gen. 15:1; 26:24).46:4 go down with you: God promised to be with His people, even in a foreign land. Joseph will put: Jacob’s life was nearing its end. But God promised Jacob that his beloved Joseph, who he had thought was dead, would be with him at his deathbed.[1]


46:3 I am God The word for God here is el, which connects this vision with Jacob’s earlier divine encounters (31:13; 33:20; 35:1, 3). This may explain why the name “Jacob” is used for the verbal call.the God of your father The word for “God” here is elohim.I will make you a great nation This element of the divine covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob confirms for Jacob (12:1–3; 15:1–6; 26:4, 24; 28:3) that he will not forfeit the promise by leaving the promised land.46:4 I myself will go down Though this may seem obvious given God’s omnipresence, it is noteworthy in light of the notion of sacred geography—the Israelite notion that the God of Israel allowed foreign nations to be under the jurisdiction of other gods after the Babel event (see 11:1–9; Deut 4:19–20; 32:8–9).[2]


46:3 I am … the God. God repeated His assuring promises to Isaac (26:24) and Jacob (28:13–15).I will make you into a great nation. An elaboration of the covenant promise to Abraham (12:2; 15:13, 14; 18:18; cf. Ex. 1:7).46:4 Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes. A word of comfort for the aged Jacob; he would die peacefully in Joseph’s presence (50:1; cf. 15:15).[3]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 78). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 46:3–4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 82). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

Why did European countries import millions of unskilled Muslim immigrants?

WINTERY KNIGHT

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As you can see in the right column of the blog, I am currently reading a book recommended to me that Dina, my wise advisor. The book is amazing. I want to put it in the hands of all the naive, leftist Christian leaders and Republicans who favor amnesty, and not building a border wall. If I can’t convince you to read the book right now, at least take a look at this review of it in The Federalist.

Excerpt:

The Strange Death of Europe” is a polemical but perceptive book culled from Murray’s extended sojourns across Europe’s frontiers – from the Italian island of Lampedusa, a flyspeck in the Mediterranean closer to the shores of North Africa than it is to Sicily, and to Greek islands that sit within sight of the Turkish coastline. These places have borne the brunt of the recent exodus…

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THE REAL COLLUSION: If Russia Did ‘Hack Our Elections’ In 2016, They Did So With The Blessing Of President Barack Obama — Now The End Begins

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.’ ‘I understand. I will transmit the information to Vladimir and I stand with you, President Obama”

In 2018, the fake news media is absolutely obsessed with trying to prove that presidential candidate Donald Trump ‘colluded with Russia’ to affect the outcome of the election. After nearly 2 years of the draconic Mueller investigation, not one shred of evidence has emerged to prove the allegations against Trump. But there is plenty of evidence to show that former president Obama absolutely and openly colluded with Russia on a variety of fronts. The problem is, no one in the fake news media cares about that.

When President Obama was running for re-election in 2012, he had all sorts of backroom deals percolating with the Russian government, especially with his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. An open hot mic caught this exchange that raised no flags of any kind with the fake news media.

FROM REUTERS: President Barack Obama was caught on camera on Monday assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election. Obama, during talks in Seoul, urged Moscow to give him “space” until after the November ballot, and Medvedev said he would relay the message to incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin. The unusually frank exchange came as Obama and Medvedev huddled together on the eve of a global nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital, unaware their words were being picked up by microphones as reporters were led into the room. READ MORE

Whoopsies! Did Obama really just openly whisper those sweet words of collusion with the president of Russia? Yep, he sure did. Did anyone in the fake news media care about that? Nope. Does anyone in the fake news media today remember that? Nope. Because this. TRUMP!! RUSSIA!! TRUMP!! RUSSIA!!. Rinse, lather, repeat.

That happened in 2012, and along the way all kinds of collusion between the Obama government and the Russian government took place.

FROM THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: First, there was the infamous Russian Uranium One deal. Hillary approved of the sale of one-quarter of our uranium stock to Russia in return for $145 million in “donations” to the Clinton Foundation, plus, as a bonus, a $500,000 speech for Bill Clinton. Hillary sold the secretary of state’s office to the highest bidder — Russia. READ MORE

You want to talk election collusion? How about Hillary and the DNC fixing the primaries so Socialist Bernie Sanders had no chance to get the nomination. It happened, and Donna Brazile exposed the whole thing and then confessed to her role in it. How did the fake news media react to this bombshell? They duly noted it, wrote it down, filed it under ‘who really cares?’ and then promptly forgot it ever happened. Why? TRUMP!! RUSSIA!! TRUMP!! RUSSIA!!.

Flash-forward to the 2016 elections, and here we see President Obama doing nothing about Russian interference when it’s presented to him.

During the 2016 Presidential Elections, Barack Obama was informed that Russia was attempting to meddle with our fair and free election process. What did he do? Umm, history has recorded that the Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation on earth, Barack Hussein Obama, did absolutely nothing at all. He stood back and allowed it to happen. It was so bad that even the Liberal Bloomberg wrote about it.

FROM BLOOMBERG: It’s no wonder Putin thought he could meddle in the U.S. He had gotten away with everything else he tried. “I feel like we sort of choked.” That is the killer quote in into how Barack Obama responded to intelligence last year that Russia was running a sophisticated influence operation against the 2016 elections. READ MORE

Oh sure, Obama had a response in his official Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment posted to the White House website. But he was aiming only for the archives with that one, the reality of his proclamation was that it was nothing more than his usual pusillanimous, toothless response right in line with his ‘leading from behind‘ mantra.

Mr. Mueller, if you have anything to bring against President Trump to prove that he colluded with Russia to win the election, then bring it. But you don’t and you know you don’t, so stop wasting the time and resources of the American people with this ridiculous investigation. Why not look into collusion with Russia by the Obama administration?

If you want to investigate something worthwhile, how about investigating who killed Seth Rich? Or how about finding Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails? Or how about investigating why so many people connected to the Clinton’s keep dying? Or how about… TRUMP!! RUSSIA!! TRUMP!! RUSSIA!!.. oh, never mind.

via THE REAL COLLUSION: If Russia Did ‘Hack Our Elections’ In 2016, They Did So With The Blessing Of President Barack Obama — Now The End Begins

July 9 Differences in Foundations

Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.… Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.—Matt. 7:24, 26Differences between wise and foolish builders are more important than the similarities. The greatest differences are the types of foundations the builders choose. One selects a solid expanse of bedrock—stable and unmovable. The other selects sand—unstable and very movable.The house built on a foundation of rock is a life that believes and obeys Jesus’ sermon and places all its hope in God. The sand, by contrast, represents paying little or no attention to the Word. The house built on that foundation is a life that relies on self-righteousness and trusts in changeable human opinions.The indicator of real discipleship is not merely hearing and professing, but believing and doing. True converts fit James’s picture: “One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). False disciples, however, fit the other picture James paints: “merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was” (vv. 22–24).We can be assured of salvation only when we build on the rock of truth and obedience, not on the standards of human opinions and speculations.

ASK YOURSELF

Do you have a current undertaking—no matter how large or small—that’s tempting you to hurry up and build without spending much time on the foundation? What will every effort or enterprise suffer from if more thought is given to wallpaper than to substructure?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 199). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JULY 9 SPIRIT TAUGHT: THE RESULT IS SPIRITUAL ILLUMINATION

Having the understanding darkened…because of the blindness of their heart.EPHESIANS 4:18It may shock some readers to suggest that there is a difference between being “Bible taught” and “Spirit taught.”Nevertheless, it is so!It is altogether possible to be instructed in the rudiments of the faith and still have no real understanding of the whole thing. And it is possible to go on to become expert in Bible doctrine and not have spiritual illumination, with the result that a veil remains over the mind, preventing it from apprehending the truth in its spiritual essence.Most of us are acquainted with churches that teach the Bible to their children, reinforce it with catechism classes, and still never produce in them a living Christianity nor a virile godliness.Their members show no evidence of having passed from death unto life. None of the earmarks of salvation so plainly indicated in the Scriptures are found among them. Their religious lives are correct and reasonably moral, but wholly mechanical and altogether lacking in radiance.Many of them are pathetically serious about it all, but they are spiritually blind, getting along with the outward shell of faith while all the time their deep hearts are starving for spiritual reality.It has been said that “The Scriptures, to be understood, must be read with the same Spirit that originally inspired them.” No one denies this, but even such a statement will go over the heads of those who hear it unless the Holy Spirit inflames the heart![1]


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

No, Pastor Jeffress (and others), America is not a Christian nation. And here’s why it matters – Baptist News Global

It simply is not true that America is a Christian nation. We are a nation of Christians (and Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and people of no faith at all), but we are not a Christian nation.
— Read on baptistnews.com/article/no-pastor-jeffress-and-others-america-is-not-a-christian-nation-and-heres-why-it-matters/

Israel Vows ‘Harsh Response’ to Any Syrian Ops in Demilitarized Golans – Sputnik International

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to “respond harshly” to any attempts by the Syrian military to enter the demilitarized area in the Golan Heights.
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/middleeast/201807091066188101-israel-golan-heights-syria-entry-respond/

Iranian Commander: ‘Islamic Army’ Near Golan Heights Ready to Destroy Israel – Sputnik International

The senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander’s remarks come amid increased tensions between Tehran and Tel Aviv over the situation in Syria.
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/middleeast/201807091066183920-irgc-commander-anti-israel-remarks/

July 9 Refusing to Be Enticed

Abstain from every form of evil.1 Thessalonians 5:22Hatred of evil leads to avoidance of it. You can’t dabble with sin and avoid falling into it. Refusing to be enticed by temptation, the righteous person’s “delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:2).You can’t pursue righteousness and at the same time tolerate evil. That’s why Paul counseled Timothy and all believers with this message: “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 210). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

When Your Trial Seems Impossible | Biblical Counseling Coalition

All trials look different and come in various sizes accompanied with diverse amounts of pressure. Each of us, regardless of our age, spiritual maturity, relationship status, or vocation, occasionally face situational pressures that seem impossible to maneuver. In the midst of the pain in these seasons of life, the Bible provides us with hope in sundry ways. Scripture reminds us of grace that is greater in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9), a God who is faithful regardless of the pressured circumstance (1 Cor. 10:13), a magnificent purpose for everyday living (Rom. 8:28-29), and wisdom that is generously available to us (James 1:2-5) as we seek to persevere by the wonderful power provided to us in Christ (Phil. 1:6; 4:13).

Notwithstanding these wonderful truths, there seems to be an even greater encouragement that God provides when His faithful ones face life’s most difficult circumstances. When trials seem impossible, God offers His best to each of us in the midst of the struggle. So what is it? Let’s discover what God offers through the following case studies.

— Read on biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/2018/07/09/when-your-trial-seems-impossible/